who in their right mind would take an Explorer up against these?
dte: I'm glad that you are happy with your Dodge. Ten years ago, I bought my first Dodge product and had a very bad experience. I'll NEVER buy one again. I think a lot of car owners have the same perception. IMO, it will take many years for Chrysler to overcome this perceived lack of quality. You have an uphill battle.
I'll bite on this one. I'm soon to be 68. And I've personally owned 22 vehicles, give or take 1 or 2 that I might have forgotten.
Of that number all of my 4 various Pontiac models rate #1 for lack of problems - and definitely includes my current 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP. Arguably, the most beautiful was my 1970.5 Pontiac Firebird Esprit. Was done in the gorgeous Verduro Green with tan guts. I put a set of Uniroyal Master tires on it. Some of you might remember those beautiful tires. I'm sitting here looking at a wonderful watercolor done by a close friend of the Firebird.
Life's good. Pontiac's rule forever.
I totally agree with you Fly. When counting the Grand Cherokee and Durango together - then all the platform mates @ Ford together with the Explorer is the only proper comparison. PERIOD. And. All the Ford platform mates use the same powertrains and 6 speed automatic transmissions. All are essentially FWD with AWD optional.
As with the Grand Cherokee and Durango which use 2 engines, all the Ford platform mates also use 2 engines.
Shall we then combine the sales of GM's Enclave - Traverse - Acadia? Same platform, same powertrain.
what an idiot.
it's already been proven Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango outsold Ford Explorer in March.
Ford "make scads of cash" . what an idiot comment.
Ford barely squeaked out a profit last quarter, their profit per vehicle sold was something like $300 per vehicle.
ever read the income statement for a company when you buy their stock?
Give it up. Every Ford Explorer that hits the lot is sold. They can't build them fast enough. It's an awesome looking and handling vehicle with great gas mileage for a mid-size SUV.
Another winner that will make Ford scads of cash. New Jeep is nice, but it won't sell nearly as well as America's darling due to poorer gas mileage alone.
drive Grand Cherokee.
I prefer Chrysler products, but I always check out the competition.
You really have to sit in an drive a vehicle to make a valid judgment.
Screw Consumer Reports or what some Gen X twit tweets.
If you live near any decent sized city or metro area, it shouldn't be hard to compare these three vehicles. most Chrysler dealerships now sell Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep under one roof now after dealer consolidations.
drive all three, then choose the best one. you owe it yourself.