Methinks it's a bit early to conclude that the 300C is "VALUE" for the
money, in the absence of a track record of quality or reliability.
"Perceived VALUE" perhaps, but "VALUE", I question. But this thread was
talking about the so-called "HEMI". The "HEMI" moniker has more to do with
perceived performance than "VALUE". ;-)
Yes but getting a V8 with 345 HP driving the right set of wheel
for the price of a 220 HP V6 driven the wrong set of wheels in
the VALUE many buyers prefer, when it come to Chrysler, whether
you agree or not. The RWD 300 is far outsell the old FWD 300.
Stranger things have either turned on or turned off public perception of a
vehicle. I had almost forgotten about those cars. I'm having a flashback
now to that old George Burns/John Denver movie "Oh God!" Didn't Denver's
character drive one of those?
I happened to be visiting a friend in Syracuse, New York when I first saw
that movie in the theater. Geez....that must have been around spring 1977
or so, I'd say.
A lady-bug is as good of a description as any. Definitely odd.
I don't like the look of the 300 or Magnum either, but then I think the
Dodge trucks look absurd as well.
The formula for modern design success is to produce a polarizing design
which at least 20% of the potential buyers think is absolutely great.
Ideally half the people absolutely love it and half the people
absolutely hate it.
Speaking of which, the Gremnin and it's sister the Hornet where not bad
looking cars for their time and class at all. Now the Pacer :(.....
When I think of GM I think; Dexcool, Intake Manifold Leaks, Piston Slap and
I own a 2001 Mali-Boo 51,000 miles w/ new Intake Manifold Gasket ($800),
3.1L V6 Pi$ton $lap; Major repairs contribute to Legacy GM costs.
Don't take this the wrong way, I just spent $3000 on a Chrysler
Remanufactured Trans (A604). I used to think Chrysler="Best looking junk
around", now I just think German and junk Transmissions.
I may break my lifelong Buy American trend and look at a Toyota.
Then you need to think, over priced, under powered, bad dealers,
head gasket and timing belt problem, trannys that slip, dash
rattles, water leaks, warped rotor, and engine destroying OIL
SLUDGE. Just a few of the problems that regularly surface in the
Toyota NGs. No manufacture builds a perfect vehicle every time.
They ALL build some that have problem on occasion. That is why
they all have a warranty, even RR. The only real difference
is style and price. ;)
I bought the '99 Camry for us to try and to see if Toyota really did build a
better car. The car was old enough that it didn't cost that much to buy and
if I wanted to sell it I wouldn't lose much. Further, if it sucked less to
run Toyota than my other GM's, I would be happy. If Toyota sucked too then I
would try Nissan or some other brand.
The good news is that Toyota made me happy.
For me the experiment was worth it, my Toyotas are not perfect, but they are
far and away better than I expected.
Chuck in Phoenix
There is no way one can judge any brand, good or bad, by the ONE
they have owned? Particularly if they bought that ONE used. When
one buys a used vehicle there is no way of knowing how it was
used or abused or whether it was serviced properly or not, get
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