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Chrysler LHS, Sedan
Sep 26, 2002 (7:03 am)
'valhs' and 'fastdriver' sure sound cynical....
I have driven Audis all my life, with the exception of my latest car, which was a 1994 Saab 9000 Aero (what a car THAT was!!).
I'm 39, I have a 7 month-old, and my wife and I wanted to find a car that had some panache, comfort, performance, and interior room. By the way, I'm 6'7".
In the LHS, I can put my seat all the way back, and it doesn't interfere with the rear-facing car seat. With the tilt steering, my legs don't even touch the steering wheel. That's a first for me.
While the LHS is no Saab Aero (a real rocket), it has plenty of power. The first time I drove the Chrysler, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled...very little roll, nice firm road manners, but not super-taut like the Saab on z-rated tires.
I paid less than $18,000 for a certified car with a bit of factory warranty left, and when I took a client to dinner last night, he remarked that "business must be very good!!". Little did he know that I got the car for relatively peanuts.
For the record, I even surprised MYSELF when I bought a Chrysler. But after finding the LHS to do everything I needed a car to do, I'm very happy. By the way, I had the dealer run a service history, and there was one small repair made under warranty about 18 months ago. I also spoke to the former owner who turned it in off lease, and he said he loved the car. He now drives a 2002 Concorde Ltd.
Any make, right up to Mercedes, can have lemons. One of my Audis was a nightmare back in the early '80's. But they are typically the exception and not the rule. Sorry you had lemons valhs and fastdriver. I'm driving a gem, and I have no reason to believe that it won't stay that way. Don't pee on my parade, OK?
Final thought. I have three clients who drive '99 LHS's. One has had some issues, but still loves her car. The other two say their cars have been flawless. That also had something to do with my decision. Sorry to be long-winded, but those skeptical posts had to be answered.
#959 of 1409 if it makes some of you feel any better...
Sep 26, 2002 (7:59 am)
My 'lowly' 99 Concorde LXi also has the shrinking weatherstripping around doors and headlight units. Some weekend I'll spend about 15 min and some glue putting them back in place. Otherwise, the car has been flawless. Oh yeah, and I even get the solenoid buzzzzz plus a little tic sound when it downshifts and I happen to have the window down and there is something nearby for the sound to echo off of.
#960 of 1409 ottowrkr & pcr42-
Sep 27, 2002 (3:44 am)
LOL... I've been wondering why I never heard that transmission buzz. I guess it was because my radio was usually turned up and the only buzz I heard was from the driver's door.
Don't worry. You don't need me to 'pee on your parade". That will happen all by itself.
Sep 27, 2002 (8:01 am)
I have had my LHS for 2 1/2 years and have 34,000 miles on it.
I have not had any window problems, shrinking weatherstripping, noises, seat movement, clunking, etc. It gets 20 mpg around town and 27-28 actual mpg on my last 3,000 mile trip where I ran at 75-80 mph continously. My actual mpg is about 0.8 more than indicated by the display.
My only complaint is the noise from the OEM tires. They have about 10,000 miles left on them but I will probably replace with Yoko YK420's in a few months.
Looking for an additional vehicle now. Maybe a new Altima, Maxima, or G35. Would look at another Chrysler after they update the 300M.
Sep 27, 2002 (6:39 pm)
Today while leaving from work to go to lunch I decided to check out this tranmission buzz thing. I started the car, tuned off the a/c and stereo, opened the door wide open and hung my head out toward the door sill, with foot on brake I shifted into reverse and then into drive. Why yes...I could hear a muted buzzing sound!
I'm glad I don't have to go through all that very often to hear this buzzing....LOL!
Sep 28, 2002 (7:59 am)
I always wondered what that was!
#964 of 1409 Yokohama Tires..
Oct 03, 2002 (10:21 pm)
Well, I've had the Yoko's Avid T4's for about a week now. Surely not enough time to judge all the characteristics of the tires, but after driving on them for about 300 miles, here's what I've noticed: They are definetely quieter and smoother than the Goodyears, where I found myself driving faster than usual (in town), because of the lack of noise and vibration, I guess. They also seemed to handle wet roads really well (I'm hoping they are good in the snow, the reason I picked these tires).
Same thing on the highway, you can't tell what speed you are going because it's a much calmer ride, very nice. BUT, don't try to sway right or left at high speeds, these tires are quite soft and don't handle quick turns very well, I was dissapointed at the way the rear of the car swerves when you take a fast corner (as if you have heavy weight in the trunk). They are definetely NOT performance tires (worse than the Goodyears actually). But if you don't drive too fast and aggresive, these tires are Good especially for the money (pretty cheap compared to Michelins).
I'll post again, after I rack up a couple thousand miles or so on them.
Oct 07, 2002 (11:28 am)
Thats good to hear. Tires Plus has them for about $110 each. I'm still debating whether or not I'm going keep the car long enough to make it worth while.
#966 of 1409 Continental CH95 Tires
Oct 20, 2002 (3:37 pm)
With all the discussion about a replacement tire for the Badyears that Chrysler stuck us with. Does anyone have experience with the Continental CH95 EchoPlus. I couldn't find much talk about it here or at the 300M town hall. This comes up for a recommended tire at the same size for those of us with 17" wheels. It is always priced somewhere between $80-$95/tire. Thanks.
#967 of 1409 Finding a chrome wheel
Oct 20, 2002 (3:55 pm)
Anyone know a good source for the 17" 10 spoke chrome wheels. I need just one. Everyone on Ebay sells them as a set of four and I have not had any luck with the salvage yards in my area of Charlotte,NC. The inside rim is bent slightly and even to have it straightened is around $200, I don't trust that they could even do the job right. I have a lot of experience with cars and this is a first one for me, never seen a inside rim bend without hitting something major.