Help me decide: Chrysler 300C, Caddy STS, or a Lincoln? I cannot make a wrong choice, but which is better?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    To answer this question, you have to ask yourself just what you are looking for. I was somewhat in the same quandry, being a Cadillac man for the past 20 years. I will give you my views on the subject, based on my research over the past 12-14 months. Also consider that for me, performance is a major consideration, both in power and handling. With that in mind, here we go.

    First, unless you are an old fart, stay away from the Lincoln. It is good, nowadays, mainly for lilmos and ferrying granny back and forth to her tea parties and sewing circles.

    Next, you must admit - looking at everything "American" (and I say that tongue-in-cheek because BMW Z4 is built now in South Carolina and Ford Fusion is built in Mexico - go figure) - nothing else is a Cadillac. I have owned a Sedan de Ville, a Coupe de Ville, a Seville and two Eldorados, one of which I still have and will probably keep. I looked at the CTS-V and the STS-V, but the CTS is a little too small for my "family" vehicle, and the STS is just not as attractive as I would like, and the cost of getting above the 300 HP threshold is a little steep. The DTS would have been my choice, but the little motor (comparatively) kinda knocked it out of the game.

    This brings us to the Chrysler SRT8. This is an elegant highway cruiser in sheep's clothing. The Bentley-looking lines and the apparent solidity give it a true "top-hat and tails" look, but when you mash the motor, you realize that that sucker has 425 horses waitin' for you to cut 'em loose - and you get all of that in a FULLY-LOADED package for under 50 grand! ! Granted, the STS-V has 469 HP, but fully loaded it goes for about $79,000 versus $49,000 for the SRT-8.

    So when you get right down to it, it comes down to two cars, what you want to accomplish, and how much you want to (or can afford to) spend.

    As you said in your question - Either way, you can't go wrong.

    Source(s): Road & Track, Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Cadillac and Chrysler websites, Cadillac and Chrysler dealer test drives.
  • 1 decade ago

    One of the techs I work with says, at last count, the Caddy STS has upwards of 32 fully independent onboard computers. GM uses a specialty pin connector with their wiring that can be easily damaged with the wrong jumper leads during electrical diagnosis.

    For the 2006 and 2007 models, all that technology means that only a GM-trained mechanic with Cadillac experience is really qualified to work on the car. Unless you find an experienced independent mechanic just out of training, you'll be stuck taking the Caddy to a dealership for a while.

    The Chrysler 300C is generally considered to be an exceptional car for the price. It's not quite as technologically complex as the Caddy. But as I've never worked on or driven one, I can't tell you either way.

    The Lincoln is also a good car, but odds are it will have Ford's famously weak independent starter solenoid set-up. Modern Lincolns are almost as technologically complex as Cadillacs, and only a Ford-certified and trained technician should be working on the brand-new models.

    To make a long answer a little shorter, all the cars you want are excellent. They are extremely complicated, but run well. They all have loyal owners to give them recommendations. It all comes down to what you prefer. Test drive, ask questions, go with your gut. Like you said, you can't make a wrong choice.

    No matter what, though, stay away from "self-leveling" electro-magnetic shock absorbers! It's a wonderful technology, but extremely expensive to replace if it breaks (to the tune of $900 per shock).

    Source(s): Mechanics school--with a GM specialty training program right next door
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hey Flexis.. you have got 3 good choices here. Personally, I like GM.. so I wouldn't go with the Lincoln because it's made by Ford. The Chrysler 300C's are very nice. The style and luxury combined makes it an excellent choice. But, I love Cadillacs and I think you should look into those more. The Cadillac might be a little more expenisive but it's probably worth it. If it was my decision.. I would narrow it down to the Chrysler and Cadillac. Then I would test drive both.. see which one you like better. The Cadillac probably drives a lot nicer and is probably a little better quality. Well, I hope you make the right decision.. Good Luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    Ok my opinion is Chrysler 300C its got great horsepower, looks great, the interior has more room than your would imagine for a car like that, and it is great for long trips. The seats are so comfortable and the power is amazing not to mention that the steering and braking are excellent. There are so many choices for a great car, and I think the best one is the Chrysler 300C it never really needs any repairing it's a great car and one of the best in my opinion. It is such a pimp car and you can get so many add-ons or upgrades to make it look awsme and they and it is really inexpensive. Chrysler 300C all the way the best car of 2006! Hope I helped some

    Sugar Bear

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Chysler 300 is rated as unreliable in the consumer reports, but a fully loaded 300C would cost the same as Base 3.6 STS model, I think you would like the caddy more because of the advanced key, no fumbling with the keys.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    chrysler 300. you get more horse power,better gas milage,more interior space,more trunk space and feature for feature is less expensive than the other 2. I would also recommend that you drive all 3 and see for yourself,but the 300 has an over all better ride.it is a real wheel drive with an almost 50-50 weight dist. which gives you a more balanced ride. also check out its u turn radius,it is tight.it is also in the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS as the most awarded vehicle in history as well as #1 in AOL's list of safest vehicles.Also there is alot of mercedes in the 300 as well....the frame is a mercades E Class with a mercedes trans.

    And when was the last time you saw a $30-$40k car on CRIBS parked next to the ROLLS, BENTLY etc.

  • 1 decade ago

    My opinion might not count, but I would go with the horsepower. Chrysler 300C.

  • 1 decade ago

    The 300c is just a sweet ride

  • 4 years ago

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  • plana
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Sts Caddy

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