The Chrysler 300M was technically the last vehicle in Chryslerís letter series. Although it many contest that fact, due to the horsepower of the 300M was only 255 hp (190 kW;259 PS) and not 300 hp (224 kW;304 PS). Chrysler chose to call the vehicle in question the 300M to increase its popularity by associating it with the innovative 300ís of the letter series. However, with the relatively recent discontinuation of the 300M meaning that finding them on the road or even potentially sitting in your driveway isnít out of the question. So, if your 300M does end up having a problem, a Chrysler 300M repair manual may help the repair process go more smoothly.
Produced by DaimlerChrysler from 1999 to 2004, the Chrysler 300M was a FWD full-size luxury sedan built on a Chrysler LH platform. Itís 3.5 L V6 engine produced 255 hp (190 kW;259 PS) and 255 lb∙ft (350 N⋅m) of torque. Killing two birds with one stone, Chrysler made the 300M ten inches shorter than the Chrysler Concorde allowing Chrysler to release it in both the American and European markets. In Europe, however, it was rebranded as a sports sedan.
The 300Mís headlights became automatic in 1999. In 2000, a brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) was added to prevent shifting from Park unless the brakes were applied and tether anchors were added for securing child seats. The 2002 model year brought even more changes, the antilock brakes were improved with the addition of electronic brake force distribution; an updated computer combined transmission and engine controls; and evaporative emission monitoring was added.
In 2002, the 300M Special was released. Featuring a 255 hp (190 kW;259 PS) 3.5 L engine designed to use premium (91+ octane) gasoline and producing 258 lb∙ft (350 N⋅m) of torque, with a 3.89 final drive ratio. It possessed a performance dual exhaust, high-performance brakes, ""Waterfall"" leather seats, high-intensity discharge headlamps, signal mirrors, body cladding, and marginally lower ride height.
A limited number of 300M Pro-Am models were produced during 2002. These versions included an Infinity audio system with subwoofers as well as two-toned leather interiors. In 2003, new colors were added, and the four-disc changer was upgraded to a six-disc CD changer.
The last model year of the 300M produced was the 2004. It featured an optional Sirius Satellite Radio and an optional stereo with DVD-based GPS navigation.
Chrysler also offered the Platinum Series 300M in 2004. The Platinum Series 300M was available only in three exterior colors: Graphite Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, or Brilliant Black Crystal. Other features included: 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. In 2005, the 300M was replaced with the Chrysler 300.
Despite the fact the 300M is no longer in production, does not negate the fact they are still available for purchase second hand. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your 300M, having a Chrysler 300M service manual can make the job go smoother.