i purchased 00 300m with 185k. i am a technician at a used car dealership and i have dealt with numerous 'failed chryslers' in the past from this era. one of the major purpose of this purchase was to ...
i purchased 00 300m with 185k. i am a technician at a used car dealership and i have dealt with numerous 'failed chryslers' in the past from this era. one of the major purpose of this purchase was to tinker around and 'guinea pig' chrysler products to better improve my skills. other reason was to have a good reliable winter car.
as expected of a 12 yr old car with high mileage it wasn't cosmetically pretty. torn leather, broken door handle, loose bumper, climate control cluster don't light up. heated seats don't work etc. but these things are expected of any car with similar mileage.
the surprise came when i put it on a lift. i was expecting a real oily mess since outside looked beat up but it had very little patches of dark spot here and there and rest of the engine and tranny undercarriage was dusty and bone dry! the vehicle drove straight and fired on all cylinders!
there were couple of issues. first the upper radiator hose cracked and was leaking. probably not a major issue for most of people.
second is somewhat major. and a commonly failing part on the car. it had some transmission issues with one of the solenoids and would go into a limp mode (will not upshift into 3-4th gear) and throw a check engine light. Luckly for me i caught it early enough and just doing tranny flush seemed to clean up the failing solenoid and so far seems to be a (what i hope is) a long term solution. Doing some research on this problem, however, many will eventually have to replace the solenoid to completely fix the issue.
after giving it a basic fluid change (coolant, engine oil, and tranny fluid) and a tune up. the vehicle hasn't failed on me yet! drove through the last major snowstorm (8-10in) with just basic all season tire, handles like a charm and has enough power to spank teens in their rice rocket hondas on a takeoff!
Doing some research on this car lead to more pleasant surprises, it had won several prestigious automotive awards, has lots of positive review all over internet forums, and it shares same engine as the legendary chrysler/plymouth prowler!
this vehicle definitely wasn't what i expected from chrysler (in a positive way!) and even with high mileage it'll prove to be a good reliable car with some minor TLC!