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Discussion in 'Rumors and Speculation' started by james.mooney., Jan 20, 2015.

  1. MoparNorm

    MoparNorm Active Jeeper
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    Future Jeeper, starting out in 1953, in a '50 Dodge...my take: Note the date, it was pre Nardelli and Marchionne and I was still full of optimism.

    Your Turn: Norm Layton on growing up Mopar
    by Mopar Norm
    February 6, 2008 6:25 AM
    MoparNorm is the screenname of Norman Layton, an auto enthusiast and Californian who frequents this blog. Norm sent us this nice missive about growing up around the brand and how it continues to influence him today.

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    I didn’t start life as a loyal Mopar fan. Instead, my love developed over the years.

    At the ripe old age of 3, I fell in love with my Dad’s 1950 Dodge Pickup. That truck reigned supreme in my young life until dad brought home a brand new 1959 Jeep FC170. That was my first real introduction to the world of trucks, as my dad took me with him to shop for and take delivery of that Green beauty at the Jeep dealership.

    The sight of fresh, perfect paint, and the smells of glue, rubber and trim that make up that unmistakable “new car smell” are still imprinted on my mind nearly 50 years later.

    Our family soon outgrew the Jeep and it was replaced by a 1964 Dodge W200 Power Wagon—a real beast of a truck that now I proudly own and am currently restoring to like-new condition.

    Mix that in with the first Jeep I owned—a 1959 CJ-5—and you’ll understand why I was happy beyond words when Chrysler purchased ownership of Jeep. With the merging of these two great brands my passion for Chrysler vehicles was increased exponentially.

    This enthusiasm has not been tempered, but rather increased via the 12 Jeeps and 7 Dodges I have owned over the years. My constant promoting of Chrysler products has led to many friendships, and nearly all of my close and extended family members have become loyal owners of Jeeps and Dodges, mainly to escape my constant sales pitches about the greatest vehicles in the world.

    My wife owned a foreign brand when we met, but she soon graduated to a Grand Wagoneer and now owns a Liberty, I’m happy to report that after many thousands of satisfied miles, they have all become repeat buyers of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products.

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    I'd like to imagine that we have most likely, and almost single-handedly, kept hundreds of Chrysler employees busy and many dealerships and loan officers happy.

    My passion for Jeep and Dodge vehicles has led to many wonderful experiences. These largely grew from Jeeping; Jeep camping adventures and countless off-road experiences and onward to the early days of organized off-road racing.

    Then my interest moved on to NASCAR, Dodge truck clubs, and Camp Jeep. My enthusiasm increased from talking with various Jeep and Dodge engineers at Camp Jeep and Dodge events. I’m proud to be the 3rd generation of a 4th generation Chrysler family. It was a great day when my daughters told me they wanted to buy Jeeps.

    The memories that you make while exploring this great country, both on the highway and in the backcountry, are the ties that bind generations and people together. These vehicles shorten distances and extend friendships beyond regions that are normally possible.

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    My current Cummins-powered Ram is among the finest medium duty trucks in the world. In day-in and day-out service it has never let me down or missed a beat, so I am thankful for this opportunity to say thank you to all the employees and managers of Chrysler LLC.

    The future is now and it’s filled with excitement, but it is important to remember our past and the how and why we came to be an American Icon. A lot more dreams are realized after a vehicle rolls off the assembly line than you can ever imagine.
     
  2. ptschett

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    I wasn't born a Chrysler fan, but I had an interest in them long before I owned one.
    My family were GM folks for cars, Ford for pickups, and IHC for farm equipment and trucks (then Case IH farm equipment, International trucks after the split.)
    In 2nd-3rd grade I had a subscription to Four Wheeler, which exposed me to the Jeep range. I particularly liked the XJ Cherokee among the new vehicles covered and advertised there, since it seemed like a great choice for a vehicle to go most anywhere & do most anything that a driver might want to do.
    As I was coming to driving age, Chrysler had their '90's renaissance. While I was still partial to Pontiacs and the RWD Ford products in the car and pickup worlds, I liked where Chrysler was going; the DSM cars, Neon, cloud cars, LH's, Viper, Ram and Dakota all interested me.
    My 1st car that I drove through high school was a '73 Cougar, starting a long and so far unbroken string of big 2-door RWD V8's; then I took a '96 Ford Thunderbird off to college in '99. The first Chrysler product I drove was my family's farm's oldest semi-tractor, a '69 Dodge C700 that I used to haul large round bales from the road ditches and hayfields where they were made in the summer, to where the bales would be stored till they would be used to feed cattle in the winter.
    Meanwhile, my dad decided to replace his aging fleet of '78-'79 Ford F-series farm pickups. He didn't like the F-series of the time (the '97-'03 design), but he'd been interested in the Ram 1500 for a while (I remember he was interested in the '98 Quad Cab variant on the extended cab), and he bought one of the last '01 1500 4x4 regular cabs that Aberdeen (SD) Chrysler Center had; soon after he added his '93 and '95 Dakotas, both 3.9L 5-speed Club Cab 4x4's. I spent my college summer breaks helping at home on the farm, and a summer driving the '95 cemented my love for the Dakota.
    In 2004 I started my first post-college job, working for a contract engineering company on assignment to Bobcat in Gwinner, ND. Bobcat had added quite a few personnel in the engineering department around the same time I joined, so they sent us to Minneapolis for classes to learn various modules of the Pro/Engineer CAD system. During a break from those Pro/E classes I was researching the Magnum (which was on my mind ever since the "monkey on your back" Superbowl commercial) and the '05 Dakota, and the Dakota research led me to my first exposure to Allpar. I liked Allpar's comprehensive information about the history of Chrysler cars, and also liked how civilized the forum is in comparison to most other automotive forums. After test driving a number of different pickups I ordered my '05 Dakota in November '04, joined the forums in December '04 while I was waiting for the pickup to come, and I've been here since.
     
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  3. MPE426HEMI

    MPE426HEMI Well-Known Member

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    My family has always had Chrysler vehicles when I was growing up. I always had an interest in automobiles and the constant exposure to the Chrysler line up and "Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth/ is the Best" were words that I always heard from my Father and Brother over and over again. I came home from the hospital in a Chrysler, and we've had many Dodge and Plymouth vehicles over the years and as well as Chrysler outboards. I personally, have never owned or spent a dollar on anything that was not from Chrysler. I have never considered any other brand.
    I am glad Chrysler is still alive today, and hope it remains a force to be dealt with in the auto industry. But, I really miss the green dash lights that I used to love as a kid.
     
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  4. Fast Eddie

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  5. dodgeatheart

    dodgeatheart Not THAT guy again!

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    It all started for me in a (I believe) 1973 Dodge Ram pickup with a 360 V8. My dad's truck of course, but youngest of memories are floating around in the bench seat of that truck (seatbelt?). Going to the dump, 7-11 on the corner, and countless "rides" to wherever my dad needed to go.

    After that came a 1979 Plymouth Horizon (metallic green) that had, I believe, a 1.6 or 1.8L VW engine in it. That car went so far...I don't know what the final ticker on it was, but I do remember my older sister put it in the grave after running it hot twice and warping the heads for the 2nd time. I remember after the first time the heads got warped, we had them shaved down and it gave the engine more power and we were able to spin tires better after that, LOL!

    We traded the Ram in on a 1985 Dodge Lancer. They gave my dad $1500 on trade for the truck, I think he told me he paid around $2000 for it new. A few years later, my dad wanted a truck again and ended up in a 1989 Dodge Dakota v6 5-speed. 1995 came and we traded the Lancer on a new Stratus. Things stayed the same until someone traded a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 regular cab with a 360 V8 in it at the local dealership. The salesman was good friends with our family and called my dad up so he could come look at it. I rode up with my mom and dad up to check it out. It was love at first crank - someone put straight pipes on it and the grin on my dad's face let me know he was getting a new truck.

    My dad retired a few years later and started getting into RVing, pulling a camper trailer. The trailers were all within weight limits of the Ram, but my dad didn't like how hot the V8 engine got pulling the trailer up Afton mountain here in Virginia. In 2002, he traded the Ram 1500 on a 2001 Ram 2500 Quad cab with the Cummins diesel. He put about 100,000 miles on that truck. I sold it this past summer after my dad passed away in July.

    In between all of that, my first car was a 1982 Chrysler Lebaron convertible (white on white with brown Pleather interior!) that was oddly missing 2nd gear (4 speed auto?). At 16, I didn't care - it was convertible and I was driving to school! My next Chrysler vehicles were; 1995 Dodge Neon, 1996 Dodge Stratus ES, 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T (does Diamond Star count?), 2000 Jeep Wrangler, 2002 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab, 2004 Dodge Durango Limited, 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab Sport, Hemi of course.

    The first year they showed up in America, I also got a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which I grew to love after the marriage of Chrysler and Mitsubishi. I have had a few other vehicles mixed into that list, and traded out my last Chrysler vehicle for my 2012 Chevy Volt, which has a lease end date of October 2015. I'm leaning towards another Ram myself, but a Grand Cherokee isn't out of the question.
     
  6. LXbuilder

    LXbuilder Well-Known Member

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    Grew up in a family that was loyal to Ford and Mopar, my first car was a Ford but drove mostly Chevy stuff when I was a kid. My High school had a lot of Mopar muscle and I believe I secretly lusted in that direction even as I owned a pair of Novas.

    After Chrysler acquired AMC and I became a Chrysler employee, I could finally drive what I built without being embarrassed to be seen in my choice of car. (reason for my SHO Taurus ownership was the Eagle Premier)

    Now I'm old and Mopar loyal through and through. (but a shift to Fiat based "L" cars could screw that up, I hope not)
     
  7. My family is a multi-generational Mopar family beginning with my great grandfathers purchase of a 1932 Plymouth around 32 or 33. My grandpa and father both owned them until I was hatched in 1960. The first two cars I remember riding in was a 1960 Imperial and a 60 Valiant. We had various cars and trucks until I got my first Mopar which was a 1972 Duster. My first new vehicle was a 1979 Dodge W-150 Power Wagon. My last new purchase is the truck that I still own, 2002 Ram 2500 Cummins. We also have a 2007 Jeep Commander. I have never owned another brand of car or truck. I've seen them in good times and bad, but one thing is obvious, 10 to 14 percent of the car buying public are very loyal Chrysler people, Sergio, never lose sight of that.
     
  8. JohnRogers

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    The first car I remember was my father's new '68 Fury, he drove it almost fifteen years. The cartoon cars were all around my Maspeth Queens NYC neighborhood, Duster, Demon and Roadrunner. In '86 I got my first car a '70 Duster with the Leaning Tower of Power, the "Ruster" had steel girders for bumpers! I quickly moved up to a '71 with the 318. A year later a '72 with a 340. I ran with a Mopar crew and moved on to the E-body. I would seek out 'Cudas and wind up in Challengers, never got that 'Cuda. My buddy Rob's '73 Roadrunner was a chick magnet...ahh good times. After three Challengers I was back in the A-body, a black '73 Dart Sport with a Thermoquad 360, "Bofftop" and huge white Dodge letters on the quarter panels. I don't know why but that car was fast, dude I bought it from really had it set right. Many big block SS cars were shamed. I bought in to "extra care in engineering" and really love fuselage styling.

    In 1990 it almost all ended when I went to a Plymouth dealership looking to buy a new RWD V8 car. Shelby cars and Viper rekindled the flame. I learned to appreciate the LH cars. In 1999 I decided to finally get that 'Cuda, I bought a '73 340 Challenger. While in Korea rumors of a new Challenger kept me from buying a new Mustang GT from the military exchange. AllPar was my Challenger rumor source. I also learned more about how the auto industry worked at AllPar. I'd get that '09 SRT8 six-speed, then a TJ quickly upgrading to a JK Rubicon. For such a long time "Mopar" the underdog doing things differently appealed to me. Now I have a brocrush on Ralph Gilles and just hope Marchinnone is the savior. I continue to learn how the OEMs work...that why I am here.
     
  9. HotCarNut

    HotCarNut Defender of Reality
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    I remember falling in love with Chrysler during the cab forward era. I can still remember Lee I. on the TV touting the cab-forward design, and the cars looked so futuristic for their day. I was so enthralled that I convinced my dad to buy a 1994 LHS with the Touring suspension. That was our third Chrysler vehicle (our first two were minivans - a 1988 Plymouth Grand Voyager LE and a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country AWD). Since then, my family and I have owned a succession of Chrysler vehicles. My parents owned a 1999 LHS and 1999 T&C Limited AWD (both of which came to me in 2004), a 2004 & 2008 Pacifica, a 2002 Dodge Stratus (my sister's ride after the '94 LHS), a 2009(?) Sebring Convertible (my sister again), and my brother-in-law has a Dodge Caliber as his current daily driver.

    I've owned:
    1996 Chrysler Concorde LX
    1999 Chrysler LHS
    1999 Chrysler Town & Country Limited AWD
    2004 Jeep Liberty Sport (wife)
    2012 Chrysler 300S (yes, it had the HEMI)
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland - CURRENT
    2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara - CURRENT

    Yes, there's a gap in my Chrysler ownership, mostly during the latter part of the Dumbler years and through the 3-headed puppy experiment. We owned a couple of MINI Cooper S's and a couple of GMC Acadia's in there, as well as my daughter's 2012 Mazda 3.

    I love Chrysler vehicles and am truly passionate about both the company's past and future. I re-engaged with the brand when I was invited to join the Customer Advisory Board as an enthusiast (at that time we didn't own and Chrysler vehicles). I'm happy to be back and see a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara being added to the fleet before the live axles go away. A Chrysler 300 Platinum with a 6.4L or an SRT with the Platinum interior would make a nice addition as well! ;)
     
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  10. tazdevil

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    I worked at Chrysler Missile Div. right out of my Navy service. To this day I can say I've never worked for a better company. They recognized talent, work ethic and rewarded them. I see Chrysler as filled with talent, often held back by poor upper management in the past decade or two. Now I see that talent unleashed, and the best automotive products Detroit has to offer is proof. I buy and drive Chrysler for two reasons. Treating me so well as an employee, and giving me so many fine vehicles to drive. My only fear is that we are being forced into Euro thinking in our product lines, and that "Here we go again" keeps echoing in my mind. My advice: Get out of the way and let us do what we prove every day, that we are the best. No one could love Chrysler more that I.
     
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  11. eigib56

    eigib56 Well-Known Member

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    I 'discovered' cars in 1956 at the age of ten. My father had always been a loyal Chrysler man, but cars never meant much to me... until I saw my first '57 Plymouth in the fall of '56. I was blown away! It was so low and sleek. And those fins!! Then, in the spring of '57, my father drove up one afternoon in a white '57 Imperial 4-dr hardtop. What a car that was! From that moment on, I was a Mopar guy through and through. Over the years, I've bought roughly 40 cars, each one a Mopar! I've ridden the Chrysler roller coaster through the high water and the near-bankruptcies, and always remained loyal, not because Chrysler products were always better than the others (sometimes they were pretty crappy!), but because they were in my blood. Though, technically, Chrysler isn't an American company any more, I'm thrilled to see its recent success. I think it's products equal anything from here, Europe or Japan. Since there's no longer a 300 SRT, my sights are set on a Challenger or Charger SRT (not a Hellcat. I'd probably kill myself and many others playing with 707 HP).

    And that's why I'm here. Thanks so much for ALLPAR.
     
  12. dreinecke

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    I would love to say I'm here because of the Racing Green, 1968 Dodge Dart GT with a 273 and a 4-speed that my dad ordered. However, the dealer in Rapid City forgot to order the car leaving my parents without a car as my dad was separating from the US Air Force. That forced him into the 1968 Chevelle that he purchased on my first birthday and I eventually restored and then sold to finance college.

    What really got me into Mopars was that the Ford dealer that I'd purchased our very first brand new car from couldn't keep it running. It was a new 1988 Escort GT (Dad was working for Ford Aerospace and got stupid cheap deals) and it spent months in the shop for virtually every component. After losing on the Lemon law attempt (108 days in 1 year was apparently not seen as a "lemon") I ran to the local Chrysler dealer for a Duster in 1993. They refused to even acknowledge me on the sales floor as I was not in the market for more expensive car, so I went cross-town to my local Dodge dealer. They were very nice, willing to work my trade in (still a starving young couple!) and had a Shadow ES with the 3.0 and a 5-speed in the Emerald Green we loved. It was a great car, quick with the V6, and solid as a rock. I raced SCCA Solo II for several years with it and we liked our Dodge so much that we purchased a barely used 1995 Dodge Caravan SWB for the wife in the same color. That van took 9 trips cross-country before we traded it on a 1999 Caravan Sport and then a 2002 Durango SLT. In the meantime, I'd restored another 1968 Chevelle as I'd missed out on a 1970 Challenger a buddy was selling and decided to sell the Shadow and drive it daily. That worked for a few fun years until I had to get a 4x4 after moving into a mountainous area. I'd been driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee XJ as a work vehicle and loved it, so I found an almost identical one with low miles on in it in 2002 and drove that for 12 years.

    The Durango sadly suffered from something suspension-wise that made it really twitchy to drive and no one could figure it out. The other issue was that the brakes were absolute junk and after my 3rd exhaust manifold replacement on the 4.7 it was time to trade. We hated to do it as the truck was a fantastic family vehicle with two kids and two huge Great Pyrenees dogs. So, we sold it and purchased our 2012 JKU (the first brand-new vehicle since the Shadow in 1993) and then I sold my 1998 XJ to get a 2013 JKU for the wife.

    Both of the kids have had XJ's and now my son has a 2014 Patriot and the daughter has a 2005 Liberty.

    BTW - the ONLY new car I've ever been completely over the moon with has been the new Challenger. When the spy photos first came out I loved it! I still do and plan on selling body parts to buy one someday - but it HAS to be Sublime Green!

    Here's a pictorial :)

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    The family XJ's - I swear the only color they ever made them in!
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    The new USAF LT's first new Jeep:
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    Playing on Mt. Bross, CO
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    Playing at the Moffat Tunnel, CO
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    And that's how I ended up here...
     
  13. moparfan06

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    My Dad is a Ford guy so for years that's what we had (Mustang, 3 F-250's, 2 F-150's, 2 Areostars, and a Windstar). I always liked the looks of the '68-70 Chargers and the E-bodies. My uncle has always a had a Dodge truck of some sort so I was exposed to them as well, and tried to get him to sell me his '91 Dakota. My grandfather worked at GM PowerTrain in Defiance so of course there was a big GM bias there. My first car was a Chevy Celebrity, then a Cavalier.

    Then in 2010 I was helping a friend move tractors to a show, and had to chance to drive a mutual friend's Ram 1500, I liked it! Then a few weeks later I drove another friends 3500 dually. Now I was really in love with Dodge Ram! So when I started looking for one of my own I came across Allpar, and found a lot of great information on Chrysler products. Then a year after I bought my 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins, I bought my 2012 Dodge Caliber. So far its been a good car to me.
     
  14. saltydog

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    Being raised by a Mechanic, we had several brand of cars throughout the years, mostly American cars, but we had a Toyota and Datsun as well.

    I have many found memories in my Dad's 54' Dodge pickup, had that truck for many years and pretty much started the Mopar love. He had several 56-58 dodge trucks.

    For me here is the list of my Mopar's that have been in my life.

    1. 1988 Plymouth Voyager LX 3.0 v6
    2. 1984 Dodge Aires SE 2.2 carb
    3. 1963 Plymouth Valiant V200 170 slant 6 with auto and AC
    4. 1965 Chrysler Newport Custom 4dr HT 383 auto
    5. 1997 Chrysler Cirrus LXi 2.5 V6
    6. 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 5sp
    7. 2005 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0 Auto
    8. 2006 Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab DuroCross 4.7 V8 (kinda Rare)
    9. 2009 Dodge Journey R/T 3.5 V6
    10. 1964 Plymouth Valiant Parts car
    11. 1964 Plymouth Valiant v200 225 slant 6 auto
    12. 2012 Chrysler Town and Country Touring L
    13. 2013 Chrysler 200 "S" 3.6 V6
    14. 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Bighorn 3.6 v6
    15. 2002 Sebring Convertible Limited 2.7 V6
    16. 2008 Sebring Convertible Touring 2.7 V6
     
  15. 68RT

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    When 12, I pulled the head on dad's 41 Chrysler to fix a blown head gasket. That car was replaced by a 50 Chrysler with fluid drive. I learned to drive on that car and began to notice that Chrysler had some interesting engineering differences. (M6 transmission = Great life compared to automatics without the hill issues of a manual), Lockheed brakes, (hard to get right with a driveline brake required = not a good thing), great bodies but so so styling, but then the Hemi was available which trumped the competition) By 1962, I was working in a service station and was able to work on all brands, in those days, 6V was standard and the electrical standards of Chrysler were so much higher and made starting and charging so much less of a problem. (Believe me when I say that starting was a major issue in those days.) If you never had to tune an early Hemi, you missed a treat. Plugs were down in the middle of the rocker cover but totally accessible and the rear mounted distributor was so easy to work on (pull cap, pull the one coil wire and the clamp bolt, look which way the rotor was facing and lift it out. dual points were standard (only special models of the competition offered that plus). Replace the points and adjust on the bench and drop back in. rotor only had the correct or 180 degree off option. Torqueflite came out and was so much better than the competition except for the Hydramatic (which did have second to third shift/wear issues). By the mid 60's I had my 66 Coronet (383) which was traded of the 68 Charger R/T and I still saw reasons to stay MOPAR. I have had about 30 vehicles and the only non-MOPAR I would like back is my 49 Chevy Sedan Delivery.
     
  16. Scrounge

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    When I started driving, I wanted to compare, so my first 3 cars were a '65 Chevy Bel Air, a '68 Dodge Charger, and a '69 Ford Torino. The Dodge made the most sense to me, both mechanically and ergonomically, so, with the exceptions of a '65 Cutlass, a '73 Continental, and an '86 Chevy C10 (which were all less than $1000), I've owned only Mopars ever since.

    The vehicles built then were fairly straightforward to maintain and repair, but since buying a '92 Dakota, I've needed assistance figuring out the electronics -- I'm a child of the machine age, trapped in a digital nightmare -- and the people on this board have been very helpful. In return, when I see a query about older Mopars that I can answer, or that I can consult my books and catalogs for an answer, I'll do so.
     
  17. Powdered Toast Man

    Powdered Toast Man Move along, nothing to see here

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    I grew up on Mopars. My parents weren't exclusively Mopar loyal, but there were more than a few that we had. I still remember my dad's old 78 B-Van that had been finished with wood paneling inside. Then as a teen in the 90's the first vehicle I ever drove was my mom's 92 Sundance (a car which I later took my driver's test in). I also first learned to drive in my dad's 95 Caravan. I remember friends used to laugh at me driving a minivan - that is until I could load up 7 of them and drive to the beach! A few years later I learned to drive stick in my dad's 97 Neon. As I said, I was a teen in the 90's and that's when I really got into cars and at that time Chrysler was going through a design renaissance. Viper, neon, the redesigned Ram's (the thought of a V10 in a pickup was amazing to 14 year old me), then the LH cars with the Intrepid. All of them seemed like a massive departure in styling at the time. Chrysler was like the upstart; the rebel. I was hooked!

    As it turned out my first ever car was a handed down 1980 Merc Cougar. That experience alone was enough to sour me on Fords forever. First car I ever bought with my own money was a 91 Eagle Talon TSi. Next was an 01 Neon. Then an 06 Caravan. Currently I've got an 11 Journey R/T and an 08 Magnum SXT. I even drove around my father in law's old 87 Voyager for about a year (the 84-95 swb vans were awesome!).

    Long story short, I was drawn to Chrysler for some reason. I'm not sure if it was the styling or a combination of things but whatever it was I've been loyal since I was able to drive. They've all treated me very well (with the exception of the Talon, but I don't blame them because in reality it was a Mitsubishi). When I'm in the market for a vehicle it's not, "which one should we buy?" rather it's, "which Dodge should we buy?"
     
  18. hemirunner426

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    Funny what the passage of time can do.Not so long ago I was severely chastised and received a few PRESENTS from the moderators for saying what this thread is now saying.I guess things have changed.Nice to see and hear from like minded people that will only drive or purchase mopar products.Hopefully I didn't offend anyone...
     
  19. racerhog

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    Because I Started off with a 1967 Dodge Monaco 500 383 A.T...
    All I can say... Is I have been working on cars, trucks, and construction equipment, and drag race cars, bikes and buggys for all my working days....
    So, Chrysler was an acquired taste.....
    That Made Me the S.O.B. ( Super Odd Ball ) that I am....
    :)
     
  20. Zagnut27

    Zagnut27 Jeepaholic
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    When I was growing up, my family only bought Fords. We had a Gran Torino wagon, a Pinto, and then moved on to the illustrious Escorts. As a kid, my brother had a Hot Wheels Mustang as his favorite, so to be different I had a Challenger that I claimed as my favorite. He built Mustang models, and I built a Barracuda. And of course, we all loved the Charger because of the Dukes of Hazard.

    I'm a WWII history buff, and have always loved the heritage of the Jeeps (long before they were Chrysler) and the Dodge trucks. My family would go to vintage air shows, and my brother and I would seek out the vehicles. That's where I developed my love for Jeeps in particular. I always wanted one. I knew they were harsh, and loud, and uncomfortable, but I didn't care. I think it attracted me even more. When I finally bought a Wrangler, all I could afford at the time was a 4 cylinder SE, and got jipped out of the sound bar by the manager who lied...and lost a return customer in the process. But I loved that Wrangler. I bought fiberglass upper-half doors that helped to somewhat keep out the cold winter winds, and upgraded the tires & wheels, and yes I got that darn sound bar too that didn't seem to help much after all. That Wrangler took me everywhere I wanted to go, and never once got stuck. Although it did like to do 360's down the street in the snow sometimes which was a little disconcerting. I finally had to trade it in because I was traveling frequently and needed more cargo room, but I hated to do it. I looked at the Saturn Vue, and the Liberty, but it wasn't even close. It was Jeep all the way. As for my brother, he collects and restores old Jeeps. His earliest is a 43 Ford GPW, and his latest is a 63(?) Tuxedo Park...I think it's a Surrey that he bought for his wife.

    I've had my Liberty for almost 13 years, and it's been a good dog. It's gotten me everywhere I needed to go, no matter what was coming down outside. And until I cracked a couple of cylinders, I never considered retiring it. When that happened, I bought a 11 V6 Mustang as my "commuter car", although I debated for a long time between it and the Challenger. I'm glad I bought the Mustang though, it's been the most reliable and trouble-free vehicle I've ever owned. I still keep the Liberty for the snow, and to haul stuff and the doggies, and the occasional outdoor adventure :)

    Now that we have kids (and all the stuff that comes with them), I would like to get a 3row SUV, and the Durango will certainly receive a long look, although I wish the Wagoneer was coming out sooner. Jeep will always be in my blood, but I guess by proxy Chrysler is too. Maybe as the kids get older I will get another Wrangler or unlimited (provided they still make them by then) to have some fun in, and pass on the addiction to them...lol.
     

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