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Originally Posted by peteropny
The one last week did - at least I think so - didn't measure it
It's actually pretty easy to tell
- No Cubby Hole
- No Buttons
- Obviously a lot bigger but things like Sirius Stations will have channel logos displayed whereas no logos on the 4.3". iPod will also show album artwork.
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I have one of these downstairs in my garage right now. Picked it up at SJC last night for a trip to Vegas on Tuesday. Mine has the large (8.7"?) display and the 8-speed. I don't think there is anything "rental spec" about it. My observations:
* Certain things about this car just feel cheap. The turn signal stalk is one of them. It feels like it could have been lifted straight from a Dodge Caliber. Chrysler is doing a better job paying attention to "the details you touch every day", but that is one in particular that didn't agree with me. Surfaces on the door gave me the same feel.
* The lumbar support on this car sucks. It is no Volvo seat, to be sure. I can tell I will be sore at the end of my trip tomorrow. I tried every combination of distance from pedals, seat height, and back adjustment I could find. I could not find a position that was comfortable.
* It feels like driving a vault. Great for long distance cruising. Not the car I'd want to take out on windy roads.
* I am unimpressed with rear-seat legroom. This car looks like it should have Town Car massive leg room, but it looks like Sonata legroom with a big hunk taken out for the center tunnel. We'll see how my passengers feel after 18 hours in the back seat this week. It looks like the leg / knee space is worse than my old '04 Chrysler 300M.
Ever since the major redesign in '05 I find myself looking back and wondering why I don't enjoy driving the new cars as much as that 300M. The new ones can be had with more power, and should have "rear-wheel-drive" liveliness that mine lacked. I think it comes down to the fact that the 300M was the Chrysler flagship. It wasn't sold in cloth. There weren't stripped down versions. Sure, the stereo, window, lock buttons, etc were lifted straight from the Chrysler parts bin and every feature but leather is now standard on even the base 300's - but the 300M by and large (and it was large) was fun to drive. The 300 is just... big, boxy, and boring.
Last edited by elCheapoDeluxe; Apr 11, 12 at 11:12 am.
I managed to grab one of these from the lot at ONT two weeks ago and really enjoyed it. They have definitely improved things quite a bit over the last generation model. I really liked the look of the car and the driving dynamics were much improved over the last gen, which drove a bit like a truck to me. The info/nav/entertainment system takes a bit of learning but was an impressive unit overall. I would definitely choose one of these again if I have the option. At ONT it was a complete no-brainer as the ES area only had Camrys and Impalas.