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Chrysler 300M, Sedan
Aug 10, 2006 (12:27 pm)
I am new to the forum here. I bought a 2001 300M in March 2004, during my last semester of college. It has a steel blue exterior with the dark slate gray interior. I had a 1991 Ford Explorer that was falling apart and it was certainly time for a new vehicle. About a year prior to my purchase, I came across the 300M at a car show and I fell in love with it. I decided right there that my next car would be a 300M. I bought it from my local Chrysler dealer and at the time it had 32,000 miles on it and I paid $16,000 for it. I thought that this was quite a bargain, certainly a lot of car for the money. I have now had it for over two years and have about 62,000 miles on it. There was a short period of a few months where my wife took the car after we got married and I got stuck driving her Honda Civic. Needless to say, we traded in the Civic soon after for a Toyota 4Runner for her to drive so I could get back my M.
So far it has been a decent car. I have had to make a few repairs. The stereo went out once, but I was able to have the unit serviced and has worked fine since then. I also had to replace the sway bar links and I just replaced the rack & pinion. I love the styling on the outside and the luxurious interior. My favorite aspect is the instrument panel gauges, especially lit up at night. Some people say that it is an old man's car, but I resent that. I think it is very sporty and it can blow the doors off most the cars the young guys are driving around these days. I was 22 when I bought the car, so I may have set a record for the youngest purchaser.
I am always planning for my next car, so I would say right now I would consider a new 300, but I also really like the Jaguar X-Type. But, I will hopefully have many more good years with the 300M before I have to buy another car!
Aug 22, 2006 (1:01 pm)
You're right! The 300M is not an old man's car. It won Car & Driver's Car of the year for 1999 because of its performance and agility on the slalom track.
Now the new 300 -- anything below a hemi engine (2.7 or 3.5) is definitely an old man's car. And the 5.7 hemi is a wonderful, powerful engine, but the 300 is heavier than the 300M and doesn't manoeuver well. That being said, I would love to drive the 300C if only for the hemi experience...
#26174 of 26385 Whining Noise When Making Right Turns?
Aug 26, 2006 (9:18 pm)
I recently started to hear a whining noise when I make right turns. Any idea what the cause might be?
#26175 of 26385 Re: Whining Noise When Making Right Turns? [uniguy]
Sep 08, 2006 (1:10 pm)
My guess would be some kind of power steering problem.
#26176 of 26385 Time for a new car............
Sep 12, 2006 (9:33 am)
Well, my 300M just turned 145,000 miles and I've decided it's time for a new car. It was a hard decision since I've had very few problems with the M and I still love it, but I know the problems are bound to start soon (or at least that's what I explained to my wife!).
I'm buying a new Dodge Charger R/T and I love the way it handles and, of course, the Hemi power, but the body styling just doesn't equal the 300M. At least it does look lots better (to me anyway) than the 300C.
I hope it comes close to being as good a car as the 300M!
#26177 of 26385 Re: Time for a new car............ [lflowers]
Sep 12, 2006 (9:36 am)
Oh no! We're losing another foal!
Sep 12, 2006 (9:42 am)
Hey Lynn - If styling matters, and the M is still going good, why not wait another year or so, and get the new Challenger. It will be hot and probably hard to get, particularly if they put it on the LX line at Brampton as the fourth model, but man does it look sweet and a 6.1 Hemi just makes it sweeter. It is supposed to be out in late 2007 as a 2008 model.
If I am still around when that baby hits the market I am going to try real hard not to buy it. lol