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Chrysler 300M

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  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Nice picture. It sure makes the 300M look good. It is hard to beat the M on looks.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Just wire the horns to a plunger switch and then a switch in the car (to disable it when you work on it).
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Too bad about your problem. So far no problems here (and with all the changes (over 70 now)I have done I am surprized) car keeps getting better and better. It seems they are dropping a lot of good models.
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    I wish Chrysler would keep this car in its lineup and improve it even more...the design is fantastic, I just wish they would target it as their Six Sigma vehicle and make it truly world class. I wonder when Detroit will focus its energies on some core vehicles instead of trying to be everything to everyone...way too many SUVs....they need an Accord and Camry and Altima beater.
  • There are two 2000 300M's with approx. 20K and the sun roof. They are asking 18k for one and 17k for the other. Any suggestions?
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    Get an extended service warranty or you'll regret it later.....like me. Incredible car....fantastic design.....excellent power...comfortable... mechanical integrity questionable and still a "wild card".....get the extended warranty.

    I'd lowball any 300M sale price....it will be a dinosaur in a few months.....
  • cmyers300mcmyers300m Posts: 206
    Hold out for a 2001 model. Mine is 2 and a half years old, no problems, no need for extra warranty garbage, just an awesome car.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    davethewave1-

    For peace of mind, get the warranty with a LOW or zero deductible. Listening to a car talk show yesterday or the other day, the host was talking about DC vans being the grandaddy of them all, BUT he said- with the vans, at least you know WHAT is going to break and WHEN it's going to break. The same could be said of other DC products. He said that Chrysler is SLOW to learn from past mistakes.

    fastdriver
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    CL-I ahve driven a sedan and it does drive like a go-kart. The M was never touted as a performance car, so comparing the two in that respect gives a understandably different result. I do think that the M is far better looking (The G coupe is much better looking than the sedan, but I still think the M looks better than either G) and is more luxurious. The G is too small and cheap looking on the inseide for my tastes. Of all the reviews I have read, that's the only complaints others have had too. Both are nice cars, but I prefer the M for the extra luxury.

    Blonda-thanks for the link! Do you have H.I.D. lights on your M, or have you compared the two side by side? I'm curious as to how the color matches up to tryu H.I.D. lights. My dull yellow fog lamps definitely don't match my white H.I.D. lights, but I don't want a deep blue buld that looks weird either, know what I mean?! My local Wal-Mart doesn't carry any H4 bulbs. I was going to try theirs first. We finally get a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and the selection is worse than the old store!

    Blue-I'm not sure how to answer your question since the 300M rotors aren't listed on the website. You have to call them to get the correct model. The Intrepid R/T rotors are $259 + shipping on the site, so if that's a comparable price, it looks ike a discount of $10,a nd no shipping charge (which would be a nice chunk since they're so heavy), but don't hold me to that number. The R/T rotors look bigger than the M's rotors, so I don't know if that's a good comparison. Several in the club have them and I am reading good things about them. They (iRotors.com were kind enough to take care of our club members, so I'll probably order from them and return the favor. My old headlights and tail lights are on eBay now and the proceeds will pay for my rotors. I'll probably order them sometime early next week. I'll provide a report of course!

    300Michael-I agree wholeheartedly!
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    Well, I bought a air grinder for use with my compressor this past weekend to finish the opening for my dual exhaust. It was well worth the money. The second opening looks factory. I dropped my M at Midas this morning for the transformation and I am anxiously awaiting the call that it's done! I am putting on a Magnaflow 12265 collector, a 12286 (or 68, I can't recall which at the moment) Magnaflow muffler (the offset single 2.5" inlet and dual 2.5" outlet Camaro/Firebird muffler) and Holley Hooker dual 3" output chrome slashcut European style tips. As long as it sounds like a Lamborghini Murcielago when it's done, I'll be happy!! ;-)
  • "I'd lowball any 300M sale price....it will be a dinosaur in a few months....."

    This sounds to me like a "half-full" / "half-empty" issue. I prefer the "half-full" -- i.e. "it will be a classic in a few months (or at least a few years)"! :)
  • With all the reports of Crossfires being sold (or at least offered) @ $500 - $5,000 over MSRP, I was surprised to see an ad in a local dealer's weekend specials for a Crossfire @ $1,868 BELOW MSRP!

    I believe the MSRP was $35,520, which made the "one only" offer $33,652...
  • Turns out this 300M has 35101 miles. and is out of warranty by 2 months.

    Think I'll pass...
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    I have a 2000 300M with 53K miles and am thrilled with mine. Find out if you can get an aftermarket warranty for a reasonable price, see if you can get part or all of that cost deducted from the sale price and if so, I'd consider it!
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    No I don't have HID's. I did replace the bulbs with the Xenons though. I don't know if it would help for comparison, but you can get idea of what the fog lights look at in my pics in the "mesh grill/headlights" folder. It's definitely a whiter light:

    http://community.webshots.com/user/blonda81
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    B-Thanks for the link. Those are definitely an improvment over the standard lights. I'm going to order a pair today and give them a try.

    All-It's amazing what the M's engine sounds like when you open it up and let it breathe! Midas finally finished up my dual exhaust last night around 7pm. They did a great job although the tips are sticking out too far from the valence. I will have them moved in about 1.5 inches and re-welded and all will be fine. They look ok now, just a little too much of a "tuner" look for me. I want a subtle more conservative look. When I get them moved in a bit, they will be perfect. I am very happy with the Magnaflow collector and muffler. The combo gave me what I was looking for: a slight rumble during idle, a more agressive, yet not weird or obnoxious, improvement when accelerating normally, and when you get on it in Autostick, it roars to life with a decidedly performance-oriented note, without being too loud or sound like a swarm of bees in a coffee can like the tuner Hondas and Acuras out there. It's easy to tell that it's not a 4-banger! The seat adjuster part (that was ordered a few weeks back at my A/C visit) came in and my M is at the dealer now. My SA noticed the duals and went out to look at them and had to start the car up to hear what it sounded like. I told him to give it a sping when it was done and let me know what he thought. He agreed with me that the tips needed to be moved in. Hopefully, I can get my K&N Aircharger Intake Kit and my drilled/slotted rotors ordered next week and installed soon thereafter.
  • newgmbuyernewgmbuyer Posts: 11
    I have a 2001 LHS, but this msg board reaches a much bigger audience, so I thought I would try here. My radio recently started acting possessed. First while listening to a CD it just died, but the display still shows the CD #, track # and time. No Sound, try turning off the radio- still shows same display. Shut the car off and the display doesn't go dark. Finally drained the battery. When the battery died, and I recharged it the radio started working again. The problem doesn't seem to be with the CD changer- I can still insert and remove CD's. Now the radio just quits every once in a while- display just freezes up- no sound, display stays on when car is shut off. Car going in for service, but anyone have a problem like this before?
    Thanks
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Been on this board almost 5 years now and never heard of the problem you describe with the radio. Maybe the relay for the radio is staying closed when it shouldn't. Closest I can come to this problem is when my A/C decides to power up to the automatic setting every once in a while. So far tho when I turn the fan dial to change the setting it settles back to normal. Only happened twice. Saw what you describe in a movie once...but it was a red Plymouth and I think it was named "Christine"... arggh...Sorry.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    bigmike5-

    LOL.... glad you said MOVIE and red PLYMOUTH!! Even my Christine didn't do that! :-)))

    fastdriver
  • charlesf1charlesf1 Posts: 52
    Fastdriver or Ruskie, Do you remember who that dealer was I think in Kansas many moons ago who had a web page and showed his invoices for his cars? Do you remember what his web page was?
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    Kansas or Texas? I remember reading about it a long time ago, on this board, but I can't remember the link.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Juergen Schrempp- Are his bags all packed and is he ready to go............

    http://www.detnews.com/2003/insiders/0307/29/b01-230354.htm

    fastdriver

    PS charlesf1- I'll see if I can find the link to that dealer.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    charlesf1-

    Here is the URL you asked about-

    http://www.markroberts.com/

    fastdriver
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Strange isn't it that the invoice for his Crossfire contains no information, but he shows all for the 300M. And if it is dated correctly, he's had that Crossfire for about a month. And he has a handful of Pacifica with up to $5K off the sticker. Yikes..
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Chrysler and Mercedes almost TIE for repairs! So much for saying that "better quality" Mercedes parts are finding their way into Chrysler products!

    http://www.detnews.com/2003/autosinsider/0307/30/business-231761.- - htm

    fastdriver
  • gives new meaning to the saying "there are lies, damn lies and statistics." What a useless survey!

    First of all, it only addresses vehicles going into the dealership for sevice/repair. What about the millions of vehicles that are never brought back to the dealership -- for any reason? They don't even get counted! For example, the only reason my car goes back to the dealership is for a warranty repair, so my % would be 100%!

    Buick #1? Get real! This survey only shows that a lot of Buick owners use their dealership for regular maintenance.
  • blowbyublowbyu Posts: 26
    How much did the whole dual exhaust project set you back? Installation/Parts? Did you buy the parts from Midas, or somewhere else?
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    Magnaflow collector (12258): $88
    Magnaflow muffler (12265): $88
    Mandrel 90 degree elbows: $30 (I think)
    Hooker Header tips: $75
    Midas installation: $168
    Total: $449 (shipping was included in amounts above, when applicable)

    I bought the collector on eBay, the muffler from www.bigexhaust.com , the tips from www.jegs.com , the mandrel elbows from www.jcwhitney.com and my local Midas shop was for installation only. They did have to fabricate two additional "S" pipes to go from the mandrel elbows to the tips since the mandrel elbows were too short to correctly line the tips up with the existing (and new) exhaust cutouts. They were having a very bad day at Midas and they were 2 hours late in getting me out the door and the manager was very appreciative of my patience and only charged me for one "S" pipe and 2 hours of labor as a thank you. They had it on the lift from 1:45 until 6:30 (I don't think they worked on it non-stop during that time since they were so busy). I couldn't find the Rhino muffler that everyone had been using (the company's website doesn't exist anymore), so I just went ahead with a full Magnaflow setup. Here's a link to the tips that I bought: http://www.jegs.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=300- 2&prmenbr=361 Mine are the dual slash tips, the last item. They are very nice and high quality. What's not chromed is powder coated, including the inside of the pipe. I'll try to get some pics and sounds up on my website soon.
  • psterpster Posts: 293
    Many consider the platysaurus a classic dinosaur. But extinct is extinct. However, I do suspect some on this board - and they know who they be - will succeed in embalming their 300Ms for future enjoyment.
  • We just couldn't make it fit in our budget...
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