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Hi Guys !



You have a new member from Europe, Finland.

To make a….short story long, how did I end up buying a 300C.
Well, I graduated from a US high school in1982 as an exchange student and I got my CA driver’s license at that time.
( don’t tell anyone, I was not allowed ) I instantly fell in love with American cars.
Since then I have owned many Detroit rides.
My wife does most of our daily driving so she has always had European or Japanese car.
Not any more. We got her today 300C Touring CRD Diesel. ( Actually assembled in Graz, Austria )
Now we have 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8 and 300C Touring.



I have been dreaming about 300C since it was introduced.
But because of high gas prices, more than 4 $ / gallon, and not so good fuel economy, it has been only a dream.
A month ago everything was about to change. I was surfing the net, and found out that we just got a diesel model on market.
The next day I made an order. And today we finally got it.
Thanks for the high Finnish car taxes, we had to pay 73 000 $ for our new baby. This is not a joke. Hemi start at 89 000 $.



About European 300C models.
We have Hemi, 3.5L, 2.7L and the new Mercedes-Benz 3.0L all aluminium V6 turbo diesel.
The Touring model is the same as the Dodge Magnum with 300C front end and 300C interior.
The standard equipment list is very long, so there are not many options to choose from.
About the only options you can get, are the Sunroof, Navi, Luxury leather seats, Roof rack, and Adjustable pedals.
Everything else is there already.
The front bumper on diesel seems to be a bit different. There is an extra air intake.
Also the rear bumper has these two red lights on every model.
The wheels are the 18” Dodge Magnum wheels as standard.
Standard tires are Pirelli 225/60/18. Our car came with Nokia 235/60/18 winter tires with studs,
( yes, the same Finnish company Nokia, that makes cellular phones too )
Thanks to our forum member David, the owner of Zeckhausen Racing,
we are going to get an other set of wheels for the next summer 245/55/18 on them.
Thank you David, once again.
I just found out, that the wheels and tires left JFK today, Jan 2nd, so tomorrow they should be here.



About the diesel.
Nothing beats the sound of V8, I know, but I just have to live with it.
The engine comes straight from Mercedes-Benz, and because of high torque, it is equipped with Mercedes-Benz NAG1 transmission, same as Hemi.
The engine is very quiet too.
218 bhp and 380 lb-ft torque starting at 1 600 rpm !
Because of almost Hemi torque at such a low rpm, it is very enjoyable to do the daily driving. And 7,9s from 0 – 60 mph is not too bad either.
One other good thing is the fuel economy.
Diesel fuel is about 23% cheaper than gas, and you get some 24 miles per gallon in city and more than 34 on highway. That’s really something !



About customizing our car.
Like I said, my wife is going to do most of the driving. I really love these 20” and 22” wheels that you guys have.
They make this car look so cool, but I just have to cool myself not to get them. In everyday driving the originals makes more sense.
Well, maybe someday we get bigger ones too.
We spent our Christmas in NY, so we got a rental ride, set up our laptop GPS navigation, and headed to Wyckoff Chrysler in NJ.
We bought the Mopar polished aluminium custom grille and Miller tool to check the tranny oil.
I was also thinking about wood dash, but when I saw a kit assembled to a showroom 300C at
Manhattan Chrysler, I wasn’t so sure. It looked a little cheap installed on top of original dash.
Next spring we are going to tint the windows. That way my wife has
some time to get used to the limited rear visibility, thanks for the “chopped” roof line.
I just love the way this car looks so Thank You Chrysler for Pimping Our Ride ;-)



And thanks for the great forum for all of You guys !


PS. I just finished the "wood work". See pics.
I told you I am not going to do that. But, I don't know, I just had to do it after
seeing so many nice pics on the forum.
The job was easy. You just have to be patient. You have only one change when putting the
pieces on the dash.
The kit is http://www.edashkit.com/ #CR3005A 39Pcs basic kit. As you can see, the walnut burlwood
is pretty close to tortoise. You can't really see the difference. Quality of the kit was OK. Not perfect.
I had to finish some edges with razorblade and also color the edges black, since the 3M adhesive
was quite light in color. Also some "not so nice" edge finishing was done by the manufacturer !

Anyhow, I am quite satisfied, and next I am going to do the leather armrest that James, The owner of the
http://www.22elite.com/ kindly send me. Hopefylly with a help of team member groovyjay ;-)
 

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Flying Finn said:
Hi Guys !

Hi Flying Finn.. I am also a new member from the UK intending to get the 300C CRD saloon when it is launched in the UK later this month. Just wondered if you had any knowledge of the Startech SD6 performance tuning kit which boosts the power output from 218 to 262bhp and if there were any pros / cons you may be aware of such as the effect upon fuel economy etc?

Regards and Best Wishes

Geordie
 

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Welcome aboard!!

Seen a few of the 300 Tourings here, glad to add you to the bunch!!
 

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Flying Finn,

A great big US welcome to the forums! You have certainly done your homework and it shows. Your excitement is a breath of fresh air!

bruno
 

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Welcome from my Midnight BLue 300C in WV, USA! I like the 300 nose on the Magnum wagon! Wish we could get the diesel here, and have the price difference you have... here diesel has been a bit more expensive than gas for many years (never understood that one!).
 

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Hi Flying Finn

I bet that you are a very happy man with your new car - it looks great.


I notice that you have lowered the number plate bracket so that the grill is not partially obscured. How did you go it to get the effect as it looks a lot nicer than the standard.


Murphy The Cat
 

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Flying Finn

Thank You Guys !

The car is RWD and I am going to keep the engine untouched.
The number plate bracket is made of metal and came like this from the factory.
There is a cooler right behind the "extra" air intake. For turbo ? I dont now.
Have not figured that out yet. But anyhow that should be the reason for slightly
different license plate location.
 

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Flying Finn said:
Thank You Guys !

The car is RWD and I am going to keep the engine untouched.
The number plate bracket is made of metal and came like this from the factory.
There is a cooler right behind the "extra" air intake. For turbo ? I dont now.
Have not figured that out yet. But anyhow that should be the reason for slightly
different license plate location.
Hi Flying Finn

please excuse me for asking what may be a stupid question but you may be just the man I am looking for !

I see that you have got a "Bentley Style" grill on your car with the numberplate mounted underneath. If you have a standard grill the numberplate mounts through it, but with your grill it is unable to !

My local dealer is trying to get the numberplate mount just right so that it looks as good as it can (like yours really !). Iknow you said that the car came like that from the dealer, but could you please ask your dealer about where he got the mount from as it looks EXACTLY like what I would like to do in England.

Thanks in advance

Murphy The Cat
 

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Hello Murphy The Cat.

My dealer told me, that it came like this.
If yours did not, that should be no problem.
The original is usually black plastic mount. I have seen some cars
with the mount turned upside down. That way it is mounted a little
lower. See pic, and you get it.
You can also screw the plate directly to the bumper with no mountings.
I have seen that also.
Or just bend a proper mounting from a piece metal, just like mine.
See pic
 

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Flying Finn,

:wave: Wow, for a new member with only a half dozen posts under your belt, you've certainly been extremely helpful already...keep up the excellent work. I also appreciate the fact that you took the time to post such a thorough description of your Euro model, as I'm sure this has answered many questions which several of us have had for quite sometime now. A big welcome from a 'Nederlandse vent' now residing in the United States. :fing02:
 

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Welcome FF, sorry I missed your thread until now.
Have fun! :biggrin:
 

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Welcome Flying Finn, I saw your thread earlier, but something came up, and I couldn't post right then. Gee, these people here at work, sometimes actually expecting you to DO SOMETHING.
Flying Finn, didn't I see you on the SPEED channel this past week at the test track as the Ferrari plant? Oh sorry, another Flying Finn.
Congrats on your new car. I like the looks of the Touring, and that's a great color. I love my 5.7L Hemi, but the diesel would be easier on the pocketbook.
Take care, and enjoy your new ride.
 

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Thanks Guys !
So much fun to be part of the team.
And yep, there are at least two kind of Flying Finns.
Others do it in the sky, and the others on the road
 

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Moikka !

Kiva kuulla muista! Mulle kans km:ä n.30000 vuodessa. Alku keväästä ei ollu mulla vielä tietoa CRD:stä.
Tilattu on kans edashkit:ltä setti, tosin sen 82 osasen sarjan. Ei ole vielä saapunut. Jännään miten väritys sopii Tortoisen kanssa. Odotan mielelläni lisää kommentteja sinulta sopivuudesta.

Talvikumit 235/60 18" Nokia Hakkapeliitta 4:set. Pitoa ainakin löytyy riittämiin.
en vielä ole ostanu toisia vanteita, kun en oikein tidä mitä haluaisin tai kummosia.

Elite sivuilla myös käyty ja aika paljon muillakin vastaavilla on tultu pyörittyä.

Ikkunatummennukset on jo. Sen olen huomannu et taustapeilin automaattitummennus on ehkä vähän pielessä. Sais olla tummempi. Johtuneekohan noista kalvoista. Otin ne jo alkujaan joten en pysty vertailemaan ilman tummennuksia olevaan.

Kyynärnojaan kaipaisin hieman korkeutta lisää. Olen pohtinut korokepalan laittoa. Katsotaan mihin homma johtaa.

T:Fred
 
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