I went shopping today. The SRT4s were beat. I wouldn't buy either of them, plus they are noisy. My wife wouldn't like it, and I have to keep her happy.
I looked at a 2002 ES with 94K miles for $4200, and it was only in average shape. Not for me.
The Magnum I wanted to look at was sold. Also, I have to say that I am annoyed that those LX cars weigh a thousand pounds more than the LH.
I looked at a 03 300M Special with 65K miles for $7995. Excellent condition, low miles, definitely a possibility.
I also saw a 01 LHS with 59K miles for $5995. Great mileage and price, but some cosmetic issues: a crack on the top of the dash, a couple of speakers blown, all of the door seals (on the body) rotted away, a big scratch on the rear bumper. Definitely a possibility though. I can fix everything but the crack in the dash, and that might be possible. I'll look into it tonight.
Also: it's amazing how much nicer the Chryslers are than my Dodges: better leather, quieter, better overall feel.
One lesson: the used cars that are for sale at new car dealerships tend to be more expensive than those at the strictly used car lots, and they tend to be in better shape. I'll probably stay away from all the "Joe's Cars" on Autotrader.