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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
Jun 01, 2003 (9:57 pm)
Thank you for the link. Those were the wheels I was thinking about. They look better now than when I last saw them, but I still don't think they make the 300M look like a premium car. The car pictured looks like a rental car in my eyes, not a top of the line Chrysler. Cost cutting again.
I did see a beautiful 300M the other day. I don't know what year it was, but I would guess it was a 2003. It was dark blue, had the chrome trim around the green house, and it had some nice looking 17' chrome spoke wheels. These wheels did not look cheap at all. It was not the 300M Special because it had the black mirrors and no ground effects. It was a totally opposite effort compared to the model shown in the link.
Jun 01, 2003 (10:07 pm)
Overall, I think I like it. I'm not a fan of the front grille or the C pillar, but overall, the car does look slick. I really like the twin tipped dual chrome exhaust tips. Nissan finally got it right.
I don't think the car looks as good on paper as it does in real life. I've seen a few on the road around here, and they do look like a sophisticated, sleek, sporty sedan. I really like the black ones, especially the black one in the commercials . The 300M should have been pushed like that as well.
Since the 300 nameplate will go rwd, and there will not be any fwd LH cars, it looks like the Maxima could be taking the 300M's spot in the market.
Jun 02, 2003 (8:19 am)
Someone on the 300mclub board had a similar experience when she took her 99 in for the seat bolt replacement. Turns out they didn't plug something back in. I'm taking mine in tomorrow. I'm going to be sure to check to be sure everything works before I drive out of there.
Jun 02, 2003 (1:35 pm)
The wheels on my 99 300M were beautiful! They were the REAL thing before Daimler put their '2 cents" in with their cost-cutting measures.
A friend at work just bought a new Black Maxima. It is a beauty, especially when it's clean.
Our local "5-STAR" now has TWELVE Chrysler station wagons on his lot. Guess they're not flying out the door like DC was expecting.
Jun 02, 2003 (2:28 pm)
by the way you can get twin tipped dual chrome exhaust tips like that on the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.
And that car too has a lot of 300M cues in it.
Jun 02, 2003 (4:04 pm)
I've commented before myself that I sort of liked the the new Maxima, that it looks similar to the 300M, and that it's the best Maxima design to date; however, lately after seeing quite a few in person I've noticed a strong resemblance to the Saturn Ion -- especially from the A pillar back. Now I'm not sure I like it so much anymore
#23898 of 26385 DC take over of Chrysler
Jun 02, 2003 (4:45 pm)
If you really want to read all the details of this go to your library and get a copy of " Taken For A Ride"
Jun 02, 2003 (4:49 pm)
What's wrong with Saturn? Doesn't their dealer service department rate #1 ALL the time??? AND.... they don't even have any "5-STARS"!! )
Jun 02, 2003 (6:40 pm)
Daytona, I had the same experience as you; the pix in the magazine of the Maxima didn't look overly exciting to me, but when I saw it in person I was much more impressed. I like it a lot. And to be fair to the new Grand Prix design, I've only seen it in a magazine. Perhaps if I see it in person I will like it much more. It's more affordable than the Max, but I like the engine on the Maxima better and I suspect I like the way it looks better also. THe Maxima is rather pricey; quite a bit more so than a top line accord or camry. One more cool thing about the Maxima SE; if you get the automatic you get a CVT (continuously variable tranny). This is one of the only ones on the market that can handle so much torque, and the fuel economy is great (20/28). I think it's as fast or faster than the manual, but I'm not sure. The other model (non SE) comes with a basic 4 speed auto; go figure.
#23901 of 26385 "Taken For A Ride"
Jun 02, 2003 (8:34 pm)
I have read that book several times. We have two copies at home. I haven't read it in a while. It is too upsetting.
Actually, there was a website about Daimler's takeover of Chrysler. The webmaster was a Chrysler employee that was trying to show people the facts of this "merger of equals". Apparently he was in a position to see the future products, and he was not happy at all. Actually, he started the website pretty much after the announcement in May 98. The goal of the site was to educate people and to get support for a split or breakup of DCX because he knew Daimler would take over, and the Chrysler side would slowly die away. That is why there is nothing like the 300M today or (according to my uncle who is a Chrysler salesman) why you will not see the 300 Hemi C convertible.
If anybody heard of or remembered ChryslerTakeover.com, then you know what I am talking about. The stuff in the site went farther than the book. Unfortunately, the site was closed down. Not trying to push the site or anything, just letting people know that there was an effort to stop the Daimler machine before it was too late.