How Special is the 300M Special?

The purpose of this SPECIAL section of our website is to give some information about the 300M Special, and in particular to give an impression of the 300M Special as told by the actual owners themselves. These stories and opinions are written by club members and reminisce about what made them decide on the 300M Special over the ‘regular’ 300M. It’s about how they feel about the car, their likes and/or dislikes, and note their personal experiences.

To date, quite a few of your fellow club members own a 300M Special. Some of them are listed below by name with a link to their thoughts and images of their Specials.

There is room for more Special reflections so if you’d like to be included in this section, please send your story to the Webmaster. When submitting your story, please limit it to less than 700 words, include your member number, and up to four pictures of your Special.

Click on a name to see what that member has to say about their car and view images of their 300M Special.

| Reed Miller |
| Dracy Jenkins | Tim Bonnell, Sr. | John Priest |
| Don Schwartz | Keith Jarvis |
| Roland P. Musselman III | John Benjamin |

The 300M Special Edition is very different from the ‘regular’ 300M that we have come to know and love. Below is a listing of many of the features that are standard with the Chrysler 300M Special.

Impressive Performance:

* 3.5-liter, aluminum High-Output 255 HP* SOHC 24-valve V6 engine
* 17:1 ratio performance and tuned steering
* Automatic 4-speed transaxle with AutoStick® with performance shift feel
* Front independent sport tuned suspension with gas-charged MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar
* Sport-tuned suspension with 1/2″ lowered body ride height
* Performance 4-wheel disc antilock brakes
* Low-speed traction control
* Performance tuned steering; unique for 300M Special
* Dual exhaust pipe tips
* 3.89 overall gear ratio for off-the-line acceleration

Driver Pleasures:

* Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
* Tilt height adjustable steering column
* Electronic speed control with steering wheel-mounted controls
* Electroluminescent instrument cluster gauges with 150 mph speedometer
* The Chrysler Memory System which includes: personalized settings for two driver’s power seat adjustments, power exterior mirrors and radio station presets
* Overhead console includes: electronic vehicle information center, twin map lamps, compass, display for outside temperature, trip computer and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver remote control device opener, and tire pressure monitor which monitors each individual tires’ pressure
* AM/FM stereo radio with cassette, in-dash 4-disc CD changer, Chrysler/Infinity II Spatial Imaging® Sound System with 360-watt amplifier, 11 speakers in 9 locations and steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Seating Features:

* Royale leather-trim seats with unique waterfall sew patterns and passenger and driver rear map pockets
* Heated front bucket seats with 8-way power driver’s and 6-way power passenger seats, driver’s manual lumbar support
and two-way adjustable head restraints
* Rear contour bench seat with 60/40 fold-down seatbacks, 2-way head restraints, center armrest with storage and 2 cupholders
* Carbon Fiber appearance interior trim appliques
* Bright 300M Special door sill appliques

Comfort and Convenience Features:

* Power windows with driver’s window one-touch-down and lockout protection features
* Two 12-volt power accessory outlets, (1) in instrument panel and (1) in center console
* Floor console includes: cup holders, coin holder, cassette, CD storage, second power outlet and rear-seat heat and A/C outlets
* Front and rear floor mats with driver’s tie-down feature
* Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror and sunshade extensions
* Windshield wipers with two-speed and speed-sensitive intermittent modes, automatic headlamp activation capability when in use
* Power remote and inside emergency trunk lid release
* Remote Keyless Entry System
* Battery-saver feature turns off headlamps if left on over 10 minutes and courtesy lights if left on by an ajar door after 15 minutes
* Electric rear window defroster
* Front side window demisters
* Full size spare with matching wheel

Safety and Security Features:

* Next generation driver and front-passenger air bags+
* Three-point height-adjustable seat belts for driver, front passenger and all rear passengers
* Power door locks with speed-sensitive auto-locking feature and rear seat door child protection locks
* Three Back Seat User-Ready Child Seat Top Tether anchors for compatible LATCH style aftermarket child seats
* Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer includes two encoded keys
* Brake-park interlock requires driver to apply brake before shifting from Park
* Dynamic Side-Impact Intrusion Protection
* Upper interior head protection that is required in 2003
* Seat belt cluster telltale lamp that stays on after engine start up until the driver buckles up
* Starter interrupt (keeps vehicle starter from engaging when engine is running)
* Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with tire pressure monitoring system

Exterior Features:

* Antenna integral to rear window
* High-Intensity Discharge headlamps (2.5 times brighter than halogen bulbs) with automatic on/off and delay features
* Integrated fog lamps
* Dual power heated, folding, exterior mirrors with memory feature, and supplemental signal indicators
* Automatic dimming day/night rearview mirror
* P245/45ZR18 BSW Michelin® unidirectional performance tires (2002)
* 18″ x 7.5″ Painted aluminum performance wheel with 300M center cap (2002) 2003 & 2004 changed to chrome 17″ rims with the option of adding 18″ rims
* 300M Special was available in six colors over the three years of production:
2002 – Deep Sapphire Blue, Black Clearcoat, Bright Silver Metallic
2003 & 2004 – Midnight Blue, Brilliant Black, Graphite Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic

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