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You are in the Chrysler 300M
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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
Oct 31, 2001 (12:53 pm)
I got an OK deal (good at that time - 7/4/00). Got a base - except premium Inferno Red paint - 2000 300M. Put $3000 down (+ deposit + 1st mo. payment + lic fees, etc.) Payments of $375/month (+ tax) for 36 months (12,000 mi/yr; $.12/mile over 36,000 miles). Option to purchase 7/4/03 -- $16,208 which only makes sense if I don't reach my 36,000 miles (currently at 10,800). I will probably swap with my wife for a while (she has a longer commute) -- that way, we will extend the warranty on her 2001 300M (purchased) closer to 3 years (she does 16,000/yr. and would hit 36,000 miles well before 3 years if we don't swap).
Leasing is relatively economical (best 3 years of a car at lower rate than purchasing), but it is a hassle trying to get a good deal that coincides with the lease expiration, unless you are willing to rent a car until you get the deal you are looking for.
I have not had a problem in "wear and tear" charges for my 2 previous Chrysler lease turn-ins, but I take good care of my vehicles...
I actually leased my 1st 3 Chryslers because of the reliability factor, but have been very happy with my last 2 (98 Intrepid ES and 2000 300M).
The thing to remember about a lease is that you get whatever deal you have cut on the lease period only -- the residual (purchase option) is based on a % of MRSP (typically 54% after 3 years for Chrysler). So you get no deal on the option and Chrysler Financial is unwilling to negotiate price at option time...
Oct 31, 2001 (3:13 pm)
I leased a 2001 with all options except for PHP.
Listed at just under $33,000. I put $500 down. Payments are $495 per month for 39 months and 15,000 miles per year.
Oct 31, 2001 (3:31 pm)
Yup, order a hat and shirt together and the shipping on the hat is free.
If you pay by check, just deduct the cost of the shipping for the hat. If you pay by PayPal, I'll include a postage rebate check with your order.
#10861 of 26385 sdmike2, silverbullet, lflowers, drpixel & fuzzywuzzy-
Oct 31, 2001 (4:01 pm)
sdmike2, silverbullet and lflowers-
Sorry to read about your jobs. A few days not reading these messages and all hell breaks out. I'm sure that you will all find another job in your field. Good luck. sdmike2, I hope you don't have to sell bigred even though she has a SCRATCH!! ) Where will I get my "fix" of Zaino pics on a great looking car in a great looking color?
Of course you can mention ZAINO here! Where do you think all those great shines come from? Zymol? ) You're not in the car wax/polish - NO Zaino posts topic! LOL......
Don't abandon this board. You provide so much to the people here. I don't have Christine anymore, but I'm still here. Mostly reading, but none-the-less still here. I'm nowhere as talented or knowledgeable about cars as you. You've helped a lot of people. Where will I see you- the CL forum? )
Oct 31, 2001 (5:21 pm)
decided to kiss a stone wall today. Tore throught the sidewall and put 1/2" scrape on the lip of the rim---I have AAA but didnt want to wait for them to show up so I changed it myself using the quesionable lug wrench that came with the car. It IS pretty flimsy but I did manage to get it to work. The wheel was bound to the mounting surface but a couple of swift kicks took care of that. It probably wouldnt be a bad idea to carry a solid lug wrench in the trunk as that factory one is kind of weak at the joint.
I also managed to put a 2" scratch down to bare metal with the handle of the lug wrench. Be careful when turning that handle. If you go too quick, and bend the flexible handle inward too much, it can definitely lead to a nice scratch. I've got another 20K on the remaining tires and may just ride around without a spare. I have an air compressor in the car and also carry a can of fix-a-flat and a plug-type tire repair kit just in case. I'm eyeing the Dunlop A2 Sport tires for my next set which will now come a little sooner due to my mishap today. Another day, another dollar!
PS: I did notice that the dome shaped cap over the center of the axle hub is getting pretty rusty--anyone else notice this on changing a tire?
Oct 31, 2001 (6:01 pm)
I bought a Y2K M in April of 2000 with all the toys. I took the low .9% financing for 5 full years. Put 0 down. I pay $488 a month for 5 years and then I own it. A four year lease at $450 a month sounds high. I put on about 18K a year I would have to pay xtra mileage charge if I leased. And you have to be very careful to keep it in perfect shape if you drive a lease.
#10864 of 26385 water going thru the scoop
Oct 31, 2001 (6:40 pm)
no scotian there is a flap that will deflect the water out to the sides. its tested and been a few months now, works real nice.
Oct 31, 2001 (6:52 pm)
what kinda wing you gonna put on your baby?--when are you doin the diablo doors?
Oct 31, 2001 (7:05 pm)
easy, now wing for me, i love the butt nekkid'ness. lol. imho, a wing messes up the flow of the car. i think its because i have everything shaved. i was looking around yesterday, and besides that front grille and my front door handles, theres nothing i can shave anymore! anyway yea thats why i'm not getting wing. on a stock body 300, i think they look good, but not on mine. diablo doors are gonna be some fun, i got the hinge, i got some pics email me or something, and built the box and valves for it. remote release valves, they're great. now i'm thinking how long they are gonna last, lol. the doors are sooooo heavy! thats good for safety tho.
Oct 31, 2001 (7:27 pm)
I got my 1999 300M with PHP, upgraded stereo, and full size spare tire 3 years ago.
$0 down. Payed taxes upfront (+/-$1,900)
$453 per month
lease was based on selling price of +/- $29,000
12K miles per year
back then 300M was a HOT car.