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#10 of 1409 2000 Prices
Jul 19, 1999 (3:26 pm)
DaimlerChrysler AG says it will boost the average price of a 2000 Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth or Jeep by $108, or 0.4 percent -- the third consecutive year the automaker has held price hikes below 1 percent.
That's if you compare the prices on vehicles at the close of the 1999 model year and at the beginning of the 2000 model year to calculate the percentage change.
If you calculate the increase from the opening of the 1999 model year to the opening of the 2000 model year, prices are up somewhat more -- an average of $396 or 1.5 percent.
That's because the change in model year is not the only time carmakers hike prices. They can, and do, raise sticker prices throughout the year. And, of course, prices on some cars and trucks have been boosted considerably more than the average.
A 2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE minivan is $24,080, compared with $22,775 at the start of the 1999 model year. That means customers will pay 5.7 percent more for the 2000 model than the 1999 model. DaimlerChrysler has not made any substantial exterior or interior improvements on the 2000 model.
Using the manufacturer's suggested retail price from the start of the 1999 model year to the start of the 2000 model year, the price of the Dodge Ram 3500 regular cab, two-wheel-drive pickup increased 3.2 percent, from $21,215 to $21,900.
The price of a Jeep Cherokee RHD four-wheel-drive four door increased 2.7 percent, from $22,450 to $23,050.
The announced price hikes for the 2000 model year do not include an across-the-board increase in the destination charge, which is supposed to reflect the cost of transporting the vehicle from assembly line to dealership. Most 2000 Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep vehicles will have destination charges that are $10 more than the 1999 vehicles.
One of the few exceptions to DaimlerChrysler's price hikes is the 2000 Chrysler LHS. The price of the full-size luxury car will decrease 1.1 percent from the start of the 1999 model year, when it cost $28,400. It will cost $28,090 at the start of the 2000 model year. This month, 2000 model-year vehicles will start hitting dealerships.
DaimlerChrysler marketing experts lowered the price of the LHS to differentiate it from the more popular Chrysler 300M, which last year cost $100 less than the LHS. For the 2000 model year, they raised the price of the 300M 2.8 percent, from $28,300 to $29,085. Now the 300M costs $995 more than the LHS.
Other automakers will release their 2000 model-year prices later this summer, and industry experts expect similar price hikes.
DaimlerChrysler spokesman Rick Deneau said the company tends to tout its average price increase from the close of the 1999 model year to the opening of the 2000 model year because the comparison helps customers who are shopping for vehicles now.
Consumers "see one vehicle with the end of '99 price and another with the 2000 price, so it's a more logical comparison," Deneau said.
Economists said DaimlerChrysler's price hikes are low compared with 20 or 30 years ago. Then, automakers routinely increased prices 10 percent or more from one model year to the next.
The reality for DaimlerChrysler and its competitors is that the sustained boom in the auto industry coincides with a record number of affordable new and used vehicles on dealer lots. Despite the fact that consumers are on track to buy more than 16 million passenger vehicles in 1999 -- more than any year in at least a decade -- no automaker could afford to price its vehicles above the competition
Jul 20, 1999 (1:25 am)
This guy must put this info. in anything that has the word chrysler in it!
Jul 20, 1999 (1:22 pm)
Yes, but it is interesting reading. Did anyone shop both the LHS and the 300M and buy the LHS? If so, what made you select LHS? Just curious. I bought 300M due to more sporting nature, slightly more compact dimensions and styling. The LHS is quite beautiful also.
#13 of 1409 laurasdada
Jul 22, 1999 (1:39 pm)
I was looking at both of them. I liked the styling of the LHS only slightly better. I liked the rear seat cupholders (I have a 13 year old). I also didn't want or need the fold down rear seats. The performance wasn't significantly different. I really did like the autostick, but figured that I probably wouldn't use it after a while. It was almost a coin toss decision, but the LHS just fit our needs a little better. I like those win/win decisions.
Jul 24, 1999 (2:23 pm)
Anybody has a 1999 Chrysler LHS that has over 50,000 miles on it. If someone do tell me if anybody has problems with it.
Jul 25, 1999 (11:33 pm)
I am ready to buy a new 1999 lhs, the dealer ask $100 over invoice, any one out there can tell me what is the lowest price that I can ask. I have a hard time to choose between the m300 and lhs.
#16 of 1409 What/How to do
Jul 26, 1999 (2:33 pm)
I am not sure if this is an appropriate place to place this request; I checked the FAQ's but did not see anything addressing this situation.
I am faced with selling my recently deceased father's brand new, garage -kept, 1999 Chrysler LHS with less than 700 mi. on it.
I obviously have to realize as much as possible on this sale; can anyone offer me any advice as to whether an Internet sale is a good possibility; where such a site may be found; any experiences anyone has had with such a situation; whether I should just place an ad in the paper; and any other help one may offer.
Many thanks to anyone who can help me out at this difficult time.
Jul 28, 1999 (1:17 pm)
Don't forget to check out the incentives area here at Edmunds. I believe there is a factory to dealer incentive of $1000 on LHS. It is the end of the year for '99's, so you should be able to do better than invoice + $100. Especially if they offered that to you up front. They must expect you to counter offer. I don't believe the LHS is selling as well as the 300M, so should be able to deal. I bought a 300M a month ago at invoice. You could try using the Acura TL as levarage as even at list it is ~$28,400 loaded.
#18 of 1409 Friends Helping
Jul 28, 1999 (7:10 pm)
A friend of mine here at work just got back from the Chrysler dealership. She has a 1995 LHS that died on the freeway on Monday night. Apparently the engine temp rose and then the engine shut down. The whole engine if fried, I mean melted belts and warped oil pan, etc. They tried to tell her it was the water pump, but there is no water or oil in the engine. She said this is not the first problem she has had with the car, it now has 46,000 mile on it so the warrantly is up.
Anyone have any feedback about problems they have had and any action she may be able to take before she spends $5400 on a rebuilt engine?
#19 of 1409 lesliea-fastdriver
Jul 29, 1999 (8:31 pm)
WOW!!! That's not even 12,000 miles a year and the car is DEAD! This shouldn't be if she maintained the car regularly. I'd try calling Chrysler to see what they say. Then, when they say-"sorry", I'd get a good lawyer and see what could be done.