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I'm getting a real kick out of reading the remarks from some of the youngsters about "how they just blew a Charger off the road" or "just can't wait to get their hands on this Hemi". I've owned my 300C for about 10 months now. It's my eighth new Chrysler Product and one of the very worst. The fact of the matter is this vehicle has some real quality issues and Chrysler Corporation is doing an awful job of managing them in my opinion. My Continental tires (speced by Chrysler) wore out in 11,000 miles and this is a standard problem being experienced by thousands of customers. My "Chrome Wheels" corroded after just five months - another common 300C problem. This is one of the worst performing vehicles i have ever driven in the winter and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone living in a snow climate. I had to garage my 300C for 2 months last winter - awful performance. The tires are too wide for the car and the Dog Legs (poorly designed panel just in front of the rear tires) are being pebble blasted by the wide front tires and required repainting at about 9,000 miles and less than 6 months of driving. Of course, they cannot be re-painted without re-painting or blending into the rear quarter panels - a pretty expensive venture. I would not recommend driving the car out of the show room without having custom mud flaps put on the front - just behind the front tires. I can go on and on but i think I'll stop at this point. This car looks great and this Hemi runs like a Hemi. However, owning one can become a pricey and aggravating experience. My dealers service department sees way way way too much of me. This buyer would recommend extreme caution prior to buying a Chrysler 300C. Personally, I wouldn't have another one and i'll be unloading this one.
 

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Shame you dont have a decent point of comparison.
Take for instance 30 years of FWD rice burners with 4 cylinder motors.
Just for an example.
 

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What are you using to clean your wheels? And tires wearing out fast isn't a problem, 1 - it's sticky 2 - it has a lot to do with how you drive and how you set your pressures. As far as snow, it's back wheel drive, either put 400lbs of sand in the trunk over the wheels or put on snow tires or do both.
 

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Ronk25 said:
My Continental tires (speced by Chrysler) wore out in 11,000 miles and this is a standard problem being experienced by thousands of customers.
Based on others' comments and frequent visual inspection, I don't expect mine to hit 20K. What did you replace them with? If it was a different tire, have you had them long enough to form an opinion?
 

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Unfortunately given the continuing problems I seem to be having (common ones) at 4000 miles I am dissappointed. I LOVE driving the car (and can't agree with the winter, as to my suprise it went VERY well in the snow I drove in) but the quality leaves something to be desired. Making my trip in tomorrow for the tranny problem, another rattle in the front and in the roof which makes the list in 3 months to about 10 problems. :( Hopefully they are all up front and I can enjoy 100% in my garage from here on out!
 

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wow sorry your having problems! no issues with my 06 no winter either in Az and my tires will be lucky to make it to 11,000 miles!
 

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I'm getting a real kick out of reading the remarks from some of the youngsters about "how they just blew a Charger off the road" or "just can't wait to get their hands on this Hemi". I've owned my 300C for about 10 months now. It's my eighth new Chrysler Product and one of the very worst. The fact of the matter is this vehicle has some real quality issues and Chrysler Corporation is doing an awful job of managing them in my opinion. My Continental tires (speced by Chrysler) wore out in 11,000 miles and this is a standard problem being experienced by thousands of customers. My "Chrome Wheels" corroded after just five months - another common 300C problem. This is one of the worst performing vehicles i have ever driven in the winter and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone living in a snow climate. I had to garage my 300C for 2 months last winter - awful performance. The tires are too wide for the car and the Dog Legs (poorly designed panel just in front of the rear tires) are being pebble blasted by the wide front tires and required repainting at about 9,000 miles and less than 6 months of driving. Of course, they cannot be re-painted without re-painting or blending into the rear quarter panels - a pretty expensive venture. I would not recommend driving the car out of the show room without having custom mud flaps put on the front - just behind the front tires. I can go on and on but i think I'll stop at this point. This car looks great and this Hemi runs like a Hemi. However, owning one can become a pricey and aggravating experience. My dealers service department sees way way way too much of me. This buyer would recommend extreme caution prior to buying a Chrysler 300C. Personally, I wouldn't have another one and i'll be unloading this one.
I can't speak on your problem with rock chips because I put mudflaps on mine when I picked it up. I can also talk about the corrosion because I have that and I found out today that they are being replaced and are on order.

One thing I really can speak on is that this car is the best car that I have ever driven in snow and ice and I was the first to post on this issue last October, I would suggest that you should have taken a winter driving course.

If these are the only problems of significant, then I suggest you have no problems or come up with something more substantial.
 

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Wheels/tires should be replaced anyways. Looks better w/at least 20" wheels.

Eighth new Chrysler? Is this your first rear wheel drive V8 Chrysler? You must be used to FWD cars. If you live in a snow climate, shoulda gone w/the AWD version. Traction control only helps a little bit.
 

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Wow....What's a poor boy to say, except....

Ronk,
Sorry to hear about the dissatisfaction with your 300C. As for me, a seasoned citizen as Rush used to say, think Sinatra singing "It was a very good year." In 1971, I purchased a Chrysler Newport and drove it from my homeport in Newport, R.I. to Texas four times till the wheels came off in '78. Ricardo lauding the "rich Corintihian leather" in the 1978 Cordoba won me over and I ordered one in metallic black that was delivered to the Chrysler dealer in Waukegan in October of '77. As a sailor stationed at Great Lakes it provided a glimmer of hope during the disaster that we referred to as the Carter adminisrtration. My Cordoba was what we called a real p....wagon back in the fading days of disco when I was as lost as lost can be. On the bright side, the Cordoba was a joy to drive on annual leave from Illinois to Texas and finally to San Diego where it gave way to a 1982 1/2 Lebaron convertible that served me well during the years when I proudly called Ronald Reagan my Commander and Chief. The little LeBaron convertible made half a dozen trips from San Diego to Texas and by the grace of God delivered me safely to and from each time. The convertible was replaced by a 1988 Fifth Avenue when I married the love of my life. Four years later, the Fifth Avenue was replaced with the new 1992 "cab forward" LHS, which was replaced with another LHS in 1996, followed by a 300M special in 2002. Last July my CV '05 300C was delivered. The TSB for the transmission seal leak is the only problem I have experienced since taking delivery of my "C". Last month I made a 3600 mile round trip to Texas - $200.00 on my Unocal 76 card, $400.00 for lodging and meals, satisfaction, security, and knowledge of safety behind the wheel of my "C" as Kelly my Navi girl directed and guided me on the 210W Freeway in SoCal on a Saturday night at 11:30 - PRICELESS. With the exception of AC problems in the '92 LHS, I have had little or nothing in the way of quality issues with my Chrysler vehicles. Yep, 2004 was a very good year and 14,000 miles later I am still loving my "C". BTW, Ronk, thanks for inspiring to reply since I have a touch of insomnia tonight as I wait for the return of my bride from a week in Toronto.
 

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The OEM tires are junk, even for moderate drivers. I have owned about 7 new cars in the last 10 years. All the OEM tires have been below my spec as a "good tire" and were replaced quickly. The C is no different. The wheels? Replaced. Performance no good in the snow? I beg to differ. This car tracks like a champ, stays straight at all costs and does not overutilize the traction control and rob your power. Every one is allowed to have an opinion and I value yours. However, in my case I it is the lack of dealer attentiveness and willingness to fix little issues that have made them into anything worth noting.
 

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I'm getting a real kick out of reading the remarks from some of the youngsters about "how they just blew a Charger off the road" or "just can't wait to get their hands on this Hemi". I've owned my 300C for about 10 months now. It's my eighth new Chrysler Product and one of the very worst. The fact of the matter is this vehicle has some real quality issues and Chrysler Corporation is doing an awful job of managing them in my opinion. My Continental tires (speced by Chrysler) wore out in 11,000 miles and this is a standard problem being experienced by thousands of customers. My "Chrome Wheels" corroded after just five months - another common 300C problem. This is one of the worst performing vehicles i have ever driven in the winter and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone living in a snow climate. I had to garage my 300C for 2 months last winter - awful performance. The tires are too wide for the car and the Dog Legs (poorly designed panel just in front of the rear tires) are being pebble blasted by the wide front tires and required repainting at about 9,000 miles and less than 6 months of driving. Of course, they cannot be re-painted without re-painting or blending into the rear quarter panels - a pretty expensive venture. I would not recommend driving the car out of the show room without having custom mud flaps put on the front - just behind the front tires. I can go on and on but i think I'll stop at this point. This car looks great and this Hemi runs like a Hemi. However, owning one can become a pricey and aggravating experience. My dealers service department sees way way way too much of me. This buyer would recommend extreme caution prior to buying a Chrysler 300C. Personally, I wouldn't have another one and i'll be unloading this one.
And your point?????? The above noted issues are quite minor in comparison to most any vehicle on the road including high end manufacturers. You need to sit down and try and think of a better reason to complain. I think you ought to write a letter to AMC and see if perhaps you can have them specially build for you either the wonderful Gremlin or perhaps Pacer which are sure to put you back in automotive euphoria once again. Chill out and stop looking for a reason to whine. BigV :fing26:
 

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VIRGINIA GENTLEMAN said:
Does Chrysler make mud flaps for the 300? Do they look OK? Or will I have to make my wife walk in front as I drive and sweep the road.

VG
They make "splash guards". I have them on mine and like em.
 

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quality

hmmmm.. i've owned my share of vehicles and this car (mine at least) has only had a few minor issues.

rear parcel shelf rattle.
warped trim panel (dealer installed it backwards and warped it)
tire vibration (i plan on getting some michelin or better tires soon)


i have 14k miles now and thats all i can complain about. not bad at all.

so far just oil changes and trim concerns, doesnt sound too bad.

only time will tell.

so far the car i had that lasted the longest was my dsm.
which im resurrecting for fun. it has a bad fuel pump but also has 278k miles and good compression and no fluid leaks. i wanna see how long the thing will last. =)

hopefully my "C" will do the same.

Michael
 

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OEM Tires on all cars seem to be made with the cheapest construction possible to ultimately save money (for the car makers) and be good enough for the majority of the warranty period. Sometimes they last and most of the time they don't. At least it seems that way everytime I get a OEM tire that is not a Michelin. The Michelins that came on my 300M lasted to 50K miles (6K rotations) and I was pleased. Goodyear and Continentals on 300M/Intrepid/Concorde/Jeep/Magnum/300C all seem sub-standard from reading owners forums for the last several years. I wish we could have had a option to get a Michelin on the LX cars. Michelin's website still shows no tire available for our cars in the 225-60R18 size. :(
 

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And your point?????? The above noted issues are quite minor in comparison to most any vehicle on the road including high end manufacturers. You need to sit down and try and think of a better reason to complain. I think you ought to write a letter to AMC and see if perhaps you can have them specially build for you either the wonderful Gremlin or perhaps Pacer which are sure to put you back in automotive euphoria once again. Chill out and stop looking for a reason to whine. BigV :fing26:
I have to agree with BigV, what major issues are you talking about? Sounds like you're a big complainer and aren't happy with anything in life. Sell your 300 and get your crying little a$$ off this forum!!!! We need members that offer helpful advice and imput not ones that like to complain about the seat stitching aggravating their sciatic nerve. If those issues you noted were the only one's you're having, Chrysler should give themselves a great big pat on the back for doing such a great job and delivering such a top notch product.
 

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BrilliantBlackHemi said:
Michelin's website still shows no tire available for our cars in the 225-60R18 size.
Does anyone know if we have reason to expect this? i.e., has M announced plans to manufacture this size?
 

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Call me nuts but I love (well like) my C - great looks and great power - nice features. Had a 200 300M and a 2002 300M Special. Liked them alot also (especially the Special). I will say though that my C has had way to many problems. Right pull, surge in reverse, battery issues, rotors replaced, rough idle, 55-60 MPH vibration, sun roof rattle, rear panel rattle, recalls, transmission shudder, etc. Most have been fixed and am taking it in next week for the shudder. I am at my dealer way too much. Bought my car 5/1/05 and it has a March 2004 build date (early date). There is nothing else on the road that I would want right now. I will never buy an early build new model car again. This car has been back more than any car I have ever owned. Though I will say I am more educated on problems on this car because of this forum than any other car I have owned. That said most of my issues have been fixed and as nuts as I am I am keeping this car.

Bob
 
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