I went for the Hemi's in our vehicles, but we rented a 300 Touring 3.5L and took it on a multli-state trip before I purchased any of ours. I would have bought the 3.5L because is got 27-28 highway (actual) and had plenty of power at speed or from a stop. However, I got such a great deal on a used 300C that I went with the Hemi and have never looked back.
IMO, the 2.7L is okay, but a bit undersized for the weight of this sedan (2 tons). I've rented one of those recently and can't recommend it.
I agree.... The insurance should be reasonable and the 3.5's run well.I didn't recommend the Hemi (although I would normally), rather I tried to recommend the 3.5L to cliffer08 over the 2.7L.
And I also forgot to tell cliffer08 (first post) WELCOME to 3CF from our West Virginia LXs in the Mid-Ohio River Valley!
I agree, 3.5L is good enough for nice drives out in the country but take care not to spend too much money on modding it. Perhaps better wheels and tires and if you have the money (I don't) for suspension upgrades to lower the car a bit. And it does not have a rear sway bar. Eventually you will want to upgrade to another car and typically you won't get any of your modding money back when you sell the car. Note that the 3.5L is no good for traffic light races. It will get beat by even a V6 Toyota Camry, so that's not what the car is for.I think a pre-owned 3.5 is what you need, and leave it the hell alone!
Modding is a waste of money unless you can really afford it.
Take the modding money and save for college, dating, or a nicer car.
I assume you will have support from your parent
these cars have problems sometimes and can be very expensive to fix if out of warrnaty, the good news is you can pick them up used really cheap 12 13k should get you a nice 2.7 or 3.5 watch out for "formal rental"
for 17k+ you can get a nice used hemi 300c
Yes you honestly need to buy what you can comfortably afford. The Hemi is a great motor and the car runs strong with the v8 as it should.. The down side is that if you can not exercise self control (and I rarely can at 32) I wind up burning through $50.00 a week for gas.... Oh yeah and my tires are almost bald at 13K miles so a new set of GoodYear Assurance need to go on, before winter.Just for info, when I had the 3.5 300 I got a little better than 3mpg more per gallon both in town and on the road over my Hemi. The 3.5 is very adequate and does a great job will keeping insurance premiums lower. To me having the Hemi has spoiled me and if I never drove the Hemi I would have been happy with the 3.5 but a Hemi makes you smile, even though it is more costly. Buy what you can afford and you will enjoy either one.