Got the 300 M

Discussion in 'Chrysler 300' started by JR, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. JR

    JR Guest

    I'm floating two inches above the ground, really exited about the 300M that
    I drove home this tuesday. What a step up from the 'childrens bus' we used
    to drive (Citroen Berlingo).

    It's a beautiful black late 1998 3.5 with 'everything' in it. It's about a
    thousand times more interesting than any other car on the road (here in
    Denmark) and it's the most expensive car anyone drive at work including the

    I just filled it up today and I'm doing about 25 mpg in it, the cruise
    control helps a lot I think. Everybody drives with stick shift here and
    cruise control is very rare.

    The size of the car (5x2 m) is large compared to other cars here, most cars
    are about 4.2m x 1.7 m and this makes it a little difficult to fit the car
    into parking spaces and the tall rear window makes it almost impossible to
    watch where I'm going. But it's worth it, this is such a great looking car.
    (or as she says in the commercial: "because I'm worthless")....

    Now I'm hoping for a long lasting relationship with few problems, I can't
    afford major repairs with a car that has these spare part prices. I have
    read a lot of good reviews about the quality of the 3.5 model and I hope
    they are right.

    JR, Apr 15, 2005
  2. JR

    Bill Putney Guest

    You might want to visit the 300M Enthusiasts Club and its forums (and
    think about joining). Lots of good info. and knowledge base on likely
    problems, maintenance tips, etc.



    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Apr 15, 2005
  3. JR

    Art Guest

    Enjoy the car. We've enjoyed our 1999. We usually keep a car about 6+ years
    but my wife loves it and will not part with hers this year.
    Art, Apr 15, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    Wasn't the first model the 99 version?
    Steve, Apr 16, 2005
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    MoPar Man Guest

    I'm smile-in for ya. It's been a while since I was last in Denmark,
    but I know what you mean. In NL and DE I always get a kick out of
    seeing the odd 300M on the road.

    Who was it that said life's too short to drive slow, ugly cars?

    Remember, it's MoPar - or No Car.
    MoPar Man, Apr 16, 2005
  6. JR

    Bill Putney Guest

    I was all ready to tell you you were wrong, but did a last minute check
    on some drill down parts source web sites, and you're right - the 2nd
    gens. started in '98 with the Concorde and the Interepid, but the LHS
    and M didn't come out until '99.

    Is it possible some 98's were made for Eurpoe, or is Jim going to post
    back saying his is in fact a '99?

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Apr 16, 2005
  7. "Model years" as we know them in North America aren't used outside North
    America. Rather, car year is identified by production date for parts and
    service purposes, and by date of first registration for legal and
    identification purposes. This means that what we might know as a "1999
    300M" could easily be known in Germany (for instance) as a 1998 if it was
    first registered shortly after being built in, say, October of 1998. Or,
    that same "1999 300M" could be known as a 2000 if the dealer had it
    sitting on his lot and it wasn't purchased and registered until 2000.

    The "model year" is pretty much unique to the North American market. It
    started out as a sales-and-styling tool (you can't persuade people to buy
    next year's model unless there's such a thing as last year's model!), and
    was codified when emission regulations came into force, defining the
    maximum length of validity for a manufacturer's emission certification for
    any given vehicle configuration.

    Daniel J. Stern, Apr 16, 2005
  8. JR

    JR Guest

    You are right on the spot, my 300M is registrered in october '98 and is
    supposed to be a '99 model.

    JR, Apr 16, 2005
  9. JR

    JR Guest

    I'm a member of the Danish Mopar club - I hope I can join
    the cruise with the rest of the 300 letter cars :-D Would anybody notice the
    35 year difference ..?..

    JR, Apr 16, 2005
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