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#414 of 1409 Chrysler LHS problems
May 30, 2000 (8:54 pm)
I own a 1996 Chrysler LHS and have had many problems with the steering mechanism. The tie rods have been replaced twice, and the rack and pinion once. The car has 72,000 miles. I wrote four letters to Chrysler after learning that Chrysler developed technical bulletins reflecting the problems encountered. I was refused any assistance, including an evaluation request by any Chrysler dealership regarding the safety of the vehicle.
Another problem is the ongoing odor from the A/C system, which was also a technical bulletin issue from Chrysler.
This Chrysler is the first and last I will ever own.
#415 of 1409 Chrysler problems
May 31, 2000 (5:55 am)
Didn't Chrysler at one point have a 7year/70,000 mile factory powertrain warranty back in the 1980's? I guess those days are long gone...
#416 of 1409 1996 LHS GETTING REPAIRED
Jun 01, 2000 (3:05 am)
My original post was number 388 regarding the rumbling noise. After 10 days spent surfing the net, trouble shooting, writing letters and talking to regular people, I determined that the noise was a power steering pump going bad. I am not sure why the dealer could not diagnose the problem. Anyway, it is currently in the shop getting a new power steering pump and a water pump for good measure under the power train warranty. I am also having a new timing belt installed for peace of mind. We are going to be leaving soon on a road trip and if I had to drive my 1987 Crown Victoria (without AC) on vacation, this would have been my last Chrysler. The really sad part of the story is I trust my old V8 Ford with 132,000 miles more than the 1996 LHS with 53,000 miles.
#417 of 1409 Y2K Wind Noise
Jun 01, 2000 (6:10 am)
Wind noise at above 65 mph is about the only complaint I have about my Y2K LHS. My dealer reported "couldn't hear it." I guess the car is so noisy, they considered it "normal."
#418 of 1409 STEREO SYSTEM
Jun 05, 2000 (7:48 pm)
I haven't been reviewing this section for awhile
until today and saw some opioions on the 2000
LHS STEREO SYSTEM. I basically saw TWO extremes:
One person who thought is was poor & another who
thought it was excellent. I know this is a very
personal subject based on what someones ears hear
and possibly what they are used to hearing (equipment quality). I've owned quite a bit of new
cars and have ALWAYS purchased the "upgraded"
STEREO....I have NEVER, EVER had a good sounding
factory stereo system...NEVER. They ALWAYS sound
cheap, "tinny"..lack depth. And you pay a fortune
for them...a definite "cash cow" for the mfg. I
did order the 360 watt upgrade thinking that FINALLY the $300.00 (whatever it was) upgrade
would be worth it but like usual...no way!! I cannot even imagine what the base system sounds like. These CHRYSLER Infinity and GM DELCO products are
terrible...they should contract out with BOSE, etc...maybe that will help....but knowing mfg's,
they will have whatever company special make an
inferior product BUT still charge full price.
SORRY....this system is very, very poor sound quality. What you can buy aftermarket (ex: Crutchfield, etc) is FAR superior..FAR. The problem..as ALL is aware of is monkeying around removing factory components....nothing ever goes
back in the same..so, we're stuck. The one thing
(in my experience) you can do is to simply replace some of the speakers (trunk the easiest).
The manufacturers speakers are DEFINITELY the biggest "WEAK LINK" in the system...they are beyond "cheap".
Jun 05, 2000 (10:03 pm)
Yeah, I'll agree with you on that. The stereo is, on the majority of cars, the weakest link. Aftermarket is the way to go, for certain, if you're not throwing thousands of dollars into a "super premium" sound system.
#420 of 1409 post #443 Stereo system
Jun 05, 2000 (10:22 pm)
Why didn't you try it before you bought it? Nearly every floor model I saw had the stereo upgrade. No reason you should pay extra for something you think is inferior. I also have owned more than my share of new cars. I never paid extra for a music system, and most of the time I felt the systems were o.k. at best, This time I went for the extra expense. This time I finally have what I think is a very very good auto stereo system. I am sure you can get better in an after market system. You probably will pay more also. Bottom line... rate this system against other factory installed system and it rates right up there with the best of them in the same price range. All of this still depends on the ear of the person listening. To call this system "cheap" and "tinny" is a little far fetched. No disrespect intended.
#421 of 1409 Wind Noise solution?
Jun 06, 2000 (12:44 am)
I just read a possible solution on the 300M board. Check topic #3440 and message #450. May be something. I checked my car and there is an opening there.
#422 of 1409 LHS Stereo Upgrade
Jun 06, 2000 (3:09 pm)
Sorry...disagree...but thats ok. I'll stick to my
ears & perception of quality. I guarantee you
(can NEVER prove of course) that these FACTORY
stereo's are not only CHEAP in sound quality but CHEAP in price. I've had cases where I had problems with a stereo...under warrranty...took it
back and they simply put in a new one...not bothering to repair. I also agree with the last
few POSTs on ROAD NOISE. This car does have alot
of road noise. Now someone can argue AGAIN that how good your ears are on this BUT this car has
TIRE NOISE and WIND NOISE.....in my book for a
car of this susposed calipher and the PURE FACT that this is CHRYSLER's FLAGSHIP auto....there should be hardly none! Not being an auto engineer
I hope someone out there with this type of knowledge can explain this WHOLE CONCEPT of auto
interior noise. What does it take to COMPLETELY
isolate niose from the inside cabin??? Thicker
metal, more insulation, what? How can it possibly
cost that much more (hell, I'd pay a grand or more
for a SILENT interior)! I've noticed that a few
of the Japanese imports (not really that much more
in price) are substantially more quiet? Why?
Jun 08, 2000 (9:17 pm)
Sorry to tell you folks this, but most premium radio systems for OEM (not GM)are made by the major players of the after market. Bose doesn't make a radio for automotive, just speakers and amplifiers. Ford uses Pioneer, Lexus uses Pioneer, Porsche uses Blapunkt, Acura uses Pioneer, Alpine, Panasonic, but for some strange reason, Chrysler decided to use Mitsubishi Electronics. Most people are saying, What? Mitsubishi? yeah, major screw up for Chrysler. If you want to upgrade your LHS radio, go with the Pioneer PF4400, and a Crutchfield mounting kit. It will allow you to use the existing wiring by use of a special connector. Upgrade your speakers and enjoy. The sound will make you think your at a concert. I just thought I'd let you know since this page has helped me decide not to buy a LHS. Good luck!