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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Since I've made no formal announcement here, here it is.

In March I sold my 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix SE with 120,000 miles on it. A week later, I bought this:



A 2002 Chrysler 300M Special in Deep Sapphire Blue with the slate slate/light taupe two-tone interior. I bought it with 62,242 miles on the clock, and it now has 64,409.

Only mod so far is the front retractable license plate. Before I bought it, it was registered in Pennsylvania for its entire life. So, it had no front plate. The front bumper cover was flawless. The dealer gave me a front plate mount for use in NJ and told me how to install it. The moment he said to drill into the bumper, I threw the stupid thing in the backseat and forgot about it. Went online and bought a retractable license plate mount from Swift Motorsports and never looked back.

Plate up, just for you Johnny Law:


Hey, where'd it go?!


It's been exactly four years since I had an LH. How's it hangin'? :jester:

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Hey car looks great in the pics hiding license plate mechanism is pretty cool too!!
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In my opinion, there's nothing nicer than the blue Special with tu-tone interior. Very sweet, look forward to seeing more pictures.
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I've said it before, very nice!
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wow thats a nice car. You should post some interior pics.
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I don't have any good shots of the interior. I took these today when cleaning it.




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Where'd you get that plate retractor? That's really hot. I was going to work on making one for my first gen... Mount it in the vent openings in the bumper, rather than below it, was what I wanted to do, off center to one side.

Sweet looking car!
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lol does the security system come with a remote too?
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Where'd you get that plate retractor? That's really hot. I was going to work on making one for my first gen... Mount it in the vent openings in the bumper, rather than below it, was what I wanted to do, off center to one side.

Sweet looking car!
Got it from Swift Motorsports

They also have a motorized version... for 3x the price. For real. Yeah I'd rather get a servo and turn the regular version into a motorized unit.

All it needs now is a topper to hide it better when it's down. Gonna start on that in a few weeks when the semester is over.
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Great looking ride!!


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Sweet M!! Awesome interior.
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Update: Two new mods, one being maintenance.

I went junkyard diving a while back to replace some broken interior plastics (driver's door lock tab, child seat anchor cover, center cap, emergency trunk release) and happened upon an early '99 LHS. Sadly, the clock bezel was long gone. However, she still had her 360 watt AC amp! Snagged it for $15 and got some depth in the back!

Also, on Wednesday my new front rotors came in. I got ATE slotted rotors from Tire Rack, and Wagner Thermoquiet ceramic pads from the Advance 20 miles north of me (long drive for auto parts, stoopid Autozone and their shitty brands). 18 hours later, they were installed. The passenger side rotor was frozen to the hub, so it took some persuation (with a 3 lb sledge) to remove, and I had to let penetrating oil set up overnight, causing the massive delay. But that's behind me now. Everything is installed. Gonna put 500 miles on it before testing the new setup. Also now planning on replacing all of my spring isolators and all 4 struts next summer, if Chrysler is still in business and still making them.

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Pretty rotors, but if I remember correctly, they by law have to continue to produce parts for ten years after the cars manfacture date if they was bought up by another company or went bankrupt... Or at least make them available to consumers.
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This is kinda off topic but... Is it true that after 2001 the infinity amps have like no bass at all to them ? or have the gain turned down alot ? I was just asking because you said you snagged an amp from a 99 lhs and i think i heard someone mention it before
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Mine had nothing at all in terms of bass. It was like someone was beating a drum, and held their hand on the drum skin. That's how shallow and lifeless the bass was. The AC amp from the early LHS has enough gain that I feel confident with replacing just the head unit later this summer, as opposed to buying new speakers and installing the aftermarket system from the GP in tandem with a new HU. Planning on getting a DD DVD/Nav unit.
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