To me the Dodge brand means something that lasts forever. I learned to drive a 1943 Dodge WC when I was 6 yrs old. You could probably bounce a .45 bullet off one . I'm sure that truck still runs. A Fiat means something that has the life span of a , dare I say it, a fart in a breeze. I guess brand name isn't worth much anymore. So far my Dodges have impressed me with their longevity. When I was in the Netherlands, I was introduced to a car club of owners of WW2 Jeeps and the Dodge WC trucks. Those guys seem to understand. I didn't see any old Fiats, but was surprised to see a bunch of old Dodge trucks still running.
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2005 Magnum SXT: Fiberglass Hood, smoked LED tail lights, billet grille, Airaid CAI, Magnaflow Cat-Back, Polk Audio speakers, BT Catch Can, Debadged, Demolded, Ported & polished lower manifold, TB, and Jet Coated valve covers, front & rear R/T sway bars, longtube headers, Modern Muscle Supercharger, Inertia Big-Valve heads, Inertia custom cams
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Mechanic's were pulling out the chevy v8's out of brand new cars and replacing them with the olds v8.... that was a short lived problem... The olds diesel was a giant turd. Pump problems.. customers were pissed off their caddys had chevys in them..the olds motor was looked at as a better motor..some went with it and others didnt.
Pontiac did the same thing with the trans am's
403 olds or order the 6.6 pontiac motor. olds motor was 5 hp less then and pontiac but made 5 more pounds of torque and was a even trade off so one one really complained
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The olds was 180 hp. The 400 was 220. The shaker had different call outs too. T/A 6.6 for the 400, 6.6 Liter for the 403.
I agree it is a very bad idea. When you think minivan you think Dodge Caravan. I also like the idea of having two similar cars from two different brands. Have you seen the Caravan R/T? The Macho Minivan! You couldn't pull that off with Chrysler because the brand has a different personality. I'm really sad to see Dodge gutted out because they spent the last decade making it the bold brand. Their reputation as a macho brand is second to none.
Also, when you have different but similar cars because sometimes one looks better than another. Usually GMC trucks look better than Chevys. All the 68-72 Chevelle, Cutlass, Skylark, Lemans/GTO looked distinct and badass!
Its not always the best marketing ploy: Ford always claims to have the best selling truck, but that's because GM buyers are split between GMC and Chevy.
2006 Dodge Magnum Magnesium, 345 ci Hemi
1971 Buick Riviera, 455 ci torque monster
1965 Chevy C10 350 ci getter done
1956 Packard 472 ci Cadillac powered SOLD
1938 Cadillac V16 431 ci 135 deg V flathead
Actually even the 38 Buick Limited shared a chassis with my 38 Cadillac. That was the beginning of sharing for economy of scale. Is it an idea whos time has ended? I think advertisers like to say "Best selling in its segment" and that sort of thing. So if you have cars compete against each other then you can't make that claim. I have never and will never buy a car because its "best selling in its segment", but I know uninformed people will. Even at my job, they buy Ford trucks because they can justify it to management by saying its the "best selling".
Kill the Durango, modify and offer a third-row option in the Grand Cherokee.
Kill the Grand Caravan, offer the T&C with AVPish base options. (Not everyone wants leather, trust me).
Kill the Patriot, lower the Compass base price.
Offer a Ram factory-based equivalent of the SVT Raptor. (Laramie Longhorn was a joke)
Redesign/replace the Avenger/200 ... ALL new sheet metal, not just front and rear. (We get laughed at when compared to the Honda/Nissan mid-sizers)
And please...please...please...design an ad campaign around the Pentastar V6. It is that awesome. (and then add boost)
Give us some hooks to climb out of Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep's hole with. I still get complained to about boat-anchor Ram pickups from the 80s. These stigmas are real, and a huge hurdle when trying to sell these things.
Buy American. Long live C/D/J.
2006 Magnum R/T AWD ... Brilliant Black ... Flowmaster Force II Catback, K&N Intake, 20% Tint
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4DR ... Sienna Pearl ... bone stock ... my "fuel-efficient car" ... haha