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Looking at one that has Nav, DVD, rear park camera, etc... Loaded.

It's got the Hemi with cylinder deactivation for "better" fuel economy


Anyone have any experience with one?

(and PD, feel free to tell me where it was ACTUALLY made)
 

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QUOTE(waxonwaxoff @ Jun 17 2009, 07:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>(and PD, feel free to tell me where it was ACTUALLY made)

 

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I dont own one and Ive never been in one, but I do know there is a reason they didnt sell very many of them at all and Im willing to bet that the asking price is for less than half of what the sticker price was new a couple of years ago.

All Ive read about them is that they drive like medium duty trucks and they suck down the fuel....Ive already got one of those (my boat) and I dont want another!
 

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QUOTE(waxonwaxoff @ Jun 17 2009, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>(and PD, feel free to tell me where it was ACTUALLY made)


Delaware. Which may or may not be worse than foreign!!!!


We just turned one in at work. Loaded. Nice but HUGE!!!!
 

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QUOTE(Pornodave @ Jun 17 2009, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(waxonwaxoff @ Jun 17 2009, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>(and PD, feel free to tell me where it was ACTUALLY made)


Delaware. Which may or may not be worse than foreign!!!!


We just turned one in at work. Loaded. Nice but HUGE!!!!


Good to know... How was the quality? Huge isn't an issue, replacing a Tahoe. Between hockey bags, ski equipment and boating stuff they fill up quickly!
 

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QUOTE(waxonwaxoff @ Jun 17 2009, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Pornodave @ Jun 17 2009, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(waxonwaxoff @ Jun 17 2009, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>(and PD, feel free to tell me where it was ACTUALLY made)


Delaware. Which may or may not be worse than foreign!!!!


We just turned one in at work. Loaded. Nice but HUGE!!!!


Good to know... How was the quality? Huge isn't an issue, replacing a Tahoe. Between hockey bags, ski equipment and boating stuff they fill up quickly!


I think we had it for 2 1/2 or 3 years with no problems.
 

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thats funny that Chrysler reused the name Aspen, my dad had a maroon Dodge Aspen wagon circa 1979 or so, biggest piece of sh*t car ever, overheated and broke down on the side of I-94 the day he picked it up from the dealership.... i remember him yelling on the phone almost weekley and we really didnt have the car for another two months or so, i think this was prior to lemon laws.... this was the time where Chrysler was making good on their crap reputation....

what name can they reuse next??? maybe pinto?? or how about the Edsel, or perhaps the Corvair

uggghhh.....
 

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Don't have an Aspen, but have the Dodge counterpart - Durango. We didn't get the Hemi, just the 4.7L. I don't know who said it drives like a truck, we have been quite happy with ours and find the ride to be comfortable!

Fit and finish is good, and we average 15-16 MPG city. (Wife's car, doesn't see too many highway miles, but we got 21 MPG highway on our Cedar Point trip last year!!) Not bad for a big vehicle!!

Even without the big engine, the little 4.7L has plenty of power as well. The only issue I am aware of with this engine is there have been some sludging issues if routine oil changes are not performed at the specified intervals - I haven't had this problem.

Lot's of room with the 3rd row seats, tows our boat nicely, and we have had no problems to speak of beyond routine maintenance. If they weren't ending production, we would buy one again.

Overall, we have been very happy with our Mopar!!
 

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QUOTE(garry454 @ Jun 18 2009, 07:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don't have an Aspen, but have the Dodge counterpart - Durango. We didn't get the Hemi, just the 4.7L. I don't know who said it drives like a truck, we have been quite happy with ours and find the ride to be comfortable!

Fit and finish is good, and we average 15-16 MPG city. (Wife's car, doesn't see too many highway miles, but we got 21 MPG highway on our Cedar Point trip last year!!) Not bad for a big vehicle!!

Even without the big engine, the little 4.7L has plenty of power as well. The only issue I am aware of with this engine is there have been some sludging issues if routine oil changes are not performed at the specified intervals - I haven't had this problem.

Lot's of room with the 3rd row seats, tows our boat nicely, and we have had no problems to speak of beyond routine maintenance. If they weren't ending production, we would buy one again.

Overall, we have been very happy with our Mopar!!

We have had along with my parents the Durango also and loved it, never any problems.

WOWO~how come the rims are different?
 

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QUOTE(fitsus @ Jun 18 2009, 07:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(garry454 @ Jun 18 2009, 07:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don't have an Aspen, but have the Dodge counterpart - Durango. We didn't get the Hemi, just the 4.7L. I don't know who said it drives like a truck, we have been quite happy with ours and find the ride to be comfortable!

Fit and finish is good, and we average 15-16 MPG city. (Wife's car, doesn't see too many highway miles, but we got 21 MPG highway on our Cedar Point trip last year!!) Not bad for a big vehicle!!

Even without the big engine, the little 4.7L has plenty of power as well. The only issue I am aware of with this engine is there have been some sludging issues if routine oil changes are not performed at the specified intervals - I haven't had this problem.

Lot's of room with the 3rd row seats, tows our boat nicely, and we have had no problems to speak of beyond routine maintenance. If they weren't ending production, we would buy one again.

Overall, we have been very happy with our Mopar!!

We have had along with my parents the Durango also and loved it, never any problems.

WOWO~how come the rims are different?



That's not the ACTUAL one we are considering Kevin! And I think they are the same rims, just some glare. Thanks for the feedback!
 

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The wife had a 2004 or 2005 Durango (can't remember which year it was), same truck, different grill. Very smooth riding, very quiet, very large inside - head room is especially impressive. My (then) 4 year old could stand up straight in the back seat, a huge bonus for getting the kids in and out.

Now the bad.... it was beset by electrical gremlins - dead radio, dead battery, instrument panel lights not working, etc. This went on for months. After multiple attempts at a fix by Van **** Dodge (where we bought it) I took it to Sterling Heights Dodge, and they replaced the radio. Did not fix it. Finally pulled the stock radio out and put in an aftermarket, and that "looks" like it resolved the issue. The nagging problems and crappy dealer service turned me off Dodge.

Also, at the time Dodge recommended the plugs be replaced at 50K miles - not sure if that is still in effect, but be aware that the Hemi has 8 plugs and the way the engine room is configured it requires either special tools or arms like Stretch Armstrong to reach a couple of them. I was quoted between $250-300 at a couple different dealerships, and this was several years ago.

Gas mileage was not bad considering it's a 5500 lbs full size SUV with 4wd and a big V8. We averaged around 13-14 mpg in mostly city driving, 20 or so on the highway. I used that truck to pull our 29' Powerquest, probably 8K lbs, back from Lansing when we bought it, and other than the short wheelbase it handled it fine.
 

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QUOTE(dockrocker @ Jun 18 2009, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The wife had a 2004 or 2005 Durango (can't remember which year it was), same truck, different grill. Very smooth riding, very quiet, very large inside - head room is especially impressive. My (then) 4 year old could stand up straight in the back seat, a huge bonus for getting the kids in and out.

Now the bad.... it was beset by electrical gremlins - dead radio, dead battery, instrument panel lights not working, etc. This went on for months. After multiple attempts at a fix by Van **** Dodge (where we bought it) I took it to Sterling Heights Dodge, and they replaced the radio. Did not fix it. Finally pulled the stock radio out and put in an aftermarket, and that "looks" like it resolved the issue. The nagging problems and crappy dealer service turned me off Dodge.

Also, at the time Dodge recommended the plugs be replaced at 50K miles - not sure if that is still in effect, but be aware that the Hemi has 8 plugs and the way the engine room is configured it requires either special tools or arms like Stretch Armstrong to reach a couple of them. I was quoted between $250-300 at a couple different dealerships, and this was several years ago.

Gas mileage was not bad considering it's a 5500 lbs full size SUV with 4wd and a big V8. We averaged around 13-14 mpg in mostly city driving, 20 or so on the highway. I used that truck to pull our 29' Powerquest, probably 8K lbs, back from Lansing when we bought it, and other than the short wheelbase it handled it fine.

Hemi's have 16 plugs
 

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QUOTE(garry454 @ Jun 18 2009, 07:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don't have an Aspen, but have the Dodge counterpart - Durango. We didn't get the Hemi, just the 4.7L. I don't know who said it drives like a truck, we have been quite happy with ours and find the ride to be comfortable!

Fit and finish is good, and we average 15-16 MPG city. (Wife's car, doesn't see too many highway miles, but we got 21 MPG highway on our Cedar Point trip last year!!) Not bad for a big vehicle!!

Even without the big engine, the little 4.7L has plenty of power as well. The only issue I am aware of with this engine is there have been some sludging issues if routine oil changes are not performed at the specified intervals - I haven't had this problem.

Lot's of room with the 3rd row seats, tows our boat nicely, and we have had no problems to speak of beyond routine maintenance. If they weren't ending production, we would buy one again.

Overall, we have been very happy with our Mopar!!

I have 2005 Durango with all of the above, Nav and DVD. We are going on 97,000 miles and I plan on keeping it until it dies on me, bought the extended warranty and haven't even used it yet. Really had no mechanical problems at all except the button on the Nav system/radio broke off and they had to replace the whole system, but didn't bother me any it was under warranty.

The only other problem is the back trim piece around the indent where the handle for the back door is must have a leak as I have a rust line dripping down. We'll see what they say about it though.

Has been lugging hockey bags (had 5 back there at the same time) to and from rinks and tournaments the whole time we've had it. My complaint with that is not having a trunk to try and have a stench barrier between your family and the bags!!
 
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