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!
Nitro R/T is a well assembled vehicle. Good engine power and a bit touchy throttle response. Shifter is less than smooth with the notched detents, but getting used to its "feel" is quick. Steering is quick off-center and has good but light feedback. The car tracks perfectly, returns to center well and does not require constant correction to stay in lanes on th open highway. Seats in this model are very comfortable, with firm bolsters and deep cushions. Passenger space is quite good for this wheel base. Driver floor space is a bit compromised by an overly large bulge to accommodate the transfer case underneath. Quiet but firm ride. Shock damping is a bit weak but the car corners flat - little body roll. Two round trips to Las Vegas confirms that this car can be a good long distance cruiser. Highway mileage is 24-25 at 70+ speeds. Visbility from the drivers position is good, in spite of the "high beltline." Rearward sight lines are good, with the backup assist a welcomed option. The car gets lots of looks and favorable comments. Mine is Black, with color coordinated bumpers and grill - a very agressive look. The 20 inch chrome wheels and Hi Performance low profile tires fill the wheel wells nicely.
The Dodge Nitro is an excellent choice for the discerning driver. The Nitro feels solid and handles very well, particularly in tough driving conditions (rain, wind, snow). The V-6 engine performs well and seems to love it when there is a need to accelerate. This particular vehicle grew on me. My wife owns one and I got to ride in it as a passenger. But, I wasn't sold on it until the blizzards of 2010 hit the Washington area (30 inches of snow). The Nitro performed exceptionally well. I really like the concept of being able to switch from 2 to 4-wheel drive as needed. This feature really comes in handy when "Mother Nature" decides to remind us who is in charge. The Nitro is also quite comfortable. Other than a need for a little more leg room under the driver's side, the vehicle is great for individual and family use. It is tough, dependable and fun to drive. The sound system is superb! I recommend adding: remote start, blue-tooth and satellite radio.