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Chrysler Aspen

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  • ...that, stylistic issues aside (it's not a bad-looking vehicle, but I agree that it reminds me of the Durango), in 2006 DaimlerChrysler has yet to roll out a serious hybrid-based vehicle. Even the Compass, which aside from definite fugliness, looked like a step in a positive smaller direction, from the review I read has mediocre mileage at best...barely 20 on the highway, if I read correctly.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    1) They haven't used a Mitsu-based engine since 2000, with the last of the old 3.0L. The 3.3L and 3.8L have always been Chrysler engines through and through.

    2) Good point about the AWD, though that was actual due to the MIDDLE row fold away seats. If they just did the 3rd row, AWD could have stayed like the Toyota, but with the middle row floor pan dropped for those seats to fold under--no room for the driveshaft anymore, or the other components. A tradeoff, yes, but it was such a slim market, more people would go for the seat choice anyway.

    That said, the Aspen still serves a specific purpose--tougher and more powerful, and suited for things like towing, and the T&C more for general family and stuff hauling, with better economy and more usable room.
  • Its too much like its sister the Durango...the exterior styling is nice but too much like the Durango, and the in terior is nice bit it should have a different design and high quality materials...would I buy one...no cuz I'm getting the new M-B GL 450...
  • jrb4jrb4 Posts: 1
    I have had 2 jeep grand cherokees already. (96 & 2001)
    Never had a problem with either. My parents have had a 2000 and a 2004. Never a problem. My sister had a 2001 and now 2006 liberty. Never a problem. I now have a an 04 Nissan armada with loads of problems. Guess where I am headed. Back to the Chrysler / Jeep dealer to look at the Aspen and Commander. :)
  • Tried every car in the last 4 weeks. I agree with all the comments above... BUT this vehicle has the best front seat for the driver that I have been in...especially for a over 6'... it's too bad they can't put the seating system in another suv or car! Toyota & Nissan & BMW (Yes I owned a 530)and Lexus all need to copy it!
  • stew24stew24 Posts: 28
    How much money would it have really cost them to give this thing a more distinctive Chrysler grill? Why not give it quad headlights and a 300C grill? Those big single eyeballs on the edge of the fenders just look cheap and unimaginative. Is it really necessary for the grill to take up that much real estate?

    Why does Chrysler not put the effort forth to establish the Aspen as the owner of this design. What I mean by this is..like with GM, .. The Yukon Denali came before the Cadillac Escalade, .. but with the public its the Denali that wants to be an Escalade, ... but with this Aspen .. its just an homogenized effort that seems to want to be a Durango?? Although I'm not an auto designer, I feel I have some good ideas. With the Aspen I would have given it chiseled LED tail lights, perhaps clear that turns to red, done in a destinctive Aspen way. I would have given it a special wider LED third brake light. With the front bumper which looks a plain and cheap as some of the stuff found on GM econoboxes, why not do some more sculpting for asthetic value? How about molding in some bumper guards or perhaps a two tone skid plate area ( Not for function, but for appearance). These recommendations couldn't break the bank for sure, but I'd bet they'd draw more buyers to the showroom. As it stands I wouldn't give it a passing thought if I were in the market for a larger premium SUV.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    Thanks for your comments...I realize that many of the posters here (sometimes including me) just post to complain, so I see a lot of Jeep complaints...but, when my brother was looking at a Jeep a few years ago, as he drove past the service department, the bays were overflowing with Jeeps on the racks...does this prove anything???...no, not really, but when he looked into the Hyundai service dept, he hardly saw any cars at all, bought a Hyundai, and has never had a single problem with it in 50K miles...does THAT prove anything???...no, but his experience did seem to correlate with the Jeep complaints as stated here...even tho THAT does not prove anything, I still thought it was worthwhile for me to ask the question...:):):):):)
  • Does anyone know how I can optain a Chrysler EC or FPP discount number? I want to lease a new Chrysler Apsen and this would help greatly. I have the GMID for the GM cars, but would prefer to lease the Apsen instead. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Kelly :)
  • What is EC and EPP? I would get the Durango instead of the Aspen. I just purchased a 2007 Durango Limited AWD and it looks so much better on the outside.

    Andrew
  • EC is the employee discount and FFP is the discount for Friends and Famliy.
    You may like the look of the durango better, but I like the look of the aspen much more. To me I see more class. The durango is beefy. I am looking for class not beefy. Everyone has their own opinions and mine is that I love the look of the new Aspen.
  • I forgot to add, did you test drive both the durango and the aspen? I did and saw a huge diffence between the two in how they drive. The durango drove more like a truck, and the aspen drove like my husband's 300C. :)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • Hello

    I ordered my Durango in August and it came in late September. The reason for ordering is because I could not find one that had both electronic stability control and side curtain air bags and was not white. The cost is lower in 07.

    I could not have driven the Aspen. I find the ride to be good and I have no complaints about the vehicle.

    Good luck with your Aspen.

    Andrew
  • american brands, especially the BIG 3, seem to not getting the message, BLATANTLY REBADGING doesn't WORKED!!!!!! people aren't stupid, well maybe some are, like Aztek buyers. Chrysler should be smarter than that, they are the 300 creator after all.
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  • I’ve been cruising some blogs about ASPEN, and all I am hearing is kids crying and whining about the length of the front bumper, size of the grill, stop lights…and other crap…all I can say is GET A LIFE, if you don’t like this car move on and pick one you like…it shouldn’t be hard, as we live in big all USA where you can buy a car and drive it off without spending a dime!!!

    Does anybody have any idea on how much residual value is on fully loaded HEMI Aspen?

    This is great car offered at great price, and for us who are 6' 3" and over, and over 250 lbs. we need this vehicle...as I look like a dush bag in those minivans...OK?

    So let's get some tips on how to get into one of these babies...I personally can't wait to sit my a** in black HEMI Aspen...

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,012
    We'll put a request in for a Leasing and Prices Paid discussion for the Aspen for the Prices Paid: Buying & Leasing Experiences board. Stay tuned!

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  • Steve...that's great...thanks...
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,012
    Kyfdx was especially fast tonight; must be trying to work off some turkey and dressing :shades: - enjoy:

    Chrysler Aspen: Prices Paid & Buying Experience

    Chrysler Aspen: Lease Questions

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  • I love my Aspen. Great to drive. Fully loaded. Great price. Flexfuel. It looks a little like the Durango, I get alot of second looks and compliments. Had a Lexus hit my bumper, my damages were 800.00, his were 4,000.00. I'd say it's pretty sturdy in a crash!
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