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Old 05-30-2011, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This post is for those over 150k miles...

...and those who work on these cars.

I'm looking at a 2006 300c with 182,000 miles. I wasn't looking seriously until I searched this site and found that these engines should go 200k+ with proper maintenance.
The question I have for you is; what kind of repairs have you faced over these miles? Are many of these repairs DIY's? Just wondering about the reliability of this car over 200k miles. I'd like to think it'll go forever (that what it feels like when you drive them), but I'm not naive.

On the work that you've had to do...what costs were involved?
What preventative maintenance/modifications could have been or have been done to extend life and minimize repairs?

Since this body style is destined to become a classic...hopefully this could become a thread for future buyers and current owners wondering about life above 150k or even 200k miles and beyond.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is quite a bit of miles... My 07 has 115k and since im the original owner I have the lifetime engine and drivetrain warranty. I'm not sure I would want to shell out the money if the engine ever went.
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Thanks for your reply Jerad, however, this is not a post about if you "would want to shell the money if the engine ever went."

Want I'm looking for, as the post states, are people who own or have worked on 300c's with 150,000 miles or more. What repairs has the car needed, with costs if possible. Are many of the repairs DIY possible? And are there preventative maintenance steps, or mods, that can be taken to prevent some of the major repairs.

If I can buy this '06 Hemi for $8k or less, and get up to 250k miles before "major" work or engine/tranny replacement....it might just be worth the $.

Again, thanks for your input Jerad...but lets stay on topic.
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What are you able to do? I will tell you from my own experience the quality of the drive severely deteriorates as mine started to at 100k. I just put out 700 for struts shocks and a tie rod and the car still doesn't drive good.

Changing the spark plugs every 30k, oil, fluids etc are DIY if you know how.

As I said earlier just the struts and shocks will run you at least 500 plus labor unless you can do it yourself. You can get the spark plus for around $50 shipped for the set of 16. Thats about all I have to contribute.
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Nice. Thanks Jerad.
When you say the ride "deteriorated", what exactly does that mean? Clunky (noisy)? Rough? Boaty?
I used to have an '06 300c from new to just over 40k miles.
The one I drove with 182k miles rode about as close as I remember to my '06...but it had 22" wheels on it. But I'll definitely take that into consideration.

I am fairly handy. I have a '90 Nissan 300zx with somewhere in the neighborhood of 250k miles. I've done most of the work on this car, including a complete engine rebuild... but I worked along side a friend of mine who owned a shop at the time, otherwise I would not have attempted the rebuild myself. But I can turn a wrench...mildly.

Thanks again Jerad
Anyone else out there with high miles?
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I have three that I run for a limo service so besides regular servicing, tires and brakes, here is a quick rundown of what has been replaced:

2006 3.5 V6 180,000 miles
strut rod bushes
inner and outer tie rod ends
transmission oil cooler due to leak (also doubles as air conditioner condensor)
pink thing in shifter, 2 cent split pin repair done

2007 3.5 V6 135,000 miles (this one is converted to run on LPG as well as gasoline)
strut rod bushes
fuel pump

2007 5.7 Hemi 160,000 miles
strut rod bushes
outer tie rod ends
pink thing in shifter, 2 cent split pin repair done
the transmission oil cooler is starting to weep so probably need to do this soon.
have brought new shocks but not installed yet
(damping is non-existant now, but this one has been thrashed at the track a bit too)

The two V6 cars are using a bit of oil between services, more so the 2007 one with less kilometers. Timing belts, water pumps and tensioners were done on these V6 cars as routine maintenance.

Depending on your capabilities, brakes, suspension work, servicing and the like is pretty easy DIY stuff.

Of the items above the fuel pump was the only real breakdown so far, broken pink things can be overcome on the side of the road if necessary.

Touch wood they have a few more miles in them yet.
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I have three that I run for a limo service so besides regular servicing, tires and brakes, here is a quick rundown of what has been replaced:

2006 3.5 V6 180,000 miles
strut rod bushes
inner and outer tie rod ends
transmission oil cooler due to leak (also doubles as air conditioner condensor)
pink thing in shifter, 2 cent split pin repair done

2007 3.5 V6 135,000 miles (this one is converted to run on LPG as well as gasoline)
strut rod bushes
fuel pump

2007 5.7 Hemi 160,000 miles
strut rod bushes
outer tie rod ends
pink thing in shifter, 2 cent split pin repair done
the transmission oil cooler is starting to weep so probably need to do this soon.
have brought new shocks but not installed yet
(damping is non-existant now, but this one has been thrashed at the track a bit too)

The two V6 cars are using a bit of oil between services, more so the 2007 one with less kilometers. Timing belts, water pumps and tensioners were done on these V6 cars as routine maintenance.

Depending on your capabilities, brakes, suspension work, servicing and the like is pretty easy DIY stuff.

Of the items above the fuel pump was the only real breakdown so far, broken pink things can be overcome on the side of the road if necessary.

Touch wood they have a few more miles in them yet.

Thanks Protego! That's some good info!
Seems like the "pink thing in the shifter" is a common thing. What exactly is it and how do you know when it becomes a problem?

Thanks again Protego! Great write up....anyone else out there?
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The pink thing is a plastic bit in the shifter that breaks, when it goes you can't shift out of park. Pleanty of threads on here if you search for pink thing. It's a silly little problem really and I think there is now a recall in place to fix it properly, but for my money the 2 cent split pin repair works fine.

If the price is right and the car has been looked after, then I would not have any problems with a high mileage car.
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I did 160,000 miles in my HEMI.
Because I imported it from the US to UK, I had no warranty what-so-ever.
I did all my own oil changes at 6,000 intervals with high quality oil and filters.
I fitted a catch can at about 80,000 when I noticed how much oil was on the back of my throttle body!!
Also fitted a 170 thermostat.
Did most of the other "consumable" items myself too.
I believe that by looking after the motor in this way, it helped it make 160,000 miles and as far as I know it's still going.
Hope this helps, but if you have any further questions, just let me know.
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Could you explain the symptoms that caused you to replace the strut rod bushes? I replaced my struts and shocks but it didn't really seem to do much. My car still hits holes and dips hard, with a loud pounding sound. I want this fixed. Thanks
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