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What Are M-Bodies and Why Do We Like Them?
« on: October 02, 2008, 12:46:58 »

What Are M-Bodies and Why Do We Like Them? 

What are M-bodies?

M-Bodies were built by Chrysler Corporation from 1977 to 1989. The M-body line consisted of three makes (Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth), and various models which are listed below.

  • 1977 to 1989 Dodge Diplomat
  • 1977 to 1981 Chrysler LeBaron
  • 1977 to 1981 Chrysler Town & Country (wagon)
  • 1977 to 1981 Plymouth Caravelle (Canada)
  • 1982 to 1989 Plymouth Gran Fury
  • 1982 Chrysler New Yorker
  • 1983 Chrysler New Yorker 5th Avenue
  • 1984 to 1989 Chrysler 5th Avenue

M-bodies were made in 2-door, 4-door and wagon models until 1981.  All 1982-up M-bodies sold in the US were 4-door models.  However, there were 2-door Mexican versions (called Dodge Magnums) that were sold after 1981.  The wheelbases for all M-bodies are as follows:

  • 108.7": '80-'81 2 door models
  • 112.7": '77-'79 2 door models,  '77-'89 4-door and wagon models
Why We Like M-bodies?

  • M-bodies are a great alternative for someone who wants to get into the Mopar hobby on a budget.
  • Because M-bodies are still plentiful compared to older Mopars, they are cheap to buy and easy to replace.
  • They are easy to work on.
  • Parts can still be found for them.
  • Much of the earlier Mopar drivetrain components swap right in with minimal modifications.
  • The average person can put one together on the cheap and have a ball with it.
  • They can be driven and parked anywhere without the owners feeling like they're driving around in an eggshell or worrying if their car will still be there when they return.
  • Many of them are now old enough to qualify for historic registration status in some states.
  • They retain remnants of the older Chrysler styling.
  • They are also historically significant because they are the very last of the Chrysler-built rear wheel drive passenger cars to use all of the old-school Mopar drivetrain technology (engines, transmissions and rear axles) that originated in the 1960s.
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« Last Edit: October 22, 2008, 07:48:27 by fjbfour »
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