RE: Damn free enterprise ! Used to be: Dakota R/T vs. GMC Syclone

From: Gary E. Klim (
Date: Tue Jun 16 1998 - 20:49:53 EDT

A guy where I work went to his friendly Dodge Dealer in Middletown, CT. He
saw a red R/T regular cab. Must have just been dropped off the truck. No one
had a deposit on it. He bought it. 1 of 300 and all he had to do was walk on
the lot at just the right time. DOH!


Gary E. Klim - Somewhere In Connecticut

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of W . Jack
> Hilton III
> Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 1998 8:35 PM
> To:
> Subject: DML: Damn free enterprise ! Used to be: Dakota R/T vs. GMC
> Syclone
> You priced a '98 R/T lately ?
> On Motor Trend Television , they say the sticker for the Regular
> Cab R/T is
> just over $19K .
> My Club Cab R/T had a sticker of over $24K .
> Every one of the R/Ts I've seen have been optioned to the hilt . Mine has
> everything including the coffee maker and the vibrating cigar lighter
> (don't ask) , but I wish I could have first of all FOUND an R/T
> regular cab
> ( I had a two dealers try to find one on the locator and found ONE in the
> Southeast in Tennessee....needless to say , the dealer there was quite
> unwilling to part with it) and second of all , since I did have to get the
> CC , I wish I didn't have to get everything under the sun with it . Since
> you can't order them , only 1700 CCs and 300 RCs are being made
> which means
> that there are at least 400 Dodge dealers that won't get one at all , you
> kinda have to take what you can get . In addition to this , every
> dealer in
> the Southeast (with the exception of where I got mine , thank you God!) is
> either taking sealed bids on the R/Ts or they are demanding AT LEAST $2-3K
> Don't get me wrong , I love my R/T and I gave a limb to get it , thereby
> insuring that under no cicumstances will I be able to get married for at
> least another 5 years (another blessing by buying this truck) , but why is
> it that whenever a manufacturer comes out with a new Hi-Po model such as
> the R/T or the Prowler , the DEALERS are getting WAY over what they should
> for them so that the people they were intended for (the budget-minded
> speed-racer) can't even touch em ?!
> I know that you are free to get whatever youy can out of something , but
> sometimes this stuff kinda rubbs me the wrong way !
> Hell , when they first came out with those crappy "New" Bettles in this
> area , DEALERS were tacking on an "availability surcharge" of a couple
> grand and some idiots actually bought them which means that people that
> were hoping to be able to afford the perfect vehicle , are thrust back to
> the Neons and Cavaliers .
> OK OK , I guess I've gotten on a tangent , but I was just on a roll .

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