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Ramcharger, Trailduster & Power WagonGrrrr!! Tough Trucks! The Dodge Ramcharger and Plymouth Trailduster were full size SUV's that had good looks and brute strength. The Dodge Power Wagon was comparable to them in toughness, but came in pickup truck form only.
I think that this would be a great idea. I have noted that there is a big difference in the early 2000's durangos to later 2000's and then to the 2010's. They increase the electronic wizardry and decrease on true functionality. I think a stripped down version offered in a V6 and V8 engine 4x4 package would be great!!! I would buy one. The main reason I don't want a new durango is that they have lost their roots. I am not the least worried about using my 2001 in a field (granted partly due to age) or pulling stumps. Can not picture doig that with a new Durango.
I LOVE the 4x4 on our Durango. It has saved my butt on many a snowy wintry night in Upstate NY. I agree that I would be worried about throwing a new Durango in to the fray (though likely more capable) like I do my 2001.
The things I need: seating for 6-7 people comfortaby
4x4 that kicks butt in snow
reliability and power
No fear of messing up a $40,000 vehicle when I need to use it as an SUV.
Bring on the Durango in Ramcharger trim!!!
Too bad they are going to kill off the Durango........ They are nutz!!!!
Bet you they would sell more in a Ramcharger package at a low tech price!!
Great thread. I have owned a 78, 83 and 93 RamCharger and a 98 and 2011 Durango. When I bought the 93 I knew it was the last model year and that they were killing it off. 1992 was the year that GMC upgraded the Suburban and brought out the Tahoe and Yukon models (yuk!). That year saw all of those departing from the typical big, workhorse SUV and starting to morph into the luxury SUV and crossover market today. The 93 I had had hardly any bells and whistles compared to the 93 Chevy SUV's.
I complained every year since 1993 that there wasn't a Dodge vehicle to replace the RC. Ford was the closest to come up with a reasonable substitute with the Explorer/Expedition (and Excursion fiasco) models which captured most of the public safety fleet sales. I jumped at the first gen Durango and always said if it had been 10% larger or based on the Ram BR pickup base, it would have been a killer vehicle. The second gen Durango was disgusting and an embarassment to the manufacturer.
I love the 2011 Durango but would I ever take it off road....not a chance in hell. I will use my Jeep TJ for that!
yup and if they said that they "had to" have the Durango they should have offered a 2 door version I hate 4 door vehicles! My 19 yo son daily drives an 89 Ramcharger and knows that if he ever gets tired of it, that I will take it off his hands; dont see it happenin yet....