This baby was my Mother's Day gift for 2007! Needless to say it was and still is a looker. I was coming out of an Isuzu Ascender and wanted something sporty and cute.Handles well and is responsive but with the low profile tires you feel every bump. 4 wheel drive great for midwest winters.Fully loaded with heated front seats and sunroof for Mom and the VES so the kids can watch movies in the back. All this standard for my R/T in Inferno Red. HOT!
I've owned my Nitro RT, from new. I bought it on Oct. 31, 2007. It had a couple hickups with the HVAC system. Okay. virtually every part of it was replaced under warranty. Aside from that, I've put 112,000 miles on it and had only a few small things break. Window regulator. Window button. Key FOB. I was looking at other new SUV's like the Highlander and Murano, and have decided to keep my Nitro. It's worth putting in the $3,000 of 100,000 mile maintenance on. The biggest down side to the Nitro? Suuuuuuper chinsey interior. But I guess that developement money was spent on better mechanics. I'm super happy with my RT!
I just got back from a trip up north and my experience was amplified by the Nitro. The ride was smooth, comfortable, not bad on gas, plenty of storage room and I mostly enjoyed the stares. The Nitro went up steep inclines without hesitation and maintained steady smooth shifting patterns. It was very comfortable I never once even thought of having to get out and stretch my legs. All of the electronic supportive options (extra 12v/120v plugs) entertained all passengers along with the easy to use front AUX plug option for MP3 compatability. My only concerns with the vehicle so far is: noticable surface rust (has been in salty winter condidtions for two years only) on the underbody mostly but most concerning right under the "bump" side stripping which everyone can see on the side of the vehicle. other concern: this engine 2.7 liter stays HOT for excessive amounts of time. We went in our hotel and came out 3 hours later (outside temp was a cool 68 degrees) and the engine at start up still read @ normal operating temperature (half way mark). Other concern: slight vibration in low torque situations like right before it wants to upshift (feel it right through the floor). Overall if the vehicle maintains it's current operations I would love to keep it around for 10 years if possible. But seeing as though it's showing signs of weakness to rust, in Wisconsin it wont last long... :( I really love this ride.