Tuesday, December 28, 2004

More car of the year awards for 300C

More car of the year awards, still no surprises Autoblog

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Automobile of the Year: Chrysler 300C

Automobile Magazine named the 300C as Automobile of the Year.

The 300C was also named to the 10 best sedans by Car and Driver magazine.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

It's comeback time for cars

It's comeback time for cars - 12/15/04: "The top car -- Chrysler's 300C -- seems destined for the history books.". From the Detroit News Autos Insider.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Motor Trend Names Chrysler 300 2005 Car of the Year

Motor Trend Names Chrysler 300 2005 Car of the Year: I know this is not new news, but hey, I've been busy driving my 300C!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

AutoWeek - The Auto Enthusiast's Online Resource

AutoWeek - The Auto Enthusiast's Online Resource: "Despite higher gasoline prices, demand remains strong for powerful vehicles such as the Chrysler 300C, which has a 345-hp Hemi V8. Consumers want performance and are willing to pay for it."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Chrysler 300C in the News

2005 Chrysler 300C Stretch out - US News

C IT GO: Chrysler 300C is all about brute power, blazing speed. - Post Gazette, Pittsburgh

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Deluxe Customs 300C Mod

was a photo of beautiful work by Deluxe Customs

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Hurst Edition Chrysler 300C

Hurst Edition Chrysler 300C at 2004 SEMA Show - Mods by Chrysler Group Image Team.

[edit] I guess this is the Hurst Edition. Thanks for the correction.

Performance West partnered with the Chrysler Group Image team to develop the 2005 Hurst Edition Chrysler 300C.

Dressed in a two-tone pearl white/gold paint scheme, the Hurst Edition Chrysler 300C features a custom grille and hood louvers -- and harkens back to an earlier era of Chrysler C-series vehicles, thanks to a new Hurst dual-gate.

With a low-restriction cat-back exhaust, supercharger and intercooler, power in the Hurst Edition Chrysler 300C is boosted to 500 horsepower.

Other modifications include four-piston billet-caliper brakes with 14-inch rotors, a lowered, performance-tuned suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique audio/video entertainment system. From PR Newswire

Monday, November 01, 2004

Golfer wins a new Chrysler 300C

Ace Brings Gronberg A Chrysler 300C - from TBO Sports

Mathias Gronberg aced the 208-yard 15th hole on Friday with a 5-iron and won a Chrysler 300c for his efforts. from PGATour.com

Friday, October 29, 2004

Chrysler rakes in the dough in 3rd quarter

Chrysler rakes in the dough in 3rd quarter - Autoblog - www.autoblog.com: "...the company out-earned General Motors and Ford for the quarter." You know Chrysler is loving those 300 - 300C and Dodge Magnum sales!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

2005 Chrysler 300C

Here's a nice 300C review by Forbes Magazine

Other News:
Chrysler is to increase production of its hugely successful 300C model to around 300,000 cars per year to meet growing demand in the US. From just-auto.com

DCX to build 300C in Europe
Hot demand prompts move that will relieve pressure on Brampton, Ontario, plant. Right hand side driver versions also coming out for Europe. From detnews.com

Sunday, October 24, 2004

300C News

Why Chrysler Is Smiling Again - Nice article in Business 2.0 about the 300C.

Chief Executive Magazine Lists 300C in "The Top 10 Cars for CEOs. The 300C is topped only in this list by the Audi A8 L and Cadillac STS.

Aargh! I finally have a scratch! Note to self: Do not carry large metal objects over the front driver quarter panel walking backwards while an Old English Sheep Dog stands behind. Actually, getting away with just a small scratch after that was pretty lucky.

Friday, October 22, 2004

300C Humor and New Chrysler Weblog

From AutoWeek.com

New Chrysler Weblog site - chyrslerweblog.com is a new web site worth checking out. Daily posts on all things Chrysler.

Chrysler 300C in the News

High Tech Winter Driving
"For most drivers, especially those who don't live in places with very heavy snowfall, traction control and stability control should be sufficient to handle normal winter driving, said Joe Grace, Chrysler's program manager for the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum. All-wheel drive is an option on those cars. " -

Monday, October 11, 2004

300C Forums

Here is a collection of some very useful web sites for 300C owners and those interested in the 300C. Some of these are general automotive forums, some specific to Chrysler and some specific to the Chrysler 300 and/or 300C. You can find a lot of useful information about accessories or modifications as well as other issues.

If you know of other resouces specific to the 300C, please post!

Monday, October 04, 2004

300C Double Takes

I've been reading in some of the automotive forums about 300C owners and their experiences with others' reactions to the car. Most often I've read pretty positive things, like thumbs up, smiles, stares, etc. This past weekend there must have been 5 or 6 people that did a sort of double take.

One 50ish couple walked by as I was ready to leave a parking spot, staring as they went by. Then the woman stopped, turned around and walked back and just stared for a minute as I drove off. Every time I stop by a local grocer, one of the young guys that works there always asks, "How's that 300C? I sure love that car."

I guess what's interesting to me is the range of people that respond to the car. It's not just people in their 20's and the street rod thing, or the older luxury car crowd.

This is all good amusement but it really doesn't matter to me. I like the look and ride of this car now as much or more than when I first test drove it.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

1000 Miles in a 300C

I'm up to a little over 1000 miles in my 2005 Chrysler 300C so far. I would probably be at 300 - 400 in another car by now. This car is still so fun to drive. Where I live the speed limit rarely gets over 40 so the car pretty much floats from place to place. It's only when I go into the city that I get a chance to try out the Hemi.

If anyone has had a E&G stainless grille for the 300C installed, please let me know. I am curious what they are like as I've only seen them online so far.

Thanks to those who have posted comments so far. I've found a number of forums with some great information. Reviews are fine, but a journalist can only assess a car for a short period of time. It's much more insightful to hear what other owners have to say.

I finally received my plates today. 3 weeks! The dealership has had them since the 15th and forgot to send. Hmmm.

Also, if anyone has experience with the Sirius satellite radio, please let me know as that's one accessory I do not have.

Monday, September 27, 2004

300C Nav

300C Inside

300C Front

300C Photos

Saturday, September 25, 2004

300C Photos & Video

Here are some cool photos and video of 300Cs:

Yahoo Cars gives a 360 view here.

SuperDave has some excellent 300C videos including some exerpts from ER where the 300C was featured as well as a very cool shot of the 300C on a test track showing some serious smoke.

Chrysler UK has this video, although the quality is not that great.

Auto Spies has this 300C video from August 2004. Notice the custom grille, 22" wheels and many other customizations.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

300C Reviews and Forums

While researching information on the 300C, I've found a number of useful 300C forums and review sites where owners share info, Q/A etc. Most require registration to post, but not to view.

Also, Froogle has links to a variety of Chrysler 300C Accessories

Chrysler 300C Accessories

It didn't take much time after buying a new 300C before I started looking for accessories. A search on Google does not yield much. Wyckoff Chrysler seems to have a good selection but you'd think there would be more. There probably is, they just aren't ranking well or can be found under other search terms than "Chrysler 300C accessories".

Since I'm in Minnesota, I'll need the 300C Slush-Style Rubber Floor Mats by Winter. I'm also considering the Rear Painted Spoiler. Some of the stainless steel mesh grilles look pretty interesting.

Additional Chrysler Accessories Web Sites:
Lee Auto Mall

Monday, September 20, 2004

2005 Chrysler 300C Bright Silver Metallic

2005 Chrysler 300C
2005 Chrysler 300C LOADED

I've finally figured out how to use Hello to post images to this blog. The above photo is of my new Bright Silver Metallic, 2005 Chrysler 300C. It drives like a dream and looks fantastic. Thank you Chrysler for such an incredible vehicle.

I'll post more photos in the next few days.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

300C Reviews

Here are some additional 300c reviews:

First Drive: 2005 Chrysler 300C

Consumer Guide: 2005 Chrysler 300 Review

CarsDirect.com 2005 Chrysler 300C Review

Road & Track Test: Chrysler 2005 300C

Also, here's a link to another 300C Owner's site: SuperDave's 2005 Chrysler 300C Page. - There are some great videos and photos of the 300C.

2005 Chrysler 300C

It's been six months or so since I first noticed a photo of the Chrysler 300c in a magazine. My first impression: What is that? I want one.

Every time I had the opportunity to show my wife a new ad with the 300c I did, to get her familiar with the design. I also pointed out the Chrysler 300c web site. Hoping it would grow on her. She was a bit reluctant as the Jaguar XJ is more her type. The 300c has a unique silhouette with more of a Bentley-like grille and flavor.

Then after a few months, we were driving by a Chrysler dealership on the way to my parents and there was a model perched out front. We didn't stop the first time. I continued to speak about the car, noting reviews in publications like Car and Driver. The next time we drove by the dealership, we stopped and took a look. It wasn't open, but we took a look of the outside. With a SUV full of kids, we couldn't stay long, but it just added to the anticipation to see the 300c live.

Another pass by the dealer during the week allowed us to look inside, but again a SUV full of kids meant just a short look and no test drive. Being able to sit in side, "kick the tires" so to speak was enough to bring my wife on board. We planned on getting a 300c in the coming months.

One day my wife sends me an email list of things to do and one was: oh, and remember to go get a new 300c! I checked the Chrysler 300 web site again for local dealers and their inventory. Of the 3 closest dealerships, each only had one 300c and suggested an average 10-12 week wait. I had researched the options I wanted and was prepared to have to wait to get my new car when I luck would have it that the closest dealer to my home had the exact model/trim package that I wanted on site. It was VERY cool to be able to check the dealer's inventory online via the Chrysler 300c web site. I took a test drive and brought the car home the next day.

I've only had the 300c a few days, so it's understandable that I'm still very excited to have this new car. But I have a feeling my enthusiasm is going to last for quite a while. This car is amazing. The ride is smooth, acceleration is nearly effortless and powerful. Inside it's cavernous with lots of space and very well-designed dash, instruments and appointments. Mine has the burl walnut accents but you can get a tortoise shell flavor as well.

I'll post some photos on subsequent posts because this car is too amazing not to share.