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Chrysler 300M



  • Firstly, let me say I am a big fan of the LHS and 300M. I bought an LHS in 93 and had it for 7 years. No problems except a new trans at about 35K miles.

    I got a great deal on a 2000 LHS back in Jan. of 2001 and have had a persistent problem with it from day one. Sometimes when I start the car, the steering makes a rhythmic clicking sound and you can actually feel a "kick" or "tug" on the wheel. This only happens when the car is stationary or under 15mph. Once I go over 15mph, the sound and tugging stop.

    I bought it to the dealer the first time and they dismissed it with the infamous "couldn't detect the problem" excuse. It happened again when I was only a few miles from the dealer and test-drove it with the service manager. He said there is "definitely" a problem with the variable assist steering. Specifically the "solenoid" (spell?). They replaced the entire steering column and sure enough, the problem didn't go away.

    They then replaced the body control module (BCM). (While this repair was going on, someone stole all 4 of my chrome wheels and tires when the car was in the service lot to the tune of $4,500 including some body damage, but this is another tale).

    Lo and behold, the problem still hasn't gone away. I brought it back to the dealer and the morons again said that they couldn't detect the problem.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem? If yes, does anyone have any idea what is causing the problem? I would appreciate any help or info on this problem. I am also posted this on the LHS board.
  • takes about 5 min to get it in. you just take off the lid to the airbox, and take old filter out, pop this one in, and put lid back on. 10 yr old can do it.
  • spyboyspyboy Posts: 22
    My '01 M will average 24 MPG highway with the AC on. Last
    week I got 26 when the weather in New England was pretty
    cool (it rained one day too!) with the AC off. I'll cruise 65 - 75.
    I use Mobil, Exxon, Amoco 89 Octane ($1.73/gal). It might
    make a difference. I drive in "D" but will use autostick around town (fun).
    Yeah, I jump off the line from time to time to see how my passengers like
    getting pressed back in their seats ;-)

    I check the tire pressure (32psi) often. I have the Mich tires. I take out the air filter
    to clean it every two weeks (tap out the dirt/bug snot/ still looks new). I bought
    a K&N filter but have not put it in yet. I'll wait until 10K the factory recommends
    to replace it. Incidentally, I check mileage the old fashioned way. Fill it up, drive X miles
    and fill it up again. Divide...yaddy yaddy, etc. I check the computer - it's pretty accurate
    too. I hit reset every fill up.
  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    hey man, i talked to scott, and all i got was some bad news :(

    he said that he did it that one time cuz dude had his/her car sittin there for a while doin 20k of work on it, and he had it there to mess with, he said he couldnt do it again.....

    lets see what they can do in nashville.....
  • Well I called him up too this morning at 10 a.m. when they opened and he told me the same thing. He said that if a car was in there for other reasons he would do it again, but he wouldn't just make a grille without doing some other type of work to it as well. I guess it wasn't worth his time to fabricate one.

    On another note, he did say that Monday he would call around because a few months ago he was told that a few places they do business with would be making upper and lower billet replacement grilles for the M and he would call me and let me know what he found out so I'll be sure to keep you posted.

    Sorry about the wild goose chase.

    Let me know if you hear any good news on your end.


  • OK, I used to see a readout on the highway showing an estimated 30+ mpg at steady speed. I will clean, or change the air filter and see if that helps.

  • cmyers300mcmyers300m Posts: 206
    Man that must of been a pain doing the scoop by yourself, but nonetheless it looks good. Hopefully I can find a manufacturer that has one similar to what you have. I haven't made any real mods to my car yet, other than tint and a spoiler, but I plan on gettin rid of the Chrysler letters like most people have and lower it with Eibach springs, add a K&N filter, and maybe add the Borla exhaust. I've noticed some have opt'd for the dual exhaust. Did you do yours 'homemade' like most or did you find a manufacturer that makes a dual exhaust outlet valence? So-Cal Speedshop told me new front and rear valance(that is setup for dual exhaust) and side skirts are in the works for their project M, but didn't say who was making them.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    How do you get at your spare tire? An aquarium? You have to be kidding.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    cmeyers300. Here's a link to someone selling their H&R lowering springs:
  • achanceachance Posts: 106
    Looking for advice on putting drain holes in my 99M's mirrors. Where is best, how much "stuff" is in the way, what can I hurt? Real tired of water draining out and streaking the windows and sides. Put small holes near the training edge where I could see them, but no real help. Thanks!
  • Actually I'm not kidding. It's all about customizing to me. =)

    The aquarium is a custom job done with lexan and will be fitted flush into where the rear arm rest was. I will be using baby oil and 2 small compressors to make the bubbles. Baby oil is better than water because since it's thicker, the bubbles travel to the top much slower creating a better effect.

    Getting to the spare is quite easy actually. When we built the housing for the air tanks and compressors, we made it so that loosening 2 bolts will allow me to move those tanks out of the way and get right to the spare. I'll be getting my spare 20" Lexani Krystal rim and 245-35-20 Toyo Proxes T1-S tire here shortly as well to replace the stock on that is back there currently.


  • guesswho1guesswho1 Posts: 209
    won't that kill the fish? :)
  • well i am ready to order up my rims, and i was planning on ordering 5, for spare as well, plexy the back so u can see right thru it and all that, but i tried to put my 20" tire in there today, wouldn't fit!! ahhh!! oh well, a little more modification. that doesn't hurt. but how are you gonna get it in, i am still making a few plans to see what will work best and what will look good as well..
  • ca2stayca2stay Posts: 5
    I contacted Eibach back in June and they indicated that they sold their last set of 300M springs and had no plans to make any more. If anyone has recently spoken with Eibach and found otherwise, please let me know.

    I'm also considering altering the throttle body to increase air flow. I'm wondering if I'll need to upgrade the fuel injectors as well. If so, will the computer be able to adjust to the changes or will I have problems with calibration.

    Would I be better off considering modifying a throttle body from a 3.9L V6 Dodge Dakota for use on the 300M? I was considering heading down that investigation path, but if anyone else has studied this it would be helpful.
  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    i totalled my new M today!!!!!! i rolled it four times going around a curve to fast, then wrapped it around a tree!!!!!!!

  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    just kidding. hahahah!
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    you know what they say: people who lie may see their lies become true----hope not!---drive carefully now, phases---maybe your next M will be a red one--might as well have owned one of each color ;}
  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    did i get ya? hehe sorry, im just sooooo bored right now, it just came to me.
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    why dont you fire up the M and take a nice cruise--go out and see how fast you can go around some curves ;}
  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    LOL!! not after that mental picture! i've been crusin allll day! :)
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    My wife drove to a one hour appointment this morning, and THREE hours later she came home. She's either having an affair, or she was out playing in the M. ;)
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I didn't believe your "rolling" post for a minute. After all, you have PHG. ;)
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,096
    My '99 M has just over 26,000 miles on the odo and I've never had a problem with the mpg (given the car's weight/power and desire to be driven at high speeds!). Local weekday commuting to work (highway, backroad, stop/go) I get in the 20-21mpg range. Highway trips, 65-85mph I get 26-28 mpg.
    All continues to be great with the car. Only issue currently is some buzzing/rattling behind or below me, in the door or B pillar? I'll have it checked out at 30k miles. Two window motors and a windshield are the only replacements. Chrome razorstars still look great (when clean and shiny). Good(bad)year tires have never been an issue.
    Great car.

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • After speaking with the local Jiffy-Lube trolls, I made a decision to do the power flush instead of dropping the pan. They showed me how you could actually see debris coming out of the transmission, and that all the fluid is changed, versus 30% in the pan drop method. I'll probably do the flush every 18 months, or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. Cost was $80, the same as quoted for a pan drop by AAMCO. I will be watching for leaks since they connected at the cooler hoses. I made sure that they used the correct fluid, and he showed me the Chrysler part number for the fluid is right on the dipstick, so the dealers that have put in the wrong fluid in a couple of posters' cars are just plain incompetent and/or negligent.

  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    at a gas station i passed so i turned around and went back. talked to the guy a while, he has some awesome rimms on there, and there just 17's, he said he didnt wanna hurt the ride, and they still looked AWESOME! i think i may have to get em..

    and he had some tint on there, cost him over a grand. it was real cool, when its bright outside they turn black, when its dark outside they get clear, if i had known u could get that, id done it!! sadly, very sadly, i forgot to tell him about the club and edmunds,.. but, thats the second time i've talked to him (i remember on the way home i talked to him at the place i got my tint done a couple cars ago) and i see him all the time, so ill get to him ;)

    I LOVE MY CAR!!!! sorry had to get that out. but its not enough to overpower the crap im feeling anyway. i hate being in the army, its so much bull, not to mention bout a thousand other things but this is a car board not a theropist board..

    anywho... im board someone post something
  • I ordered the KMC Tramp rims with a set of Pilot tires on Saturday. They'll be in on Tuesday but I won't get home in time to have them installed so it will have to wait until the weekend.

    I too removed the "chrysler" letters from the sides and trunk today, man on man is my finger sore! And while I was at it clayed the trunk and doors since there were deposits on them. For those who have not tried the Zaino clay bar, get it. I had used the Meguaires bar in the past and it would track and stick from time to time. The Zaino bar leaves no tracks, slides smooth and leaves no residue.

  • phases78phases78 Posts: 471
    yeah, u have too..........
  • When I introduced my tranny to the Amsoil Synthetic, I did both a pan drop, then the power flush.
  • a grand,lol. he had u man. that is just solar tint. it turns 35% during teh sun, and lighter during the night and all that. its factory on about a gillion cars, my surburban has it, the minivans have it, the grand cherokees have it. go look at a new suv, there all over the back windows, duh phase. adn they cost about 10$ of a grand.
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