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Chrysler 300M

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  • LOL! Have seen my share of rank seaweed, red tide and oil on Galveston. I don't go to the beach anymore. My wife, who is from CT doesn't know any better. If she knew how nice Surfside is we would be forced to go there.

    Re Mario's: We always have pizza there. Still great! Also the kids like Joe's Crab Shack on the seawall. Passing through Houston (a good idea), we eat at either Foo's Garden in the Village, or Goode Company BBQ.

    Regards, Silver
  • cmyers300mcmyers300m Posts: 206
    I've looked into the Lincoln LS. Nice car, not cheap though. V8 will run ya 40k. One thing to mention, the LS reliability is amoung the worst out there, which in turn has caused tremendous slow sales and worse resale values than the M. Infiniti G35 would hold up better in the market.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    It's not the war OR the economy....... it's all GM's fault!! :-)))

    http://www.detnews.com/2003/insiders/0306/10/b01-189049.htm

    fastdriver
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    Sweet! Did it sound like a jet taking off from a red light?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    dustinnewton-

    I don't remember what it sounded like from a red light, but it DID sound like a jet when it was started. For the times, it was pretty radical looking and indeed a HEAD TURNER like the current 300M was when it first came out in this form in 99.

    It does seem like the "concept" cars that Chrysler designs and shows and DOESN'T build, are the ones that everyone wants!! What is their problem? Do they really think that their new station wagon and that ugly new 300 are going to move them UP in the marketplace- hemi or no hemi!!

    fastdriver
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    be sure to click on the spec sheet---that engine had lots of torque (over 4oo) but low hp (just 130hp). Also note no cooling fluids or crankase oil.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Newspaper Ad for Pacifica yesterday in L-ville. Sticker $32.9 and buy it now for $29.8. Already discounted $3K. They must be going like hot cakes.
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    How intimidating would it be to pull up to a light in a little 4 banger Honda Civic tuner car with a coffee can full of bees for a tailpipe and rev it up like you wanted to race and hear a turbine! I assume it was the configuration where the turbine ran at a constant speed and the power was taken off from there instead of throttling up and down. Why can't I win the lottery? I can see it now...The world's first turbine powered 300M!!! :-) Tailgaters? AFTERBURNER!!
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    I've had more longnecks there than I care to remember...which I don't, actually.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Have been to Foo's Garden many times for lunch since I have been in Houston. Have not made it to Goode Company yet though.

    Just got my 300 out of the shop. They replaced Tie rod ends on both sides and also the steering shaft. Gave me a could not reproduce on the whining at idle. Other than the car being filthy and the alignment off the steering problem is finally fixed. I am at 36008 miles I will probably be trading it very soon as I do not have an extended warranty on it.
  • Late last year my 2000 had a slit develop in the center of the dash pad as it extends above the clock toward the windshield. The slit was about 1" when I noticed it and grew to about 3" before I took it to the dealer.

    They replaced the dash pad -- total cost was $1,200 with labor (they were down to the firewall for replacement).

    Shortly after after the replacement, my wife's 2001 developed the same problem on the same place on the dash. When we took it in, it had a slit of only 1" and they tried to patch it. It did not turn out well and the patch was quite noticeable. I tried to get the pad replaced, but they were reluctant to do so. Apparently, they took some heat for replacing mine without the area supervisor's approval. And, apparently they were getting a new area supervisor who would have to approve it. In the meantime, the patch began to buckle upwards and the slit began to reappear. This week, they finally got authorization for replacement and have ordered the pad.

    I have never seen this dash problem presented in this forum, but I can't believe it is an isolated problem. For both of our 300M's to have the same problem in exactly the same spot on the dash is just too coincidental. Has anyone else experienced this?

    If you do, they should replace it under warranty as the precedent has been set!
  • I don't drink beer passing through Houston and facing a 300 mile drive back to Dallas. The restrooms are just too far apart! ;>)
    Killer pecan pie at GC if you still have room for it. Owner Goode was featured on one of the foodie channels last week, or so.

    Regards, Bill
  • blowbyublowbyu Posts: 26
    I have not had that problem with my '99. We do though have a garage here at work so it stays out of the Florida sun on weekdays. On weekends I use a sun shield. I have not heard of anyone else having that problem.
  • lonestarsledlonestarsled Posts: 226
    There was at least one other person that has had this problem and posted here about a year ago. Maybe they are still around and will post there experience.
  • I thought it must be the sun, too. We don't use sunscreens. But the dash pad material is so soft and flexible, I don't believe it could crack from the heat. Besides, the slit was in a straight line with no jagged edges all the way through the pad. My first thought was that it could be a seam for the passenger air bag, but it is too high on the dash and too far to the left.

    I think it may be a precut airbag seam in the wrong place. Maybe the heat made it buckle enough to come right through the surface of the pad.

    To be on the safe side, once my wife's M is repaired, I'll make sure we get sunscreens for both cars.
  • That might have been me! I believe I posted several months ago when I first had the problem. I posted again now because my wife's car had the identical problem and I thought the problem might be widespread...
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    That was me who also had the problem... Dealer said Chrysler knew they had a problem with these and offered to give me a new one for $200 installed since my M was out of waranty.. Hope it doesnt happen again... I dont want to pay the full $1200 for the fix...
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Mine was built 12/21/98. Window motors only problem, along with the two recalls. No dash problems so far, and it is parked in the AZ sun. I believe it may be a defective seam in the under laying fabric layer, that may be the problem. Other then that my 99,00,01,02,03 300M is doing great.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    It looks nice, is there a glare problem on sunny days though? Were the center vents rerouted somewhere else? If not it seems it would put a load on the blower system. I want to keep the vents but have the unit pop out where the clock is (just about the vents). As soon as I can get the extra ductwork to test with.
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Nope no problem on Sunny days, just had to turn the brightness up a bit... The only time it gets questionable (but still viewable)is with both windows & the moonroof open and if the sun shines directly on it through the roof... other than that odd occurance its great... They blocked off the center vent section so the air goes to the 2 sides and the center console... seems fine so far, havent had any really really hot days though...
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    No dash issue as I approach 5 years with my M. Mine is always garaged when at home. I use sunscreens during the hot KY summer months. I use a dash pad from Dash King [$34] available at Autozone, that is custom fitted for the dash; and I use Armor All or a similar product from AutoTrim Design on the dash material[plastic/vinyl?] about 4 times a year. It would be tough glarewise except for the dash pad which cuts reflection significantly.
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    They've done it! This might be old news, but Chrysler just announced they were going to build a "decontented" (don't we hate that word) Pacifica this summer for lass than $30,000.

    http://www.autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat- - - _code=carnews&loc_code=index&content_code=04830556

    Also, I noticed on Edmunds that the TMV for a 2003 Toyota XLE V6 is actually equal to invoice AND they are offering, for the first time I can remember, a $600 cash rebate!!! Wow! Come on Honda, join the deflation wagon!

    My concerns about where all the buyers for these increasingly expensive vehicles were going to come from.....is coming true...THERE GOES THE HEMI ON THE 300C - THEY WON'T SELL THAT CAR IF THEY PRICE IT AT $35,000+. NO WAY!
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    I never heard anything good about ArmorAll.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Kerkorian sticks to his guns. Guess when you have money you can fight the "big guys" until the end!

    http://www.forbes.com/2003/06/13/cx_zc_0613dcx.html?partner=yahoo- &referrer=

    fastdriver
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    pster why do you say decontented Pacifica ?? When the Pacifica was launched they started with the top of the line AWD unit. Now they are just going to build low and mid line units FWD units . Whats wrong with that ?? we build low line 300's , mid line 300's and hi-end 300's .
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    I thought the full line of Pacificas was already being produced? I got the distinct impression from the article they were "decontenting" to reduce the price point.....if this means the Pacifica will be the same, but with perhaps a smaller engine, non-leather, etc. I can understand that as most cars have several price point levels....but I just can't see a non-leather, 3.0 liter Pacifica selling well.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    non-leather will probably still sell, smaller engine probably won't.

    There are people out there that hate leather (or can't have leather) for a number of reasons.
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    no , they are just building the top of the line AWD models now. Soon they will start to make low and mid line FWD models
  • I agree with you on the Pacifica -- I read several months ago that production of the lower-ended models would follow the original high-end models. I thought, however, that there was going to be a wider MRSP difference than what I am now hearing...at least a few thousand.

    What do you mean by low line/mid line/high-end 300's? All 300M's (in the US and Canada) come with one engine size, one transmission and are all FWD. Other than the special, the cars are all the same except for sun roofs, PHP and interior options. So how is the production divided into the low/mid/high ranges?

    Just curious...
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