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Is it the end?

I've noticed recently that - apart from the odd new member coming along with problems that are new [to them] - that most people seem to have their cars pretty well sorted. They're no longer on sale in the UK although I never saw too many new ones after Fiat took over anyway.

So, is that it? Do we have to ook for something new?

What else is out there? For me at least, the new Mustang simply doesn't cut it and there's precious little else out there that's in anyway different - I simply can't afford the Morgan Aero...

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As a sort of Post Script, I did think I might go for a later model but they stopped making the Touring in 2010 so buying a 7 year old car could simply take me back to square one. Apart from which I'm not really having any trouble - ooops, I've said it now! - with my own.

Apart from the fact that I noticed a slight crack beginning in the drivers seat - must get some leather food/care for it.
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Leather food will do nothing, the crack in the seat bolster is plastic.

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Hi. Owning a uk 300 is a pain in the genitals, running costs, service costs. Everyone wants to rip you off and parts are so hard to source. I have thaught a few times about selling mine, only drive it may be once or twice a month but damn it makes me smile.
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Considering the type of car and engine, I don't think running costs are too onerous. Routine servicing is straightforward and needn't be expensive if you do it yourself. I've only had to replace a few parts (apart from consumables) during my 10 yrs of ownership and haven't experienced any difficulty in obtaining them. The one exception being a replacement alternator which incurred several hours of garage labour. Currently, I do very little mileage, but when I take it out it still gets lots of attention. As for a replacement - there isn't anything comparable. Perhaps I'll hold on until the Government is able to make me a generous scrappage offer on a new Tesla.
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I agree...a Tesla would be nice, but imagine living with one the same number of years that many UK owners have had their 300 - it gives me chills to think of what happens when the battery pack begins to lose its capacity - think of the replacement cost!


I'm with you - I was a bit of a bike mechanic before this car so I gulped at the thought of main dealers & decided to go all-in with home servicing. As long as you have common sense, youtube and a manual theres not much you cant do at home.

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Considering the type of car and engine, I don't think running costs are too onerous. Routine servicing is straightforward and needn't be expensive if you do it yourself. I've only had to replace a few parts (apart from consumables) during my 10 yrs of ownership and haven't experienced any difficulty in obtaining them. The one exception being a replacement alternator which incurred several hours of garage labour. Currently, I do very little mileage, but when I take it out it still gets lots of attention. As for a replacement - there isn't anything comparable. Perhaps I'll hold on until the Government is able to make me a generous scrappage offer on a new Tesla.
I agree. With main dealer servicing my first 300C was costing me £800 annually in maintenance (that's including everything - MoT, tyres, wipers, etc). With my second 300C I started on the main dealer path so the average annual cost is currently £600, but actually in the last year it only cost me £200 by doing everything myself using MB/Chrysler parts. Front discs will need doing this year so that'll nudge things up a bit, but still aiming to get the annual average below £400 asap.

My problems will come when the suspension starts knocking, which would be out of my DIY league to fix.

A while ago I had thought I'd go for an E Class hybrid next, or perhaps a C Class. But fatherhood is making me think a Merc GLC might be more in order, despite SUVs having uninspiring fuel economy.
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I agree...a Tesla would be nice, but imagine living with one the same number of years that many UK owners have had their 300 - it gives me chills to think of what happens when the battery pack begins to lose its capacity - think of the replacement cost!
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I think most battery packs on electric cars and rented, holding you to use that make again as you pay a yearly rental fe to them.
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Why change brands ?
Its not prohibitive, cost wise, to buy and import from Americaland.
I believe shipping cost is around £100 per foot plus import fees and any UK SVA/MOT requirements....headlamps and indicator/tail light conversion etc.
Used cars are usually cheaper in the USA so will cancel any shipping costs but of course, they dont have the CRD and any parts may have to be imported there are UK based parts suppliers....at a premium cost.
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No immediate plans to part here & still going strong

I wonder if the resale in one of these would go up in value given only 160 Chrysler 300c were for sale on autotrader and only 3 of these were Hemi in the estate form, we're almost extinct, bah.

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