We recently had our 1st snowfall of any significance here in Indy since I got my 2001 300M (with PHG). I have to say that the snow traction of the Michelin Pilot MXM4's is clearly inferior to the Goodyear Eagle LS's I had on the Intrepid ES I traded in. (Actually, the 300M/LHS Chrysler video provided with my car mentions lesser traction on wet/snow with the PHG tires). Personally I had no trouble with the Eagle LS's on that Intrepid, and my father has had nearly 40K of trouble-free service on his LS's on his LHS. I have to agree with BINU on the noise issue. On the same roads, I actually think his LS's are a bit quieter than my Michelins, but those Pilots handle WAY better than the softer (and cheaper!) Goodyears. Anyway, now I'm thinking I may need a set of rims & A/S tires for the snow. Or I could just steal my wife's Gr Caravan ES as a better snow vehicle. Any recommendations out there on A/S snows for the M?
Best bet is to go to Tire Rack and buy a set of plain steel wheels with Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50 Winterbiter tires pre-mounted and balanced. You can change them in your garage. Slap 'em on with the first snow, put your MXM4's and OEM wheels back on in the spring. The current WS-50 is a 2nd generation studless winter tire that has a process called "Link Multi-cell". Its basically a rubber compound with tiny entrained air pockets the shape of a Tylenol capsule (oblong cylinder). As the tread wears down, these cylinder shaped voids in the compound open up with relatively sharp edges that really grip packed snow and ice. Pretty ingenious eh? It really works. You won't believe the difference.
Not much point in having a good set of sporting Michelins then just plain old all-seasons, is there?
What's with this dash kit that you keep talking about? I thought you already had the Joshua Kit in your car? I have the kit in my car and it is the same as uxca300M is talking about. Did the US come up with thier own Loonie coin that we have? I like looking for coins with a detector and we now have a $2.00 coin called a toonie, and the talk is that we may soon have a $5.00 coin, by the way it is still worth about 10 cents the last time I checked the markets. I will be having my second service on my M on Monday and I just turned 8000 Kms. (5000 miles). The inferno red is the prettiest car out on the street in my opinion. I hear that silver is the IN colour this year, yet I am seeing quite a few new deep yellow cars running around the city. I won't be trading my colour!!!!!
My interior is stock except for the custom clock face. I've been debating the wood trim for some time now. Yes, the US has a pretty golden dollar to go with the one is often confused with our quarter. The best place to get them (if anyone is interested) is to use a vending machine in the post office to buy a $5 pack of stamps with a $20 bill. KaChing! The machine gives change in golden dollars. My kids love the darned things.
I agree with your opinion of the red...but then again, look at what we drive. lol. When I did the DC customer feedback event ALL of the cars, including all the DC models and all of the competitor cars, were silver with black interior. I have to tell you, they looked great under the bright show lights.
At most it is a 3 hour job. Just remove two keeper rings and the sprockes slide out. I have the tech manual I will try to post latter this evening.
I have an gtech meter what was your question about it?
Get the Joshua kit you won't be sorry. I have had lots of compliments especially at some of the DC dealers.I see that Ford is in financial trouble and is laying off 20, 000 people in North America and are also dropping several lines. They are dropping a truck plant here in Canada and the auto worker union is really up in arms. I wonder what DC will do.
braking with an auto tranny will not be as effective as a manual. In the manual, you have direct, hard linkage between parts. In the auto tranny, you have viscous transmission fluid between torque converter plates.
Speaking of 300M's speed - mine was hard to keep under 85-90mph. 300M simply wants to drive at 90mph or so.
By comparison, my Acura TL-S has no problem reaching 100mph or more, but does not feel natural at such high speeds and is not eager to cruise that fast. If you get a little distracted and take a bit pressure off the gas pedal, you are back down to 75 mph or so.
Sorry, I was watching a science fiction movie on TBS. It is the right kit that I put in. Good luck!!
Also the sale always appears to be on, and if you have problems, phone Mike at Joshua and he will put it through for the advertised price. I also had some of the pieces replaced that got damaged, with some at no cost.