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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
#11749 of 26385 I need help from 300M owners
Nov 29, 2001 (1:20 pm)
I was about to close a deal (enroute) on a Maxima SE, when driving by a Chrysler dealer. I noticed a 300m out front. I looked it over..very nice 2001 model Sticker was 32 and some change. I was amazed when dealer offered it to me for $25,800. over $6,200 of sticker. He said it is dealer incentive cash to move 2001's($4,000 of it any way). My question is how long term reliable are they. Is the acceleration as good as the Maxima , what ever you guys(gals?) can tell me thank you.
Nov 29, 2001 (1:39 pm)
The Maxima is faster. The 300M is a lot better looking, bigger, and more luxurious. They're two very different cars. Drive both and see what you like the best. Compare your dealer's price to what you can get at www.carsdirect.com. He should be able to beat carsdirect by $500 or more. That will give you an idea of how good the deal is. My local dealers (San Diego) are offering '01 300Ms for over $7,000 off MSRP, so obviously there are a bunch of incentives. Also, do yourself a favor and do some reading at www.carbuyingtips.com. It will help you get the best deal. It helped me a ton.
#11751 of 26385 one more thing...
Nov 29, 2001 (1:41 pm)
Drive a 300M with the Performance Handling Group option if possible. Might be the best $500 you ever spend on an option (in my opinion)
#11752 of 26385 dabronxr - re: Maxima
Nov 29, 2001 (2:25 pm)
I was considering buying a (2000) Maxima SE with manual trans (which was/is hard to find at most dealerships), but decided to go with the 300M instead. I haven't regretted my choice at all, though I still wish the 300M was available with a "real" manual transmission.
That aside, the 300M is a lot roomier, more luxurious and (IMO) a lot better looking than the Maxima. These were all factors in my decision. The 2002 Maximas now have 255 HP, compared to 222 in 2000, and should be quicker than the 300M. If I were buying today, though, I'd still choose the M over the Max. JM2C...
#11753 of 26385 Thanks people..but
Nov 29, 2001 (3:16 pm)
No one has talked about reliabilty. I am looking to own long term. How reliable are chrylser products (mainly 300M). How is initial qaulity. Again thank you very much for your input!!! I am not just talking about warranty. A warranty will save you money but heck what good is a warranty that is always being used.
Nov 29, 2001 (3:23 pm)
Consumer Reports gives the car high marks for reliability. I think the overall concensus here is that the car has few problems, especially with the newer models (once they got a couple of things worked out). Like any model, however, there will be bad apples in the group...and some posters have had a couple of them too!
The 99 seemed to have a higher-than-expected incident rate with window motors, and the Goodyear tires didn't hold up very well. Some other common ailments are a failed body control module that causes a "light show" with the interior controls, failure of a transmission sensor that causes the car to go into "limp home" mode, and one or two other things that I'm probably forgetting. None of them are a big deal or seem to indicate an overall build or quality issue in my opinion. Like I said, CU had nice things to say about the car.
#11755 of 26385 Reliability...
Nov 29, 2001 (3:30 pm)
...seems high for most of the folks who post here. There have been a couple of people in this group who seemed to have way more than their share of (mostly minor) problems, but most here have had little or no problems. I've had mine for 15 months, and it hasn't been in the shop for anything but routine maintenance - no problems for me so far.
#11756 of 26385 dabronxr/reliability
Nov 29, 2001 (3:33 pm)
My 2000 M is my first ever DC product. It is very reliable. Have not had any warranty visits other than Goodyear tires which are now history. Love this car. Plus you can use regular gas.
#11758 of 26385 sdmike, new M
Nov 29, 2001 (4:44 pm)
sdmike - I might take you up on that. If airfares get low
New M - go for it, I'm not biased! So far it's been great, though I've only had it a year w/18k mi. My 98 concorde had problems and that I wasn't happy about, but so far this has been great. It has a few minor common problems - the steering wheel is known to peel, seat has a tsb on a bracket - it shifts sometimes. But all in all, only minor stuff. It's a great car! Not a sports car, but a very sporty luxury car.