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Old 11-26-2013, 08:51 PM
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Dodge Promaster Van

Saw one on the highway today for the first time. Was surprised to see it was front wheel drive. Rear axle looked lightweight to me. Lots of room though. And a diesel.

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Old 11-26-2013, 09:04 PM
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The transmission is also an automated manual, not a typical torque-converter slushbox in the diesel. Win!

The passenger version with a pop-top bolted on would make a sweet little camper, along the lines of the old VW EuroVan. Great because it's barely longer than a Ford Taurus, so it can be driven basically like a normal car.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:12 PM
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FYI, it's a rebadged Fiat Ducato / CitroŽn Jumper / Peugeot Boxer. I believe the diesel is an Iveco 3.0L, and it's also available with the Pentastar 6 that's in everything these days.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:14 PM
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Seemed like a big van to me, not similar to a Taurus. It did have a European looking front clip.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:15 PM
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Traces of a Sprinter show in the styling.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:18 PM
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Yes. Initially I thought it was a Sprinter but then I saw the missing rear axle. Most of the Euro vans look similar nowadays.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:24 PM
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Seemed like a big van to me, not similar to a Taurus. It did have a European looking front clip.
Length for the shortest model is 195", Taurus is 197". The small front hood/overhang works wonders.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:36 PM
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I must have seen the longest model.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:41 PM
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I must have seen the longest model.
Probably. I also wish they'd have named it something else. Promaster sounds a bit too much like "Cremaster" (the scrotal muscle) to me.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:05 PM
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sounds like a bass boat to me.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:11 PM
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Looks very nice!
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:16 PM
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Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper, Peugeot Boxer and Ram ProMaster facelift spied
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Fiat Ducato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:46 AM
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4K dollar premium for the diesel. Ouch.
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I'm looking for pics of the interior of the window-van version (with seats and floor coverings...) kinda tough to find ?

MSRP of approx. $35k puts it around "higher end minivan" territory - Once they are on the used market, I might have to look for a used-diesel passenger model (but Im guessing that they'll hold value pretty well)

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