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WranglerChrysler Group Offers Wrangler Offroad Test Drive in Houston
Posted by mike on 2006/11/1 8:58:58 (3681) reads

(from a Chrysler Group press release)

Have you ever wanted to be a professional test driver? Going fast on a tight course and squealing the tires in the turns, just like on TV? Or maybe you've always wanted to take a 4x4 on an off-road adventure over logs and through rivers? Houston-area residents will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try out all of these things in a controlled setting when Chrysler Group's "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" comes to Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Consumers are being invited to test drive the full line of 2007 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge products, including the all-new Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Nitro, on three specially designed test tracks. One track will showcase the ride and handling of the Chrysler Group's passenger cars and a second track will feature the off-road capability of sport-utility vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Commander.

The third track will be dedicated to demonstrating the power and performance of the Chrysler Group's SRT product line. Professional test drivers will take consumers on the ride of a lifetime in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 and Dodge Viper SRT10. Thrill rides will be available each day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

All event attendees will receive a $400 consumer rebate certificate to be used toward the purchase of an eligible Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle. As an added bonus, one lucky event attendee also has the chance to win a brand new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe.

"The 'Full Throttle Test Drive Event' is not your ordinary driving event. It is more like a celebration of all the great Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in our product portfolio," said Michael Milad, Director - Southwest Business Center, DaimlerChrysler Corp. "The tour brings all three of the Chrysler Group brands together for the public to experience in an experiential way through thrilling test drive courses."

The weekend event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free of charge. Food and drinks will be available. Consumers interested in attending the "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" are encouraged to pre-register for a general arrival time on Saturday or Sunday by calling 888-809-7088 or visiting, however pre-registration is not required to attend. Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license to participate in the ride-and-drive activities.

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Posted: 2006/11/6 11:39  Updated: 2006/11/6 11:40
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I'd strongly recommend verifying that there will in fact be an offroad course at the event. I attended the one in Irvine, California a couple of weekends ago and there wasn't - this despite having been told both by a dealer and the information line that there would be. Kinda irked me that I drove 50 miles to check out the Wrangler Rubicon ON PAVEMENT. I could've done that at the dealership 5 miles away.

Other than that, the event was basically OK - my only real complaint was that I wasn't allowed to put the top down on the Crossfire SRT-6 during the test drive for 'liability reasons'.

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Posted: 2006/11/1 16:09  Updated: 2006/11/1 16:09
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I hope the program is a total success!! DCX should look to expand this opportunity to more areas with the proper facilities. Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio would be greatful if DCX could arrange one of these outings with their supplier Dana at their Ottawa Lake, Michigan facility. This would be close to the Toledo area where the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro are produced. There would be a tremendous following and customer response for these events. Keep your fingers crossed!!

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Posted: 2006/11/1 14:51  Updated: 2006/11/1 14:51
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Saturday morning at 9am for me. You can spot me in my "Stick in the Mud" T-shirt.

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Posted: 2006/11/1 20:33  Updated: 2006/11/1 20:33
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We'll be curious to know what those lucky few think of the event. Sounds pretty cool.

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Posted: 2006/11/1 11:46  Updated: 2006/11/1 11:46
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I'll be there bright and early on Saturday!

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Posted: 2006/11/5 11:17  Updated: 2006/11/5 11:17
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I went on Saturday afternoon and was really impressed with the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The trail was nothing more than speed bumps, but getting to test drive that and the other SRT cars was pretty fun. They also had the MyGig on display to play with - that is a must for me. I can't wait to buy an AEV or bluetec when they come out.
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