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Chrysler 300M

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  • mikeyjohnmikeyjohn Posts: 365
    Just got back last night, into a brewing blizzard which really hit overnight, with 1 fatal so far and hundreds of accidents and it looks like it will keep up all week-end. I agree that So Cal would be better for your M meet as tourism is down in Vegas and they seem to be making it up with the tourists. I stayed at the Sahara, which I have stayed for the last 3 years, and they have added a $3.00 a night energy charge, but they don't tell you that until you check out, apparently they say they leave a note in your room, but they forgot in my case. They have also added a time share group that jump all over you everytime you walk through the lobby or through the casino.
    I lodged a complaint and informed them that they have lost a customer. I only saw 1 M during my stay and this was a rental with base equipment. I saw a almond M on display at the MGM Grand and it had a big dent on the drivers door as well as a big scratch or black mark on the rear bumper. Not too impressive. I did the Red Rock tour which I am impressed with. My rental was a Neon, which was cheap, and reliable. I hear that the Alladin which just opened I believe last year is really in financial difficulty and is ready to close, a shopping center just south of he strip on Las Vegas Ave. is almost vacant and a car dealer is using part of the parking lot as a storage yard for new SUV's Security at airports were not really that bad and is running smoothly.
    I hope you folks enjoy your meet wherever it may be. I also noted that there were over 200 posts in four days. What do you people talk about??????
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    http://www.car-truck.com/chryed/buzz/b012502.htm


    remember...you heard it from me first...about 5 months ago, ;)

  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    wow. sounds like things are rough there. so....how's your killer slot? ;)
  • Larry and Lynn,

    Since I live in Park Cities and you both live North side maybe we could meet in Plano some Saturday morning for coffee. Name a place we can all find easily and decide when. I am busy tomorrow. We will be at the Olympics from 2/13-17, otherwise I'm free. Just let me know. Thanks for the interest.

    Silver
  • mikeyjohnmikeyjohn Posts: 365
    Let's not even go there. I will say that I added to your economy in a small fashion. I did find something interesting in the number of people who were flying American flags on their vehicles.
    It was quite comical but there was one old babe who had 4 flags flying from an older Caddy which was in great shape. She was travelling so slow that the flags hardly moved in the breeze and all other drivers were honking at her to make her speed up, and I guess she must have thought that it was her patriotism that they were honking at. So she would wave and smile, wave and smile, all at 5 MPH. LOL. Last Monday we did Red Rock and we were about 2 miles from the turn off to the entrance when we observed a pick-up which had lost control and rolled numerous times and emergency vehicles were just arriving. We came back about 2 hours later and the Police were still on scene so it must have been serious. The vehicle was back on it's wheels, looking worse for wear, but the US flag was still standing straight and proud from the roof, but did look a little weathered and dirty. Someone has sure made a pile of money on these flags and flag holders. I was impressed, I wish my country would be a little more patriotic, but you only have to look at our leader and you'll know why we aren't.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Well, the number of flags being displayed at homes and on cars went up about 1,000 times normal after the 9/11 attack in NY. I don't have one on Big Red, but I'm flying one from my house. Funny about the little old caddy-driving lady. I'm sure she was, as you say, clueless that she was a "clot stuck in the artery of progress". ;)
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    MRL (Mike), Glenn and Blonda - It was great meeting you guys today and seeing your great cars. When I got home my wife said "so...were they normal?". LOL! She remembers back to a meeting I took her to years and years ago related to a bulletin board (pre internet). Her comment then was "oh my god, what a bunch of freaks!". heh. I was happy to report that not only are you guys normal but also very nice. :) I'll post pictures of our meeting later this evening.

    Mike - It would be great if you could call up to the carlsbad DC dealership and see if they want any involvement with our meet. We're looking at March 16. I still plan to go up there and scout around, but if you have an "in" already we might get further.

    Glenn - When I chased you down the freeway onramp I heard YOUR exhaust over MINE! Nice! After I got gas at the Mobil (I assume you saw that I was tailing you) I went over to Betty's Car Wash and found the owner/manager. I dropped your name and he had great things to say about you and your wife. I had them polish out the scratches in the rear quarter panel and it looks simply amazing! I gave him $20 even though he said payment was optional (he seemed more interested in me being happy). I'm going to have my whole car done next week. It removed even the very fine swirl marks that were there when the car was brand new. Great job.

    Blonda - It was also great to meet a female car nut! Your husband is a lucky guy. Glenn and I were sharing how our wives just don't understand our love of our cars. ;) Hey, if I need help trimming that dash piece to fit the cell phone holder I'll come see you. I'm not sure I have the stomach to take an exacto to my car. heh. Let me know if any of you guys want help installing a clock face if you have scotian make one for you.

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you all how much I enjoyed the meeting. We'll have to do it again sometime...maybe lunch or beers somewhere.

    Mike
  • kosh_2258kosh_2258 Posts: 338
    I agree with the other opinions that you should have that the bumper checked for hidden damage. They are only designed for 2.5 mph into a fixed barrier so it's possible some of the components underneath are deformed.
  • 300mmm300mmm Posts: 27
    Well it's only a week old and the factory 4CD changer jammed today. Everything has been so great so far too . . . .

    I got in to enjoy my first Friday drive home from work in the new M and pressed one of the load/eject buttons to switch a CD and nothing, it's jammed. Tried all the way home, it makes a faint effort (you can hear it trying to reposition and eject) but it's obviously physically stuck. Anyone experienced this? God I hate the thought of having to have the dealer take the console apart, I fear it will never be quite the same.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    What, no freaks allowed? LOL. That would leave me and my M out of it. All that tofu and being a vegan, and all. Plus even my M is a freak, with all the mods I have done to it.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Yuk. I'm glad to say I've never experienced that problem in my M. The good news is that it's pretty easy to get to the changer unit, so the dealer shouldn't mess things up too bad. :)
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    my custom wood dash radio surround back. They had the wood grain going vertical instead of horazonal. They told me to send it back, and would send a corrected one back to me. I should have it in within a week (I hope).
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    lol! Well, let's just say that the last time I took my wife to meet people that I met on-line (on the BBS) several of them were gloating about private body parts they had pierced....and this was 10 years ago. It didn't bother me much until one of the guys SHOWED everyone his piercing. I don't think I uncrossed my legs for a week. I've seen your picture. You look like a suit and tie republican compared to these other people. :)

    hey, the good news I found out today is that Glenn has ordered the K&N Air Charger. I just might offer to share the cost of having a before/after smog check done to see what the emission readings are before i buy mine. Any one else want to throw a few bucks at it?

    Mike
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Glenn installed a Discount Dash carbon fiber kit in his agate interior. I have to say, the fit and look are very, very nice for that interior. Because the material used by Discount Dash is synthetic (even the wood grain) they're able to round the edges for full coverage and a perfect fit.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Hey, from everyone here, I'd like to have a opinion poll on a name for our car. It's just like Christine but all black and posessed. Some days it seems like a piece of crap and other days it's perfect, you hate it one moment and love it the next! What should we call our beast?

    On another note, I just don't understand this car or the person that owns it, my mother. For months at a time, she hated it. Then she liked it, then she hated it. Then, she finally thought she "got most of the bugs worked out" but then we had a bit of a crash (2 months, a entirely new back end, and $12,000). This seemed to make her mad again. Then she vowed to never drive a wrecked car and had "bad dreams" about it. We got the car back, and one after another, complaints. "It's too loud, the seats are uncomfortable, it rides and bounces like a buckboard (non-PHP), those rattles will drive me to drink, etc., etc.." The nexy day, she never said another word.

    But, then the problems started again. The seat is broken and literally now just spins back and forth, the wipers don't work right, the engine was chattering bad (not the lifter tap) every morning for a week, the defroster sucks, it rattles, blah, blah, blah...

    So, we take it in again. They look at it, "order parts", and we make another appointment when they say "all the parts are in". What happens, the fix nothing, other than putting on the steering columm piece and saying that they fixed a loose/cut wire or something to the wipers. As for the seat, "wrong part", and it now is like a carnival ride, a somewhat unsafe and uncomfortable one at that. "They're idiots, I'm GOING to call Chrysler." She said this five minutes after getting home, but then forgot about it. More than once a day, I remind her about calling Chrysler and always slip in the word "ARBITRATION", to which she reponds "Yeah.."

    I just don't get it, she's about to kill someone when something else breaks each week, but at the same time, seems to enjoy having to take her $32,000 luxo car in all the time to be fixed? I mean sure, it's a really nice car when it wants to be, but when you have to put up with as much crap as we have, would you not be just a little mad?

    Ps, I'm almost about to get my driving permit in a month and have been practicing a little in the M. Sure, it's the only car I've really driven on the street, but it does seem nice. Really smooth, great steering, easy to control, comfy, but the rattles(mainly just the one) were a but distracting. I can now see why this car is so well loved for reasons other than looks.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    beach15-

    How about Christine II?? ;-))))

    fastdriver
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    I just saw the new 300M commercial tonight! You know, they might sell more of these cars if they did something like this more often!

    A man is flying around near nighttime in his silver 300M Special. He pulls onto a dirt road and turns the HID's off. Next, you see a barn and he pulls the M in. Before long, you see the man who jumps out is Amish as he rushes to throw a blue sheet over the car and hide it, when his mother (or wife) calls him in for dinner from the house.

    Maybe DC, should spend more money like this in their AD depo. They have great commercials when you actually do see one once in a blue moon. It just might help people know more about their cars.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    hey I already posted about this commercial probably 50 posts ago, no one seemed to have noticed...

    Anyway - he pulls into his barn and throws a pile of hay onto the car to hide it.

    I think this is finally a great commercial for 300M. They should have done it 3 years ago.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Sure enjoyed meeting you, Mike(2), and Blonda. Well, guess what? My Aircharger was waiting for me by the door when I got home. I read through the instructions and K&N states that it will operate exactly as the stock setup. It has connections for the EGR hoses so I imagine the emissions should be the same. Of course they also say it's for "off-road" use! Go figure! Anyway, if you have a couple of hours free tomorrow let me know and you can come on over and help me install it. (sounds a bit like the Tom Sawyer and the whitewashed fence deal, doesn't it?) Seriously, if you would like to come over, please do!
  • ruski - I first saw the commercial during the Orange Bowl and nearly split a gut!! I liked the commercial too. I meant to post the day after but forgot.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Hey, I think I'd be getting the best of the deal....experimenting on someone elses car! ;) Check your email tomorrow morning. Once I can coordinate calendars with the wifey I'll know what my day looks like beyond babysitting from 7 til 11 while she plays soccer. I'd love to come over and practice...er...help if I can. ;)
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    bluebaron on Yahoo indicates that the HID Xenon lights for the special are now available at the DC parts counters for about $350 each. He says they're a 1 to 1 replacement for our existing lights with no additional hardware or connectors needed. I know many of you were interested in HIDs, and it appears that your ship has come in. :)
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I've posted the pictures of our mini San Diego get together. Thanks again to blonda, mrl859, and glennbp for coming out. Here is Big Red's page. The mini-meet pictures are down one section.


    http://www.ritchiefamily.com/300m.htm

  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    Does it connect directly to the throttle body? If so, describe the piece, please.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    lol! I especially like the spray painted racing stripe, the spoiler made of 2x4s, and the NOS bottle sitting on the dash!

    scotian - I know for a fact that glenn has a digital camera. Get on him to photograph that thing in-hand, during install, and when done. :)
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    Man, I never get tired of looking at 300Ms. All the other cars I've thought were really nice to look at have all lost their luster over time. Not the M!
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I agree! It's funny, there was a gold M with chromies parked in front of office depot when we got there. I've seen it there before, so the person must work there. We laughed about having it towed over to where we were or making an announcement in the store..."will the owner of a gold 300M please report to your car. There are 4 people with Ms that want you to come out and play".
  • A while back you asked about this accessory. I bought one (about $52 if I remember correctly) soon after taking delivery in Dec. '98. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

    Its molded to fit the shape of the truck floor, so it slides right in. It has a 2" lip all the way around it, so if some liquid spills, its contained. It has large (about 3/4" diameter) raised dimples that help keep things from sliding around and it seems to be made of a rubberized plastic because its somewhat flexible and has a fairly grippy surface.

    I use my M for business travel, so I always have stuff in the trunk. I found a medium size cardboard box that just slides into the shorter portion of the trunk space immediately behind the rear seats. These boxes are sized so that they fit into the cavity behind the seats three across, so there is never any sliding around. I use one for car stuff, one for sales giveaways, and one for golf balls. These boxes stay in the trunk at all times, I just use stuff, then refill them as needed. Then I use the rest of the trunk space for variable stuff like luggage, cooler, golf clubs....still have plenty of space and nothing slides around. Try one, I think it'll solve your problem and you'll consider it money well spent.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Just bought a Fuji 1400, it should be here on Monday. What are the best settings to keep it on for taking pictures? Also, what format, quality, etc. do you save you pictures on to get them on the web in proper size? I got a package with the camera, an extra 32MB card, a NIMH kit with batteries & recharger, a cheapo case, and a lense cleaning kit.

    Thanks,
    beach
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