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Dodge Nitro



  • driverdmdriverdm Posts: 505
    Are you serious?? Did you see it or are you just talking from what you saw in pictures. I am not the only one that thought the one on the floor looked very poor.

    The Mazda design is sporty, period. The Edge is kinda of flashy. The Nitro is rugged. What is wrong with my descriptions. It's called market fragmentation. Everybody wants something different.

    I qouldn't put the interior quality of Dodge up against Mazda's. Come on now, there jokes aren't funny. :P
  • "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as the saying goes. ;)
  • abraxas23abraxas23 Posts: 2
    Since this is off the Libery platform does anyone know if the CRD is going to ever be an option? I have only heard good things about the diesel.
  • jimc16jimc16 Posts: 21
    Wouldn't it be nice if they came out with an adult version of the Nitro SRT, possibly under the Chrysler brand. It would have the same general look outside as the Nitro, but a more refined interior, tan leather and wood. The ride would be better without sacrificing much in handling (18" wheels with 20's as an option for those that want them). As long as we are wishing, reduce the weight by 200-300 pounds, and an IRS would be nice.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    Does anyone have any information on when the Nitro is expected to be released?

    Also has anyone noticed that the build and price feature has been removed from the website.
  • The CRD currently offered in the Liberty (built by VM Motori in Italy) is being discontinued in 2007 as it can not meet the new U.S. emissions standards. (Durn shame since it is one running little booger.) The 2007 Grand Cherokee is going to be available with a Mercedes diesel, so I'd imagine that the 2008 Liberty and (maybe) 2008 Nitro will follow suit. ;)
  • I think that they've already announced that it should hit showrooms in October. :)
  • aljodoroaljodoro Posts: 5
    I agree about the adult aspect. Make the 4 liter available with an adult interior, 18 wheels, driver adjustable suspension and six speeds automatic. By adult interior I would be happy with leather, quality materials and no embroidery of the model name on the seat. Why car manufacturers need to embroider the name or model on the seat is beyond me. It must be paying homage to trailer designers.

    The 18” wheels are much more practical wheels (actually 16” are even more practical for all around use). The adjustable suspension would appeal to varying use. The six speeds would be wonderful if first was low and could be locked out for normal driving. and sixth gear was an overdrive. Keep the rear end at 3.73 and above. Don’t care about the dealer. IRS would be wonderful but that may be asking for to much. Finally while I am at it lets just get rid of the strut suspension. Come to think of it why not just bring back the Cherokee or the XJ with the new four liter and bigger brakes. Maybe stretch them 4 inches or more depending on the model
  • tropnevadtropnevad Posts: 18
    I really like the Nitro however it is underpowered and I would need the R/T version. I was shocked when I saw how ugly the seats were. Dodge, if you you're reading this offer leather and your sales will improve. I would be embarrassed to have anyone ride in those red R/T seats.
  • tropnevad -

    I'm not going to pronounce the Nitro with the 3.7 engine "underpowered" until I've driven one. According to everything which I've read, they've done quite a bit of "tweaking" on this engine which will hopefully give it more power than the version currently offered in the Jeep Liberty.

    As to the red-insert seats, I was thinking that those were only in the "concept" version of the SRT. Either way, I'm sure that "normal-looking" leather seats would be an option. ;)
  • jimc16jimc16 Posts: 21
    I read where a Dodge spokesman said that the Nitro SRT is "unlikely" because they can't fit a V8 in it. No SRT would be a real disappointment. That means the Nitro would only be about as fast as the Honda CRV (maybe not even that fast), and wouldn't get nearly the same gas mileage. I don't need to go 0-60 in 5 seconds, but performance and gas mileage similar to the RAV4 V6 would be great. The SRT doesn't need a V8, but a high output V6 (SRT6) would suit me just fine. Without the SRT, maybe they should rename it the Dodge Cap Gun.
  • they should be released shortly and pricing has been announced - its on the website.

    I don't think the actual vehicle launch occurs til early november, but you will see them in the dealerships before that.
  • Should start seeing them in showrooms late Sept/early Oct. And of course Inferno Red is an available color option (wouldn't be a Dodge otherwise!)
  • Well, first off the "Inferno Red" is one nice color. :) Anyway, I drove the SXT 3.7L, 4AT today quite a bit in city traffic and for 10+ miles at cruising speed (85 mph for me :)). My initial reactions were: quiet! smooth cruiser! this thing scoots! No joke, this 3.7 is all torque. With almost 200 ft/lbs just off idle and 225 ft/lbs at 2000 RPM it was easy acceleration up to cruising at 75 mph at 2500 RPM! It's a bit loud and growly when you floor it but once up to cruising speed it dissapears. Can't wait to try the 4.0L version R/T!

    The cabin is also very quiet with very little road and wind noise and the ride is well damped seems almost a bit too soft yet it corners with only a little lean. The factory tires don't hold the road very well but I guess the R/Ts 20" should be a lot better. The driver's seat was a manual one with no hight or angle adjustment and this was my main issue with this model. Pretty good back support though and I guess power leather seats should be even better. Good ergonomics for a long trip with easy but precise (if a bit slow) stearing, great cruise control as a stalk on the column (Toyota style) that works precisely. There is quite a bit of brake dive but they work well with good pedal feel.

    The cabin seemed a little tight side to side as all the window sills are a bit high on the side and the center storage box is quite high. It worked well for me though as I was able to rest either of my elbows and hold the steering wheel while driving. I could see all around pretty well although the headrests seem a bit too tall and angle forward too much. Rear seat room is good enough for 2 adults but the driveshaft tunnel and non-removable or foldable cup holders in the middle don't leave any legroom for a 3rd adult in the middle. The reclining seats are a good feature but the backs start to stick into your back when reclined all the way.

    The rear cargo area is a good sized one albeit not very tall because of the high floor. It didn't have the "Load'n Go" slide out load tray but if it's truly as strong as advertised it would be a great feature to have! I've wrestled long heavy items into the backs of SUVs enough times to appreciate this feature. Also the rear tailgate doesn't lift up very high. I'm 6'1" and got my head bumped the first time. Should be easy to fix with a few inches of lift and bigger tires. :P Nice flat loading floor with the added utility of the folding front passanger seat. Should be standard on all SUVs.

    Overall, I thought it was a good looking, well balanced vehicle with good power. A well executed design. If the gas milage is as advertised and you don't need 7 pass. seating the R/T should be a buy. :shades:
  • After waiting all these months to actually see, drive and (possibly) buy a Nitro, our local dealer finally received one (an SLT) two days ago, and I must say that my wife and I were both very disappointed, specifically with the front seats. Due to the high "belt line", we both felt as if we were down in a hole. I think that I (as the driver) could probably have dealt with that part if it had had the power seat and I could have raised it up a bit. The "fold-flat" passenger seat, though, has no adjustment option. I can see where the fold-flat feature could come in handy (once in a blue moon) but its possible value does not outweigh its discomfort. But the real war-stopper for both of us was the head-rests. Why in the world were those things made at such a sharp forward angle? We both had "cricks" in our necks before we'd driven a mile. Someone definitely screwed up on those, as far as we're concerned. Altogether, a big disappointment. :sick:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "It's a cool-looking SUV -- in a world increasingly over-run by cool-looking SUVs. Don't get me wrong, I like the aggressive grille and slab-sided body work as much as the next guy."

    Talk Back Tuesday: Dodge's Nitro and Aggressive Style (Karl on Cars)

  • I test drove a Nitro this weekend and was very pleased. It was quiet, smooth and took a NJ circle very well. I have never considered a mid-size SUV for myself because most of them are soccer-mom frumpy. My husband is over 6 feet tall and he fit in it well. I've read a few comments about seats, etc., but lets look at what you are paying for the vehicle please. When I find a Sunset Orange one, my Mustang is gone . . . :shades:
  • I saw a base model and got in. My butt hit the hard seat surround trim as I sat down.

    I could not believe how bad these seats were. They were like sitting on old worn out office chairs. I check out a lot of new cars whenever I get a chance and was just shocked how a car company can expect to sell a new car with garbage seats like this. The back was lousy as well.

    Nearby was the new Sebring sedan... are they kidding??? What an eyesore of funky trim overload. I wouldn't even bother getting in that thing. The back seat looks like it's on the floor. And people wonder why US car sales are plummeting.
  • Nitro is OK, but these days you need at least a 5-speed automatic, a 6-speed is better, and a CVT is good, too. The 4-speed automatic just doesnt' compete.
  • nelson33nelson33 Posts: 100
    I agree they should have included their 5spd as a the standard. I guess by offering the 4, they make it more affordable to everyone. Other than that, on looks alone, that is the best looking vehicle I've seen this year. It's what an SUV should look like. Although I see a LOTS of Land Rover in the Nitro and not just in the side vents. Whatever the case is, the look is awesome.

    What amazes me is how the critics ripped into the interior quality of the recent Chrysler products, ie Jeep Compass, Dodge Caliber, etc. I looked at the Compass recently and didn't think it looked too bad, nice two tone interior. Car and Driver compared the Nitro interior to the Neon, ouch. It can't be that bad, can it?
  • My Nitro stickered for $23,250 and the dealer took $1000 off of a Red SLT 2x4. I also had a trade-in so who knows what it costs. Edmunds says everyone is paying sticker but I would try 90%. Nothing to lose.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Having owned three Liberty's two were the 3.7 with the 45 RFE trans. The other us the CRD (diesel) with the 545 RFE trans. I was prepared to see a a bigger longer vehicle. There is about 3" more in wheel base and the storage in the back has about the same as well.
    For those like me who expected to see more back seat foot room, it's the same as we have now. The front is the same as now. The inside is the same dimensions as not too. The windows are not as tall, has the new Dodge low rider look. The reason this Nitro won't make any huge numbers for DCX are, same OLD 4 speed auto. trans. The 3.7 is really a gas sucking go no where in a hurry V-6, push rods and all. The engine and transmission make this vehicle nothing to get excited about. The 4. L due out late in the model year are not a much better. If Jeep is to have a winner with the new Liberty they need a power train that is something to brag about. The 3.8 in the new Wrangler might be nice mated to a 545 RFE. If DCX is to win people over then there has to be something that proves that the Liberty is hot! Even with a different dash arrangement the materials have to show some quality other than the plastic dash that yells out "made in China," Hopefully the seats are easy to keep clean as the older sear covers show up rain drops a dirt spots. To clean to old seat cover ia a major effort, with very poor results.
    With the added storage room in the back more families just might reconsider the Dodge or the Jeep. DCX seems to be slow in catching up with the consumers request. Maybe there is a change as the Nitro shows change is coming, I am anxious to see a Patriot, maybe that will be better than it's sibling the Compass.

  • First off,

    the 3.7 is a SOHC motor not a pushrod job,
    Second the 4.0 is a bored out 3.5 liter motor.
    Third the 3.8 in the Wrangler is a 20+ year design that is currently in the minivan. ( that is a pushrod motor)

    Out of all them the 4.0 will be the best motor. Nothing to get exited about but much better then the 3.7 or the 3.8 liter motors they put in their cars.

    Would be nice to see a 3.8 liter Hyundai motor in that vehicle. They already use a 1.8, 2.0, 2.4. They should buy their 3.3 liter and 3.8 liter v6s.
  • I agree that "change is coming" in regards to DCX and as you stated the Nitro is proof. It has an undeniable unique look. The availability of 20" wheels and a 260 hp engine with the R/T has raised the bar in the mid-size SUV market. :shades:

    I just googled the Jeep Patriot...very cool. I hadn't heard of it until today. It sort of looks like a Grand Cherokee and regular cherokee combined. :)
  • Any difference in the ride/handling of the 4x4 SLT Nitro vs. the 4x2 SLT?
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    BTW . . . the Hyundai Theta 2.4L DOHC Inline 4 is not the same as the "World Engine" that DCX uses. DCX changed a number of Hyundai implementations on this engine for their own use, whether good or bad, they are changes.
  • npgmbrnpgmbr Posts: 248
    Dammit I want one! Always been a GM guy myself but I really like the Nitro. Strangely enough, what I like about it is that it has the Hummer look without the Hummer fuel mileage or pricetag. Will probably buy one in a few months. just wanna push credit score about 750 so I can get good financing although it probably won't matter all that much. Any current owners out there have anything to add?
  • rockfish1rockfish1 Posts: 113
    Has anybody tried a ride comparing both drivetrains? How is the performance and traction between the two drivetrains?

    The last car I had with RWD was my 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 which was fassssssssssssst on dry surfaces but not so great on wet or snowy roads with my Goodyear Polyglas tires.
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