Sporty, sexy, and funthe Chrysler 300m will definitely score a whopping 300 in anyone's book. It's sleek and spacious design allows a luxurious ride and comfy travel experience that both the driver and passenger will definitely enjoy. Produced from 1998 to 2004, this model was the "sporty spin" on the old Eagle Vision that was manufactured to fill the "import-fighter" gap. Assembled in Canada, it enjoyed modest mainstream success due to its great styling and decent performance. Though it didn't receive a unanimous nod of approval from critics and Chrysler fans, the 300m was still a hot piece of machine by industry standards, thanks to its cool features and durable components.
One of the things that make this vehicle stand out is its set of Chrysler 300m parts. This model features a 3.5-L engine under the hood, generating up to 250 hp in Base and 255 hp in its Special sub-model. It also has a 4-speed automatic tranny that functions smoothly and responds quickly, allowing quick turns and swerves from left to right. Its exterior and interior is simply amazing: the short rear deck with sharp trims on the outside complements the leather upholstery and modern look of the inside. A child-friendly vehicle, the 300m also has practical standard safety parts that include 3-point shoulder belts, anti-lock brakes, and low-speed traction control.
And to top it all off, the Chrysler 300m simply yields a unique driving experience that matches its sporty and stylish profile. The combination of its high-powered engine performance and trusty AutoStick transmission allows the 300m to handle like a dream. Unlike other automobiles of its kind, the 300m has a long legroom and an average headroom height that is perfect for both male and female drivers. Truly, this vehicle leaps ahead of its competitors; not just in speed but also in workmanship.
Cleaning the Interior of Your Chrysler 300M Like a Pro
The Chrysler 300M may be lackluster in terms of performance and comfort, but what truly makes it a standout is its well-designed interior. Its interior design, specifically the wood trim package, provides a real sense of luxury. The black-on-white schemed, indigo-backlit gauges on the instrument panel adorned with chrome bezels, for example, has that air of elegance that makes driving this car even more exciting.
Keep your 300M looking good on the inside by making sure it gets proper and regular maintenance it needs. Listed here are several smart car DIY cleaning tips that will help you sustain the luxurious and elegant feel that the 300M is very much known for:
- Effective window cleaning is all about the details.
Protect your car's side and rear windows from scratches caused by water stains by waxing them. Also, when cleaning the side windows, make it a habit to roll them down partially, so that you can clean the top edges as well. Your windows have to be polished from time to time to get rid of mineral deposits. If you allow these minerals to build up on your windows, then time will come you will have to spend bucks to have them removed by a professional.
- Eliminate dust first from upper surfaces before you wash the carpet.
If you begin to clean the interior by washing the carpet, chances are it will be dirty again when you clean the upper surfaces afterwards. A more efficient cleaning method is to begin at the top and work your way down. Suck the dust from the door panels, headliner, console, and dashboard by vacuuming them. Next, clean all the glass surfaces and dust every crevice. Use a detailing brush to remove the dust out of the cracks. The carpet will catch all the dust that the vacuum fails to suck, and so, when you are done with all the interior cleaning, that is the best time to wash your dirty carpet.
- Invest in the right leather care products.
Leather is a very sensitive material. You do not want to ruin the look of your 300M's interior by using the wrong cleaning agent. Just any car cleaning products won't do. It is highly recommended that you use a cleaning product that is formulated specifically for leather. Before using one, test it in a small, discreet area to check if it is good. Depending on the formulation, good leather care products enhance a surface's shine, while bad products leave a sticky feel on the surface.
- Be careful and gentle when cleaning leather seats.
Cleaning your car's leather seats can be quite tricky. You must clean it thoroughly, but you must also be careful and gentle so that you do not damage the leather. Before applying a leather care product on the seats, you have to vacuum the crevices first using the soft brush attached to the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum hose should not touch the seats to prevent scratches. The next step is to clean the seats with the leather cleaning agent. Never use paper towels to clean leather because they can scratch surfaces. The better cleaning tool is a soft and clean towel made of cotton. After you spray the product on the towel, wipe it on the seat gently. Do not forget to wipe around the edges and into nooks and crannies.
Evolution of the Chrysler 300M
Chrysler was the first car manufacturer to fit a V8 engine into a sedan, and the result was the first “American Muscle Car”. This line of sport-tuned cars was called the “letter-series” sedans, which started with the 300L. Unfortunately, Chrysler decided to shelf the letter-series sedan program, 10 years after its launch. But in 1999, the Chrysler 300M was launched, and it was geared towards the international market. The 300M is a beast of a sedan, and Chrysler exceeded expectations by creating the best 300-series sedan to date.
1999: First Generation
Powered by a 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 engine, the Chrysler 300M was based on the LH platform’s "cab forward” design. It was also nicknamed the“five-meter car”, due to its length of 5.02 meters. The 300M has an“AutoStick”, four-speed automatic transaxle system. Standard features for the 300M were the four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, power windows and seats, glow-in-the-dark gauges, and leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel.
2000: Second Generation
The 300M’s aerodynamic design was carried over from the previous generation. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 253-horsepower powered the sedan, coupled with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission system. Luxurious creature comforts were included to the 300M like auto climate control, heated seats, a trip computer, and cruise control. An interlock was added to the 300M’s automatic transmission to prevent it from shifting to Park, unless the driver pressed on the brakes.
2001 to 2002: Third Generation
Wood grain interior accents, power controls for the windows and mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and heated lumbar seats were some of the extra comforts added to the Chrysler 300M. Michelin Pilot tires wrapped the 300M’s 18-inch alloy wheels, making the 300M more beastly. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 255 pounds-per-foot of torque, still powered this beast. ABS and airbags were some of the 300M’s safety features.
2003 to 2005: Fourth Generation
Two Chrysler 300M variants were offered to the buyers: a Base and Special trim levels. Both trim levels still offered a spacious interior, coupled with comforts like easy-to-access window and mirror power controls, heated seats, wood grain accents, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a trip computer. The 300M’s brake system was also upgraded, and traction control was also integrated for added driving safety. A four-wheel independent suspension improved the Chrysler 300’s handling, especially when driving around the curves. In 2005, a uni-body structure, rear-wheel drive train, and V8 engine was re-introduced the Chrysler 300M. Chrysler wants it to be the sedan of choice, for the thrill-seeking weekend warrior.