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Chrysler 300 Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited March 20 in Chrysler
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Chrysler 300!

My name is Karen and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owners Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS/Host/Owners Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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  • mileshoovermileshoover Posts: 122
    My name is Miles Hoover; more data on my profile.
    Picked up my 300C on 4/29/04 simply by searching the local DC dealers online for the model and equipment I wanted. Found two exactly the same at PassPort Chrysler of Alexandria, VA so I went there that afternoon and bought the one I liked.

    Both cars were loaded and had the Sirius radio which I didn't want. Dealer subtracted its cost from the deal and gave me a reasonable price for my '99 LHS. Also was able to negotiate a reasonable reduction from MSRP ($38740) and drove it home that evening. I had dealt with that dealer in the purchase of a '94 LHS. This car is the Satin Jade Pearl with the lighter gray and dark jade interior. This interior was specifically sought by me because I feel this car needs a lighter interior. Darker interiors give me a "tunnel" feeling which I don't care for. Further, I always prefer lighter color cars anyway.

    I have been pleased with the automobile; quality is much greater than I suffered with my LHS in '98. It took a year to get that one screwed together. Particularly pleasing is the Bluetooth pairing, the NAV system, and the general appearance of the product.

    This auto is my 63d new car purchased since 1950. So, I have considerable auto knowledge and can sort of stand back to offer critical comments fairly. So far the only complaint I have with DC is the apparent lack of availability on US deliveries, other than fleet cars, of DRL's (Daylight Running Lights). One way or another, I will get them installed on this car since they have been added to my last 3 Chryslers and I believe they are a great safety factor.

    I did buy an Extended Care Warranty, for the first time ever, because this car has so much electronics on it. My worry is that after 36K, there will be a major outage of some electronics part. But I refused the dealer offer of that warranty as being ridiculous. I found a Chrysler dealer in Oklahoma who sold me a 7/70 Max Car warranty for $1020 vs the $2130 (later $1495) offered by the dealer.

    I have added so far, a locking gas cap, purchasable only from the dealer at $41 and change because it requires a lock keyed to your igition key which must be done locally. I consider this a great boondoggle for DC to elicit more money from customers so inclined to get that cap. I am attempting to obtain wheel locks since my "99 ones will not fit these new wheels (another DC boondoggle). The new lock, unfortunately, are not yet available. Also, I will add interior walnet burl dash trim, the only two firms having such kits either have errors in their design or do not have a kit for the NAV dash. That will be the extent of my mods other than a set of clear plastic floor mats to cover the existing stuff. Why? The OEM mats and carpeting is nearly white and will show soil quite easily. But still I wanted the light interior. Oh, and I always transfer a Sony CD-ROM 10 disk changer from car to car. BTW, the Sirius was not removed from the car and I have used it, but would never buy it. Not worth the money, IMO. :*))

    I'll be pleased to answer any reasonable questions. My e-mail address is given in my profile if anyone cares to use it. Since I retired in 1993, I usually only drive less than 10K yearly and expect this car to last me 6 or 7 years as did its predecessor. Currently, I am 75 years old.
  • mikeyjohnmikeyjohn Posts: 365
    I have been a member of the 300M Edmunds site for about 3 years, and put a factory order in on a 300C on the 27 Apr. with all options except the Nav. (I like to be lost) I just got off the phone with DC and they gave me my VIN# and a tentative build date, the middle of June, so should have the car about the end of June The C comes standard with sunroof and hids here in Canada, plus I ordered the walnut woodtrim which is only $275.00 here in Canada and is $400.00 in the US. Does this make sense?
    I am so impressed with this car, and I ordered mine in the Jade Pearl. My M was Inferno Red, and it was time for a colour change.
  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    I've been on Edmunds' boards for some years now but at the Subaru forums. I had 2 Subaru's, I sold mine but my wife has her Outback Wagon. They're good cars but it's time for me to get something bigger.
    That's why I'm here... I'm seriously looking to order by end of month (saving more pennies).

    Live in Northern NJ right now and we finally have some good weather!!!
  • jcz1jcz1 Posts: 36
    Always bought used, decided you only live once (approaching 40), so what the heck.

    Live in Fairfax, VA. Been waiting to test drive this car since I noticed it last summer. Went to a local "Credit Union Car Sale" in mid-April, where they were offering 300C's at $500 below MSRP. Found one they had ordered in Nov (so would be in any day - yeah, sure). Had way more options than I wanted, but missing U-Connect. Since I knew that could be dealer-installed, got them to throw that in for no cost.

    Car finally arrived this past Sunday (Mother's Day). Midnight Blue, light interior, NAV, HID, moonroof, Sound Group II, Protection Group II, adjustable pedals, U-Connect to be installed when the parts come in.

    Absolutely love the higher seating position (last car was a 96 Bonnie), but am still getting used to the limited visibility, especially the sides. Still think it's longer front and back than it is when parking. Gotta love the hemi, although currently showing 14 MPG, so I'm hopeful that improves.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Oh gee, bigelm, I guess we'll allow just about anyone in here. ;-)

    I received an email requesting a new topic for those that purchase via factory order. It's been put on the list.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    lol.. cool!

    Thanks...

    Hey jcz1,

    I'm interested in getting the Midnight Blue now... can you post some pics in the Gallery?

    I posted a link in the 300C forum but it was just one full pic of the car. More detail would be nice and appreciated. Your car package sounds similar to what I think I'll be ordering.
  • riker2riker2 Posts: 36
    Hi. I'm a Philadelphian who went to Premier Night and couldn't get a Jade Green loaded 300C without a wait. I found one in south Jersey on Monday morning, and drove home that night in the C.

    I got the loyalty $1000 and the $1000 Chrysler Financial rebate. I also got a very liberal trade-in on my 2002 300M, a little bit ahead of Edmund's TMV.

    The car is everything and more than the most enthusiastic reviews in the press. I can't believe what this vehicle delivers for the price.

    And while I am certainly not a celebrity, the car meets the criteria.

    I'm actually getting tired of fill-ups at the gas station. I have to allow an extra 15 minutes to let people ask questions, do a walk around, etc.

    Is this car not amazing?

    The M was great, but this is a completely different animal. Every day I watch every type of import driver dodge in front of, around and behind me to assess the C.

    This is too much fun. I am loving this beast!
  • jcz1jcz1 Posts: 36
    bigelm:

       The only pics I have so far were taken with a camera phone, so they're not great. Here's one:

    image

       I have all four up at:

    http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/602432

       The Midnight Blue looks even better in person. I think you'll like it.
  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    Camara phone doesn't do all the justice but that Blue is very nice. My Subaru was Blue Ridge Pearl, very similar to this blue (it looks like it) and I thought I wouldn't find a similar blue but it looks very nice.

    If I can see one in person... I think my jaw would drop.. only a matter of time.

    By the way, thanks!
  • mnmatchesmnmatches Posts: 111
    I thought my only choices were going to be Black, or Magnesium. But this blue is exactly the flavor of blue that tickles me! I think tinted windows would do it perfect justice. Now I'm not talking about a deep (can't see through kind) tint..... but just one to keep prying eyes from glancing in after I've been shopping. Aesthetically it would also give it more of a mysterious look.
  • bobbyc49bobbyc49 Posts: 2
    chyrsler tech and district mrg. tested car said it was following crown of road..i said bull..they sent bolt kit but did not install.i need help here. they won't give me a new car
  • cavendishcavendish Posts: 5
    Hello, fellow Virginian. I am seriously moving toward purchasing
    a 300, but am in quandary about colors. My dealer has black, blue, and magnesium. The latter is starting to grow on me, but I am intrigued by the jade...although I cannot locate a picture of it (supposed to be a link in message 809, but can't locate message 809). How happy are you with the jade? All I know is the measley paint chip at the dealer...the magnesium seems a bit masculine for me, but I don't know ....any feedback would be helpful....I am so frustrated that I cannot get a good pic, seems silly. Thanks!
  • Good day to all

     My first post here. My wife and i went to look for a small car for her to drive because of the gas prices and we drove home in a new 2005 300 with the 2.7 beautiful color called cool vanilla picked the smaller engine for mileage and is the base model. We have had the car a month now and love it when we can drive it. It has been in the shop now for two weeks and chrysler seems to think it might be one or two more weeks before we get it back because of a problem with the computer software in the car. Has to do with the electronic throttle control. I hope we get our car back soon so we can enjoy it. This is my first chrysler and all these problems. Not a good start but we love the car and and chrysler seems to think they can fix the problem. Has anyone had a problem with the throttle response on there 300 if so please post thanks .
  • mikeyjohnmikeyjohn Posts: 365
    If your e-mail address would come through I could send you a picture of the Jade. I have factory ordered one and I found one at a dealership here and I took two pictures.
  • yolawyolaw Posts: 1
    I just ordered my cool vanilla 300c on 05/18/04. I qualified for the Affiliate program through my company. So the only way I could get the vehicle was to order it. One place told me it would probably take 3 months to get the car. The reason, back order on parts for the sunroof. I was told that the company making the sunroof ran out of parts. This is causing a big delay. The place I ordered the car from said to expect it in 4 to 6 weeks, but just know it could take longer due to the sunroof issue. Anyone ran into this issue with the sunroof?
  • crispiegeecrispiegee Posts: 90
    Has anyone found a better front license plate bracket?

    I'd like to find one that mounts lower, so the plate doesn't block the grill.
  • bjsohiobjsohio Posts: 69
    The sunroof issue has been resolved. See the Chrysler 300 forum where it has been discussed in length.... I ordered mine on 4/27 and it's still on "BG" status, which means it hasn't been scheduled yet.
  • itshemiitshemi Posts: 32
    Bulletin, The Dealer's wheel locks will NOT work for your 18" 300c Chrome Wheels. Its confirmed. So be care full about where you park. Hopefully Chrysler will resolve the problem quickly. 14mm 1.5 will not work, it looks like they need to manufacture 14mm 1.25 locks, current set will not allow you to put Cap back on..
  • nmatsonnmatson Posts: 17
    I am on my third tank of gas and 10th day of ownership on my Silver 300C with all the options. What a beast actually getting 19.6 average MPG without a lot of highway drving. The car is performing beautifully. Still reading the manual to figure out all the toys.
  • yak54yak54 Posts: 72
    My 300C is still on order (5/10). I am concerned about some of the cars pulling to the right. Have you had this problem, and what was the build date on your car? I am hoping only those built before may have this problem.
  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    Even if it does have a pull problem, you should have some peace of mind that DC already has a fix for it...

    I don't see the big deal...
  • nmatsonnmatson Posts: 17
    ? where do I find the build date - the vehicle manifest has 4/27/04 with the Vechicle Order Number would that be it?
  • maw1109maw1109 Posts: 1
    Yes,
    I too have the 300 bae model with the 2.7.
    I will taking mine in for service too.
    I love the car, but I feel it's not safe enough if the throttle acts up if your trying to go aroung a vehicle where there might be a chance a vehicle is coming in the opposite direction.
    This would be a law suit waiting to happen.
    All-in-all I thing the car is great
  • jeepjeep Posts: 86
    Look at the bottom of the label on the drivers door. In small numbers it will show the month, date, and hour built.
  • jeepjeep Posts: 86
    What are you talking about? Why do you have a concern, or is this a joke?
  • nmatsonnmatson Posts: 17
    May 4th is the date on the label
  • lcolelcole Posts: 8
    I'm Len from southeastern Virginia. Got my 300C on 4-24-04, silver with sunroof. Has a slight drift to the right, but nothing else. The car drives great. Takes me 45 minutes for a 10 minute trip. Everyone wants to talk and look at the car. So far I am extremelly please with it. I am a prior 330M owner.
  • itshemiitshemi Posts: 32
    I just returned from 330 mile trip from Spring field VA to Dover Del, got 23.9 MPG. I have whopping 600 miles, drove at about 60mph.

    I ordered my car 24 March 2004, Dealer said it would be in June, called me and I picked it up 27 April, Build date 041706.

    Dealer was just as surprised as I was. Though the previous Chrysler owner status helped. Just bought 2003 Sebring LXI for daughter in Feb 2004 (bad news though it was stolen and the insurance CO totaled it thank goodness, thieves stole in MD stripped in in Washington DC, but what was really bad was the towing CO didn't lift the car on the Bed, they DRAGGED it since it didn't have any wheels, Dum.....

    I got four (4) options, equivalent to the Limited Luxury Package (Moon Roof, 380watt/7 speakers), CA Wood Grain, and UConnect)

    See mine at http://photos.yahoo.com/jlsy2001
  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    I know you love your 300C but can I ask why do you cross post the same message in 4 different boards?
  • jeepjeep Posts: 86
    Hey, thats the same date mine was built. Any problems yet?
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