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TTAC Commentator mopar4wd writes:

Sajeev,

So, I’ve seen over time that widespread knowledge for buying price range automobiles is all about situation and fewer about mileage. However aside from my trusty ’88 Ramcharger, ’00 Durango, ’91 Eagle summit (Mitsubishi Mirage) and ’87 Toyota pickup, many of the autos I’ve owned all began changing into terrible to personal going someplace between 150-200okay miles. The listing consists of Fords, Subarus, Jeeps, Nissans, Chryslers, Volkswagens, Volvos, and many others., since I just about solely purchase sub-$5,00zero automobiles and must depend on them each day. I’ve shifted to a bit of older and decrease mileage (and naturally effectively taken care of). Often between 90-120okay miles and 10 to 12 years outdated.

Which leads me to my query. I’m now the proprietor of a 2004 Chrysler 300M with 42,00zero miles. The proprietor purchased it from a Chrysler vendor domestically in 2006. It’s effectively maintained and clear regardless of residing its life open air: new tires, new battery and oil adjustments each 3k miles. The proprietor had it up for an inexpensive worth however everybody was low balling her — I introduced an inexpensive provide (about 15 % lower than asking) and picked it up.

After driving it a thousand miles a couple of issues have popped up: cam sensor going out (a typical difficulty that I’m DIYing right this moment), I’ve made an appointment to have the timing belt and water pump changed (there was no report of this work), and primarily based on really feel I feel the rear struts may have a change.

Given the like-new situation of the automobile is there anything I needs to be doing (fluid adjustments are on the listing) provided that it’s closing in on 14 years outdated?

Sajeev solutions:

Good discover!  The 300M is arguably one of the best LH automobile ever: I’m an enormous fan of its “cab ahead” design over its retrograde LX alternative. I’ll always remember wanting this modern, black-on-black, leftover 2004 Chrysler Concorde within the showroom as my father was signing the papers on a (surprisingly terrible) 2005 Chrysler 300C. Did I point out that earlier than in a earlier Piston Slap? Anyway…

Concentrate on the 42LE transmission upgrades: set up a shift equipment and improve to the most important transmission cooler that’ll slot in the identical spot because the manufacturing facility cooler.

At your low mileage, contemplating it’s been effectively maintained (new TIRES? You fortunate duck!) the one downside is holding the transmission alive. Chrysler’s Ultradrive gearboxes deserve their unhealthy fame, however play your playing cards proper by way of frequent fluid companies/cooler improve/shift equipment and also you’ll be pleased along with your 42LE. I’ve religion, because the proprietor of an upgraded/rebuilt however equally terrible Ford AXOD transaxle, however let’s not take my phrase for it as a transmission jobber/blogger says this about the same 42LRE:

The 42LRE is one huge headache of a transmission. The web is plagued by tales about this transmission failing and leaving buyer stranded. Be certain that to insist to your buyer the necessity for well timed transmission companies that embrace a fluid and filter change. When potential additionally recommend the set up of a efficiency shift equipment, such because the one made by Transgo.

He didn’t advocate an aftermarket transmission cooler, however do it. The manufacturing facility cooler is puny, will get overworked in hotter climes, and there are a number of enhancements out there that appear like a fairly simple conversion.

[Image: Chrysler]

Ship your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no particulars and ask for a speedy decision in case you’re in a rush…however be life like, and use your make/mannequin particular boards as a substitute of TTAC for extra well timed recommendation.

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