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3.8 engine line shutting down?

by David Zatz on

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Sources within Trenton Engine North say that the 3.8 liter V6 engine line will be shutting down this Friday. The engine, launched in 1991, was based on Chrysler’s first ever V6, the 3.3 liter engine introduced in 1990. Over time the 3.8 has powered the Chrysler Imperial, minivans (where it enjoyed its longest use), and other cars; it is currently the sole powertrain in the Jeep Wrangler, but is set to be replaced by the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6.

Trenton Engine has been producing a stockpile of 3.8s for use in production and as spares and warranty replacements (manufacturers must keep replacement parts for at least seven years). It is the last of the Chrysler V6 engines dating back to the 1990s; the final pre-Pentastar V6 is the 3.7 liter engine based on the 4.7 V8, which will continue to power Ram trucks in model-year 2012.

The facility may be kept in partial use making cams and other parts for the Pentastar V6, which is currently assembled in the neighboring, state of the art Trenton Engine South plant.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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