Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #97

Today's vehicle introduced in 1997 is one that I actually owned:


Dodge Durango. Introduced in 1997 as a 1998 model, the Durango started life on the Dakota frame and had two iterations on the truck body. It switched to the unibody Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2011 (after being discontinued for one whole year). When it was introduced, it was sold as a "just right" size - in between the toy-like mini-utes and the gargantuan Canyoneros. The one we owned was a 2001, had the acceptable 4.7L V8 and the third row seat. It was marginally useful when the kids were old enough for booster seats.

The Durango represented a first for Mopar. While they acquired the Jeep marque in the 1986 buyout, meaning they had the Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer, the Durango was the first four-door SUV for Chrysler. The Dodge Ramcharger (and the much rarer Plymouth Trailduster) was available for 20 years, from 1974 to 2004, ending when the platform upon which it was based (Dodge Ram) was given the radical facelift in 1994. Even as the four door SUV craze exploded, Chrysler inexplicably resisted the urge to jump on the bandwagon for many years, missing the boat and the chance to jump-start the truck line.

There's a reason they were bought by *Fiat*, after all...

That is all.

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

I've heard both good and bad about the Durango models... If I remember correctly QC was a 'bit' of an issue...

STxAR said...

I rented one for a week biz trip from south Texas to SW Colorado and back. The seats made my legs fall asleep about mid thigh to my toes. One of the MOST uncomfortable cars I ever drove. Just rented a Nissan Vista it was a close second... Tiny seats = leg pain....