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    Chrysler Dealers Repair A Certain Number Of Pentastar V6 Engines


    William Maley

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 13, 2012

    Chrysler's Pentastar V6 has been getting rave reviews since coming out in the new Grand Cherokee in 2010. However, the V6 has hit a snag.

    A small portion of the Pentastar V6s (about 0.5% or 7,500 engines out of the 1.5 million engines built so far) to have faulty cylinder heads. Owners of Jeep Wranglers equipped with the 3.6L complain of a ticking sound coming from the left side of the engine, stalling, loss of power or misfires coming from cylinder No. 2 in NHTSA filings. The Jeep Wrangler isn't the only one Chrysler vehicle with this problem. Automotive News has learned from Chrysler dealers and Allpar.com, a popular Chrysler forum that the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Dodge Journey have a similar problem.

    Chrysler has confirmed that the Pentastar V6 does have a problem with the cylinder head, but isn't saying why or what the flaw is, nor are they issuing a recall. What Chrysler is saying they're replacing the cylinder head with a “more robust” design. The “more robust” design cylinder head has gone into production for new Pentastar V6s and to repair effected V6s six weeks ago.

    This has caused another problem. Dealers who are fixing vehicles with the bad cylinder heads are waiting for the new heads to arrive due to the supplies being constrained. This has caused the repairs to take longer than expected and leaving owners without their vehicles. Chrysler, for their credit, has been footing the bill for rentals.

    “The biggest mistake we made is taking our eye off the ball on service parts. That always gets the dealers’ attention. Our intention is to always satisfy the needs of the service market ahead of production. This came to my attention a couple weeks ago. We have parts in the pipeline to remedy that shortfall,” said Doug Betts, Chrysler’s senior vice president for quality.

    Betts said Chrysler went from a 1,300 unit shortfall to a 3,000 unit surplus. However, demand for the new cylinder head has now risen to about 500 requests per week.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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      2,946
      2,541
      16%
      14,175
      9,854
      44%
        ProMaster City
      1,833
      914
      101%
      8,264
      2,634
      214%
        RAM BRAND
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
        Alfa 4C 
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        ALFA BRAND
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        500
      1,553
      2,614
      -41%
      6,819
      13,107
      -48%
        500L
      334
      1,245
      -73%
      2,064
      5,546
      -63%
        500X
      1,250
      8
      15525%
      6,308
      8
      78750%
        FIAT BRAND
      3,137
      3,867
      -19%
      15,191
      18,661
      -19%
                        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      204,452
      202,227
      1%
      955,186
      897,108
      6%
                            Total Car & MPV
      56,722
      64,072
      -11%
      279,075
      304,515
      -8%
            Total UV's
      104,117
      94,557
      10%
      460,375
      397,725
      16%
            Total Truck & LCV
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
                       
    • By William Maley
      For better or worse, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne will say whatever comes to his mind. Case in point, saying the next-generation Chrysler 300 could go front-wheel drive.
       
      "This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor," Marchionne told reporters at FCA's Windsor plant - home to Pacifica production.
       
      The architecture in question what underpins the new Pacifica minivan. Now when asked if the 300 would switch from a rear-wheel to a front-wheel platform, Marchionne said, "It's capable. It's not a commitment."
       
      The current Chrysler 300 and its stablemates, the Dodge Charger and Challenger use the LX platform that uses suspension bits from older Mercedes-Benz models - the W211 E-Class and W220 S-Class. This move makes some sense as Chrysler is slowly being positioned as a competitor to the likes of Honda, Chevrolet, and Ford. Plus, it would give Dodge some breathing room to become the performance brand by having a rear-wheel drive platform for themselves.
       
      But who can be sure at the moment since plans at FCA seem to be in a constant state of change.
       
      Source: Reuters
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
    • By William Maley
      FCA US LLC Reports April 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 6 Percent; Best April Sales Since 2005
      Jeep® brand sales up 17 percent; best April sales ever Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass each record best monthly sales ever Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City each record their best April sales ever Deliveries of the 2017 all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan begin arriving in dealerships nationwide May 3, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -  FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 199,631 units, a 6 percent increase compared with sales in April 2015 (189,027 units), and the group’s best April sales in 11 years.The Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in April compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 17 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month.
      “Consumer preference for SUVs and pickup trucks continued unabated in April and helped to propel us to our strongest April sales in 11 years,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President - Sales, FCA - North America. “Both our Jeep and Ram Truck brands recorded strong year-over-year sales gains last month.”
       
      Seven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of April, including the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass, each posting their best monthly sales ever. In addition, the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City each recorded their best April sales ever. On the brand side, the Jeep brand continues to set records with its best April sales ever.
       
      FCA US finished the month of April with an 84-day supply of inventory (619,800 units). U.S. industry sales figures for April are internally projected at an estimated 17.9 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).
      Jeep® Brand
      Jeep brand sales were up 17 percent in April, the brand’s best April sales ever and its 31st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Sales of the Jeep Renegade, the newest entry to the Jeep product lineup, were up 131 percent, its best monthly sales performance since the small SUV was launched in March 2015. The Jeep Compass was equal to the task, also turning in its best sales month ever. In addition, the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot each recorded their best April sales ever. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 12 percent for its best April sales in 11 years. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition was named “Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year” by automotive journalist at last month’s 22nd-annual “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). In addition to taking the top honor, the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition also was named winner of the Family Utility class. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition won the Extreme Capability class.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 12 percent in April, the brand’s best April sales since 2005. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 8 percent in April, the pickup’s best April sales performance ever. In addition, the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans each turned in their best April sales ever. The 2016 Ram Rebel was named winner in the Pickups category at NWAPA’s “Mudfest” competition in April. In addition, Popular Mechanics magazine last month recognized the 2016 Ram Truck brand product line with its Automotive Excellence Award. Compared to all other full-size pickups, the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 offerings had the best combination of technology, performance and value.
       
      Dodge Brand
      Sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan were up 116 percent in April, the minivan’s best April sales performance since 2014. The Dodge Durango posted a 17 percent year-over-year sales gain for its best April since 2005. Dodge brand sales were down 3 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago. The Dodge brand announced in April that it is simplifying the 2016 Dodge Dart model lineup with three new models packed with the features small-car customers want at a value every consumer will appreciate. The Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport will comprise the Dodge Dart lineup for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year. Available Chrome, Rallye and Blacktop appearance packages give drivers the option to have an exterior style that will stand out from the crowd in the small-car segment.
       
      Chrysler Brand
      Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 82 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago. Meanwhile, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans are arriving at Chrysler brand dealerships with increased excitement as the Pacifica in April made the prestigious Wards 10 Best Interiors List for 2016. With the introduction of the all-new Pacifica, FCA US adds 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment. Chrysler 300 sales were up 47 percent, the full-size sedan’s best April sales since 2012. Chrysler brand sales were down 18 percent in April, compared with the same month a year ago.
       
      FIAT Brand
      FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 19 percent in April, compared with the same month a year ago. The FIAT brand announced in April that pricing for its all-new 2017 124 Spider lineup will start at $24,995 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), not including destination. FIAT’s all-new roadster is the lowest-priced turbocharged convertible in America. The revival of the roadster continues the expansion of the FIAT brand in North America. The 124 Spider lineup includes the Classica, $24,995; Lusso, $27,495; and Abarth, $28,195 (MSRP). The 124 Spider returns nearly 50 years after its original introduction.
       
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary April 2016
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      9,421
      4,124
      128%
      29,995
      18,530
      62%
      Patriot
      10,456
      9,470
      10%
      39,203
      39,162
      0%
      Wrangler
      19,003
      18,849
      1%
      60,744
      60,967
      0%
      Cherokee
      17,667
      19,072
      -7%
      67,201
      67,285
      0%
      Grand Cherokee
      18,021
      16,030
      12%
      65,071
      59,407
      10%
      Renegade
      9,730
      4,214
      131%
      31,681
      5,157
      514%
      JEEP BRAND
      84,298
      71,759
      17%
      293,895
      250,508
      17%
      200
      7,591
      18,850
      -60%
      25,564
      68,002
      -62%
      300
      5,570
      3,801
      47%
      21,487
      16,708
      29%
      Town & Country
      9,195
      5,053
      82%
      40,811
      24,927
      64%
      Pacifica
      487
      0
      New
      487
      0
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      22,843
      27,704
      -18%
      88,349
      109,637
      -19%
      Dart
      4,392
      8,571
      -49%
      21,260
      33,686
      -37%
      Avenger
      0
      140
      -100%
      0
      787
      -100%
      Charger
      8,213
      9,063
      -9%
      35,959
      35,281
      2%
      Challenger
      6,412
      6,771
      -5%
      22,451
      22,728
      -1%
      Viper
      56
      56
      0%
      194
      231
      -16%
      Journey
      4,865
      8,661
      -44%
      31,286
      32,643
      -4%
      Caravan
      13,203
      6,126
      116%
      46,915
      23,044
      104%
      Durango
      6,434
      5,518
      17%
      26,019
      20,017
      30%
      DODGE  BRAND
      43,575
      44,906
      -3%
      184,084
      168,417
      9%
      Ram P/U
      41,079
      37,921
      8%
      154,446
      139,432
      11%
      Cargo Van
      16
      182
      -91%
      1
      2,805
      -100%
      ProMaster Van
      2,835
      1,764
      61%
      11,229
      7,313
      54%
      ProMaster City
      1,880
      997
      89%
      6,431
      1,720
      274%
      RAM BRAND
      45,810
      40,864
      12%
      172,123
      151,270
      14%
      Alfa 4C 
      60
      38
      58%
      229
      255
      -10%
      ALFA BRAND
      60
      38
      58%
      229
      255
      -10%
      500
      1,488
      2,498
      -40%
      5,266
      10,493
      -50%
      500L
      463
      1,258
      -63%
      1,730
      4,301
      -60%
      500X
      1,094
      0
      New
      5,058
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      3,045
      3,756
      -19%
      12,054
      14,794
      -19%
                    TOTAL FCA US LLC
      199,631
      189,027
      6%
      750,734
      694,881
      8%
                        Total Car & MPV
      57,130
      62,225
      -8%
      222,353
      240,443
      -8%
          Total UV's
      96,691
      85,938
      13%
      356,258
      303,168
      18%
          Total Truck & LCV
      45,810
      40,864
      12%
      172,123
      151,270
      14%
         
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