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post #1 of 34 Old 04-13-2015, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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What did you drive before your getting your Promaster?

I know there's a few PM owners here that have come from driving a Sprinter, or an 'old-school' American van. A big change, but not too big, really.

Anyone made a change from something completely different?


I'll be coming to the PM from my daily driver of seven years, a '99 Audi A4 Avant (wagon). Fun little car with some great German driving style to it. Even with nearly 200k its a good drive. And very low. It's about 2" lower than stock. If I park next to a curb I 'roll' out of the car instead of stepping out.

The other car in the family is an '08 Mini Cooper Clubman. An even smaller wagon than mine. And even more fun-spirited to drive; though I prefer the Audi for the road trips.


Coming from either one its going to be a helluva change driving the PM. Mind, I'm used to driving big vehicles, trucks, and trailers (a few years working on the family's cattle ranch made sure of that), but its been awhile.


I'm not too worried about the driving differences, but what I think I'll notice the most going back and forth (the PM won't be our daily driver) is going to be the seating height. And the better view that comes with being up high.


How 'bout you? What have you been driving before, or alongside, your PM?

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post #2 of 34 Old 04-13-2015, 07:04 PM
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My wife and I drive 2013 Dodge Journeys. I came across the little advertised CUV at our local Dodge dealer and really likes a lot of the features that the competition doesn't offer at a comparable price. Seems like the new Mopar 6 cylinder is showing up in everything from Journeys, to Durangos, to Chargers, to ... Promasters!

Of course, on a nice summer day, the C7 Corvette comes out...

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Camped in the bed of our Tundra for 10 years. It worked very well except setting up/taking down when cold--as we age, our fingers are getting more cold sensitive, and wet--innards are vulnerable during that 5-minute period. Thus the van. The truck will now resume being a truck.

There were improvements since these pictures, but you get the idea. Everything had its place. Makes it easier to design the van, because I know pretty exactly what we carry.










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Wow MsNomer!! the PM is probably like a castle for you two!!! I also camped/traveled in a Toyota Truck and everything had its place, but it was uncomfortable like you say, getting older.
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Perhaps I should add that this won't be my first Mopar product.


For 15 years my daily driver was a 1971 Dodge Coronet station wagon, a big green behemoth. I'm second owner, got it from my great-grandfather. It can fit a full size sheet of plywood in the back with the rear seat down. I did many mt biking trips and car camping sessions with it. A few times ended up camping IN the car when the weather got too ugly for what little camping equipment I had.


I still have the darn thing, though it hasn't seen much use in the last 5-6 years. Would really like to get a basic restoration on it, just need to get reach the trinity of time, space, and money. Have been short on two or three of those for awhile now.


I did take it out recently and measured its turning circle. 46'. Same as the 159wb PM, so I know what I'm getting into for that.

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I sold my 2010 chevy extended cab that I used for small jobs.

I'm trying to slow down and reduce the fleet but I still drive a GMC 3500 and a Ford E350. Maybe in the next two years I can get rid of those two vans and get something more sporty to drive when not enjoying my Promaster.

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