• Aug 17, 2007
Click Bob Nardelli's Prowler to see a selection of the others at the party

When Robert Nardelli was named the new CEO of the new Chrysler Group a couple of weeks ago, his apparent lack of car credentials had a lot of people concerned. However, earlier this week there was a faint ray of hope as Chrysler played host to the tenth birthday party for the late Plymouth Prowler. Among the 175 Prowler owners on hand was Nardelli with the 2001 Black Tie Edition that he bought new. Maybe the critics were mistaken, but time will surely tell.

[Source: Chrysler]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its sad that this car's bark was always worst than its bite, all we sold as automatics and it only could run high 14's in the 1/4, like the early SSR's it should have been quicker and had a stick, i still think its a good looking car though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i'm trying to say it was a great idea with so so execution, a great looking car with not so great performance.
        • 7 Years Ago
        4 speed automatics sucked a decade ago.
        JATCO & MB had 5 speed autos in 1989, ZF in 1990.
        Over a half decade of 6 speed autos, almost there with the MB 7 speed, and the Aisin 8 speed works fine in the LS460.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What the heck are you trying to say?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A lot of haters in these parts, recently.

      It doesn't have to be fast to be interesting. Chrysler deserves the props for taking a risk and building something radically different that what we usually see on the road, and not having it turn out looking like an Aztek.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Juan, one of the reasons Chrysler has to build "radically different" cars is because their quality and engineering can't compete head to head with their peers in the market.
        This was especially true back in the 80's and 90's.

        When was the last time Chrysler had a vehicle in a mainstream category that was a winner because it had better quality and features than the other brands?
        Maybe the Town & Country, but it was eclipsed by the Odyssey and Sienna about 10 years ago.

        This is brilliant marketing and brand strategy of course; hit it where they ain't to use a baseball analogy, But it points to the company's underlying weakness. Their inability to compete for the mass market dollars. That's why Germany paid about 3 billion dollars to unload it.

        If they can figure out how to build a car that competes well in the bread and butter segments (sedans, trucks, SUV's) they will survive. Otherwise their future looks pretty grim.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very true- people gripe when everything looks the same, and they also gripe when something is drastically different from the mainstream.

        While I think the Aztek was horrifically ugly, at least GM deserves a bit of credit for trying something different- of course, being GM, it couldn't help but be ugly.

        And, as far as who rips off whom in styling, they ALL do it to each other, and have since the beginning of the industry. The Taurus was, in a lot of ways, a rip-off of the AMC Pacer- look at the pictures- same short, sloping nose, same doors wrapping into the roofline (fairly unique in the 70's)- the general proportions of the Taurus are amazingly similar to the Pacer's- and then the original Chrysler LH models (Intrepid, Concord and Eagle Vision) further ripped off the Pacer.

        Arguably, the Pacer was one of the last truly unique American passenger cars... :::ducking:::
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only 175 people in the country that aren't afraid to admit that rallied up in one part of the country.

      Bleed them from the gene pool please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My neighbor two doors down has one and i want to crash it everyday
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it Chrysler day or something?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Prowler was okay, but lacked that extra bit of refinement to make it truly good. A better interior or a better engine would have done wonders.

      I was at a classic auto museum, and they had a Prowler on display, which was kinda neat, but when you looked around and saw the actual cars from the era that the Prowler was inspired by, the Prowler just looked like a poser in comparison, largely due to its cheap interior.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still like my crossfire better...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they should crash test one of these things. Just for s's and g's. It looks ridiculously unsafe. Certainly unique, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw about 7 in 2 groups on I-70 going west. So where were they heading to anyways? Autoblog just says Chrysler held the event but curious to know where that is?
      • 7 Years Ago
      You all do know that Chrysler completely ripped off the Prowler too, right? Ever hear of the Hemisfear? Chip Foose.. 1992.. Prowler.. 1997..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ive told this story before, and ill stick to it.

      I pulled up to a stoplight in my 1995 3100v6 Chevy Beretta, a 16.0-16.5-ish 1/4mile car. Douchebag next to me in a silver prowler, woman riding shotgun. He revs, I Rev, Light changes, He was certainly trying as hard as he could, but the 3100 walked all over that stupid prowler by a carlength. I know he was trying by how pissed off he was while i was laughing at him.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Funny that I've walked all over Beretta GT's with my old 3.5L Intrepid.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Which one is true?
      A. Robert Nardelli is white trash because he bought a Prowler.
      B. Chrysler is doomed.
      C. All of the above.
      Answer: C
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they haven't dropped the imperial, none of this would have happened, I Still miss the prowler though.
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