Chrysler 300C tyres
You could hardly describe the Chrysler 300C as a shrinking violet. In true American style, it is big and brash. Few other cars are 16 feet (5 metres) long and 6 feet wide. Rarity value and unique styling mean that this car really does turn heads in Britain. Ride in the back of one and you’d be easily mistaken for a gangsta rapper, a visiting African dictator or an X-Factor semi-finallist. The day the Green Bay Packers turn up at Heathrow, it’ll be a fleet of these cars which the American embassy will send to pick them up and the Short Stay car park will grind to a gridlocked halt.
A car as big as this needs a big engine and many are fitted with a 5.7-litre petrol version. Fuelling this will be no problem if you are living the American dream, where petrol can cost a third of what it does in the UK, or in the Emirates, where oil comes out of a tap in the ground. There shouldn’t be a gap in the British market, though, for a car that big and that thirsty. And yet those who have a 300C absolutely love them.
True, most 300C models in the UK are powered by a slightly less extreme 3-litre diesel engine. And many feature technology which will shut down some cylinders when they are not needed, to preserve fuel. The 300C cruises quietly and in comfort. What makes 300C drivers tick, though, is quite how much car they get for their money. It has all the technology and equipment of similarly-sized German rivals but at a half or even a third of their price. For that, poor fuel economy seems a price worth paying. In recent years Chrysler has also cut the price of the 300C with a series of discounts – great news if you’d like a new one, but meaning crippling devaluation on used models. Additionally, Chrysler dealers have achieved notoriety for the high prices of parts and servicing for these cars.
The 300C is big and heavy. This means that it’ll place massive demands on its tyres. Standard wheel size is 18 inches, but alloy wheels in 20 and even 22-inch sizes are available. This ‘bling’ may look great but will demand low-profile tyres. With the weight of the car resting on such thin amounts of rubber, a reinforced tyre will often be called for. These tyres are also very wide. Needless to say, replacing them on a 300C can be an eye-wateringly expensive business so it’s important to get it right first time.
The 300C will never be a popular car – indeed, that’s part of the reason for its appeal. This does mean that etyres’ sales records won’t show huge numbers of tyres being fitted to them. However, there’s one tyre brand that’s an unfailingly popular choice and that’s Nexen. In reinforced format, these will never be the cheapest tyres on the rack. However, they will do the job perfectly and are substantially more competitive on price than those from the premium brands.
If you do have deep pockets then tyres from the likes of Michelin, Goodyear, Pirelli and Continental are available to suit the unique demands of the 300C. The other option would be to aim for budget or economy tyres. But would you expect Mr T to run the Boston Marathon in a pair of flip-flops?