• Mar 14, 2006
Yesterday, 1,000 Chrysler plant workers who had been idled showed up for shifts at the company’s Belvidere, IL plant where the new Dodge Caliber and upcoming Jeep Compass are made. About 360 workers were current Belvidere employees, while the rest came from Delaware, Alabama, Indiana and Ohio. The extra workers raise the plant’s payroll from 1,650 to 2,650 and double its capacity.
Though some automakers seem to be laying off manual laborers left and right, it’s been refreshing to report on other companies who’ve been bolstering their ranks as of late. In addition to Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru announced that their Indiana plant will be back up to full capacity when Camry production goes online, and Kia has recently revealed that it’s setting up shop in Georgia.

[Source: Chrysler]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Giggles makes a good point. Having sat in a bunch of Ford vehicles, the grade of plastic just feels cheap. Mustang interior design itself is nice, but the plastics they use suck. Chrysler 300, Zephyr are about the only interiors for domestic sedans that i'd be happy sitting in. Five Hundred, Impala, Fusion, and Pontiac interiors feel horrid to be in. DC does suffer from reliability problems, but more importantly i think it's getting a better perception than the other Big Two. If it bumps its reliability up, you'd have a formidable domestic brand.

      Though, the only upcoming domestic that i'm interested in seeing is the Camaro. Too bad it'll be in 2009 or some distant future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "See? Build a good quality product and the plants keep humming."

      Except the funny part is that DCX makes the lowest quality products of the big 2.5. If defects per vehicle is your definition of low quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the new Charger, so I'm not knocking DCX, but my coworker bought a Chrysler minivan late last year, two weeks off the lot it had a major electrical problems that took over a week to correct, a couple of months later the transmission had to be replaced. This was a new vehicle.... :(
      Hearing others complain is one thing, but knowing personally 4 people with the same problem from the same company, that's a little more than just coincidence...
      Chrysler is far from being top in build quality. Either way, it's good to see the new jobs being created.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 Ditto- That's the plant they built the Neon at.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what is the name of the new suv that will be out in June; need specs
      • 8 Years Ago
      Way to go Daimler-Chrysler! This is very good news. See? Build a good quality product and the plants keep humming.

      Build slop and they shut down.

      Which would YOU rather have, General Motors?
      • 8 Years Ago
      what is the name of the new suv that will be out in June; need specs
      :((
      • 8 Years Ago
      "See? Build a good quality product and the plants keep humming."

      Except the funny part is that DCX makes the lowest quality products of the big 2.5. If defects per vehicle is your definition of low quality.

      I think DCX products are fine, but they are more problematic than GM or Ford vehicles. Its perceived quality that sells.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was just adding up how many Chrysler products I've had since 1980; the answer is 39. these cover the gamut, from Omnis to Imperials to trucks.

      after reading some of the posts here, I decided to go thru my files (I keep everything forever) and see how many warranty repairs there were.

      answer: 2.

      one was for an updated engine computer on a 1985 Dodge 600ES convertible (repaired in less than an hour), and the other was for the switch pack for the transmission on a 1991 Plymouth Grand Voyager, corrected in ten minutes.

      some simple questions to the Chrysler naysayers:

      1) if these vehicles are so bad, would Chrysler "own" the minivan segment (as they have since it came out in 1984)? would their trucks be as successful as they are in the marketplace?

      2) would the 300, Magnum, and Charger lines still be selling as well as they are, and with the incredible resale value that they have?

      I bought a new 2006 Town&Country minivan in November, 2006 (22,000 miles now), and it's never been back to the dealer for anything. it constantly gets it's EPA rated 26 highway MPG.

      my 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 V-10 was back for repairs at 96,000 miles (11/2004) to replace some kind of rubber recovery hose ($108) for the fuel tank. it now has 208,000 miles; still no other repairs, other than normal maintainence.

      I just bought a new 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi in late May, and it just turned over 4,000 miles. the MDS (multi displacement system) on the engine is incredible; have been averaging over 20 MPG, and 16.5 MPG towing. this is in diesel territory for economy, and with none of the expensive maintenence.

      I buy a lot of other vehicles besides Chrysler products, and decided to look at GMC trucks before I purchased this last Ram in May.

      the GMC I was looking at was a 2WD SLE package 1 crew cab with the 295HP 5.3 V-8, and a power seat. the MSRP was $28,990. GM had lowered the MSRP in January; the old MSRP was $31,220. this truck had a build date of 9/05; there were a lot of "old stock units" at every GMC dealer I visited.

      the Dodge (1500, also 2WD) quad cab I ended up buying had a lot more equipment, including the 345 HP Hemi, factory 20" chrome wheels, satellite radio, etc., and had a sticker price of $32,720.

      when everything was said and done, the Dodge was $900 less than the GMC. chalk this up to Chrysler being much more aggessive with rebates than GM;, and yes, rebates do move the metal.

      Mike



      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Came across a dodge minivan that I would like to lease, but was told that I need a chrysler employee to provide an ID number to qualify for this special program.

      Can anyone out there help me out.
      Would appreciate it.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the new Charger, so I'm not knocking DCX, but my coworker bought a Chrysler minivan late last year, two weeks off the lot it had a major electrical problems that took over a week to correct, a couple of months later the transmission had to be replaced.
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