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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is it?
  2. Is the Prowler still made?
  3. How rare is the Prowler?
  4. How fast is it?
  5. What options came on the Prowler?
  6. Is it fun to drive?

What is it?

First things first: It's not a kit car and I didn't build it. The Prowler was made by Plymouth starting in 1997. Halfway during the 2001 model year, it was rebadged as a Chrysler as the Plymouth brand was phased out. The Prowler was handbuilt along the Dodge Viper. The Prowler is a limited production cruiser that was built to capture the essence of a hot rod while maintaining the comforts expected of today's production vehicles.

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Is the Prowler still made?

No. Production ceased on February 15, 2002. The Prowler was produced in 1997, 1999-2002 model years. There were no 1998 Prowlers; don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

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How rare is the Prowler?

Total production numbers were 11,702 including pilot cars. There were 1,041 Oranges produced. Of those, only 346 were Chryslers. One of those Orange Chrysler Prowlers is owned by me, which makes it the rarest one...

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How fast is it?

Fast enough. That is the best way to describe the Prowler. The Prowler was built to be a cruiser, not specifically a sports car. The Prowler has a 3.5 liter V6 which puts out 253 horsepower. Since many components on the Prowler are aluminum (such as the engine block, frame, and many body panels), it weighs approximately 2800 lbs. making for an extremely light car. 0-60 flies by in around 5.7 seconds, making the Prowler a fun little car that is faster than most BMWs.

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What options came on the Prowler?

Options? There were no options. In fact, most purchasers didn't even have a color choice.  Only one color was  made at a time. The factory did a run of one color, then a run of a second color, etc. A dealer may have had one Prowler in stock, if you wanted it and liked the color, you bought it. The Prowler came well equipped with all the comforts of a luxury car like leather seats and a 7 speaker sound system with CD.

Ok, Ok, there was one option on the early Prowlers: chrome wheels. However, virtually every Prowler produced during the period when chrome wheels were optional was ordered with the chrome wheels. Later, chrome wheels became standard.

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Is it fun to drive?

What do you think? The Prowler was made to be a cruiser. It may not have much (any) storage space, but you wouldn't buy one to haul drywall from Home Depot anyway. The Prowler was built for real car guys, people who know that cars are not only transportation, but also a major part of who we are. If you like meeting and talking to new people, the Prowler is for you. If you need a car to get from "point A to point B" buy a Toyota.

The best reason to own a Prowler is that you can drive it everyday. Many Prowler owners choose to drive their car once a week or once a month, but if you want to use it as a daily driver, you can! The Prowler is very dependable for an "exotic". Ferrari makes some of the most beautiful cars in the world, but you really can't (and shouldn't) drive a Ferrari everyday (the service costs over a few years would likely amount to more than the cost of the car). However, since the Prowler uses a simple engine and drivetrain, most maintenance and service costs are similar to those of other Chrysler products.

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Last modified: January 6, 2009