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Dart Rallye quietly changed

by David Zatz on

Dodge has dropped its Dart Rallye, according to Allpar’s sources, replacing it with the Rallye Appearance Package (except in California, where buyers can get a “California Appearance Package.”

Reader Mike Lauricella alerted us to the change, which we confirmed with unofficial dealership sources. The Rallye had been billed as a separate model, but was in fact created as a quick-order package. It added to the SXT a 140 amp alternator, 17×7.5 painted aluminum wheels, body-color crosshair grille with black surround and bumper cover, black headlamp bezels, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Rallye badges, cruise, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, and trip computer/information center.

Currently, the Rallye Appearance Group includes 17×7.5 “hyper black” aluminum wheels, a black crosshair grille with black surround, and Rallye badge. The California package includes the wheels and crosshair, but not the badge.

To re-create the Rallye is not difficult, even for Californians, who also need to buy a Rallye badge from a parts department. First, order a Dodge Dart SXT with the Special Edition Group; add the Rallye Appearance Group; and the Rallye is essentially re-created, with more features. (Thanks, Mopar392 and JRS200x)

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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