I am going to be honest with you - I have never been a great fan of Dodges. Whilst the big American style cars may have done it for some people, I tended to find myself less than inspired by the shape and the design. I was, I suppose a complete and utter car snob. Then, through a series of twists of fate, I ended up taking a used dodge on a test drive - and must admit that it turned my world on its pretty little head.
I think seeing this beast of a car up close and personal was the first thing that started crumbling my anti-Dodge stance. The Avenger is quite gorgeous to look at, and not at all subtle - the grill is sizeable and beefy, whilst the overall shape of the car is rugged yet streamlined enough for driving the school run Autel MaxiSys MS908. From a distance I had for some reason assumed that these cars were dull, boring and uninspiring - whereas in actuality it turned out I really quite liked the butch lines and chunky over-sized wheels. It couldn't be further from a delicate hairdresser's car, which in my book is quite a serious advantage.
Once I had been defeated a little by the fact that I didn't mind the looks of the Dodge Avenger at all, it was the start of a slippery slope. Having been walked around the car to admire the signature crosshair grill that added the aggression to the car's design, the basic yet strangely spacious rear boot, and the optional alloys, I was introduced to the inside of what seemed destined to be my new car.
That interior was surprisingly lovely for a Dodge that started at a reasonable £16,500. The two-tone leather seats were the first things that caught my eye, clad as they are in lovely contrasting dark and light leathers. That stylish two-tone interior is continued up to the sleek yet light dashboard and the wheel Autel MaxiSys MS906TS, which is textured just right so that all you want to do is climb in the car, grab it, and start driving. I was also impressed by all the chrome and silver touches that made this car seem far classier than a basic model design could be expected to look. As it was a used Dodge Avenger it wasn't perfect, but I was actually impressed by how little wear the smooth leather seats had had!
As I took it for a test drive that was the moment that everything clicked. I don't think I had realised that the Avenger cam equipped with a 2.0 litre engine - and boy did I soon find out! The fact that I got to drive something with that power whilst knowing that the combined MPG is about 45 was just an added bonus.
Having driven around, playing with the features and the GPS and entertainment system that this used model had built in. I tell you, I don't think I could survive without that wonderful addition! Now it is just a matter of saving up the cash for my deposit, and making that Dodge mine all mine!
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Dodge cars.