Here is a summary on some info I ran across last night....
Good-bye, cab-forward styling. Chrysler group's full-sized car program, code-named LX, will use major components from the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E class, which debuts in September at the Frankfurt auto show. The full-sized Chryslers and Dodges will bow in the 2004 or 2005 model years. The switch to rwd dictates a new approach to styling that will greatly change the appearance of the Intrepid, Concorde and 300M replacement, which likely will be called 300N. Also planned is a performance model for Dodge, the Charger R/T. The cars are expected to be shorter than the 2001 Intrepid and Concorde, but the wheelbase likely will be longer. The LX cars will offer the stability control system developed by Mercedes-Benz. The vehicles won't share the E-class platform, but they will use a common electronic architecture as well as Mercedes-Benz transmissions, steering columns, and ride and handling components. In what could be a risky strategy, the full-sized Chrysler and Dodge cars will be repositioned by pricing them a little higher than the current models. The automobiles will be aimed at more upscale buyers and away from the mainstream sedan segment led by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. This repositioning will allow the Chrysler group to market stability control, for example, at an audience that has deeper pockets. The model lineup will be expanded. Some Chrysler models will be offered in sedan and convertible body styles, while the Dodge line will offer sedans and coupes. The Dodge models will continue to look sportier than the Chrysler vehicles and be priced below them. The V-6 engines in today's cars will be carried over, and the 5.7-liter V-8 may be offered. The introduction of the LX cars will be staggered, with the sedans coming in the 2004 model year and the coupes and convertible a year or so later...stay tuned for more details!
Fuzzy--I saw a program on TV about 3 wks ago that was all about police radar and lasers and the guys who try to develop technology to beat em. One guy had a product, I think it was called "Laser Buster" or something like that and it made the car absolutely invisible to the laser gun being shot right at it. Each time the reading on the monitor came up 000. I found it fascinating since it worked whether coming or going. I don't usually go fast enough, often enough, to get one, but it was quite clear that the one they showed really worked. The State Trooper who was on the show and running the laser could not believe it, he kept shaking his head while the developer kept saying "Yes!!!!" as the 000 came up.
Just took my 2000 garnet/agate/non-PHP 300M into the dealer this morning -- only the second trip in 19 months. I've got the dreaded door-seal shrinkage in all 4 doors so we'll see what lead time is on them these days.
While I'm in, I'll have them look into the lights flickering on and off. Happened to me last week for only the second time. Is there a fix for this other than the headlamp dimmer switch?
My only other trip in was for the front-end shake and pull caused by the $#% badyears. Didn't start at all until 13K miles so nobody in my area will even consider talking to Goodyear about them. I didn't see it earlier becuase the shop where I've had 'em rotated has the Hunter 9700. The closest to help I got was a referral to a real Goodyear dealer an hour's drive away. How does Goodyear stay in business??? Gotta say that the Yokohama Avid T-4s are looking pretty good right now, even if the OEM Goodyears only have 14K on them.
So it looks like I've got the standard 300M issues. Even so, this is a great car, by far the best quality car I've purchased new.
Chrysler Group Plans to Set Up High-Performance Car Tuner Similar to AMG
Stuttgart / Auburn Hills, 08/20/2001 - The Chrysler Group intends to enter the high-performance automobile segment, which is why it plans to set up a business unit similar to Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The aim is to increase sales of special Chrysler vehicles. The first models to be tuned include the Dodge Viper and the Chrysler Prowler.
if there is in fact something you can legally do that kills those laser readings, i'm in on it. i hate being instant tagged by those suckers. then again, the chance of that kind of stuff being legal is, umm, zero to none by my guess. if there's more to be heard about that stuff, i'm interested.