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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
#23043 of 26385 Re-call on bolts seats-wire2
Feb 14, 2003 (3:18 pm)
I also have a 2001 M and am concerned that if there is a TSB on the seat bolts I want to get mine fixed . But the thrid or so paragrah shown below from the artical only refers to 1998 ? to 2000 model years. So is the 2001 affected or not. You said you got your 2001M fixed under the TSB but the artical doesn't mention the 2001 ?
The automaker said it was recalling some 1.2 million of its Chrysler
LHS, 300M and Concorde models as well as the Dodge Intrepid to install stronger bolts on the
The model years involved are 1998 to 2002. The recall includes 1.06 million cars in the United States
and 135,000 in Canada.
A company investigation determined the seat-recliner bolts attached to the seat frame may loosen
because of premature wear. Chrysler will replace the existing bolts. For 1998-2000 vehicles with
power seats, a replacement flex-shaft also will be installed.
#23044 of 26385 One of my seat bolts failed
Feb 14, 2003 (4:41 pm)
a couple of years ago. Rather than replacing with OEM parts, the dealer installed a common hardware bolt and solved the problem for a few bucks.
#23045 of 26385 I wish it was just my seat belt....
Feb 14, 2003 (7:23 pm)
AC Compressor failed at 51K miles today. Clutch apparently locked up, causing belt to burn and smoke like the funeral pyres in Bombay. Sounded like the car was hit by a cruise missile.....compressor kaput. Another $700 (seems everything costs $700 to fix...what gives?). Now approaching $4000 in repairs at 51k miles. My doctor thinks I must be schizo if I still like this car. He's worried. He says he might prescrible Prozac/Nyquil cocktail. Funny thing, Chrysler's warranty costs down 20%, but customer repairs after 36K have to be rising if I am anything close to the norm.
#23046 of 26385 Re; recall on seat bolts
Feb 14, 2003 (8:12 pm)
Uxca, the TSB should cover all years. I mentioned the problem to one of the techs at Milton Chrysler, he looked up the TSB and then ordered the replacement bolts from parts. I know the guys in there but I don't think they bent the rules for me on this one.
#23047 of 26385 The Crossfire is no substitute for the HemiC
Feb 15, 2003 (6:49 pm)
It is going to be a big mistake on there part, if the Crossfire is going to try to take the place of the HemiC.
Feb 15, 2003 (6:50 pm)
All I can say is "It is about time!!!!".
#23049 of 26385 light show and memory seat module
Feb 15, 2003 (7:04 pm)
While driving home Wednesday in traffic, the seat back in my '99 M (68.5K miles) suddenly started reclining backward. It was rather disconcerting, to say the least, particularly since my back was "out" this week. Anyway, brought it in to 5*, they took 1/2 hour w/car this a.m. and charge $90 for the checkup. I guess they hooked it to one of the diagnostic computers, which I guess is always extravagant w/all cars. Anyway, they said I needed a new memory seat control module, if I'm remembering it correctly. I believe the part costs $140 if I'm not mistaken. Are these charges in the "reasonable" range? The svc mgr said it was in Cleveland, and would take about 4 days to arrive. Funny thing is, the 7/75K extended warranty covers power seat motors, and a number of the electronic control modules, but not this one. I thought all the major electronic parts were covered, but evidently not all--I'm a bit discouraged by that.
WHile there, I mentioned that I get the "light show" in mixed/low light conditions. The servc mgr asked me if I had the EZPass transponder mounted by my rear view mirror. I said "yes", as that is where almost everyone here in the NorthEast mounts it. He said that the sensor for the dash lights was in the rear view mirror, and that the EZpass transponder would throw it off, and that there was a TSB regarding this. So I'm taking his advice and am going to drive w/o the EZPass in place, and see if that causes the light show to go away. I also have a parking related plastic item hanging from that mirror, which might also be affecting the sensor. But, still happy w/my 1st used car purchase, anyway.
Car hit 4 years old this month, and I still have orignial battery (eye is deep green indicating it's fine). Will have belts replaced (not timing but external) next weekend, when get new memory seat module (was supposed to replace at 50K so evidently they can last longer than that). Am particularly pleased that the brakes go quite a while w/o needing servicing, and that the wear can be seen w/o even taking the wheels off--that's a great thing IMO. My previous Buick, though quite reliable, was always needing a brake job. Just my 2 cents.
Feb 16, 2003 (9:00 am)
If you can get anything electronic diagnosed and fixed for <$300 P&L, I'd say you're doing OK. By the way, I had an extended warranty too (since expired) and had to have my entire front sway bar assembly replaced due to a broken bushing. This too was not technically covered by the extended warranty. But my FIVE STAR! called Chrysler and got them to agree to cover this $600 repair for the extended warranty's $100 deductible. How's that for a great dealer! Anyway, I relay that story to give you another angle to try....you know the drill, "I've been a loyal customer, had all my service work done here, even bought an extended warranty...how about giving Chrysler a call and see if they'll help out?"
#23052 of 26385 indydriver & gary_berg
Feb 16, 2003 (3:37 pm)
Indy, I never thought of trying the "loyal customer" argument w/Chrysler. I'll keep that in mind. However, at this point I've only had the car for 19K (bought it used) and have not used them much. For example, had local garage change tranny fluid. Since I am using them extensively in this round, next time I'll keep a little "payback" in mind. It certainly can't hurt to try. Sorry you've had so much trouble with your 'M. I would expect that from a first year model (i.e. early build '99) but not a later model like yours. It almost sounds like some of DMC's parts suppliers are not up to acceptable standards.
Gary, thx for mentioning the bolts, but as best I can tell it's unrelated to the power seat motor activation I'm experiencing. As a temporary fix until next week, we pulled out the circuit breaker (it's located to the left of the dash) so the seat can't move until I bring it in to get the module changed. So at least the car is driveable.