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    2009 Chrysler Aspen

    For a short time today I drove a Chrysler Aspen.

    My friend said it was a $42,000 car, but he got it new for $28,000.

    Compared to my Volvo XC-90 (that was $45k sticker) the Chrysler is a POS.

    Rubbery suspension, it lumbers along, no feel for the road.

    Cheesy interior - my 1975 Toyota had a better quality interior. Really, really cheesy fake plastic oak burl - very shiny. At least make it matt.

    Instrumentation layout was poor. They have an analog clock show pieced on the dash. I guess they think this is 'elegance'.

    What's the target market? 75 yr old vetrans?

    The overall view of the road is restricted. The A-pillars are very large and wide, same for the B and C pilliars(rear). Plus I feel really boxed in. I am 5' 7".

    I felt I was driving a gangsta car.

    It's difficult to 'step out' of the car, you sorta fall out.

    It has an ugly LCD monitor, with cartoon like tabs.

    There is no reason this car should exist. No wonder Chrysler took it in the shorts. IMO, a company that puts out this type of crap, deserves to die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dBrong View Post
    For a short time today I drove a Chrysler Aspen.

    My friend said it was a $42,000 car, but he got it new for $28,000.

    Compared to my Volvo XC-90 (that was $45k sticker) the Chrysler is a POS.

    Rubbery suspension, it lumbers along, no feel for the road.

    Cheesy interior - my 1975 Toyota had a better quality interior. Really, really cheesy fake plastic oak burl - very shiny. At least make it matt.

    Instrumentation layout was poor. They have an analog clock show pieced on the dash. I guess they think this is 'elegance'.

    What's the target market? 75 yr old vetrans?

    The overall view of the road is restricted. The A-pillars are very large and wide, same for the B and C pilliars(rear). Plus I feel really boxed in. I am 5' 7".

    I felt I was driving a gangsta car.

    It's difficult to 'step out' of the car, you sorta fall out.

    It has an ugly LCD monitor, with cartoon like tabs.

    There is no reason this car should exist. No wonder Chrysler took it in the shorts. IMO, a company that puts out this type of crap, deserves to die.

    Can't disagree... and same for the market, generally. The Aspen's toast. It barely lasted two years in production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mase View Post




    Not to be over-the-top but look at this cheesy interior. Genuine plastic oak burl accents. It screams K-Mart.

    See that analog clock in the middle of the dash. There's even an 'Aspen' logo on the dash - I guess so you know what car you are driving.

    It's my guess they had to kill a lot of Vinly's for that interior.

    I'm not even going to get into the wiper switch operation, nor the constant seat belt reminder. But thank god the radio will still play after you turn off the ignition key. Apparently they consder this a big feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dBrong View Post
    Not to be over-the-top but look at this cheesy interior. Genuine plastic oak burl accents. It screams K-Mart.

    See that analog clock in the middle of the dash. There's even an 'Aspen' logo on the dash - I guess so you know what car you are driving.

    It's my guess they had to kill a lot of Vinly's for that interior.

    I'm not even going to get into the wiper switch operation, nor the constant seat belt reminder. But thank god the radio will still play after you turn off the ignition key. Apparently they consder this a big feature.
    I've never been a fan of fake wood trim. No matter how good it is, it is still fake. I like my 90 Jag, it has REAL wood trim.

    Same thing with leather. A car with a 12-inch by 12-inch piece of leather where you put your ass, and fake leather everywhere else, isn't a "leather interior."

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