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Junkyard Find: 1995 Dodge Dakota, with K-Car Engine

The plenitude of vehicles based on the Chrysler K Platform helped the company bounce back from its humiliating 1979 near-bankruptcy and government bailout, and the modern overhead-cam four-cylinder engine Chrysler developed for the K was a big part of that success. We think of that 2.2/2.5 as a transverse-front-wheel-drive-only engine, …

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Junkyard Find: 1972 Dodge D200 Custom Sweptline

The Dodge D-series trucks were getting embarrassingly dated by the late 1960s, with their solid-axle front suspensions and archaic styling, so Chrysler created the third-generation D-series pickups for the 1972 model year. Here’s a reasonably solid three-quarter-ton from the first year of that generation, spotted in a Denver self-service yard. …

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Dodge Ram 50 Prospector

Small pickups sold pretty well in the United States during the Malaise Era, and Ford and GM cashed in by importing and rebadging Mazda and Isuzu trucks, respectively. Chrysler, late to the party, turned to longtime partner Mitsubishi and began bringing in first-generation Forte pickups, starting in the 1979 model …

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Dodge Halts Viper Orders, Wonders How Many More It Can Build

The Dodge Viper’s plug is damn near pulled. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles steadfastly claims that 2017 is the final year for the Viper, and recently halted orders for the V10-powered road beast, The Detroit News reports. However, this doesn’t mean the model has reached the end of the line. At least, …

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Is This What a Five-Star Safety Rating Looks Like?

Once again, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has handed the Dodge Challenger a five-star safety rating in its annual crash tests. Shelf space at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters must be at a premium thanks to all those awards, but does the NHTSA safety rating tell the whole story? In …

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Dodge Grand Caravan Dies In 2019: Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Windsor, Ontario, minivan factory will reportedly suspend Dodge Grand Caravan production in mid 2019. Seats delivered from Magna International’s Integram Seating facility to the minivan assembly plant will no longer be delivered as of July 2019, according to a letter sent from Magna to Unifor. Automotive News …

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT: Fun in the Snow With a Little Less Go

All-wheel drive is coming to the Challenger. In the pony car race Mopar has historically trailed behind General Motors and Ford. However, that underdog status also gives it some wiggle room to experiment. Factory all-wheel drive on a Mustang or Camaro is nearly unfathomable, but you almost expect something like this …

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