Why Chrysler’s bankruptcy is a good thing

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I’ve never liked Chrysler. 

It’s no secret to regular readers that very few Chrysler vehicles have ever impressed me. My dislike began when my parents used a 1987 LeBaron to drive my brother and me to San Diego. My brother got locked in by a seat belt that wouldn’t unlatch, and then the engine exploded. Thankfully not on the same day.

I’ve kept a wary eye on Chrysler products ever since. When I wasn’t able to talk my sister-in-law out of a 1997 Sebring convertible, I managed to keep the “I told you so”s to a minimum when she’d finally had enough and took a major hit on its trade-in value.

That said, I’m relieved to see the company begin a bankruptcy process that I hope will inspire real change and begin a new era of quality cars.

I also want to take a moment and acknowledge some of the Chrysler vehicles that were actually pretty darned good, in spite of the spectacular failures that have seemed to define the company.

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Chrysler’s entire minivan lineup can be summed up with the word “innovative.” From DVD systems to dual sliding doors to stow-n-go to swivel-n-go seating, Chrysler defined the minivan in the 1980s and then redefined it through the years. 

PT Cruiser

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser

I mention this car mostly because Chrysler has sold so many of them. From the day it was introduced in 2000, I’ve thought the PT Cruiser is one of the ugliest bodies to ever sit atop four tires. Since more than 1 million of my fellow Americans disagree and seem to adore their PT more than the kids they haul in it, I’m forced to acknowledge that it must be a dang good car. 

300C SRT-8

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This car has a 6.1-liter, 425-hp Hemi and brakes good enough to stop all 4,160 pounds of it in just 110 feet. That’s right up there with the mighty BMW M5.

Well done, Chrysler. 

In Chrysler’s future, I hope to see more of the innovation, fun, and quality I know the company is capable of. Help from Fiat might be just what it’s needed.

What are some of your favorite Chrysler vehicles? Any you hope to never see again?

-tgriffith

2 Comments

  1. Chrysler’s biggest problem has been it’s complete lack of presence outside North America. They never really developed other markets, which can help stabilize a manufacturer when different region’s sales fluctuate. The fatal blow was probably their inability to get going in the Chinese market. Part of the blame lies with Daimler, which kept Chrysler from expanding outside North America. When all your eggs are in one basket, and the basket gets run over by a pavement roller, you’re in trouble.

  2. i could go on and on with chrysler yes they had a few years of crappy cars (cough) k car(cough) but you summed it up the new charger, 300, challenger, and all the srt models with the 6.1 l and brembro brakes to bring them to a halt but what about the classics like 69 charger with the 426 hemi or the 70 challenger or the dart yes, chrysler has half assed alot of cars but they have also been very innovatave but right now they are screwing up badly and what it is is all these corporate screwups takin all the money and payin themselves and not caring about new designs with more fuel efficiency i mean i have never had a fuel efficiant chrysler product and i dont think they even exhist but there goin out and buyin consultants what a huuge crock these consultants get 1000000000000 dollars to say yes you guys need to make another crappy car and pay yourselves all this bailout money and let the company go down the dumpster i mean come on chrysler is a great company with great innovations behind it lets bring it all back and STOP BEIN SOO GREEDY yes this bankruptcy is a great idea now maybe theyll stop havin soo many head honchos and downsize to 1 and use that money to work on more innovative cars

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