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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
Jan 22, 2004 (8:58 am)
Sorry to hear about your tranny. Yours is a real exception -- I haven't heard of 300M mechanical transmission failures.
I wish you luck with Chrysler on the extended warranty issue. I have found DC to be very bureaucatic on these issues.
When I bought my 2003 M to replace the 2000 M I had on lease, there literally was a $500 rebate form in the mail to me. It was a specific rebate to encourage existing customers to stay with DC. When I received the rebate form a few days after I bought the 2003 M, I sent a letter to DC asking them to honor the rebate as it was obviously sent to me to use for a new purchase. I got the Corporate response about how these rebates are regional responses to changing market conditions and were not retroactive to any prior sales.
I stated in my letter to them that as a valued repeat DC customer (last 5 cars) that I would hope they would make an exception to maintain our relationship, but no dice. For $500 (that they were going to give to me anyway) they effectively terminated an ongoing relationship with me.
Jan 22, 2004 (10:40 am)
My '99 M sits in the lot here at work with 55,555 miles on the odometer. She's lookin'(when not covered in winter grime) and runnin' great (knock plood)! Still all original oem stuff, except for two newer Goodyears (up front) and, of course, all the sheetmetal from the doors forward courtesy of being backed over by a school bus!
Although I still haven't seen one in the flesh, and while certainly not as handsome as our Ms, I think the 300C is growing on me... not the grille, though.
Jan 22, 2004 (7:38 pm)
Good news that you got it fixed...about the squeak, well, I hope you get it resolved. I'm 16, wouldn't want that to happen to my 300M...Ouch, thanks for posting the pirce, I was always curious. That's a lot...but the 300M tranny is a beautiful piece of engineering in my opinion, handles the car and its size just perfectly! What kind of conditions did you put on the 300M tranny of yours pjyoung. Any racing? Any ideas from what it could have happened from?
#25091 of 26385 Talking about Tranny's
Jan 22, 2004 (7:40 pm)
Hey everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Just out of curiousity...whenever I drive the 300M and come to a stop, on AUTOSTICK, and I want to shift from 2nd gear to first, when I do it, the car seems to loose power and cut off...(1500 is the time I do downshift, or lower)...Am I just suposed to stop on 2nd gear and let the car change to first by itself? Any place where I can read about AUTOSTICK more? Thanks.
Jan 23, 2004 (4:37 am)
I have been doing this for almost six years nowand here is my experience. I never downshift into first with the autostick unless I am barely moving like almost stopped at a light and it changes. Otherwise, you get a jolt as first grabs.I have found that as you slow down close to a stop sometimes it shifts to first on its own and sometimes it doesn't so I am always careful to check, although it is ok to start out in 2nd in most circumstances, but you don't get the big acceleration off the line if you do that. At least one other person who used to post here--Blonda--had the same experience with the autostick dropping into first sometimes and not doing so other times at a stop. Now I just am real careful about checking it when I stop. I have also found that if you are under load--going up an incline for instance, and you want to shift from 3rd to 4th, it will not do it until it is not under load. However, it is so smooth in 3rd, that sometimes I didn't notice that it hadn't upshifted, and the resulting downshift entering a corner or at a light resulted in an unintentional shift from 3rd to 1st instead of from 4th to 2nd. At 20 mph you can get a headbang on the steering wheel when 1st kicks in unexpectedly. You just have to be sure that the tranny has shifted up to 4th when you think it has, otherwise....
Jan 23, 2004 (6:42 am)
55K miles on a 99? You must live really close to your work. That averages to 11 - 13K per year depending on when you got it. Lucky you! I just today rolled over to 20K on my '03 and I've only had it 14 months. The up-side is I get to enjoy driving my M a lot but the down-side is it's aging it waaaay faster than I want. I guess that's the price I have to pay for living so far
from my job. But at least I have a great car to get there.
Jan 23, 2004 (8:00 am)
No racing. Yes, I used it's acceleration to get on freeways, but at 46, I'm a tad too old to be a street racer. And yes, I would cruise on the interstate at 80-90 - but I thought that's what it was designed to do. Bottom line, it was used as a good looking "go to work" car.
Jan 23, 2004 (10:00 am)
Yup. My weekly commute, including morning trips to daycare is around 220 miles. We're a two car family, so miles are distributed pretty evenly between the two. And it is a great car, which is why PJ's situation is even more depressing. I think, unfortunately, that his was the exception, not the rule.
One of tha main bummers of winter in the northeast is a semi-constantly dirty car...
Jan 23, 2004 (3:11 pm)
With $5500 in repairs on my 1999 300M I swore off Chrysler forever....but as they say "never say never". Although I think the front end of the new 300C just sucks, if they are offering the hemi V8 at $33/$34,000, that's enticing. But....I learned my lesson with first year Chrylsers and will likely stand by my conviction that even if I loved it, I won't do it unless the dealer "substantially discounts" a long term mechanical warranty. Because I realize there is another old saw..."once burned....". But I prefer to always keep my eys open to the possibilities of automotive redemption.
#25097 of 26385 My car is back
Jan 23, 2004 (5:40 pm)
Picked it up today and all is well. But I do have to share this story with all of you, since I have seen references to "one star" or "no star" dealerships. The dealership who worked on my 300M's transmission is Keystone Chrysler in Mission Kansas. While I am not real pleased with Chrysler right now, the treatment from the dealership has been every bit of a 5 star experience. First, when I quoted him the AAmco price to replace the transmission over the phone, nothing in writing, he checked something, and within minutes, approved it to be done for that price. When I picked it up Wednesday and noticed a squeaking and squealing noise, I took it back Thursday morning. They weren't able to get to it Thursday, and they didn't have any loaner cars on the lot, so they called Enterprise rent a car and paid for a car for the night. Today, they called about one and told me it was ready...there apparently was a cover that got knocked and was rubbing by the brake rotors. So they pulled the wheels and inspected to brakes to insure that they were not damaged (they weren't). When the Enterprise folks dropped me off, the service manager was there...I asked if I needed to go to the cashier and he said, "Well, they have some paperwork they'd like you to sign...but I have your keys...so take it...it's yours."
I don't know if I will buy another Chrysler...I had a bad experience with an 84 Dodge and didn't by another Mopar until 99. But we'll see...maybe my tranny was the exception - which from what I see on this board it is - but if I DO buy another Chrysler, there is no doubt in my mind where I will buy it. Kudos to Keystone.