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2014 Chrysler 300C Hemi Long Test Drive

I rented one while on vacation in California last week and "test drove" it with four adults and our luggage for 1200 miles.

I drove from LA to Sequoia NP, then to Yosemite, then San Fransisco and finally the last leg to Sacramento airport. Our highest elevation was just under 10,000 feet in Yosemite and the lowest was 50 below sea level on the road to San Fransisco.

That car road well on the bumpy, high speed LA freeways through heavy traffic. It felt really good having a good highway cruiser in that environment.

Sequoia was cold- it snowed as we were leaving- and the EVIC showed low tire pressure for a while at that high elevation and low temperature. There were no service stations so I ran them with the air the rental agency gave me. Later in the week all four were around 30-32.

Passing on two lane roads was phenomenal. Normally I use the "sling shot" method, stay well behind the car I'm about to pass, then accelerate behind him and switch lanes, timing it for after the last opposing car clears. This car accelerated so fast though compared to what I'm used to, that I found myself unable to time it correctly. It was far easier to simply switch lanes then squirt the throttle and accelerate from 50 to about 80 in the blink of an eye.

I experienced a "hiccup" on the drive into San Fransisco one morning. It was heavy Saturday traffic (I can't imagine what these folks have to endure during the week) and a series of drivers would not let me move right from the center lane behind a slow driver, about two miles from my exit. So I pulled into the left lane, accelerated quickly, got ahead of all of them, then moved over easily. The car then went into some sort of limp mode and I barely made it less than a half mile to an earlier exit. The check engine light went on without an EVIC message. After nursing it along on city streets for a while, then stopping and restarting, the engine seemed normal but the light was still on. It shut itself off about a day and a half later.

Everything else was great on the car. It was very quiet so normal conversation with my passengers was very easy. Handling on twisty mountain roads was good for such a large car. The trunk was big enough for two large suitcases, four day packs, a case of water and plenty of snack food. Total passenger and luggare weight was about 650# and there was no ride height or handling issues. The seats were very comfortable, except the middle seat in the rear for the short times we had a fifth passenger.
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