Chrysler

  • Driving the 200

    Here’s the digest. The full treatment is at allpar. The Chrysler 200 was pretty much “all new” for 2015, though it shares dimensions with the Dart and components with, well, other cars. What’s funny about our 200S is that, in white, it looked a lot better than the dark red 200C we’d driven. I think it’s the color, not the relatively minor trim changes. Integration is the name of the styling game, inside and out, and they did a good job of tying things together, compared with other cars.   I didn’t think much of Sport mode, though I can see its uses on rare occasions. It keeps the engine revving higher, shifts faster, and optionally shuts off the stability control,…

  • The new Dart… updated

    It seems that every time I drive a new Dart, the experience is different. I don’t think it’s me, though. Most cars I get two versions of seem nearly identical, even, back in the old days, when I got four different brands of the same GM crossover. This time I got a Limited, which is a highly optioned car, with the 2.4 and automatic. Every Dart but Aero (1.4) and SE (2.0) get the 2.4 now, and the same automatic is on all but Aero. The GT has a performance axle ratio for faster acceleration at the cost of economy. A turbo (300-340 hp?) is coming… but it’s still not here. The seats hurt every time I sat down but were okay…

  • How Chrysler can keep its customers and gain new ones

    Or, “dang, that headline is too long.” We were having a debate in the allpar.com forums, and the subject of quality came up. Chrysler, which used to be “world class” in quality, has fallen and seemingly can’t get up. Admittedly, just about every quality survey now includes the caveat, “Pretty much anything that’s not the absolute bottom is interchangeable for the average customer.” In other words, statistical variation is often greater than actual differences. But every time Chrysler comes out below average in quality surveys, it hurts. Every time a new customer has to go to a dealer, it hurts. Every time a customer goes to the dealer and the dealer screws up, it really, really hurts, and dealers are all too…

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