What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

I’m weird. Where the normal person when wanting a nicer, newer car than their 2002 Mazda Miata would look to an ‘09ish Camry, I’m cross-shopping ‘08-’10 Chrysler 300s with ‘96 Buick Roadmaster Estates because I am bound and determined for my next car to be a 5.7 liter boat.

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Chrysler 300

Price: $8000-10,000


Lots of features (heated seats, decent sound system, touchscreen nav, remote start)


Handles like garbage but pretty good for what it is

Looks/is fairly modern

Hemi sounds amazeballs

Very easy to find one-owner cars in this price range


Super cheap insurance


Front suspension issues (sway bar links and ball joints)

Interior looks dated as hell

Electrical issues?

Buick Roadmaster

Price: $5000-8000


Cheaper, but not as cheap as I’d like

As reliable as a slab of granite

Parts available at every autozone ever

SBC sounds amazeballs

Third row seating

Cheaper insurance, but not that much cheaper



Lacks some luxury features

Doesn’t stroke my ego as much as a newer car

Worse handling

Hard to find in good condition

Would require immediate modification to make it tolerable (exhaust, shift kit, sound system, remote start system/keyless entry if not equipped)


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