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Dodge Durango, SUV
Sep 29, 2003 (8:01 am)
durangobuilder, it's great to get insight from the inside. Please keep us up to date on this exciting redesign. On the plus side, my father just bought a 2003 for a great price, and it suits him perfectly.
#80 of 98 New Durango -Something to think about
Sep 30, 2003 (1:53 pm)
Remember The new Durango has a full Hydoformed chassis. Thos other so called SUV's are unibody over sized car like wanna be's.
Oct 01, 2003 (4:48 am)
rassom2, I'm not sure exactly what that means in a practical sense - does that make it better in the "utility" department?
Oct 09, 2003 (4:53 pm)
Hey Guys. The wife and I are car shooping. We have a 2001 Chevy Suburban LT. The lease is up in Nov. She wants something smaller and the Durango looks like it would fit her needs. She likes the style, from the pictures, that is. Any info would be great i.e. pricing etc.
Thanks in advance, Jack
#84 of 98 300eguy
Oct 18, 2003 (8:10 am)
The Durango is set to launch on November 15th. Looks like the timeframe is perfect for a trade. Another positive: The Chrysler's group of new vehicles across all brands seems to go through the first model year without much trouble. For example, Dodge Ram, Chrysler Pacifica, etc.
Oct 18, 2003 (6:40 pm)
The Durango will be the best SUV for the dollar. The new Durango has a base price that is lower than the competion and $1,000 less than last year at $25,000. In addition, the Durango SLT 4x4, which accounts for 40% of sales, starts at $2,000 less than last year. I think that the Durango could rule the midsize and possibly fullsize segments.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
DaimlerChrysler sets Durango price below competitors
By Jeff Green / Bloomberg News
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DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler set the base price of the re-designed Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicle below that of U.S. competitors and less than the smaller model it replaces as the company tries to halt U.S. sales drops.
The 2004 Durango, which comes with a six-cylinder engine for the first time, will start at $26,565, less than the base price for Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer, General Motors Corp.'s TrailBlazer and Honda Motor Co.'s Pilot sport-utilities, according to Edmunds.com. The new Durango goes on sale next month. The most expensive Durango will sell for $41,710.
The new Durango is the first of 25 new products that Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche will introduce in the next three years to reverse five years of market-share losses. Chrysler, the third-largest U.S. automaker, lost $1.1 billion in the second quarter and cut its 2003 forecast to a "slight" profit from $2 billion. Sales fell 6 percent in 2003's first nine months.
Chrysler has dealer orders equal to the 30,000 Durangos that the company plans to produce this year, Joe Eberhardt, the unit's top sales and marketing executive, said in an interview.
The redesigned Durango, which Chrysler says has 15 percent more cargo room, a plusher interior and a more fuel-efficient engine, replaces a model that now needs as much as $4,500 in rebates to sell. Chrysler said it will offer a $500 mail-in rebate on the new Durango.
Chrysler is relying on Durango because other new vehicles haven't sold as well as expected. The Pacifica station wagon, introduced in March, is selling at an annual rate of 87,550, less than the 100,000 production capacity. Chrysler has cut the average price about 13 percent to $33,000 and spokesman James Kenyon said today that the company is offering $3,000 rebates and five-year no-interest loans on Pacifica.
The current Durango slipped to about 13 percent of the large sport-utility vehicle market this year from about 24 percent in 1999, according to Ward's AutoInfoBank.
The 2003 Durango ranges in price from $27,520 to $39,570 compared with a range of $26,930 to $37,795 for the Explorer, $27,545 to $36,195 for the TrailBlazer and $27,590 to $33,360 for the Pilot. Toyota Motor Co.p.'s Highlander SUV is less, ranging from $24,620 to $31.920, Edmunds.com said.
Chrysler's U.S. market share fell to 12.8 percent through September from 16.1 percent in 1998, the last time it had an annual market share gain. Chrysler has eliminated 30,000 jobs and closed seven plants since 2001 in an effort to return to profitability. The latest United Auto Workers union contract allows it to close two more plants, sell three and eliminate more jobs.
Some consumers complained that the old Durango was less reliable than competitors' models, and had a rougher ride and less comfortable interior than other, newer sport-utility models.
Oct 20, 2003 (10:44 am)
To durangobuilder - could you pls do all of us, former, and possibly future Dodge owners, a favor, and tell us, what DC is actually doing to improve quality of it's producs? We all read about the 125 inspection check, the new paint facility, etc. - but could you pls tell more about it from the point of daily routine you see? And, how from the standpoint of expected quality, the new Durango is better that the predecessor?
Oct 21, 2003 (10:04 am)
Is a navigation system available? Also, if you go to Dodge's website, look at the "versatility" tab. It looks like it has distance radar on the rear bumper. Can anyone confirm?
#88 of 98 04 Durango Full size?
Oct 21, 2003 (4:36 pm)
The specs of the new 04 Durango look great! The specs put the Durango on par with the Sequoia, Tahoe, Expedition, which appear to make the Durango a full size SUV. Is this correct? If so, the Durango could be the sleeper of the year, if the truck pans out.