The Chrysler Aspen is known for being a reliable seven to eight-passenger full-size SUV with a high towing capacity. It was considered to be such a good vehicle, that many are still being driven today. However, if your Aspen does end up having a problem and needing some TLC, having a Chrysler Aspen repair manual may help get the job done.
Based on the Dodge Durango SUV, the Chrysler Aspen was a luxury SUV produced by DaimlerChrysler. It was the industry’s first full-size SUV with standard Trailer Sway Control to improve trailer stability.
It was launched in 2006. The Aspen surpassed many full-sized SUVs in fuel-efficiency and maneuverability. It had unmatched towing and hauling capabilities as well as more interior passenger space and cargo room than most.
The Aspen came furnished with three rows of seating for eight passengers and AWD.
There were two V8 engines options, the 4.7 L PowerTech V8 that produced 236 hp (276 kW;239 PS) with 300 lb⋅ft of torque or a 335 hp (250 kW;340 PS) 5.7 L Hemi featuring 370 lb⋅ft of torque. Moreover, buyers got to pick either RWD or AWD.
Both the 4.7 L and 5.7 L engines were paired with the Chrysler 545RFE 5-speed automatic transmission. A “Tow/Haul” mode allowed for crisper shifting, and by holding the lower gear longer, one could reduce gear searching. Choosing a lower gear when going downhill, engaged engine braking.
In 2009, A hybrid was added to the Aspen lineup. It increased city mileage by an impressive 40%. The Hemi-powered Aspen hybrid increased horsepower to 385 (287 kW;390 PS) partly by letting the Hemi stay on four cylinders more often. Towing for the Hybrid Aspen was rated at 6,000 pounds. The hood was said to be inspired by the Chrysler Crossfire.
The main feature that made the Aspen, in Chrysler’s eyes, a stand out was the easy flip-and-fold seat design, which let people easily climb into the third row and increased overall carrying capacity by expanding the trunk space.
Surprisingly, the Aspen felt open for such a large vehicle. Chrysler took care to provide an unobstructed 180° view for the driver.
An optional hybrid-electric powerplant was added for the 2009 Chrysler Aspen with a new Hemi featuring variable cam timing; at 365 hp (272 kW;390 PS) and 390 lb⋅ft of torque.
The two-mode hybrid had both high and low-speed modes, using two motors in the same compartment as the planetary automatic transmission, which featured four forward gears. With light loads and low speeds, the Aspen could operate on pure electricity. Typically, the motors simply provided electric assistance to the Hemi V8 or acted as generators (on braking or deceleration). Neither mode required the engine to change speeds when shifting.
The 300-volt battery pack did not change passenger space, and a rectifier under the hood converted AC power to DC for 12-volt accessories.
In October of 2009, Chrysler announced that the shutdown of the Newark Assembly facility, which produced both the Durango and the Chrysler Aspen. Production officially ceased on December 19, 2009.
And with that, the Chrysler Aspen faded into history. Their discontinuation doesn’t mean that you can’t find these gentle giants still being driven today. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your Aspen, having a Chrysler Aspen service manual can make the job go smoother. Go pick up yours today!