Cohort Sighting: Chrysler 300M And LHS – Which Setting Is Least Appropriate?

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Chrysler’s LH sedans were deservedly lauded for their combination of absorbent ride quality, stable handling and interior space, but they were not the makings of a sustainable comeback for the Pentastar.  Quality left something to be desired, and powertrain refinement was nothing to write home about.  Well, guess what didn’t change when the second generation cars were released?  This is why I’m surprised to see this yellow LHS, shot by SoCalMetro, used as a taxi in Mexico and this dark indigo 300M, found by T-Minor, serving as private transportation in Austria.


Europeans love American landyachts as classics because they offer a unique experience and distinct style.  Cars like the 300M, which claimed to offer a sporting alternative to import luxury sedans, never made it big there, on the other hand.  Yes, the Chrysler handled well enough, but then so did your average McPassat or Audi, and while cars like the Nissan Maxima (QX in Europe) were derided by the European press for being dull, they offered a good driving experience and superior quality.  So why choose a car like this?  Was this Austrian family that determined to stand out?

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Unfortunately, durability wasn’t a strong suit for these cars either and combined with bad resale, many are already in junkyards.  I have to wonder how long this will last doing taxi duty in Mexico.  Looks like it’s had a decent life, but it was cars like these which formed the second phase of Chrysler’s ’90s renaissance.  Neither the LHs, nor the concurrent Neon or Stratus offered the freshness their predecessors and quality wasn’t drastically improved, if at all.  This, despite all the boasts over inexpensive and rapid development of new models.  No wonder Daimler moved in.