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Chrysler LHS



  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Sorry to hear you have the same clunk, it's very annoying, especially on colder days, it's louder. It's pretty consistent now, but I've given up on trying to find it, the dealer doesn't know what's going on, and I don't have a lot of time to spend dealing with it. So I just learned to ignore it, unless the noise gets worse or the steering doesn't feel right.

    By the way, I've mentioned to them what Ottowrkr said, and they found no problems (supposedly) with the sway bar links, tierod ends or the rack and pinion. What worries me is that they will magically find the problem in a few months, when my Warranty runs out (I'm at 32k miles). Good Luck.
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    try another dealer.
  • Today I confirmed my thoughts about the owners manual listing incorrect bulb types for the 2000 LHS. I removed the front fascia today to replace the front grill that was ruined by the attachment method used to mount the front license plate bracket. Since the headlamps could be removed with the fascia off I found the following lamps used in the front:

    Low beam:
    Actual - 9006 (aka HB4)
    Listed in owners manual - 9006XS (aka HB4A)

    High beam:

    Actual - 9005XS (aka HB3A)
    Listed in owners manual - 9005 (aka HB3)

    Fog light:
    Actual - 9040
    Listed in owners manual - H3

    I believe the H3 is a carry over from the '99 which somebody stated that their '99 actually has H3's, do not know for sure.
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    This page, representative of many out there, must be wrong for the LHS as well:

    For the 300M, it doesn't even list the H3 fog lights.

  • datafusiondatafusion Posts: 2
    Figured out what was causing the clunkon the left-front side. Turns out that the sway bar was actually able to hit a bit of the frame. I don't mean the plastic liner, but actual metal car body, directly above the sway-bar. This appears to a frame-member (not the sub-frame) - it's painted body color, and several spot-welds are visible. Look directly above the sway-bar. The plastic inner-fender has a bit of an indentation to accomodate the sway-bar. This frame-member was protruding below that.

    The wear marks from the sway-bar hitting this
    thing were quite pronounced, once you knew to look there. The dealer had to cut a piece of it away to cure the problem.

  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Wow, interesting. I'll have to check it out, if the rain ever stops around here (in the Northeast). I just had the car in for an oil change at another dealer, and asked them to look for the noise, but again, nothing wrong and "minor clunk noise is normal for the LHS" according to the mechanic I spoke with.

    I hope the problem is similar to what you found, otherwise I'll live with it till I sell the car.
  • tksatksatksatksa Posts: 30
    Some cretin with the brain pan of a shrew nailed the left front fender on my 2001 LHS in a parking lot and then took off without leaving any note. Isn't this uninsured motorist crap wonderful?

    Anyway, for you folks in the East SF Bay Area: on the recommendation of my mechanic I took the car to Jack Armas at J&C Body Shop in Concord, CA. The fender was creased so Jack got a new fender and then matched the paint perfectly. He did a fabulous job. My baby is all better now. Thanks, Jack!
  • valhsvalhs Posts: 63
    It's been a long time since my last post but here's an update. 2000 LHS, 49,000 miles and no issues. I may be ready for brakes, especially the front. The pads are getting thin and it looks like the rotors could use a turn.

    Interior materials seem to be holding up well with the exception of the steering wheel. Used all purpose cleaner and clean rag, color and some material came off with the cloth. I've seen similar descriptions of this on the 300M page.

    All for now.
  • mileshoovermileshoover Posts: 122
    Regarding your brakes, notice you live in VA also.

    State inspector for your annual safety inspection will estimate your remaining brake life; he's usually very correct in his estimate.

    Just had my '99 LHS (built 4/98) annual inspection at 42.5K miles; guy says my front pads still have over 60% left; rear ones will probably never need to be replaced for the life of the auto.

    If you do get brake work done, my experience with Chrysler ('93 Concorde and '94 LHS) indicate that it is not a good idea to have the rotors turned if someone suggests that approach. Get new ones and pads also if you want things to work without vibration and go to someone who knows brakes.

    And make sure that the removed wheels are properly torqued at no more that 100 ft/lbs when put back on. That appears to be what warps rotors on these cars.

  • lonestarsledlonestarsled Posts: 226
    I use Meguiars's Gold Class leather conditioner and cleaner on all leather surfaces and the steering wheel and shifter. This stuff really soaks in and conditions the material, does not leave a greasey or cheap glossy look. My seats are softer than the day I got the car.
  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    What do you guys think of these chrome handles. Would they last?

  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    Tacky, tackie , takey and way you spell it the look terrible why not just glue on some aluminum foil?

    The LHS is a luxury car not a low rider. No stick on chrome of any kind.
  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Chrome Handles are NOT for Low Riders. Some of the most luxurious cars offer the Chrome Handles. Take a look at these 2 cars, the 2002 Aston Martin and the 2002 Bentley (I really don't think they're tacky!).



    Maybe you didn't like the idea of the stick-on, but if it did'nt look perfect like an original handle, I would never consider it. By the way, what about the fake plastic wood dashboard, or the plastic-chrome window switches, are they tacky?

  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    God, how I hate those!
  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    That's why I paid extra for the luxury group to get the real wood. Yes I hate plastic chrome switches as well as all other plastic chrome, it doesn't have the look or feel of real chrome. If the door handles were real like on your examples that wood be great but why cheapen up a beautiful car with plastic stick-ons. I am not criticizing your choice just voicing my taste sorry :>( if I came out too strong did not mean to ! It's just that you asked and fake add-ons are one of my pet peeves, especially the plastic chrome door edging,take about ruining body lines. I just want to walk up and peel them off when I see them !
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    That's one of the few things that I do not like about my car. I wish they would not have laid it all the way across the dash like they did. Ick!
  • valhsvalhs Posts: 63
    Go to Then click on the "photo showroom". Go to the 300 M pix. This kit looks excellent in LHS' with the beige interior. It covers the door panels and dash with brushed bronz. It also has the center vent covers, door switch covers, etc. The only piece they are missing is the shifter. I have had this kit in my car for over a year. It has held up great and looks nice. Even the dealer commented that he liked my interior better than the factory's.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    The brushed bronze looks a lot better than fake wood.

    I was looking at some of the other pics in the list and almost puked when I saw the Mustang with the fake wood additions.
  • tpiketpike Posts: 2
    I just test drove a 2000 LHS and I love it. I don't really want to get rid of my 95 T-bird, but my kids are not getting any shorter. Can anyone tell me what the shortcomings of this vehicle are?
    I read your notes about the front end knocking, but the dealer is certifying it,and there is the remainder of the 36,000/3 yr warranty as well as a 8yr/80,000 mile power train warranty, is there anything else that would fall outside of these limits that I need to know about? And is $17,9 for a fully-loaded LHS with 30,000 miles a good deal?
  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    Bought my wife a steel blue with all the toys 01 last Nov. She says its the best car she ever had. She said she has gotten more compliments on it than all her other cars combined. Don't get me wrong this is not a chick car I love to take it out ever chance I get. Just like the one commercial where the guy keep going to the store just to drive the car. Just punch it once getting on the freeway and you will be sold, no problems merging other than being careful not to ride up someone going the speed limit's rear bumper. With the 8/80 power train already on it the cost to add bumper to bumper should not be that much. Try that's where I got mine it is a true factory warranty. With all the toys and computers on the LHS I'm betting I will come out ahead,not because of this model I just feel that any car with a lot of electronics will need some repairs and it doesn't take many to rack up the $$$
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