1998 Chrysler 300M Review

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May 10, 1999
1999 Chrysler 300M Special

1999 Chrysler 300M Special

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Chrysler introduced the all-new 1999 300M and LHS sedans last spring. These models and the rest of the line see minor changes for 1999.

The 300M has engineering improvements that reduce noise, vibration and harshness. It offers automatic headlamps that light automatically at dusk. New leather is being used in the seats and there is a new exterior and interior color. The LHS gets next-generation hybrid driver and front-passenger airbags, all-new and stiffer body structure, new leather seat materials and a new exterior color.

The Cirrus LXi has revised suspension tuning to improve ride control while reducing harshness, and four-wheel disc brakes are now standard equipment. The Cirrus LXi adopts the new winged badge on its front grille, giving it a stronger link to other offerings within the Chrysler brand. Other cosmetic changes include new standard chrome 15-inch wheel covers and optional aluminum 15-inch wheels, a revised instrument cluster.

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The Concorde, which was completely redesigned for 1998, gets several enhancements. These include a luxury-tuned suspension, new interior fabrics and leather, enhanced noise, vibration and harshness control and a new exterior color.

The Sebring convertible gets next-generation driver airbags. The coupe gets next generation driver and front-passenger airbags.

Early last year Chrysler added the 1999 Town & Country Limited, raising minivan luxury further with a monochromatic exterior, chrome accents, eight-way power heated front seats and more plush carpeting, a new taupe interior, leather seats with suede accents, and seat-mounted grocery-bag hooks and a standard cargo net between the driver and passenger seats to prevent objects from rolling into the rear cabin.

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The big news for Plymouth is the 2000 Neon, which grows up a bit in all its interior dimensions, including the trunk. Its ride characteristics have been enhanced to make the vehicle quieter. The new Neon has a redesigned MacPherson independent front and rear suspension and extensively re-engineered body structure. The brake system was redesigned for improved pedal feel. A disc/drum system is standard, while a four-wheel disc system including anti-lock brakes, electronic brake proportioning and traction control is available as an option. The Neon features a 2.0-liter single-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine with new air induction and intake manifold systems. Plymouth says these changes increase available torque over broader operating speeds. This engine is rated at 132 horsepower (hp) and 130 pound-feet of torque and comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A three-speed automatic is optional. It gets a new exterior appearance and a more refined interior. While last year there was a difference between the Plymouth and Dodge models for the first time, that differentiation has been abandoned.

The suspension on the Breeze has revised tuning to increase ride comfort and refinements to reduce interior noise, vibration and harshness.

All 1999 Prowlers have an all-new high-output 3.5-liter V-6 aluminum engine that increases horsepower to 253 (a 39-hp increase) and torque to 255 pound-feet (a 34-lb-ft increase). Plymouth says the new engine helps reduce noise, vibration and harshness levels throughout the entire car. New exterior colors are added: Prowler Yellow, Prowler Black and Prowler Red.

Voyager SE and Grand Voyager SE models get door handles, grille and rear license plate bar in body color instead of black. The outboard head restraints in the middle and rear seats are now standard on the base model.

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