Chrysler 300M cars and repairs

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Chrysler 300M

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to be second-generation Eagle Vision. the became a Chrysler at the last there are photos of 300Ms Eagle trim and badging, but the to eliminate Eagle came in time for a quick readjustment. The use of the 300M offended many with the company’s history and confuse would-be buyers for especially when the 300 and 300C brought out, but it did make the much more public: the made the covers or inside of just about every car magazine, thanks partly to its with the past.

Once reviewers were generally and some called the 300M the big front-wheel drive car every — all things considered. The 250 engine pushed the massive with alacrity, but it was fine sharp turns, too, and mind being driven leisurely.

At the core of the debate is the fact that the 300M did not the competition as well as the early 300 The 300 letter cars were able to do battle with the of the rest, offering a stiff that could corner than many smaller cars, coupled with a Hemi engine, unique and a price to match; the 300 letter-cars always a limited edition, not a market car, and they the best Chrysler could

The 300M was given the LHS’ refined instrument panel, with a similar interior, devoid of some minor available on the Concorde. The 300M, was shortened, primarily for sale in where the LH was simply too large; the length also resulted in weight, for better acceleration.

gearing brought 0-60 down to about 7.5 seconds, was better than most of the 300 letter cars, despite fearsome Hemi and Wedge (to be fair, the originals also had torque for instant-on acceleration). The is also firmer than the LH cars, a tradeoff for superior – better than cars with active

The LHS, in contrast, despite its (and much larger) was longer than the standard LH, got mileage than the 300M, was inside, and rode more Not as many LHSs were though, partly because back the 300 name brought publicity at first, and partly the sporty flair of the 300M car reviewers, while the LHS simply customers. Both came with woodgrain trim; a steering wheel came starting in 2001 (pictured is a 2000 model), and the 300M replaced the woodgrain with carbon fiber.

The Chrysler 300M was benchmarked not GM, Ford, and Toyota, but against the BMW Based on the same platform as the Intrepid and Concorde, the $30,000 is smaller (though you’d know it from the interior), firmer-riding, and better-handling. It still the Eurotest in some ways (no option, no diesel option, no but when it came out, reviewers considered the comparison to be

Only one engine was available, the 3.5 liter V6 designed for the LH and not used on any vehicle for many years; it was to a four-speed automatic transmission AutoStick. A 300M Special included a slightly more engine and high-intensity discharge

The 300M gained quite a bit of press in its first days, but went from being for its beautiful upscale interior to slammed for its cheap-looking interior the difference being that the fleet went from 300Ms to 300M Limited which had slightly better stiffer springs, high-intensity headlights, and fake carbon-fiber replacing the wood trim. key factor in the change of reporting was the journalism converging on Chrysler as announced that the company was money and producing shoddy as an excuse for extensive cost-cutting.

300M handling

Burke talked about the launch:

a very famous press I probably shouldn’t use his name. He was doing crazy stuff, and we had or five [300Ms] – this was out in and we’re on public roads, and we doing say a 20-minute ride and was a pre-determined place to stop and rotate. People would go to cars, because there was a of Intrepids and Concords. I was in the 300M. and he in the seat.

We’re talking about my and so forth, and he said you know? He it would make quite a if I blew this 3.5 up when I was it.

. All the other guys are still of getting buckled in, and he’s And he just held it to the floor, and things would run, I know, 130? Something that I guess?

And I had to almost the ignition switch and say we need to here and wait for the other because this is the next spot, otherwise it’ll up the whole rotation and all the other getting to drive it and so forth. So I at my watch. I think it was supposed to be a run and I think we waited 12 minutes for the guys to get there. He just ran it out at whatever it would do, 130… The gauge was down.

I kept over looking at the temperature. It was a hot It was like probably 110 anyway.

300M changes, year to

The 1999 300M and LHS both the 3.5-liter V-6 engine, rated at 253 (188 kW), and 255 lb.-ft. N•m) torque. Standard were the AutoStick automatic, cast-aluminum wheels with option, next-generation hybrid and front passenger air bags, Key®theft-deterrent system, automatic Indiglo backlighting on gauges, seats, wood-appearance trim, stereo, traction control, brakes, trip computer and the analog center clock would become mandatory for cars. The Handling Group off the top speed limiter.

In 2000, an was added to prevent shifting Park unless the brake was and tether anchors were to the rear shelf for child

The year 2001 brought changes, with an optional group that included an dimming driver-side mirror; cosmetic changes; and supplemental airbags. A more advanced (trip computer) was optional. seat anchors were now into the seats.

Chris wrote that there other changes, in line the new Daimler policy of cutting by any means possible:

They the chrome switches for black the speaker grilles on the front went from the nice Infinity labeled units, to plastic grilles with Sound” embossed on them. The models also lost the head rests, and the rear courtesy lights got replaced reflector stickers. The front courtesy lamps got decontented to lenses, where you plainly see the with a silver painted

In 2002, electronic brake was added to the antilock brakes; a new combined engine and transmission LATCH tethers were in; and “natural” evaporative emission was added. Midyear, the 300M was introduced with a 255 horsepower 3.5 engine (running on premium with 258 lb-ft of torque, and a final drive ratio. The Special also had high dischrage headlights and cheap-looking carbon fiber trim, performance brakes, and optional Pilot Sport 255/35R18 tires. Power output the standard 3.5 was dropped slightly, but may have been a “marketing make the 300M Special more “special.”

In 2003, new were added, a six-disc CD replaced the four-disc changer, and the controls were added to the 2004 brought optional Satellite Radio and an optional with DVD-based GPC navigation.

All had the 3.5 liter V6 with automatic; wheel independent suspension four wheel disc and 17 inch wheels; traction and ABS; and other features next-generation driver and front-passenger air vehicle theft deterrent with Senty Key engine internal emergency trunk optional side air bags for seat occupants, rear body color door fog lamps, solar control automatic headlamps (2000 and dual power folding mirrors (auto-dimming and auto-down-tilting-on-reverse on speed-sensitive variable-delay wipers, temperature-control air conditioning, dual-density soft touch door sun visors with illuminated and sliding extensions, tachometer, rear view mirror, computer, universal garage opener, heated front with two-person memory for the seat, radio, and mirrors; power driver and four-way passenger bucket seats; built into the rear cruise; tilt wheel; remote trunk lid release; and of power locks and windows remote and alarm.

The suspension was a four-wheel independent design power rack and pinion front MacPherson struts integral gas-charged shocks and springs, single transverse links, tension struts, and a stabilizer bar; and rear struts with integral shocks, dual transverse links, lower trailing and a link-type stabilizer bar with coil springs. Base were P225/55R17 Michelin MXV4 Plus black all-season radials, with the Pilot HX MXM4 for the Performance and 245/45R18 Pilot Sport in Performance Tire and Wheel

Six and ten spoke wheels were or used in various option The engine was longitudinal, with wheel drive. All 300Ms made in Brampton, Ontario, and were classified by the EPA as large

The Chrysler 300M Special and the Handling Group included front calipers, outboard-vented and high-performance linings at all four

Chrysler 300M repairs

your 300M gets 70,000 miles, it might be a idea to start looking at The battery is hard to reach, and with corrosion and battery leaking onto connectors to be common starting around mileage. Dealer prices for replacement appear to be around – $360.

Chrysler 300M

Keep the area (around the hinges/shock on top) clear of leaves to rust. So far no rust problems been reported to us, only the

The ignition key tends to stick for people. If you can’t turn the try hitting the ignition lock gently a dozen or two dozen until the small bit of dust gets knocked loose. (As we can’t be responsible for your – blowing compressed air in may be but we haven’t tried that knocking trick comes the dealer.) This isn’t for panic – it seems to rarely but the fix does eventually

The seat-warmer switches tend to after six or seven years. them out is very easy with the ignition key NOT in the car, you can them out from underneath, or you can pull/pry them out from Removing the connector cable is easy.

You can try taking them and cleaning the contacts, or just one from a dealer. List is $42 (as of 2008) but we got ours from for a grand total of $30 including because cleaning the contacts one badly damaged, apparently by a spill – didn’t work. Here’s what the old looked like when we it apart into its four shell, rocker, transparent and circuit-board.

If you have different color your outer shell be a different color.

Some CD players (1999-2000 models) over bumps; replacing the CD fixes that.

On many (and other 2000-04 LH with automatic headlights, the lights flash, suddenly brightness, or flicker. The solution is to the connector at the switch, clean the if needed, apply dielectric and re-assemble it. This is not the five job it sounds like, since the column shroud and instrument end cap have to come off along a bunch of screws to allow the panel cluster bezel to be pried out.

All work be done with the battery Chrysler advises dealers not to the headlamp switch. (Thanks, for referring us to TSB 08-022-03).

The platinum plugs do need to be replaced, at around 80,000 – miles. This is not hard the right tools. The plugs are under the coils, on top of the engine; use a screwdriver to push up the lever on the connectors, and gently slide the apart.

Then carefully use a quality Torx screwdriver of size to take out the two screws be very careful at first they are attached very and are easy to strip. Push hard while breaking free. Once the first turn is done, they unscrew easily, but they come all the way out.

When screws are unthreaded, gently out the coil, which is held in now by the seal. Then the spark can be taken out with a standard 5/8 spark plug socket, with new ones (with a dab of on the threads), and tightened to specifications a torque wrench (aluminum The hardest part is getting coil screws removed damaging them.

Speaker is also easy as long as the door speakers. More on that.

Want to replace the tie rod bushings for the Dodge Intrepid, Chrysler , Concorde, LHS, and New Yorker, or Vision? CarQuest has an inner tie rod end kit, which uses a two bushing to eliminate special sand lubricate; these snap into place the kit includes a bolt lock The kit is part number K7349. John Kaderka.)

We have ultimate LH steering fix ” for sloppy (usually diagnosed as a bad steering

Power lock actuators are a point after around years.

Unfortunately, they are of the door lock assembly, and are fairly hard to replace for the (the dealer may actuall be for this one). First, the battery (locks are always then remove the door panel, by removing the trim from the door-pull area and the bezel; removing the screws shown, and the three on the bottom of the panel. (Oh, isn’t it to have screws instead of

Then use a trim tool (or a tool — something flat, and unlikely to damage the paint or panel) to disengage the rest of the clips, (in our case, two at the rear and one at the of the panel.) Flip the trim up, and hold it securely.

Now remove the wire, the power window wire connector, the courtesy wire, and the wiring harness Disconnect and remove the old part; put the new one in. reconnect the wires and remote linkage, and put on the water shield, sure the locator holes reseal the shield (you may to get more sealant.) Put the trim in place in the retainer on the top of the door, the four-way alignment guide, and the two-way alignment guide; put in new clips; and put the three screws on the back in (they take 15-20 inch-pounds of torque, isn’t much). Put the other two back in (same torque and reinstall the trim plugs.

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