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#1 of 90 '13 Dodge Dart
Jan 06, 2012 (6:42 pm)
Will it/does it live up to the excellent reputation of the '60s and '70s Valiants and Darts?
#2 of 90 Re: '13 Dodge Dart [hpmctorque]
Jan 11, 2012 (9:27 pm)
Remains to be seen but as a Caliber replacement, it looks like a winner.
I hope the Belvidere Assembly plant puts out a strong product. Years of Neons, Compasses, and Calibers have not helped their image. The Dart should be a major improvement.
#3 of 90 The 2013 Dodge Dart...
Jan 14, 2012 (6:02 am)
will be put on a similar chassis as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, so there's good automotive "genes" involved immediately with the car. Bodes well for it's success.
#4 of 90 15.8 gal fuel tank
Jan 16, 2012 (9:04 am)
One of the very interesting things [ to me ] about this new Dodge is the fuel tank capacity - giving [ assuming 35 - 40 mpg highway is actually attainable ] range. with a gallon or so 'in reserve', of 500 to nearly 600 miles...
Had a tank that size in a couple of 1970s Volvos - that did NOT manage nearly those MPG...
#5 of 90 Consumer Report 1977
Jan 19, 2012 (3:11 pm)
This is the oldest CR that I have and it shows the frequency of repair for the Dodge Dart 6 and 8 for years of 72 to 76 ( the 8 had insufficient data for 76).
I had a 63 DD slant 6 convertible I bought used in 1970 and it's front suspension was noisy. I spent most of my time taking the paint down to bare metal and having it repainted. It was a good looking model BUT I always thought it would have looked better if the track was wider.
The Dart had many black circles for suspension, trans(manual), clutch, body integrity, and brakes. I remember one odd problem with the clutch to trans arm that broke. I could start it in gear and it would take off. With careful shifting (no clutch) I got to where I wanted to have it fixed. Sold it to my nephew who loaned it to a friend who while driving it stopped too quickly in front of a truck loaded with tires that couldn't stop in time and it was totaled.
Those cars didn't get very good mileage. (pre fuel injection years)
#6 of 90 saw one today
Feb 05, 2012 (10:11 am)
at the car show.
when are they supposed to actually hit the showroom?
Feb 23, 2012 (1:26 am)
what'd'ya think of the 2013 Dodge Dart? Looks really good in the pics, especially the red one with the sport tires and wheels. The interior even looks intriguing to me and I'm not an interior guy-at all!
2013 Dodge Dart
This would be the one I'm talking about right here with the red paint and fancy wheel getup. Not bad. Love a test-drive of one.
#8 of 90 Re: saw one today [stickguy]
Mar 11, 2012 (10:22 am)
I saw one (black) yesterday at the Greater Twin Cities Auto Show. It was gorgeous! It might get me to change my plan to get a hatch when I buy my next car next year. Depends on how it drives, fuel economy, passenger room etc.
I priced out the Dart at dodge.com. I discovered in order to get even a modicum of equipment, I'd need to get the SXT trim--the SE looks really basic, even AC is extra. For an SXT with the 2.0L 160 hp base engine, 6MT, and the $700 package that adds cruise plus some other goodies like audio controls on the wheel and trip computer, MSRP is $19,900--not sure if that includes destination charge but it wasn't itemized. That puts it in the ballpark with the likes of the Mazda3i Touring and Golf 4-door, which are tops on my shopping list as of now. Those will be tough cars for the Dart to beat. One plus is the SXT is available in Redline Red Pearl with a tan interior, which I prefer. The Mazda3i Touring hatch isn't available in red. That Header Orange color looks fun too--would be easy to find in a parking lot!
Here's what the red SXT looks like:
#9 of 90 Dart coming in June
Apr 28, 2012 (1:57 pm)
I just read a first-drive report on the Dart in C/D (June). They were very impressed and predicted the car would shake up the compact class... although the car is mid-sized in interior volume. They especially praised its handling and brakes.
They reported the car would hit dealers in June with a few of the trims and powertrains, including the 2.0L base engine and the 1.4L turbo with 6-speed transmissions. Other trims and the 2.4L engine will come later.
All the photos I've seen of the car including those in the C/D article have a neon red band around the instrument cluster. I really hope that isn't standard, at least not in the SXT trim. I think it looks tacky.
#10 of 90 Re: Dart coming in June [backy]
Apr 28, 2012 (4:51 pm)
The widest interior of any "compact", that grabs my attention. Shoulder room greater than my Lacrosse! The new Dart has nearly full-size width and that is a big selling point to North American consumers. I heard Dodge is calling it "Compact U.S. Wide" which has not been associated with this class in past.
Anyway, the car looks like a winner. I hope to drive one this summer!