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Chrysler 300M

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  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Part numbers (from 300Michael)

    Isolator - 4581182AB
    Rear strut - 4895001AE
    R/F strut - 4782110AD
    L/F strut - 4782111AF
    Bump stop - 4782112
    Rear springs - 4581215AD
    Front springs - 4782085AB
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Yeah, I'd like to know that size definitively too. I have some new rotors and brakes coming from Applied Rotor Technology ---channeled but not cross-drilled, and I pray that the company got the right size for my non-php car before they got then cryogenically treated and plated with gold coloring. They should be in in about a week or so and then the tale will be told.
  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    Well, I never hit a deer, but once a deer darted across the road and hit me - right in the driver's door (that was in my Plymouth days, not the LHS.)

    My insurance company said that they would pay IF *I* had hit the deer, but would NOT pay because the deer hit me!! I guess the deer wasn't insured!
  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    Thanks for the link! I have bookmarked it. It looks good....I definitely need one with the brake light.....
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Go away for a few days and come back to 150+ messages! Just caught up.

    phases78-

    WELCOME BACK!! Thanks for helping to keep us free here. Too bad you didn't come across that #$%%^^&*& and shoot him with a rocket launcher right where the sun don't shine! Enjoy your time off.

    sdmike2-

    I THINK you were having a discussion about the front license plate bracket with someone here. It would be quite easy for Chrysler to make a plate holder with a bracket on the bottom that screws into the BOTTOM of the bumper. That way NO HOLES! Acura makes the bracket like that for the CL. CT is a 2 plate state also, but I haven't had a front plate on in years.

    blonda-

    LOL... Nope- Christine was built on April 17(Wed.), 1998. Mmmm..... maybe that was right after the Easter holidays that year? ;-)) I don't think it would have made any difference what day she was built.

    drpixel-

    Hope you see this before your hospital visit. Good luck. I'll be thinking of you. As someone said- you survived 9/11- physically, but I know the emotional scars are still there. I have seen it in your messages pre 9/11 and post 9/11. Ask the DR. if he can give you something to erase that day from your mind. Take care and hurry back here. Think of all the time you'll have now to come here! ;-))

    mikeyjohn-

    DON'T GO!! So many of us have been "reprimanded" at one time or another. Just roll with the punches. I think I missed your post too because I don't remember reading anything that was "out of line". I've been here since 1998. They, nor anyone else, has chased me away yet. The only time I left for several months was when they switched to this "new and improved" software! UGH! NOTHING worked right then! You needed more than the patience of a saint at that time. With Christine and work, I didn't need to come here and get aggravated too. Hang in there.

    fastdriver
  • kimieskimies Posts: 22
    Hey..was able to get a really good look at your car the other day (memorial day monday)in the Target parking lot at 7th Street and Bell...NICE!!!!! It made my M shiver.
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Well we built a 2003 Special today. In graphite metallic, same as the pro-am cars. Looked good. No other changes I could see to the Special. As for the 2003 M , its losing the chrome exhaust tips . Also the 4 disc indash cd changer will go to 6 disc. Looks like nothing new for the last year of the LH cars.Oh yeah the Intrepid R/T will not be offered in 2003 , only the SXT .
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Next time get me I would have shown you more of it, plus I would have loved to have seen your M.
  • lonestarsledlonestarsled Posts: 226
    Otto,

    Will the 6 disc CD changer be a compatible upgrade to the 4 disc changer?

    Thanks for the great info you always give us!!
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    thanks Chrysler! :(

    what are they going to do next? replace 17" rims with 14"?
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    The numbers for the struts don't go with any numbers I can find. So they are not the standard LHS, Intrepid struts, or the non or PHP 300M struts.
    I do not have the numbers for the Special or any of the other non LH sedan struts.
    The numbers Sdmike gave are correct except for the endings which are AD 99 and the AE is 00 model (this only goes for the front struts).
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    They must be cost cutting measures. Like leaving off the front shield, in front of the radiator.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    ruski-

    Wonder how much that will save them?

    Hey, did you see the crash ratings for your car? Pretty good.

    fastdriver
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    did you at least take that deer home and cook it up for dinner--or at least you could have sold it to the local chinese restaurant---

    so how much damage did that deer cost ya?
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Well I borrowed some calipers from work, and sure enough my non-php car has 297mm front rotors ! Guess I should have measured them b4 ordering... Hope I can return the 282mm rotors...
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Make sure not to paint those. Work will be upset. ;)
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    I have a '98 Intrepid ES with Auto Temp Control. I hear an intermittent hiss coming from behind the center a/c vents. It seems to cycle every 30 seconds or so. It also seems to hiss after an acceleration, once you back off the gas.

    Dodge replaced the throttle body, and then installed a straightening tube in the evaporator hose. Neither has solved the problem.

    Any advice on where to look next would be appreciated.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Ottowrkr--Holy cow. I thought they were only going to build 7,500 Specials? Now they are going to come out with a 2003 Special? ... and with the Graphite paint color that I wanted. Egad...It is going to be hard to resist going for a new M if the Graphite becomes an offered color on the 2003's as my 99 will be paid for within a year. Well, let's see...if I keep the 99 as my "tuner" car, the wife's Eldo could sit in the driveway so the new Special would also be in the garage. Nah...unlikely I would be alive to enjoy the Special if I tried that. Eh?
  • kosh_2258kosh_2258 Posts: 338
    Yeah, I'll want to know if the 6 disc changer will work on mine too.

    It should, since the changer controls on the head are simple forward/backward commands to the changer. Only the changer will care how many discs it can hold in the magazine.

    I never assumed there would be only 8500 (?) Specials ever built. I figured they meant for the model year and if it was successful they'd build another run of them in 03.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    A graphite Special? Wow, would that be a nice looking car! Hey bigmike, having any really strong temptations...?

    On another note, why in the world would they take the chrome tips off the exhaust after making a point to have them for 2 years? A 6 disc changer seems nice though, even though 4 worked well for us before, I think room for another 2 would have been even better. So, nothing at all else new?

    You start building them in July, right? Then, how long will the 03' model year last? Last I had read, the 300N (if you'll be building it) wasn't coming until the 05' year. Now, that was from Allpar.com, but there really hasn't been any little snippet in the way of news yet. Usually, if a new vehicle is a year away, there's at least something leaked out.
  • hatemy300mhatemy300m Posts: 7
    TO ANY PROSPECTIVE 300M BUYER - DON'T DO IT
    AFTER 3 YRS (BOUGHT 1999 300M)THE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN HORRIBLE - PWR WINDOW MOTOR BROKE, 2 MAJOR TRANSMISSION FAILURES, FUEL GAUGE SENSOR FAILURE, BRAKES NEED CONSTANT WORK (ROTOR SHIMMY / PAD REPLACEMENT)ETC AND CHRYSLER KNOWS ABOUT MANY OF THESE PROBLEMS AND YET THEY WON'T STAND UP AND DO A RECALL SO I AM STUCK WITH IT BEING OUTSIDE THE WARRANTY - NEVER AGAIN CHRYSLER - NEVER AGAIN
  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    Check out Californiadream for a spoiler for your LHS.

    I put one of these on my wife"s 01 steel blue and it looks great. The curved arch follows the lines of the car and the lip turns up to match the bottom of the bumper. It has a 30 led brake lite. The color match was perfect.


    http://california-dream.com/images/99chrylhs73l.jpg

  • pjyoungpjyoung Posts: 885
    THERE'S ONE IN EVERY BUNCH. YOU GOT ONE OF THEM. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE OTHER FOLKS WHO OWN THEM ARE PRETTY HAPPY... TWO THINGS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER - SELL THE CAR, AND CHECK YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    I'm sorry you've had so many problems with your M. As has been stated so many times before here and elsewhere, ALL vehicle makes will have a certain percentage of "bad ones". You can check any of the boards on Edmunds and you will find problems and disgruntled owners. The vast majority of M owners love their M's and experience very few and minor problems. It's not fair to condemn an entire vehicle line based on a few lemons. If that were the case, none of us would ever own anything!
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    ok beach15...you should only have 1 account on Edmunds.
  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    1) Window motors - most of us have had this problem but were quickly addressed under warranty. DC got a bad bunch of window motors. It happens. They corrected the problem

    2)If the "major transmission" problem was the speed sensors, then I don't really consider that "major". If it was something else, it should have been addressed during the warranty period.

    3) Yes some rotors have been warped. This again should have been addressed long bfore 36K.

    Good luck on you next (non-MOPAR) car. If you find one that has a 100% guarantee (not warranty) of absolutely no problems, let us know what kind of car it is, 'cause I don't know of any. You can spend 100K on a car and still have warranty problems (anything from minor rattales to major engine failure.)

    Just my 2 cents.
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    Was your car built on April 17, 1998? Could have been Fastdriver's M's twin.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    I've been posting here for three years, and that is the first and only post I have ever seen by hatemy300m. Where have he/she been for the last 3 years while all the contributors here and at the plant have given advice and guidance on particular problems that might occur and could be solved. And why, if the vehicle was such a "lemon" [or "Christine clone," if some prefer] did he/she not seek to make DC buy it back? A couple of people did that, and posted here on how to do it. No car, especially in the first year of build, is going to be perfect, but some of us have gotten really excellent vehicles from the 99 year build. [And, I am not a "running dog" for DC on this. Before the M I was always a GM man, partial to Olds/Aurora, who hated Chrysler products based on a real bad 76 Plymouth that my in-laws got.] Sorry for the problems you have had, but I plan on keeping my platinum 99 as a tuner/classic when I move on to the 03 Special in Graphite, the Hemi C, or the Caddy XLR [if I hit the lotto]. But, if I get to the next world before any one of those things occur then I'm thinking of leaving it to Beach!
  • jona57jona57 Posts: 190
    Sorry about your experience, but it is not typical of the 300M. In fact, I believe that the 300M continues to be on Consumer Report's "Recommended" list which means their data indicates good perfomance in their testing AND ave to above ave reliability (and CR historically does not like Chryslers!).
    Your bad experience reinforces my long-held bias against buying the 1st model year of ANY new car design (foreign or domestic). I hate being an automotive "beta-tester".

    BTW- my 2001 300M has had zero problems.

    Jon
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Or I should say my 99,00,and 01.
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