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Chrysler 300M

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  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    of the lights and such. It turns out that a small 10 amp fuse controls the brake lights, A/C console, Traction control lights and ABS warning light. Poped in a new fuse and everything is back to normal. Thanks for the tsb on the seat movement I will take it in just before the warranty ends to have a record of it.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    that I plan on installing in the rear door (the part where the window ends) it pops out and the speaker should fit. They should match the front flag ones. I just have to be carful when someone is sitting in the rear seats not to blow their ears off.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    it still has too much of a red tint on the pricture so I will drill out a 1/2" hole and put in a clear piece of plastic to get a clearer picture. My delema is wheather to paint the lens green to match the car or install two side lights so that the light will still light up on eather side of the camera.
  • uxca300muxca300m Posts: 155
    End of story (to date)-I'd been looking for a new car for the last several weeks and had test drove the Accura, Maxima, Infinite, Pontiac Grand Prix and Camrey. My wife came home last night to find me with a 50 ft. extension cord and her hair dryer, removing the Chrylser emblems from my 300M. Just shook her head and went inside.

    Start of story- At the start of my search for a new car I didn't even consider Chryser as I'd seen the butt ugly Intrepids etc. and didn't give even think to visit them. I got the financing in place and had actually had a check made out to to our local Accura dealer to consumate the deal the next day. Man was I excited. Went into my local watering hole that afternoon (I'm on holidays.I'm allowed) and yapped of to anyone who would listen about my imependig new car. The guy sitting next to me happened to be a Chrsyler salesman from our local dealer who said I should check out a 2001 300M that they had in their show room that was the dealers owners demo car with 3500 miles on it. It had been down to Florida last winter and had not seen the snow,road salt etc. we have up here in Ontario. So the next morning on the way to hand over my check for the Accura I figured I'd drop in to be nice and and say," Oh that's nice but I'm on my way to buy my Accra"
    The 300M was in the showroom, my jaw dropped when I saw it and I'm sure I started dooling all over it. It had the luxury pacakge, Mopar spoiler, Bra on the front (Where else) rain defectors ( which may or may not stay on) 17" aluminium wheels with full sized spare. Tore up my check to the Accura dealer and wrote another one to the Chrstsler dealer. I am in love. Car has allready been named "Beast"
    P.S. Inferno red
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Welcome to the Club! Speaking of which, it is a good place to visit at www.300mclub.org It has lots of good sights to visit and a wealth of information about the car. Plus many of us owners have links to our websites there. Some of us have made tons of changes to it (Avalanche, Hermdog, Myself,(300Michael), and many others. Others love the car just the way it is.
    Many of the places do not require you to join. Also we get together at the Wednesday night Chat session which is at 10 PM eastern time (there is a link to it from the above club site) where we talk about the cars and other things. If you decide to join us two warnings. One it takes a while to load, and two start your chat name with a Letter, not a number. You can check out the club and see if it is for you while you are at it.
    What part of the country are you in. I hope you are in AZ.
    Again Welcome to the group.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    I used a vynil repair kit from

    http://www.leatherrepairkits.com/chrysler_color_chart.htm


    on my 1999 300M's Camel interior.


    It can be used as if it was paint.

  • yeah---thats a good description of the sound--hideous--makes me jump everytime the doors lock automatically at 20mph---and I do see people in parking lots give the car a quesionable look when I hit the lock button---it does have one advantage---I am sure the door is locking when I am several feet away from the car and hit the lock button on the keyfob--I usually hit it two or three times to be sure it is locked---the tailights flash also helps to indicate locking of course, but now I dont even have to look at the car to know its locked---I can hear it--

    Guess its just another one of those minor annoyances of the M---just hope I get all these little glitches solved before the warranty is up-

    Lolita goes in for service at end of this month--I'll let you know if my 2* solves Lolita's recent ailments.
    Easyrider300M---
  • do you find anything wrong with the Weathertech brand mats I provided a link for. They are cheaper and are heavy rubber and holds all the debris, salt or snow you can track into the car. And they are less than $80 for complete set custom sized for the M? I plan on ordering a set soon if a package deal is not arranged.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    That sounds similar to my path to the M (looked at Acura TLs, ES300, Avalon, etc), and appropriately enough, we ended up with about the same result...a loaded '01 Inferno Red M that I've named "Big Red". Now that you've got the Chrysler lettering off (good move, by the way) it's time for some nice tint, dual exhaust, a Basslink, and a custom clock face made by our very own Scotian (scott). Oh yeah, don't forget to polish him/her up real well with Zaino car polish (http://www.zainobros.com). Here is a picture for you. You'll probably think it's "Beast's" twin:


    http://www.ritchiefamily.com/car/noletters.jpg

    http://www.ritchiefamily.com/car/DSCF0067.JPG


    This is Inferno Red with a Zaino shine on the hood:


    http://www.ritchiefamily.com/car/DSCF0472.JPG


    Finally, here is my custom clock face. Scotian should be real proud of these. He has a gallery of dozens of them and makes them for free.


    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1620463&a=12827118&p=47926895&Sequence=0&res=high

  • congrats on your new acquisition--but why are you naming your car "beast"---I think "Beauty" would be more appropriate--and if its black you could name it "Black Beauty"---many on this board have named their cars after Women---my M is named Lolita---she's young, she's fast, she's beautiful and very sexy--and she can blow the doors off many comparably priced cars---

    You should join "This Thing of Ours" formally called the Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Clubs--lots of benefits and great logo apparel and eventually logo mats and other neat stuff---and a great bunch of fellow M'ers to share M experiences and even live M--meets.

    Dont forget to get that "Beauty" Zainoed as soon as possible to give it the mirrorlike finish.

    Easyrider300M
  • Is the Spatial 2 amplifier intergrated into the head unit, or is it seperate. If seperate, where would I find the amp located? Thanks
  • Mike, from the ad. Up to 25 more HP,More torque at any RPM, Quicker acelleration, Faster throttle response, Re-calibrated fuel and spark maps, Improved transmission shifting. I don't know if this all applies to the 300M because the ad also lists Dakota, Durango, Ram, Jeep, PT Crusier, Viper, Cirrus, Stratus, and Sebring. The "up to" part of course, means 0.01 to 25 HP.
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    There is too much spillage over the side and rear edges of every flat mat, no matter how thick or rubbery it is. What I want is a slop bucket shaped to the very sides of my floor. This is not appealing:


    http://www.off-road.com/isuzu/gifs/inside_armor/weathertech-inuse.jpg



    But this is:

    http://www.niftyproducts.com/mediactr/imagelib/ap_ca1.jpg
    http://www.niftyproducts.com/mediactr/imagelib/pr_ca1.jpg

    I hate road salt with a passion, and road salt will seep and accumulate into a hard crust everywhere water will take it, and it is particularly hard to remove it from the corners of the carpet.


    Actually, I might want both sets of mats, and trim the rubber one...

  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    Posted in the Concorde discussion:


    http://www.allpar.com/fix/trans.html

  • thats mats look good but dont know how good they would be against salt affecting the mats themselves---salt can destroy those mats in one season---and I picture catching the edge of the high lip as enter the car---do they make those in rubber as well?--I still am considering the weathertech--it covers most of the carpet area and is very heavy guage rubber---the price is less as well--in the summer, the factory mats are fine, but club logo mats would be even nicer--
  • drpixeldrpixel Posts: 256
    from drpixel (Glenn in REAL life..), Vice President of the Chrysler 300m Enthusiasts Club! While the proud and happy owner of eMily (MY 300M..bright Sliver 2000...), I have to admit that Inferno Red is a real head turner. Lots of luck with your "Beast", and my wife ALSO shakes her head when I'm outside washing, etc. eMily. I agree with 300Michael..visit our Club website and take a look around there. You'll find a plethora (<--50¢ word!) of information and links to all things 300m-related. The dues are resonable-$14.95 a year and for that you get

    * a certificate of Membership custom-printed on simulated parchment paper with your name.

    * a laminated membership card with your name and 300m info

    * a sheet of 'wipercards' -- small 'businesscard-size' cards that you can place under the wiperblades of unsuspecting 300m's you may run across.

    * Welcome letter from our President

    * last but not least a static cling decal for a window of your 300m


    Lst last, but not least is a link http://www.autosportcatalog.com/

    to a guy who sent me an email asking if we could put a link on our Club website. I told him to -at the least- email Roger about the request as this is not a decision to made by just one person. Since there's been a lot of discussion about floor mats, here's a link to the site about floormats:

    http://www.autosportcatalog.com/product_detail.cfm?product_id=584


    For the record, I have no financial interest in this website, nor is the owner a long-lost distant relative. The prices seem reasonable--as floor mats go, but it MAY not be what scotian & others are looking for.


    Regards from the doctor,


    drpixel

  • uxca300muxca300m Posts: 155
    Thanks for the welcome guys. As stated in my first post I only got my 300M "Beast" a couple of days ago and have started to go through the posts here from the start. Lots of good information. I've seen sdmike's Big Red evolve from the stock unit as bought to the beauty it is now. I do believe that Big Red and Beast are twins. Mine was built in October 00. How about yours Mike?
    I've found a dealer here in Ontario that sells the Zaino products but as the daytime temperatures
    are now only around 40 degrees I'm afraid that it will have to wait until the spring unless I can find a heated garage to use. Hmmmm! I only live about 30 miles from the Brampton Chrysler plant where it was built. Perhaps Otto could convince the powers to be that as a good customer relations project they could provide a heated area with washing facilities(and a stocked bar) where we guys in the cold north could Zaino our cars in the winter. Failing that I'm afraid that poor Beast will have to sit out in the snow ( Snow for you guys on the west coast and down south is that white stuff that looks like the cotton batting you take out of the asprin bottle, only it's colder)
    As for modifications, I've listened to sdmike's sound file re: his duals and me want. Looking for a shop now that has done one on the 300M in this area. I don't want to be the first they tried in case thy screw it up. Failing that I may UPS Beast down to Ed Hansons to get it done there:)
  • uxca300muxca300m Posts: 155
    I found the diagram of the muffler installation you posted and have a couple of questions.
    1) Is the Magnlow collector shown the unit that is on the stock car or part of the new dual installation. If it's new why couldn't the original collector be re-used?
    2) I looked underneath my car and see that there is a bumper support that looks like it is exactly where the second set of tips would have to come through . Was this removed, relocated or do the tips just come out to the right hand side of it
    3) Have you had any problems with the dealer reagrding warrentee with the duals installed.

    Last night I went outside to just look at Beast about every half hour or so. My wife asked me what I was doing so I told her. She just shook her head.They just don't understand do they.
  • Doc, I tried to use that link for my 2001 M (floormats)and it told me they weren't available. It would be nice if he actually sold them before he tried to get you to plug his company.
    Forrest
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    uxca300m-

    Congratulations on your "beast"! I had a 99 Candy Apple Red 300M! Love the color. You can Zaino in 40 degrees! I do it all the time in the WINTER here in Connecticut. We aren't as lucky as some here who have pleasant weather ALL YEAR round! ;-)) Just Z it in the sun. No problem. Hope to see some pics soon!

    fastdriver
  • Welcome to the Inferno Red 300 club. I have the same colour here in Calgary, mine was built in April this year, with all the bells and whistles, also sandstone interior. Take a look at some of the pictures that folks have posted in regards to adding the real wood trim to the console and other areas. I got mine from Joshua Tree and am quite happy with it. Be aware of the imitation stuff, you have a beautiful car and don't want to cheapen it with some of the fake stuff.I do not name my cars but if I did "Garage Door Victim" comes to mind. LOL. Also I read here bout folks wanting winter mats for their cars. I have purchased from Canadiantire.com, Pant Saver Mats for both front and back and in the beige or sandstone colour for about $25.00 Cdn. and they are great and I strongly recommend them. The way the Cdn dollar is going, you people in the US should be able to get them for about $15.00 plus shipping. These mats come in several different colours, and in the spring I take them out and use the original mats, these mats work really great for you people living in the snow belts.
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    They list mats for the 2000...
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    I've asked Nifty what the EXTREME VINYL MATS are that they spoke of. If they are identical to their Catch-All in shape but made of vinyl, that's exactly what I want.

    I doubt the extra height will be troublesone, especially considering the protection my carpeting will get. Even if they get coated with road salt, it's still better than any of my carpeting having the same happen -- just remove and spend time cleaning, instead of screwing around in the car. I'm thinking of getting both the Nifty and Weathertech -- but hoping that the EXTREME VINYL MATS are as described above.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    The magnaflow collector is a replacment that we installed to reduce air restriction in the system. I'm not really sure how much of an airflow improvment it is over stock (didn't really test it), but I'm sure the stock collector was built for sound absorbtion, which usually means air restriction. As for your second question, if it's the support I *think* you're talking about, the exhaust goes under it. The support on that side is higher than the new cutout for the passenger side tips. Finally, I haven't done any kind of warranty work to the car, so I don't know what their reaction would be to the exhaust (other than..."coooOOoool"..which I got when I had them replace my plugs). My guess is that it would only void the exhaust warranty, but I'm not sure.

    I love your idea of a special heated facility to sit around and drink while we zaino our cars. I have one here...it's called "my driveway". lol! One of the perks of San Diego I guess. :)
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    Candy Apple Red Metallic rules!!!
  • Well gang here's todays events!

    My wife takes our 300M to work today. Half the time she take our '96 and the other half she drives the M. Me, I drive one of our company's trucks.

    My wife walks through the door of our house tonight while I am screwing around with the software that came with the CD-RW I just installed Monday night. She looks beautiful and has this big smile on face. She kisses me and tells me that she has "something to tell me and would I please promise not to get mad!" Man, I am not the Taliban! If I get mad I get mad and it's my problem from there! I thought she was going to tell me that she got another door ding. But no, her ASSistant(my wife is the boss) backed into the front passenger side of our M!

    The DAMages! Good size dent on the passenger side fender were the metal meets the front fascia by the head lights. This pushed in the front fascia so that the driver side head lights has a twice the gap that it use to. Broken lower turn signal. Looks like $2500 in DAMages.

    Her company insurance will be picking up the tap but I wish it never happened!

    Now comes MY pain and suffering!
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Well good to hear your in a nice M and not that other brand.Also glad to see more 300 Canadian owners finding this site. As for the heated area , would be nice EH!. But would never happen, you guys would sneak out on the plant floor and try and get those new HID lights and replace your old ones. ;-0 . Hopefully next summer we will be getting together at the plant for a tour of the M birthplace, and some good Canadian beverage.
  • Hey All remember me

    I just wanted to say that my lawsuit is set for 11/30/01 wish me luck
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Open the trunk and look on the right side behind the pading. Just behind the wheel well, and you will find it.
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