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Rubicon production halted

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mudhog, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    DETROIT Bowing to pressure from a lawsuit and citing a mixture of
    driveability, efficiency and environmental concerns, Daimler Chrysler
    today announced that the short-lived production run of the Wrangler
    Rubicon will cease in April. The Rubicon model of the popular sport
    utility had additional equipment meant to make it more capable in off
    road situations. "The Rubicon package has proven to be a failure in
    the actual environment where the vehicle is being driven." said
    Dieter Baumgartner, Jeep Division Director of Product Placement.
    "Many of our customers have had serious complaints about the steering
    system at slow speeds and with the rising cost of gasoline, the
    excessive fuel mileage." Baumgartner continued.

    Kimberley White of Silver City, New Mexico bought a Wrangler Rubicon
    in January, 2003. She and others are joining in a class action
    lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler in an attempt to return what she
    claims is a defective vehicle. "At first we really liked it," she
    stated recently, "It fit our lifestyle perfectly, with the tough
    looks and big tires." But the more she and her boyfriend drove it,
    the more undesirable the special features of the Rubicon model showed
    through. "We took it to the Southridge Mall parking lot and tried
    pulling the little lever and pressing the buttons for the four wheel
    drive system." she said in an interview, "But it went so slow people
    were honking at us and when we tried to turn into a parking space it
    felt like the whole drivetrain just locked up solid and the tires
    made all these scratching and squealing noises." Other complaints
    listed in the lawsuit included poor gas mileage, noisy highway ride
    and the possibility of environmental damage if used off road.

    "In reviewing sales figures we have decided that the low volume of
    production does not justify the additional expense that continued
    production will cause us." said Baumgartner. "We are seriously
    considering the addition of a Rubicon package to the Liberty, but
    without all the extra equipment that the Wrangler model had. We have
    found that most of our customers prefer leather seats and cruise
    control on their Jeeps."
     
  2. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    HAHAHAHAHA


    ......I got to about the second paragraph before my B.S.-Meter kicked in!


    Happy 4/1/03 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    [ QUOTE ]
    "We took it to the Southridge Mall parking lot and tried
    pulling the little lever and pressing the buttons for the four wheel
    drive system." she said in an interview, "But it went so slow people
    were honking at us and when we tried to turn into a parking space it
    felt like the whole drivetrain just locked up solid and the tires
    made all these scratching and squealing noises." Other complaints
    listed in the lawsuit included poor gas mileage, noisy highway ride
    and the possibility of environmental damage if used off road.


    [/ QUOTE ] geez they get a taste of wat a real 4x4 should be like and they complain! well no sh!t lady its made to do that! oh my god this is sickening! i've never liked jeeps but i gotta say, this is bad.
     
  4. Silver84k5

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Those mall parking lots can get pretty rough ya know
     
  5. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    grrrrr... i hate april fools jokes... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    j
     
  6. Flexy K20

    Flexy K20 1/2 ton status

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    Someone's got to much time on thier hands.... /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif But you did get me until part of the way down! Later
    -fLeXy K20
     
  7. Orange Crush

    Orange Crush 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Had me hook line and sinker.I was ready to run out and buy me one . Yeah Right!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    ROTFLMAO! I really do hate April Fools day. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Real good one tho. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  9. tomseviltwin

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    /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif I bought into this too. After all, a Lexus grocery wagon won 4 wheeler of the year, and Jeep really did lower the Liberty.
     
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    GOOD ONE!

    April Fools....
     
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    Had me for a little while...too bad I read it a day late!
     
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    *whimpering passionately*
    you...had me at..hello
     
  13. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    I try not to be cynical but I took it hook line and sinker. It would not surprise me one bit if something like this happened.
    Damn it. I'll have to work on my attitude a little. Pass the Jack.
     
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    Good one...... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    You had me going too, was trying to think how I was going to convince the wife to go buy one before they were gone. Instant collectors item.
     
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    Only in a JEEP! haha /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    funny stuff
    aparently nobody understands the JEEP thing?
     

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