I've owned my 2001 300m since mid-2005 and I have loved almost every minute of it. The car is super comfortable which is nice as we travel down south a couple times a year from MN. I say almost because I feel the handling on our snow/ice roads was not the best prior to the purchase of my snow tires. Now it's been as good as a FWD vehicle could be. But I also had my first real issue with the car with the drivetrain (or drive shaft, I can't recall) going out. Lucky for me I know a great mechanic with a garage so it didn't cost me a fortune to fix. The worst part was it went out 300 miles from home on I-29 on a blustery (okay, for anyone that's been to SD - WINDY!!) winter day in SD. Fortunately the vehicle still ran so we were warm, even if we couldn't go anywhere. I'm still fortunate with only 130,000 miles on it, but I've been very happy with the vehicle considering the price paid and how reliable it's been for me.
I'm now looking for something larger with my son and family, and have my heart set on a GMC Acadia (I am NOT getting a mini-van!) for the ease of getting to the 3rd row for my dog (not having to fold down seats or jump over a center console). Unfortunately the reviews are very poor so it sparked me to post a positive one for my very reliable, yet 15 year old, Chrysler 300m. I often find people only post negative reviews, and don't take the time to post positive ones. I'll be sad to pass it along to a new family but I know from my experience, it'll take good care of them!
Bought the car used with 120000 miles on it. Put about 15000 on since I've owned the car and nothing but problems. Engine consumes oil like crazy. Needs new valve seals and exhaust valve springs. Abs control module is out, tires keep going flat due to aluminum rims, ac compressor is out, all four struts need to be replaced, headlight switch makes headlights turn on by themselves and drain the battery at night, Egr valve went out, constant grinding from the brakes but pads and rotors are good. Can't figure that one out. Stuff is breaking on here so fast I can't keep up with all the repairs. Have no choice but to junk it or sell it to someone who can fix it.
I bought my car new in 2001 had it until 2012 put a hundred eighty thousand miles on it replace the engine twice because I loved it so much... I was in three car accidents and I never got hurt! Trusted it so much I gave it to my child.
I bought my 2001 300m last summer. By December the transmission went out. When I bought the car it had picture perfect carfax. It was beautiful. I fell in love at first sight. However, the honeymoon did not last long. I had to replace the front struts and a tie rod end. $890. A couple months later the ac condenser went out. Even with repairs I felt the car rode rough compared to my Avalon. Finally the transmission went out. Really? I take care of my vehicles and even if I didn't I did not have enough time to neglect it. This car died at 175--- miles. I was the third owner and it came with maintenance records. Never again!
The body was pretty to look at. The seats were comfortable. It had awesome speakers and climate control. The display was pretty and I liked the classic clock.
Mechanical improvements needed. The battery should be able to be removed without first removing the fender in my opinion. The trunk braces failed and while I was leaning into it to get some groceries out it landed on my head, hard!