Dodge Raider
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Dodge
Model: Raider
Dodge Raider

We are talking about an automobile here, not the football team. The Dodge Raider was a captive import Sport Utility Vehicle sold by the Dodge marquee of the Chrysler Corporation from 1987 until 1989. It was built by Mitsubishi Motors in Nagoya, Japan and was in fact only a rebadged Mitsubishi Pajero. It was also Dodge's cheerless attempt for competing with other compact SUVs of the time such as the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, the Ford Bronco II and the Suzuki Samurai. Perhaps the biggest problem with the Raider was that it was only a two door model, where as the Pajero, after which it was named, was a four door model. Engine choices were decent and included a 2.6 L I4 and a 3.0 L V6. Transmission options were a 4-speed automatic with overdrive and a 5-speed manual. Oddly enough, long down the road, Mitsubishi came out with a vehicle called the Raider, which is a rebadged Dodge Dakota for the 2006 model year. During its four years of production, the Dodge Raider did not undergo any major redesigns or modifications. Basically, the last Dodge Raider models that rolled off the assembly line in 1990 were nearly identical to the Dodge Raiders that debuted in 1986. This reference though only applies to how the vehicle looked from the exterior. Under the hood is other story. Just as most vehicles from Dodge, upgrades on the engine were given to Dodge Raider yearly. Its most popular engine was the 2.6L 4-cylinder engine, which was mated with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Both of these transmission units come with an overdrive gear. This addition makes the Dodge Raider ideal for high speed driving as it saves fuel through its overdrive gear. Of course this is now standard on models today, but for the time being, it was a good selling point. Overall, the Raider supplied a decent amount of power and didn't have any problems competing on mechanical integrity.

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