8th Jul 2006, 13:43
I agree with the person who wrote the comment about going back to a Nissan or Toyota where quality is important. I've had my LHS for 5 years. It now has 100,355 miles. They've been good miles, but I've put a lot of money into repairs that a "100%" warranty package didn't cover. Needed to replace all of the weather striping around the doors and trunk, road noise is at an uncomfortable level that wasn't changed by striping replacement, mechanism that keeps the trunk lid up has failed, transmission is now difficult to get into reverse, exterior paint was bad when I bought it and is now worse (very thin and damages easily), a/c has been a problem for the last 3 years (has a leak that four different dealerships can't find even tho they've replaced everything but the compressor - no replacements under warranty), replaced a timing chain three years ago, headlights have glazed over making it difficult to see at night, complaints about mileage and performance have cost $ with no results. Gas mileage is 19 around town and 25-26 on the highway. I've put three new sets of tires on it since I purchased it with 20,000 miles on it. They've replaced everything connected with the alignment including new ball joints. Only way they say they got the alignment half way right was to loosen some bolts and twist "something" out of square. Had to do with moving something on the frame. Crazy! but I stopped wearing away tires.
Still - I love my car! It starts readily in cold or hot weather; handles well on icy or wet roads; pulls through 6-8 inches of snow with no problems, "was" comfortable to ride for long distances, but seats are wearing and padding gone; features are plentiful and continue to operate properly such as auto windows, door locks, dual mirror adjustment, rear view mirror auto adjusting, etc.
Has been a "good" car, but I'm looking for a new one now and it will NOT be another Chrysler. I feel that I've spent too much time in the dealership waiting rooms. Didn't have that much trouble over its lifetime with a 1992 Chevy Lumina Euro that now has over 130,000 miles. Want to try a foreign made car now - possibly a Hyundai.
9th Jul 2006, 18:39
Oh please stay with Chrysler.
My whole life we've had Chrysler's. We had one Ford, one GM, and a Toyota and a Subaru.
The Ford we had for about 2 years and reverse kept going out on it. The GM 3 months (it was used) until the transmission blew, and the Toyota died at 140,000 miles, and it was regularly maintained and had no reason to die.
Then the Subaru is still sitting on the street awaiting its time on Ebay because the engine is gone on it (but it did have 200,000 miles on it... very costly miles, about every 3 or so months it's been in the shop) and our Chryslers well... they've been the best.
Our Neon has over 234,000 miles and we've hardly put any money into it, our Reliants had over 250,000 miles on them until the rear dead axle broke and we got rid of it and they (Reliants) didn't cost us hardly anything at all.
My aunt had an Omni, and that thing ran and ran and ran, but she got rid of it due to its rust (shame). So yeah, foreign cars are not all that reliable, at least for me.
12th Dec 2006, 23:39
I have a Chrysler LHS and its the best car that I have ever owned. I do regular maintenance and I have had no problems at all, and it's got over 100,000 miles.
I also have a 92 Chrysler LeBaron with 269,000 miles on it and have put nothing more than tires and 2 cv shafts in it, and it's still running like new!
Come on, you live in America, help out your country here and buy american. With tender love and care, the american cars can be just as good as the foreign ones.
13th Dec 2006, 10:42
Yeah, why aren't you people buying American made cars designed in America and sold by American dealers.
You know, cars like the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Camry, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Sonata...
Rather than those import cars made by foreign labor like the PT Cruiser, Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Focus, Buick LaCrosse...
5th Oct 2007, 14:06
2000 LHS: Now over 170,000 miles and still going strong. Yes, I have replaced a couple of door locks, have done the timing belt and other maintenance along the way, but in terms of comfort on the road, I can't beat it (in my opinion). I would like to find another one and retire this one to local trips. Just came back in from Colorado; over 1,800 miles with over 10,000 feet in mountains and passes yet still averaged 28.1 mpg (two passengers and driving 70-75 on the 4 lanes).
19th Nov 2007, 12:41
My 2000 LHS Story?
The darn wind jammer on the hood below the window. Had to replace it 4 times. The first time $180 at the dealer then bought it myself online for 70 bucks and fixed it myself. Last time I even used industrial glue on the clips and it still blows off. What a joke. I finally just left it off for now.
The worst part about the LHS is dealing with the dealer on repairs. All the ones near me are jackals who always try to jack the price up on things. I have 125K on it now and need new rack and pinion... dealer quote $1500. I had to find my own R&P and told the dealer to install it and it was $700 less. They wouldn't do it at first because they didn't know where the R&P came from, but I wasnt asking for a warranty, just to install it. Also, for some reason, I go through brake pads like a demon on this car.
Overall, the car still looks great and it is quick and handles well, but the small stuff makes me not want to buy Chrysler again (door jam seals, window motors, etc.).
My Lexus RX300 has 110K on it and never had 1 service issue at all. I'm not proud, but I never did the factory 55K or 90K service on it and still have had no problems.
19th Dec 2007, 20:13
Best car I've owned!
My 2000 LHS has been absolutely trouble-free for 214,000 miles until now. I was told a long time ago that it had a timing chain, not a belt, so no replacement was required. Shame on me for not verifying. Belt broke at 80mph. Still runs good, but idles rough, so valve job is needed and I'm afraid it's not worth it. I've had no issues with window and lock motors, door seals, and all the other items mentioned above. Brakes, tires, trans flushes, tune-ups, etc. is all I've done. Car still looks and drives like new prior to the timing belt incident. I was seriously planning on getting another 100,000 miles out of it. I will sure miss her, and am thinking of buying another 2000 or 2001.
20th Dec 2007, 16:46
"My Lexus RX300 has 110K on it and never had 1 service issue at all."
Whoa! Have you noticed the reviews on the Lexus RX330? Transmission, transmission, and more transmission problems. Consider yourself lucky. Either that, or maybe you're headed for trouble. Good luck, though. I guess all manufacturers make good and bad, and it changes every few years.