2001 Chrysler 300M Reviews

2001 Chrysler 300M Wood Package 3.5L SOHC from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5L SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance85900 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Great car with many features

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong with my car.

The only thing that I had to get so far have been routine 3000 mile services, which include the engine oil, oil filter, and air filter checked and or replaced.

Other than that, the only other thing is that the passenger window does not want to roll down right away when I press it. I noticed that it was caused by the window itself; sometimes it's very tight between the rubber molding, which was a quick fix.

I can use a new set of tires and an alignment. I think I'm going to go with the Michelin Primacy MX4.

Other than that, the car has been great since I got it at the end of December in 2008.

General Comments:

Well the car handles great and looks great. It has lots of power, and is very roomy and sporty for a large vehicle.

The 3.5L engine is very quick with its 252hp. I knew that the 300m would be great car for me, because in addition to having my 95 Ford Thunderbird with 4.6L V8, I also had a 98 Dodge Intrepid ES with the 3.2L engine, and I had a great experience with it.

I ended up selling my Intrepid at about 129,000, not because anything was wrong with it, but because I just wanted to buy another car with less miles. I ended up regretting selling it, and when I saw my 300m at the Chrysler dealer here in Fremont where I live in California, I had to have it. It's similar to the Intrepids, but they are overall much nicer with more features.

Right now I am happy with my Thunderbird and my 300m. The 300m is a perfect car that I love driving, and the handling couldn't be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2009

26th Jul 2009, 17:48

Nice, I have a 01 300M and they are very nice cars. My 300 has about 125,000 miles and so far its been good other than its normal service. I did have to get my A/C recharged at 110,000 but wasn't a big deal.

2001 Chrysler 300M 3.5 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired70300 miles
Most recent distance82300 miles

Summary:

Good used prices, but prepare to pay the difference in maintenance

Faults:

Oh boy, where to begin. Bought used in 07 from a Chrysler dealership with a standard 30-day warranty. Car couldn't pass e-check after the check engine light came on a week after having it. Took it back, but they said it wasn't covered by the warranty. Took it to another dealership and forked over $200 to repair a minor evaporative leak.

Four months into ownership, air conditioning craps out. There's another $350.

And last but not least in my first year of ownership, transmission eats itself for dinner on a Friday night out. Thank goodness for friends who will venture out and pick out up at 11PM just because. Totally destroyed planetary gears and torque converter. $2300 repair.

Also, paint is not the best quality; and the wheels are peeling! Speakers are great! that is, until they break. The little one in the center dash will go first; I know there is an least one other dead one that I have not located yet.

Will take car in for service this weekend because the front suspension makes a loud squeaking sound when wheel is turned more than 1/4...

I went back and calculated how much I paid per mile for the first year of ownership. Considering the fact that I plan to pay for it over 18 months, it cost me almost $1 per mile to drive for the first year. Does this sound like a car you want to own? Didn't think so!

General Comments:

The 300m is a very nice car. I always have people commenting to me how great it looks from the outside, and they are even more impressed by the quality of interior on the Chrysler. It has plenty of performance for a large sedan, and the engine sounds great. Handling is almost decent. It corners well, but there is significant understeer at speeds of 55+ MPH. And I swear these tires will last forever!

I simply wish they were more reliable. It's cars like this that make you wish you bought the extended warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews