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Chrysler 300M



  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    I have no comment one way or the other on ArmorAll. I just used it in the past on non-leather areas. I didn't like the shine it caused necessarily, but felt like if it delayed the degredation/destruction of the vinyl/plastic I would use it. I ran out of AA [used it one time unsuccessfully trying to rehab a vinyl top that my son did not care for properly while living in the brutal Houston sun for a couple of years] and now have a similar product that I got from AutoTrim Design when I had the striping put on the M last year. I have to treat the striping twice a year with that stuff, so I have also used it on the dash, etc. However, the dash mat covers the area of reflection so I can put up with it. Hopefully the stuff will prolong the life of the dash and striping involved. But who knows?
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    friends don't let friends use ArmorAll. That's all I have to say.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Ruski--I can say definitively that their tire shine stuff is the worst I have ever tried. I got a bottle a couple of weeks ago when my Eagle 1 stuff was running out, and I have found that it streaks when applied, doesn't shine all that well, or for very long, even when it doesn't rain. I had to use a small sponge to get it to spread evenly. The sponge turned dead black!! Unfortunately, I have a about a quart of this stuff to use up. I guess I will use it on the wife's Eldo and get some more Eagle 1 for my M. I thought all these products were about the same [having tried several] but AA was a dog. I also had some Maguires that I got as a handout sample at the Cruise two years ago, and it came out of the little squeeze package like a pasty gel. Uggh..., I figured it had gone bad and just threw it away without putting it on the tires. Don't know if it was supposed to come that way, but I wasn't gonna experiment.
  • chevydude2chevydude2 Posts: 36
    Can anyone tell me how (if possible) to re-program the door locks on my 300M so ALL the doors unlock when I shut it off (now its just the drivers door). Thanks
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    Mike, you threw away the best tire dressing on the market!
    Meguires "Endurance" IS a gel, and comes in 2 flavors, HI GLOSS & LOW LUSTRE.
    I prefer the low lustre, as it makes the tires look a more natural satin black.
    Yhis product really lasts. thru rain & washings.
    It comes with or without foam applicator.
    If you can't find it locally you can order directly from Meguires, I do.
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    I personally use Zaino products on the dash and the door panels for the UV blocking properties. You can wipe the surfaces down the next day and still get the UV benefit while reducing the glare tremendously. The same works for ArmorAll.

    Tire dressing-My opinion for the best tire dressing on the market is Stoner's "More shine less time" product. It has just surpassed Zaino as the best in my opinion. It's available at AutoZone for a reasonable price and it works perfectly. Stoner also makes a product called "Invisible glass" that cleans the glass so well, you hardly know it's there! I was skeptical at first but am now a believer! Simply spray it on and you're done. Beats everything I have ever tried (and I have tried a LOT of products!) for tires in my 20 years of driving!

    General car care-Zaino is still the best by far. Never wax or clean your car with something you can buy at Wal-Mart!
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Russ- Yeah, I figured I threw away something good after I dun it. But I only had 2 of those little hand-out squeeze packet anyway and it would have probably not been enough to go around. I will try the Stoners as we have an Autozone nearby.
  • rstilprstilp Posts: 105
    I too prefer the Mequire's Tire gel. In fact, I use all their products. The car wash is great as are their waxes. The hotline is very helpful when needing advice on applications. Plus I can buy it anywhere. Have not tried Zaino Or Mother's products due to scarcity in my area.
  • muskateer3muskateer3 Posts: 103
    By shut it off, are you talking about pressing the unlock button on the remote, or turning off the ignition?

    If it's the remote, you press once to unlock the driver's door, and press again to unlock all doors.

  • chevydude2chevydude2 Posts: 36
    M3... What I need to do is to program the locks to unlock ALL the doors when you shut the car off... The remote thing doesn't bother me with just unlocking the drivers door, then unlocking the rest of the doors, I just want it to unlock all of them when I shut the car off... Thanks

  • wire2wire2 Posts: 188
    > The sponge turned dead black!!
    Tires are made with lots of carbon black for aesthetic reasons. Without it they'd be a natural tan color. Some of the carbon black will come off on to an applicator when using a degreasing, detergent or solvent base dressing.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    Zaino is the best

    I have used Meguire's Tire Gel (Endurance I think it is called) and it is very good.

    I have also been a fan of Stoner's Invisible Glass, since before the time when you could get it at stores - it used to be available only via a mail order.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    there used to be a time, a few years ago, when 300M was full of Zaino-holics. Where did everyone go?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    There was a time when there was hordes of 300M owners here too!! The hordes have left THIS topic for reasons we can't talk about, but the Zaninoholics are in the ZAINO topic! NOT the one that says NO ZAINO POSTS- the other one!

  • muskateer3muskateer3 Posts: 103
    Sorry, I can't help you on that one.

    But you may want to rethink that idea if you (or your wife) are driving into an area of questionable safety/security alone.

    My guess would be that DC thought the same way when they designed the system.

  • Not only was this board full of Zaino-holics, it was also full of 300M-holics! Our board was always listed as the hottest topic in terms of the number of posts. Even now, the 300M board has the highest cumulative number of posts on the sedans listing...

    For the record, I am still a Zaino-holic and a 300M-holic with 3 M's (soon to be 2 with my lease turn in ~ July 4)...

    I have often been a lurker, but less often a poster...
  • dustinnewtondustinnewton Posts: 242
    I ahve about 15 bottles of their products at home right now!
  • fuzzywuzzyfuzzywuzzy Posts: 958
    That's all I use. Check out their website recently? You can now order online.
  • lonestarsledlonestarsled Posts: 226
    I never buy anything that hides behind the mail order system, if they do not take a credit card or I cannot return it they do not get my cash. 3M has excellent products.
  • That must be really new (ordering online). I just ordered about 6-7 weeks ago and I didn't see anything about online ordering...maybe I just missed it. I probably won't need to make another order for another year or so...

    Have you tried the new additive to the polish that precludes the need for the Z-1 precleaner and allows you to apply several coats of polish in a short period of time? I bought some and was surprised that all you got for $19.95 was a very small vial of additive (mine was already half empty). I can't say I noticed a difference in the car appearance, but at least I didn't have to use the Z-1 on my new M, so I saved some time and effort...
  • pjyoungpjyoung Posts: 885
    If I'm reading you correctly, you want all the doors to unlock when the engine is shut off. Even though you might think that the drivers door is "unlocking" when you shut down, it's still locked, but it will unlock as soon as you pull on the door handle to get out of the car (it's still locked to those on the outside.) But none of the doors unlock when you shut the engine off. Both front doors will unlock and open when the door handle is pulled to exit the car. Chrysler's have always been this way.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    You don't know what you're missing!! Besides, you can now order on line via credit card!

    I've been a Zainoholic since the summer of 1998. It has been applied to both cars that I have owned since then- Christine, the "award winning" 1999 Chrysler 300M and my current 2001 Acura CL-S. The shine can be seen in pics I've taken over the years by clicking on my name above.

    I guess there are other products that you THINK are just as good or shine just as well or last as long as what you're using now, but it "ain't" so.

    Enough about Z before I get yelled at. Go to the Zaino topic in TH to learn/read more.

  • oreokeoreoke Posts: 14
    Wow, good to see all you old-time M'ers are still on! Although I was shopping seriously for an M back in '99 - '00 I never did buy a new car. I bought a Harley and got married and bought a HOUSE--but no new car. Since you're still here and posting I'll take that as a sign that the 300M (and N, I imagine) are still performing well for you?

  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    Well, it's been a long time since I last checked this board! Howdy, friends!

    My 99 just turned 52K and I have a couple of minor problems that I do not see (specifically) on the all-data TSB site, and I though I'd check in here with the experts before I headed to the dealer:

    1) center speaker (the one up by the alarm led) is crackling like crazy (even at low volume levels). There is a TSB about "buzzing speakers" in general, but I have replaced all but that front center speaker. How the heck do I even get to it to replace it?

    2) there is a 2 inch long vertical crack in the dash right above the glove box. This is the pass side airbag area. I'm assuming the crack is due to sun exposure and or just age (car is 5 years old.) I noticed a TSB on the driver's side trim, but did not see any for the pass side. Is this common? Is there a vinyl repair kit that is decent?

    3) The heater/ac fan/blower makes a "fluttering" noise when it is first turned on. The noise goes away after about 10-15 minutes. I'm wondering if the fan/blower motor is on it's way out??

    4)There is a "squeeky" noise when I turn the steering wheel. Does not appear to be suspension related...more like it is coming from the steering column itself. Clockspring, maybe??

    Thanks for any and all help you guys can provide!
  • doc107doc107 Posts: 4
    I have a 2003 Special and have an annoying and loud wind-related whistling between 40-50 mph. My dealer cannot seem to find it. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    where/how did you relocate the hvac vents??
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    They made a piece to block them off... So the air from them just comes out the side and rear a little more...
  • Got a roadtrip coming up in a week so needed to replace the worn Goodyear Eagles on my 2000 300M. Only 26k miles, but I haven't been able to rotate them for the last 13k due to pulling problems and the front shoulders were getting bald.

    I went with Toyo Proxes TPT 225/55-VR17s. They're all season and come with a 65k mile treadlife warranty and full road hazard, rotating, etc from our local Les Schwab chain. The tread pattern is similar to the Michelin Pilot Sport AS. Not cheap at $760 for the set so I hope this isn't a bonehead move. I could have gone to Costco and gotten the Michelins for about $60 more but that's a half-hour drive away. Around here, you're never far from a Les Schwab.

    Haven't driven much on them yet, but they are quieter than the Eagles. They also don't want to spin when accelerating from a stop into a turn like the old tires had started to do.
  • Their products rock! Been using them for two years on my bright silver 2k. I have a local distributor to keep me supplied.

  • I posted 2 or 3 weeks ago on this.

    My 2000 and my wife's 2003 both had slits (very clean, like a knife cut) in the passenger side dash. The 2000 dash pad was replaced under warranty. They tried to repair the 2001 pad, but it was not acceptable and got uglier by the week. They have since agreed to replace it and it is on order.

    Here's the really bad news -- they told me it cost $1,200 to relace the pad. Apparently it's a full day's labor as they had to disassemble down to the fire wall.

    Out of warranty, I guess I would try to mend it, but I wouldn't expect much as the "professional" mending job actually made it worse as the the dash pad buckled upward over a few weeks.

    Sorry I don't have better news for you!
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