Plymouth's Cats Meow
(Record time in the automotive world that is...)
From concept to inception we all went nuts..!
Motivation for the Hot Kitty came from Chrysler's all aluminum 3.5 liter engine. For the 97 model the horsepower came up a little short for what buyers were expecting, so for the 99 model year (there was no 98 as Chrysler was now merging with Mercedes Benz ) the engine received a well needed power injection.
All seemed well at the new Daimler Chrysler Co.. Profits, great products, consumer report nods, profits, the new 21st century way of building automobiles and profits, (oh, and did we mention profits.)
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end because in a power-move by Benz, it was announced in 1999 that Benz/Chry, now Daimler-Benz, decided on a line of new cars and it was to kill off the Plymouth brand and the Chrysler designs in order to make room for its own. (A piss poor move by Daimler.)...
We'd all hoped that it was a lie because of all of the innovative Plymouth Concepts that so many car lovers and auto enthusiast were all too familiar with by now. However, by model year 2001 the line was dead and all Plymouth cars that weren't killed off, were re-badged Dodges and Chrysler's.
How do you pronounce the New Company's name, Daimler Chrysler.. It's easy the Chrysler is silent..
We all know the result of the merger so we will concentrate on the car.. ..and so
With the New Chrysler Prowler in it's last year and it's production line ending in 2002 it had become something of a collectors Item. No, It isn't the most practical car in the world but for pure 30's, top down, scene grabbing, attention getting nostalgia, there is nothing else that fits the bill like this ride. It's not the fastest car but it is great for just what we love it for. Going to the car wash, and off for a ride through the country. Or off to the ice cream stand, to the drug store and then to the park. Just be sure to get the suspension checked about every 12,000 miles. In the 97 model the strut assembly in some have become weakened through rough driving.. Also, don't expect a soft riding suspension. This car is a thing of beauty and the seats are very comfy/cozy, but the ride will kill your kidneys!
Check the colors and accessories for the Prowler and if you are planning on long trips you will need the trailer, as the trunk is nearly nowhere to be found. Also be prepared for a lot of fuel stops while traveling, because the tank holds only 12 gallons.. (the positive side of this is very cheap fill ups.)
Don't forget your backpack..
Problems: Not many, as most of these cars still have yet to have 50,000 miles on them. Some were prone to engine leaks (earlier models), the other complaints included suspension creaks and groans. That's pretty much all.
Most folks looking to sell them are making their investment plus half on the sale as they hold their value quite well, but be careful if you're buying because the tires for this roadster can cost a GRIPP...!!