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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
#25700 of 26385 intermittent dash light flicker
Nov 10, 2004 (3:55 pm)
This appears to be one of the "light show" features of the 300M that many have experienced. It is impossible to intentionally duplicate, so it is a Chrysler service department's dream -- could not duplicate problem! Since it can't be duplicated, it has never (to my knowledge) ever been repaired in any 300M. Hence no TSB.
Both my wife and I have experienced this in our past 300M's (2000 and 2001), as well as our current 300M's (2003).
The condition you described may be due to the dash light intensity switch being in between settings. On my 2003, I was able to turn the switch upward to eliminate the problem.
#25701 of 26385 intermittant light flicker!!
Nov 10, 2004 (9:09 pm)
Thanks for the info. on the "light show"
#25702 of 26385 Re: intermittent dash light flicker [intrepidspirit]
Nov 11, 2004 (7:59 am)
There is a recently discovered TSB for this problem, 08-022-03. The prescribed fix is to disassemble the bottom of the dash for access to the headlight switch, connect/disconnect the switch connector 3 times, apply dielectric grease to the contacts and reinstall.
#25703 of 26385 100K Plus...............
Nov 11, 2004 (8:01 am)
I picked up my 2000 M from my 5* dealer last night after it's 100K service. They replaced the timing belt, spark plugs and 90% worn rear brake pads. Also flushed and refilled the radiator, tranny, differential, power steering, rotated the tires and did a few other preventive maintenance items I can't remember right now.
The M has easily been the best car I've owned in 50 years of driving, as well as one of my favorites to drive or just look at. It's been very reliable and required little service (knock wood!).
The only major repair has been a new steering rack and tie rod ends at 70K. I replaced the battery at 70K also as a precaution (I had no battery problems at the time) and also replaced the drive belts and rad hoses. I'm on my 5th set of tires, but I use ultra high performance tires because I like the sharp handling, and they only last about 20K miles.
I still love the car, can find nothing else on the market I can afford that I like as well, and I plan to put another 100K on it if I can.
Long live the 300M (mine at least!)
#25704 of 26385 Lynn/steering rack, tie rods
Nov 11, 2004 (6:03 pm)
Did you notice any front end behavior that led to the new rack/rods? Or did the dealer recommend at a service? My '99M with 65K miles feels a little "wobbly" at times through the steering wheel. Newer tires up front, so I don't think that's it. Any advice would be appreciated.
Went to NE Auto Show yesterday. Hopped in and out of G35, TL and MB E a lot. Still haven't driven any, but I think the TL has it over the G35 in interior/exterior styling and interior materials. The E (and for the price, it well should!) was the classiest of the bunch. I found the new Caddy STS underwhelming. Watching Saab convertible top raise and lower was fun as was the trunklid of the Caddy XLR. A handsome car, but like most GMs, questionable interiors. The new Lexus GS was drawing absolutely no attention, but all the Porshces were! The 300C was doing OK, too.
So, I may test drive the G, TL and E by year end. But are any of them a real step up from my M? I'm itching for a new car, a little leary of letting a Chrysler go much past 70k miles, but heartened by posts like Lynn's. Oh, yeah. And it looks like someone took a key to my passenger door. A death penalty offense in my book.
#25705 of 26385 Mine is gone.
Nov 12, 2004 (12:17 pm)
Traded it yesterday with just over 70k miles. It lost it's luster this past year. Still it was good looking, but very much "high maintenance". Looks like mine had the spirit of fastdrivers Christine lurking in it's soul. Took delivery on an 05 Prius - amazingly roomy, and quiet...very quiet. Good luck to the rest of you with your M's.
#25706 of 26385 Re: Lynn/steering rack, tie rods [laurasdada]
Nov 12, 2004 (12:28 pm)
The symptom I took my car in for when they replaced the rack and tie rod ends was about an inch of free play in the steering wheel. In other words, I had to turn the wheel about an inch before there was noticeable effect to the car's direction.
The rack was the main problem, I think. I'm not sure there was anything wrong with the tie rod ends. In any event, it steers and handles like new since they were replaced.
By the way, I'm still on the original shocks and struts after 100K miles and it still handles great!
#25707 of 26385 Looking For Sources Of Rear End Rattles
Nov 12, 2004 (2:55 pm)
Hello everyone. I have a four year old (2001) 300M with about 48,000 miles and have developed what seem to be several annoying rattles coming from the rear of the car. This is especially noticeable when going over downhill rough roads (vehicle weight forward).
After reading some of the posts here and doing some experimenting myself, I am already looking at the following sources:
1. "chatter" in rear brake pads (noise seems to diminish when brakes are applied)
2. Metal crossbar that the rear seat back tops lock into (covered with cloth, how to get past that and look for places to tighten that up?)
3. I assume there are rear speakers under the back deck and wonder if they might have come loose in their mounts. Fiber covering under the back deck which hides all that seems to be held in place by two pressure clips. Is it a big deal to get those off and get in there to tighten anything up that might be loose?
Would appreciate any other suggestions (even better experience) with this. Any other rear rattle sources that folks have had problems with?
Thanks for your help.
#25708 of 26385 300M NOT replaced by AUDI
Nov 13, 2004 (9:46 pm)
Greetings fellow 300M owners:
It's been a pretty long time since I've posted here, even though I frequently check the posts. Well, I have 16,000 miles on my 300M already and no problems. I love it. Two weeks ago, I purchased a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T CVT, and it's great. I'm loving it. Even though Audi is quite different from our Chrysler's, I still love the M's design and ride. It's great. It sure has that Bullet Proof feel to it. Anyways, I got a quick question, that both relates to my 300M (done it in the past) and what I just did to the Audi today. Forgot that my car was in D (Drive) and turned car off...Tried to take key out, wouldn't come out, tried turning the car back on, wouldn't turn on. Until I put it in P (Park) then it would let me take the key out and turn on my car. Will/Can turning the car off while in D gear mess or ruin anything car related? Thanks everyone. Take care.
Nov 14, 2004 (1:12 pm)
Long time no see. My daughter has an A-4 and only problem was the coil pack that hit them all and led to a recall on that problem after Audi/VW finally agreed it was a problem. I've driven her car and it does have a lot of pluses, and I really liked the interior a lot. Anyway, no problem turning the car off while in gear. That will not hurt anything. Don't worry about it, but of course it will not start unless in Park or maybe Neutral, I haven't tried starting it in Neutral, but I assume it will do so.