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#205 of 1712 Paisan: Here is the Dodge SUV press release
Jul 14, 2000 (5:02 pm)
... I finally found it on the Durango Owners Club forum. It's a little long, but for those still holding onto the dream, it's worth it. I don't know the source, accuracy, or validity, so take it with a grain of salt or a 55 Gallon gas tank.
New full size SUV from Dodge.........
Tuesday June 13, 5:14 pm Eastern Time
DaimlerChrysler to build new SUV in Windsor, source
By Ian Karleff
TORONTO, June 13 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler AG
is poised to announce a major makeover for its Pillette
Road van plant in Windsor, Ontario, on Thursday that
will include an investment of C$1.5 billion ($1 billion) to
begin the assembly of a new sport-utility vehicle,
according to an industry source.
DaimlerChrysler (NYSE:DCX - news) released a
statement on Tuesday that it would make a ``major
announcement'' at the Pillette Road plant with
government, union and corporate officials attending.
``They're announcing a major investment at the facility
that they are going to stop producing full-sized vans
over the next couple of years and produce a full-sized
sport-utility by 2003-2004,'' said the source who
follows the Big Three automakers closely.
``They're looking at about a $1.5 billion Canadian
investment,'' added the source.
Currently, the Pillette Road plant's 2,400 workers
assemble the line of full-sized Dodge Ram vans,
churning out about 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles annually.
Six months following the phase-out of the van line,
DaimlerChrysler will start producing a Dodge branded,
full-sized, sport-utility vehicle (SUV), the first in its class
for the auto manufacturer, said the source.
A full-sized Dodge SUV would compete with Ford
Motor Co.'s (NYSE:F - news) Excursion and General
Motors Corp.'s (NYSE:GM - news) Chevrolet
Suburban, a segment that generates huge profits for the
The future of the Pillette Road plant has been in
jeopardy for some time as full-sized vans lost their
appeal with consumers and workers suffered as much
as 15 weeks of downtime each year.
The Canadian Auto Workers union made the Pillette
Road plant a top priority in contract bargaining last fall,
and managed to win a commitment from the automaker
for a $600 million paint shop at the location.
``We have been pushing them to put the shovel in the
ground for the new paint shop and to tell us what
product line they are going to put in there,'' said Buzz
Hargrove, president of the CAW union.
Hargrove said DaimlerChrysler will tell the union the
details of the announcement at 7 a.m. Thursday
``I assume it's the ground-breaking ceremony on the
new paint shop and, coupled with that, an
announcement of the new product line,'' added
A DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman declined to give
details on Thursday's announcement, but said that Herb
Gray, Canada's Deputy Prime Minister, Windsor
Mayor Mike Herst and DaimlerChrysler Canada
chairman Ed Brust are scheduled to attend.
#206 of 1712 Thanks for the info...
Jul 14, 2000 (6:54 pm)
That's great news, if they do it... Only time will tell.
Hold the Ramcharger Dream!
Jul 14, 2000 (8:21 pm)
My wife's 93 Shadow has the same problem. It was because of a bad ground on the dash module. Unfortuneately, because it is an intermittant problem, it would never do it for the technician while under warranty. You might suggest that they try a secondary ground to see if that will help
#208 of 1712 still looking?
Jul 17, 2000 (6:53 pm)
still the same problem,still know answer!1999 d with 5.9 engine. every once in awhile i get a moaming sound from what seems to be the rite side of the d between the door and the engine the noise seems to happen when i'm just starting from a lite,coasting or just cruising at about 30 to 40 miles an hr.would appreciate any ideas or answers what it could be as the dealer hasn't a clue.
Jul 19, 2000 (1:24 am)
Sorry cade1, I have never heard or know of one with that problem. Maybe you should visit the Dodge Durango Club and post a message there (www.durangoclub.com). It is a great group and very helpful with problems, aftermarket ideas, and offroading trips.
Jul 19, 2000 (5:37 am)
Hey ladies and gents!
I just bought a 24' Nash travel trailer to pull behing my 99 D 5.9.The trailer is 26'10" overall, weighs 4800 lbs with GVW of 7,000. We made a trip out to the rockies last weekend, and i experienced a lot (scary) of sway at speeds of 55 to 60 mph. I have ordered a Reese dual cam anti-sway device, (back ordered probably until christmas. In the mean time, i am wondering what the heck i am doing wrong! i have a good hitch, use the load levelers properly, and don't drive like a maniac (my wife may beg to differ). right now, one of those massive Ford SUV's are looking pretty good in the towing department compared to this Durango. If you have any ideas what might be "pushing me around" ..please post!
Jul 19, 2000 (12:42 pm)
Dont know much about travel trailers, but I would add the sway bars onto your system.
My father has a 99 D and Tows a 69 1/2 Road Runner on a car trailer with the anti sway bars. It tows very well, no problem. That trailer has to weigh 2000 lbs with a 4000 lb car behind it. For what it is worth, we used to use my brothers 92 DAK sport( short 6ft bed) 4X4 to tow it. No problems there, even with the shorter wheelbase.
I took my 2000 D out to Michigan and a friend took his 99 D and towed his 87 Shelby Charger GLHS with his trailer. Again, no problem since he had the the antisway bars. He towed like a maniac too, doing about 80 MPH at times. He averaged 12.9 MPG towing the GLHS.
Oh, I got 16.8 MPG on the trip to/from Michigan. Not bad, doing about 70-75 MPH. Gotta love these D's. It has 11,000 miles and still no problems at all.
Jul 19, 2000 (10:49 pm)
Question: Does your Dad and buddy have the dual cam type (Reece) sway system, or do they use the "shock absorber" type anti-sway. As you can tell by my nomenclature, i am a novice in this area. My understanding of the Dual Cam system is that it prevents sway by stabilizing the load. The second type, (which does look like a shock attached with a mini-trailer ball to the hitch, then back to the draw bar on the trailer) reduces the amount of sway after it starts. Now that the Dual Cam system is back ordered to heaven knows when, my dealer is trying to sell me on the other system, (to get me off his back, I think). Any suggestions as to which is the better??
Thanks again, and I would love to be looking at that 69.5 Road Runner! Is it a 426 Hemi?
Dan in Calgary
Jul 20, 2000 (2:14 pm)
The trailer they own is made by "Over The Road" and the bars came with the trailer. They lock into the holes on each side of the hitch. They must be simlar to the "cam" type you are referring to. They dont have shocks on them.
The Road Runner is a 440 six barrel. It was midyear intro, hence the 69 1/2. All were six barrel cars.
#214 of 1712 Just a guess...
Jul 20, 2000 (3:07 pm)
Just a guess, but I'd say that a car trailer is less likely to sway because they are much more aerodynamic than a camper. I towed a 2500lbs car trailer with my 2200lbs escort on it behind my '97 rodeo 75mph for about 200 miles w/o swaying (and no weight distributing hitche either). Perhaps the camper trailer is improperly loaded (too much or too little toungeweight?) These are just guesses as I'm not an expert on big trailers (i've been towing small boat trailers for 10 years)