2001 Chrysler300M Pricing and Specs
Compare 1 300M trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
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- 3.5L V-6 Engine
- 4-spd w/OD Transmission
- 250 @ 6,400 rpm Horsepower
- 250 @ 3,900 rpm Torque
- front-wheel Drive type
- ABS Traction control
- 17" silver aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion Heated front seats
- AM stereo/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- leather Seat trim
- driver Lumbar support
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While the Eagle brand was bleeding and closing to an undeserved death, Chrysler needed a new vehicle to replace the Eagle Vision. It already had the Intrepid in its lineup, but it needed something to fit in the five-meter (16.4 ft) European standards. That was the 300 M, built on the same platform as its longer Concord sibling.
With its rakish profile and narrow front end, the 300 M looked dynamic even when it was parked. Its cab-forward design emphasized the front-wheel-drive system, which was unusual for the 300 Series. Its nameplate predecessor was a coupe from 1970, so it had to look sporty and drive even sportier. Its short decklid in the back enhanced the aggressive stance.
Inside, the 300 M was roomy thanks to the big wheelbase and well-composed interior. The front bucket seats offered more comfort than stability during high-speed cornering, while the bench was wide enough to host three adults but profiled for two. The black interior and wood trims were the main accents, while the white dials in the instrument cluster with green back-light provided an additional sporty image.
Under the hood, the American carmaker offered the 300 M with a European-tuned 2.7-liter V-6 that provided 200 hp and a punchier 3.5-liter good for 248 hp. Unfortunately, Chrysler paired both of them to a four-speed automatic, which was one less than its European competitors and affected the car's performance.
This article is about the 1999 to 2004 Chrysler 300M. For the modern Chrysler 300 beginning in 2005, see Chrysler 300. For the letter series of 300 models from the 1950s and 1960s, see Chrysler 300 letter series. For the non-letter series from the 1960s and 1970s, see Chrysler 300 non-letter series.
The Chrysler 300M is a full-size luxury sedan that was produced by Daimler/Chrysler from 1999 to 2004. It is a front-wheel drive, 255 hp (190 kW; 259 PS) V6 engined car using the Chrysler LH platform. Versus its platform mates, the 300M was roughly 10 inches (254 mm) shorter to make it more easily exportable to Europe. Priced above the Concorde and identically to the LHS, the 300M shared Chrysler's flagship position with the LHS until the LHS's discontinuation after 2001, upon which it became Chrysler's sole flagship model.
Prior to Chrysler redesigning the LH-cars in 1998, the Eagle Vision filled the "import-fighter" segment. Its second-generation replacement was reportedly benchmarked against the BMW 5 Series, yet with Chrysler discontinuing the entire Eagle line after 1998, the automaker shifted this vehicle to the Chrysler lineup, bringing back the famed "300" model name. Although the cars were not rear-wheel-drive, special-production models, nor V8-powered with engines rated at 300 horsepower as did the historic models, the 300M used the next letter available in the 300 Letter Series, following the 1965 300L. The 300M also lacked the traditional "cross-hair" grille of previous 300 models, as by the mid-1980s it had been adopted by sister division Dodge for its entire model line.
Had the Eagle brand not been dropped, the 300M reportedly would have been sold as a redesigned Eagle Vision. Test cars, factory manuals, and design images were prepared for the second-generation Vision featuring a prominent Eagle badge on the grille. Sharing its powertrain and interior with the Chrysler LHS, the 300M was some ten inches shorter in overall length, allowing it to fit the European "5-metre" (16.4 ft) size class for exports to Europe. Despite this, wheelbase was shared with all other second generation LH cars, with reductions in length coming from shortened front and rear overhangs.
Only one engine was available, the Chrysler-engineered 3.5 L V6, initially created for first-generation LH vehicles and revamped for the newer LH line. It was shared with the Plymouth Prowler and a limited editionR/T variant of the second-generation Dodge Intrepid. The engine was shared with the LHS and rebadged Concorde (2002–2004). For 1999, it was rated at 253 hp (189 kW; 257 PS), and 255 lb⋅ft (346 N⋅m) of torque. It was connected to the 42LE, a four-speed automatic transmission with Autostick, which allowed manual selection of gears. Standard gear ratio on the 300M was 3.66:1.
In 1999, automatic headlamps were added, and the Handling Group removed the speed limiter. In 2000, an interlock was added to prevent shifting the transmission from Park unless the brake pedal was pressed; and tether anchors were added to the rear shelf for child seats. The 2001 model year brought more changes, with an optional luxury group that included an automatic dimming driver-side mirror and supplemental side airbags. A more advanced EVIC (trip computer) was made optional. The 300M also received new jeweled taillights.
In 2002, electronic brake distribution was added to the antilock brakes; a new computer combined engine and transmission controls; latch tethers were now built-in; and "natural" evaporative emission monitoring was added. The 300M Special was offered beginning midyear 2002. It featured a 255 hp (190 kW; 259 PS) 3.5 liter engine designed to use premium (91+ octane) gasoline and producing 258 pound force-feet (350 N⋅m) of torque, with a 3.89 final drive ratio. Performance-type dual exhaust, high-performance brakes, and 18-inch Z-rated tires were standard, with Michelin Pilot Sport 245/45R18 performance tires optional. Other standard features of the Special included premium "Waterfall" leather seats, signal mirrors, body cladding, and slightly lower ride height. This model also included high-intensity discharge headlamps and imitation-carbon-fiber interior trim panels that replaced the standard woodgrain trim panels. A limited number of 300M "Pro-Am" models were marketed during 2002. These versions included an Infinity audio system with subwoofers as well as two-toned leather interiors. The Pro-Am also came with a set of limited edition golf clubs and a holder for a golf bag in the trunk. In 2003, new colors were added, a six-disc CD changer replaced the four-disc changer, and the changer controls were added to the stereo.
2004 brought optional Sirius Satellite Radio and an optional stereo with DVD-based GPS navigation. For the 2004 model year, Chrysler offered the Platinum Series 300M to coincide with the company's 20th anniversary of Chrysler's original minivan (Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & County/Plymouth Voyager). In addition to the 300M, five other vehicles were offered as Platinum Series: the Sebring Convertible, PT Cruiser, Sebring Sedan, Sebring Coupe, and Town & Country. The Platinum Series 300M was available only in three exterior colors: Graphite Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, or Brilliant Black Crystal. Other features included: deep slate/light taupe two-tone interior, chrome door handles, deep gloss black turn signal mirrors with a reverse gear auto pivot feature, and 17-inch chrome wheels. A 360-watt Infinity II Cassette/CD player, and a no-charge SIRIUS satellite radio system with a one-year SIRIUS subscription were also included. Additional features include leather seats, satin silver bezels, chrome or platinum clad wheels, and other unique interior features. These models have a special Platinum Series badging on the C pillars.
For 2005, both the 300M and the Concorde were replaced with the Chrysler 300.
The 300M was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1999. It also was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1999 and 2000.
2001 Chrysler 300M
Designed as an American sports sedan, the 300M is a contemporary interpretation of Chrysler’s historic letter cars sold from 1955 to 1965. Its suspension is tuned on the firm side to deliver the handling and performance benefits associated with European sedans. It isn’t a BMW 5 Series, but its handling is exceptional for a full-size front-wheel-drive sedan and that makes the 300M a joy to drive.
Safety has been improved for 2001 with optional front side airbags. Also, a three-point shoulder belt has been added to the rear center seat as standard equipment.
Retailing for $29,640, the 300M comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and AutoStick transmission. One model is available.
An optional performance handling package ($560) includes a high-performance suspension, steering, brakes and tires. Otherwise, options are limited to a few items: power moonroof ($895), chrome wheels ($750), premium stereo system ($515).
300M sports European design cues: short overhangs, a high rear deck, big tail lamps. An aggressive front end adds to its sports appeal. Chrysler exports the 300M to Japan and Europe.
New tail lamps with a clear lens design distinguish the 2001 model. New 17-inch silver wheels, chrome exhaust tips and bright side window moldings freshen the appearance further.
300M’s interior was designed to be functional, yet inviting, with the purposeful look of a performance sedan. Simple flowing shapes grace the interior. The dash is sleeker, more organic, and less cluttered than a Cadillac Catera. The 300M interior shares much in common with the Chrysler LHS, but some of the details, such as the shifter surround, are more elegant in the 300M. Surfaces are soft to the touch for a luxurious feel. No seams are visible where the passenger airbag resides. Elegant white-faced analog gauges, surrounded by a thin chrome bezel, use electroluminescent lighting. Stylish typefaces give them a classic look and an attractive analog clock in the center of the dash carries the theme through. Major controls use large twist dials.
Leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats with personalized memory controls on the driver’s side are standard. 300M offers a bit more rear headroom than the LHS, but the LHS has the edge in legroom. The trunk hinges were designed to not intrude into the cargo space when the trunk lid is closed. Details like that make life seem just a bit more luxurious.
In addition to its five seat belts and optional front side airbags, safety features on the 300M include next-generation front air bags, child-protection rear door locks, upper interior trim impact protection and an inside emergency trunk release. It comes standard with ABS and traction control. The doors lock automatically once underway (though they can be programmed not to do this). Child seat-top tether anchors have been added to the rear shelf panel. An anti-theft system comes standard. Steering wheel audio controls manage a nine-speaker Infinity stereo. A four-disc CD changer mounted in the instrument panel is optional.
Designed to compete with the Cadillac Catera, Lexus ES 300, Infiniti I30, and Lincoln LS, Chrysler’s 300M is a full-size sports sedan. It feels stable at high speeds. The steering is direct and precise. The ride quality is smooth, yet the car feels connected to the road-it doesn’t isolate the driver from what’s going on. We felt confident on a wet, winding road through Georgia’s Chattahoochie National Forest in spite of vertical drops on the outsides of the turns.
A 3.5-liter high-output aluminum V6 delivers 253 horsepower and 255 foot-pounds of torque to the front wheels of the 300M. Designed to deliver strong torque like a V8, this V6 features 24 valves and single overhead cams. Mid-grade 89-octane gasoline delivers the best performance, but it will run fine on 87 octane. The 2001 300M meets Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards.
300M comes standard with DaimlerChrysler’s AutoStick transmission, which gives the driver a choice of conventional automatic operation or manual control.
Plenty of power is on tap for accelerating off the line, climbing mountain roads and passing other cars. The engine is smooth and quiet, but growls when provoked. A broad torque curve means it’s ready to provide instant throttle response at any speed. Chrysler’s AutoStick is entertaining on the daily commute and gives the driver better control on winding roads. Usually, though, we found normal automatic operation the best way to go. It’s an efficient transmission that selects the appropriate gears and does not hunt excessively.
The suspension is shared with Chrysler’s LHS, but the 300M is tuned more aggressively. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard. Electronic traction control is also standard for improved control when accelerating on slippery surfaces. All-season Michelin touring tires are standard and provide good handling characteristics on wet or dry roads with low tread noise and good snow traction. All tires are size P225/55R17.
An optional $560 handling package (standard on European-market 300M models) includes firmer strut damping, taller rear jounce bumpers, a firmer feeling steering gear, Michelin HX all-season performance tires, high-performance brake linings, stiffer front brake calipers and externally vented brake rotors. The suspension tuning is designed for a more controlled ride, sharper steering response, improved stability in transient maneuvers and increased cornering grip. The Michelins should provide better cornering traction on dry and wet roads, but may not perform quite as well on snow and ice. The brakes are designed to increase stopping ability, enhance pedal feel and resist brake fade in hard use.
The standard suspension works extremely well and provides the driver with a bit more control than the LHS. Steering response is also slightly quicker than the LHS. 300M noise and vibration are not quite at Lexus levels; a small amount of wind noise can be heard and a bit of road vibration comes through. But, overall, the 300M feels like a refined luxury sports touring sedan.
Chrysler has produced a full-size car for people who like to drive. The 300M is a sports sedan with performance and handling that belies its size. An exciting exterior design and an elegant interior with all the creature comforts add to its appeal. Best of all, it’s available for a price that makes it even more attractive.
|Model Line Overview|
|Model lineup:||300M ($29,640)|
|Engines:||3.5-liter sohc 24v V6|
|Transmissions:||4-speed automatic with AutoStick|
|Safety equipment (standard):||dual front airbags, ABS, traction control standard; front side airbags optional|
|Safety equipment (optional):||N/A|
|Basic warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled in:||Bramalea, Ontario, Canada|
|Specifications As Tested|
|Model tested (MSPR):||300M ($29,640)|
|Standard equipment:||air conditioning with climate control, leather-trimmed interior with heated bucket seats and 6-way power adjustments with memory feature, 240-watt AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with nine speakers, power windows, power mirrors with memory, automatic day/night inside mirror, speed-sensitive automatic door locks, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt steering column, aluminum alloy wheels, foglamps|
|Options as tested (MSPR):||N/A|
|Gas guzzler tax:||N/A|
|Price as tested (MSPR):||$30295|
|Engine:||3.5-liter sohc 24v V6|
|Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):||253 @ 6400|
|Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):||255 @ 3950|
|Transmission:||4-speed automatic with AutoStick|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||18/26 mpg|
|Track, f/r:||61.9/61.6 in.|
|Turning circle:||37.6 ft.|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||38.3/57.1/42.2 in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||N/A|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.7/59.0/39.1 in.|
|Cargo volume:||16.8 cu. ft.|
|Towing capacity:||2000 Lbs.|
|Ground clearance:||5.1 in.|
|Curb weigth:||3567 lbs.|
|Brakes, f/r:||disc/disc with ABS|
|Fuel capacity:||17.0 gal.|
|Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of January 8, 2001.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-CHRYSLER - www.chryslercars.com|
2001 chrysler 300
.2001 Chrysler 300M 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 Sedan
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