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Dodge Durango, SUV
Sep 11, 2003 (6:58 pm)
Sep 13, 2003 (11:41 am)
How do you know that the fit and finish is very good? They haven't even arrived on the dealers lots. Have you been able to have a look at them already?
#71 of 98 hemi engine options
Sep 13, 2003 (1:01 pm)
Will the 6.1 hemi engine be available on the Durango? When ?
#72 of 98 6.1L HEMI
Sep 14, 2003 (8:45 am)
That particular engine doesn't even exist in any current production DC product.
The 6.1L would be a good buy...for a Ram 4500 (or 3500), if either did exist. It is a good idea, I'm getting sick and tired of GM and their "We have more power than Ford and Dodge" commercials.
Sep 14, 2003 (4:21 pm)
Hey did Daimler have any influence on this thing? If they did I fear what the next Mercedes will look like. This new Durango is a Frankestein of rip-ed off looks. The front looks just like a Honda Pilot, the back is extremely Liberty-like, and those bulging fenders look like an afterthought. At least the interior looks promising.
Sep 14, 2003 (8:13 pm)
No, after all that talk and anticipation. The more I looked at it, the more I became disappointed with the design. When you compare it to the GX 470 or the Prado, or even the last generation, it just starts looking goofy. All I see when I look at the front end is a big hippo's face!
I'm glad Toyota got the hint, finally, and now offers the SR5 and Sport Edition without the cladding. I liked the cladding at first, but when I started seeing 4Runners driving around with it, they looked really dumpy. If the truck was lifted a bit, and had nice beefy tires, the cladding might look fine. The down-side is that now there's nothing to separate the Limited, except the silver accents.
I really like the GX, but it's over-priced, in my opinion. A used one is still a consideration for my next SUV, but I really prefer buying new. So, for now, the top contenders are the '05 H3, '05 Grand Cherokee, and '05 Pathfinder, if it looks like the DuneHawk concept. I don't know what any of them will look like for sure, but I like what I've been seeing in spy shots so far.
I also love the Volvo XC90. It's features, utility, quality, and safety are all top-notch, but the styling isn't quite as rugged-looking as I prefer. Motor Trend said it handled some off-road situations better than the H2, but I'm not convinced it's over all off-road prowess is up to the same standards as even my truck.
I was really looking forward to the new Durango, but DC/Dodge has let me down. They should have stuck with the Powerbox styling. That was tough-looking! And they should have put a center shifter in, especially with the Hemi!
I still love my truck, and we just bought my wife a loaded Mazda MPV this Spring, so I'm in no rush to replace my Jimmy. But, I'm back to searching for spy shots and posting in forums, in anticipation of these other trucks, once again!
Sep 16, 2003 (7:48 am)
Does anyone have any idea how the durango will be priced?
Sep 21, 2003 (9:30 am)
How can you guys knock such a beautiful truck? I currently own a 2001 Durango and I absolutely love the truck, no problems, even as she's gettin up there in the mileage. I think the new design is a great step up from the old one, especially since they took the hint and based it more on the Ram series.
For a truck that remains to be a more rugged vehicle, I think the Durango is the way to go. Not these, SUV-car concepts like the Volvo, though I give them credit for some of the systems developed in the XC90. Gotta go with the Big Rig look of Dodge.
Sep 22, 2003 (9:12 pm)
The current Durango looks great. Tough, cohesive, and practical. While the new design resembles the Ram, it falls short of looking tough. It looks goofy and wimpy from the front. The back looks good and the interior looks great, but the front looks like a mistake.
Give me the Powerbox!!!
#78 of 98 2004 dodge durango stunning
Sep 25, 2003 (1:14 pm)
i work at chrysler in newark delaware building the new 2004 durango hb. let me start by saying that this durango is 100 times better then the old one. and has alot more features for example: power sunroof, satilite radio, tv with dvd, hands free cell phone, side curtain airbags, in dash six disc cd changer, big white face gauges out lined in silver, your choice of silver, wood or plain black interior trim, 5.7L V8 hemi engine just to name a few. the body also looks 10 times better it's bigger badder and it gets better gas mileage then the old durango. go to your local dealer and check one out when they get there. you won't be disappointed. oh if you don't like the wheels don't worry i'm almost 100% sure they will come out with the bigger 20" chrome ones like the dodge ram. it's just a matter of time. we are notorious for changing the wheels up and giving the customer more then one option.