1999 Chrysler 300M Sedan
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- 21mpg average,superb handling,luxurious comfort,great styling inside and out,stereo sound is amazing
- reliability is iffy, could use a more powerful engine
Purchased As Used
I bought a used 99 Chrysler 300M for $1900 in March of 2010 at an auto auction. The styling is great on the outside, and the interior is even better!
Power everything, leather everything (none of that fake wood trimming here), an amazing Infinity sound system, huge backseat (plenty of room for 2 adults and a child) and the front seats feel like your sitting in comfortable Laz'ie Boy recliners! While both front seats are heated, the drivers is the only one that will save 2 seating positions.
The trunk is huge! I've never seen a car with this much trunk space for it's size, it easily fit my daughters bike inside it, with a small tool box and other odds and ends my girlfriend keeps putting in there.
The 3.5 liter High Output V6 is pretty good. It has plenty of power when you need it, and barely makes a noise when you're just cruising a long. And when you first start the car, it has a nice little burble to it! The only thing I would change is I just wish the 0-60 time was a little better for when you're merging onto the highway. For the times your trying to pass a semi, who's driver just doesn't feel like moving over to let you on.
But I must say, out of all of it, the handling is the best thing about this car. I have owned many cars over the years, with most of them being "sports cars", with nothing really sporty about them. But this car will out maneuver any of them! It takes corners effortlessly, and with almost no body roll at all. This car makes you feel like your in control, and begs you to see if you can find it's limits!
Now having said that, the ride is very plush and comfortable. It is by far the most comfortable cruiser I have ever ridden in. And thats with the original shocks still on the car.
And having said that, their are some problems with the car. When I bought it, the mileage was 119,000. And I have had to do some work to it, the wheel bearings had to be replaced, new break pads all around, oil change and tires. Which most of this is pretty basic stuff when buying a used car. But when I was having the wheel bearings changed, my mechanic said this car has been in a flood. Mud all over the undercarriage, some in the gear box (which luckily my mechanic changed the gear oil and wiped a lot of it out for free) and the shocks had been bottomed out and needed to be replaced.
But what really bugs me is the transmission, 90% of the time it runs smoothly. Changes gears with ease, smooth as butter, and nary a problem. But on occasion it feels the need to get stuck in 1st gear, revs high and erratically. Which as of this writing, I have no idea why. But when it does get stuck in 1st gear, I just put it in the auto-stick mode and change the gears myself. Which is normally fun, but not when your car is acting up, forcing you to do so.
My final verdict on this car is, I love it! It's the perfect family car for the man who wants to ride in comfort, but still wants to be able to drive aggressively when the need arises. And carry everything that goes along with the family. Are their better cars than this? Yes their is, but you'll be paying a lot more money for the same stuff, just a different name.
The only advice I can offer if your thinking about purchasing this car, get a mechanic to go over it thoroughly! Also get the car fax if you are able to. Since I purchased this car at an auction, I wasn't able to do any of that. Yes I got an amazing deal, but I didn't know the history of this car and the quirks that came a long with it....read morehide
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