Oldsmobile Alero runs 14's 6 times in a row
Here is the extended version of my other video. This is the video of all 7
runs I made on this day. The first run was a crappy one due to spinning the
wheels about 30 feet.
I had 2 perfect launches, 3 OK launchs, and 2 crappy ones.
The car has a 60 degree V6 engine and a few bolt ons. The lower intake
manifold has a very small crack in it causing a small vacuum leak
2001 Durango in 14" of snow
Made a short video of my driving on some of my land through the deep snow.
Vehicle had no issues expect on the steep grade where i started to slide
into the trees (there was gravel under the snow)
Durango's Day at the spa
(getting a mud bath)
That's a 2001 Durango SLT, running 32s with 2" t/s lift. Anyone else have
any vids of durango "grocery getter" getting dirty?
(don't tell my wife about this)
2014 Dodge Durango Limited RWD Review and Road Test
Car shopping used to be so simple: you could buy a truck or a car. Then
came the wagon, minivan, sport utility and the latest craze: the crossover.
There's just one problem with the crossover for me however: it's not a
crossover. With a name like that you'd assume that a modern crossover
blended the lines between a truck/SUV with a car/minivan. The reality of
course is that the modern three-row crossover is just a front-driving
minivan that doesn't handle as well or haul as much stuff. In this sea of
transverse minivans in SUV clothing lies just one mass-market vehicle that
I can honestly call a three-row crossover: the Dodge Durango. Instead of a
car that's been turned into an AWD minivan with a longer hood, the Dodge
uses drivetrains out of the RAM 1500 combined with a car-like unibody.
While rumors swirled that the Durango would be cancelled in favor of a
7-seat Jeep Dodge was working a substantial makeover for 2014.
So what is the Durango? Is it an SUV? Is it a crossover? In my mind, both.
If a Grand Cherokee can be a unibody SUV and not a crossover, the Durango
must be an SUV. But if a crossover is a hybrid between a car and a truck,
then the Durango is one as well. While the first and second generation
Durangos were body-on-frame SUVs based on the Dakota pickup, this Durango
is a three-row Grand Cherokee, which is a two-row Jeep version of the
three-row Mercedes ML which is quasi related to the Mercedes E-Class, which
is quasi related to the Chrysler 300. Lost yet?
2014 brings few changes to the outside of the Durango. The design first
released in 2011 still looks fresh to my eye but that could be because I
don't see many on the road. Up front we get a tweaked corporate grille and
new lamps while out back we get "race track" inspired light pipes circling
the rump. Aside from a lowered right height on certain models and new
wheels, little has changed for the Durango's slab-sided profile, which I
think is one of the Dodge's best features. No, I'm not talking about the
plain-Jane acres of sheet metal, I'm talking about RWD proportions. Bucking
the trend, this three-row sports a long (and tall) hood, blunt nose, short
front overhang and high belt-line.
The engineers took the refresh opportunity to tweak the Durango toward the
sportier side of the segment with stiffer springs and beefier sway bars.
While far from a night-and-day transformation, the difference is noticeable
and appreciated out on the roads. While never harsh, it is obvious the
Durango is tuned towards the firm side of this segment. Thanks to the long
wheelbase the Durango feels well composed on the highway or on broken
With a nearly 50/50 weight balance, wide 265-width tires, and a lower
center of gravity than a "traditional SUV", the Durango is easily the
handling and road feeling champion. That's not to say the Durango is some
sort of sports car in disguise, but when you compare a well balanced 360 horsepower rear wheel
drive elephant to a slightly lighter but much less balanced front driving
elephant on skinny rubber, it's easy to see which is more exciting. Thanks
to the Mercedes roots there's even a whiff of feedback in the steering,
more than you can say for the average crossover. Despite the long wheelbase
and wide tires, the Durango still cuts a fairly respectable 37-foot turning
When it comes to performance, the new 8-speed automatic makes a night and
day difference shaving a whopping 1.4 seconds off the 0-60 time vurses the
last V8 Durango we tested. The reason is all in the gear ratios. While the 545RFE
and 65RFE transmissions suffered from some truly odd ratios, the ZF unit's
ratios are more evenly spread and dig deeper in the low gears. The result
is a 6.0 second sprint to highway speeds which finally nips on the tails of
the Explorer Sport which we're told will do the same in 5.9-6.0 (I hasn't
tested one yet). This proves what extra gears can do for you because the
Explorer is 200lbs lighter and has a far more advantageous torque curve
thanks to the twin turbos.
You can also thank the ZF transmission for the Durango's robust towing
numbers. V6 models are now rated for 6,200lbs while the V8 can haul up to
7,400lbs when properly equipped. That's nearly 50% more than you can tow in
any of the crossover competition and just 1,000 lbs shy of the average
full-size body-on-frame hauler.
1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL (attempt to start with blown engine)
This was actually filmed in January of 2010. This was my car from 2005 -
2007 and then my brother took it after I got my Aztek. When I first got it,
the intake gasket on the 3.4 Liter V6 started leaking, so I had it fixed as
soon as I could. Come to find out sometime in the summer of 2009 that it
started leaking again because the person who did it the first time didn't
fix it properly. My brother had it fixed for the second time, but it must
have been too late. On Dec. 26, 2009, it was toast. The camshaft on the
front half of the engine broke which caused a valve to be stuck open, thus
the piston came up and jammed that valve.
Olds Alero runs 14's
An Oldsmobile Alero can't do that! No turbo, no S/C, no spray and my Alero runs 14.96 at
E-town. It runs 1/2 second faster
at Atco. An Alero can be fast, if you know what you are doing. The guys in
the tower are having fun with me too! This happens when you've been racing
at the same track for a few years