Behind the Purchase!
asked several times how it is I came across this beauty.
to add a brief history of what I've been telling everyone.
On the second week of February 2000, my wife's
LX470(Lexus SUV) drivers window regulator got damaged on a Sunday due to
a manufacturers defect. This intern caused the window not to roll
The rainy season has been hard this time around
and I knew I had to go to the Lexus dealer the next day to have this fixed.
Come monday I drove to the Lexus dealer to get
my window serviced.
I arrived at Magnussen Lexus in Fremont and was
given a loaner to drive while they serviced my SUV. If any of you are familiar
with the AutoMall in Fremont, you will know that the layout is such that
you have to go around all the dealerships before you can leave the AutoMall.
As I left Magnussen Lexus, I passed BMW and immediately I spot a hot rod
looking car with chrome wheels in the Porsche parking lot. At this point,
my heart rate goes up and I begin to get nervous. Kind of like the feeling
you get when you go on your first date. As I got closer, I realized it
was the Prowler and it was exactly as I desired it! My mind became numb,
and I unconsciously turned into the Porsche dealer and inquired about this
black Prowler sitting on their parking lot. The sales guy told me it was
for sale and my next response was, "what is wrong with it?". The sales
guy replies: "This guy came in saying his lady did not agree with him having
a two seater and she wanted a 4 seater! So, the guy traded in his 1999
Black Prowler with 1100 miles on it for a 4 seater BMW.!" Apparently this
guy had done it over the weekend and by the time the Porsche dealer prepped
it and placed it on their front lawn. I was the second or so inquiry. I
knew from there it was destiny to have it. I had prayed for this car for
the longest time and with patience, I believe God put all the ingredients
together to make this desire happen! This is why I say, "GOD IS GOOD BABY!".
I attempted to buy the Prowler since the first
time I found out about it back in 1997. I still have the original
letter from Plymouth thanking me for my interest on the Prowler (View
Letter). I even still have the original poster they sent me back in
1997 (View Poster).
Twice in 1998 I had an opportunity to purchase
the Prowler but the dealers were price gouging so much that they wanted
anywhere from $65,000 to $75,000 dollars. The msrp is only $43,000 dollars.
I gave up on it and decided to buy my next desirable car and that was the
The dealers never let me drive the darn thing
ever. There was one occasion back in 1998 when I found a Purple Prowler
on El Camino and I asked the sales guy to let me into the Prowler cabin.
The guy would not do it unless I bought it or had some credit checked out
to make sure I had the potential to buy it. I still stuck around and tried
to get the guy to sell it to me.
He said he wanted $70,000 but may take as much
as $65,000 dollars. I told him the msrp was only $43,000 and how is it
they would expect knowledgeable costumers pay such prices. He said that
there are not that many made and the price and demand rule kicks into this
scenario and they stand to make a serious amount of money on this type
of car. I wanted the car bad and so I told him, I will give you $45,000
cash right now, at this point the sales guys turned around and left me
along with the Prowler. I said, I don't need this car that bad. I left
disappointed and pissed off all at the same time.
When I finally bought it this last week from the
Porsche dealer and they let me drive it, I was speechless. I could not
believe I was actually getting into the Prowler for the first time since
it was announced back in 1997. When we finally got on the road, my first
impressions were, wow, the cabin is very small and the ride was alot more
stiffer than my Saleen. The Prowler rides like if it had no suspension.
But, this quickly gets out of your system and you experience total JOY.
I have never ever had such fun driving a machine as I do on this beauty.
No disappointments here what so ever. You know
it is funny the reactions I get when I drive my Saleen and when I drive
my Prowler. When I drive my Saleen, the stare is a quite one and they just
stare. When I drive the Prowler, the reaction is smiles from everyone.
I LOVE IT!!
In march I found out Paxton is making a water
cooled supercharger for the prowler and they are saying a 40 to 50 percent
gain. My Prowler now makes 253 HP's at the fly wheel and with the paxton,
it should be an even more thrilling ride.
My Prowler only weighs about 2800 pounds vs my
Saleen weighs roughly 3500 pounds. I figure I should be able to keep up
with my Saleen when the Paxton goes in. Maybe not, but the thought of it
doing it thrills me.
The 0-60 times on the Prowler are 5.5 seconds.
This is the first time I come across the auto
shift system and MAN is this fun. I would love to see the auto shift system
on my Saleen.
The last but not least, the most popular question,
These cars are hard to get and if you do come
across one, the price gouging is on!!
I paid $51,000 dollars out the door!
Well, I better stop, no regrets on this BABY!!
GOD IS GOOD BABY!!
1997 vs 1999
The following is a listing of changes between
1997 & 1999 Prowlers.
Later models have cast iron exhaust manifolds as
opposed to original cast stainless steel
1999 engine has been modified to 253 hp and includes
an aluminum block
Gross Vehicle weight is 48kg lighter in 1999
Longer exhaust baffles
Auto Down for drivers power window
Illuminated controls - door locks, windows etc
Passenger Air bag On/Off switch
Steel Oil Cooler lines
Updated body controller software - Cluster displays
"DOOR/DECK" if either is not closed. 1997 model has indicator on dash which
was replaced by the "Passenger Air Bag OFF" indicator in 1999
Trunk lid insulation included in 1999
Road clearance increased by .920" in 1999. Accomplished
by increasing front spring rate.
New colors - Yellow, Black, Red
Changes to trim with various colors - ie additional
top canvas to cover inside portion of truck lid when top is up. Door sill
Chromed wheels available in 1999
1999 PLYMOUTH PROWLER
FOR 1999 - MORE SHOW, MORE GO
|It was only a few short years
ago that the very idea of mass producing a factory hot rod seemed too radical
a concept for any major automaker to undertake. Since then, however, Chrysler
Corporation's outrageously styled and technologically advanced Plymouth
Prowler has been cruising into the hearts and garages of automotive enthusiasts
around the country.
Being on the leading edge of automotive design
and technology, the Plymouth Prowler enters its second model year of production
with major changes in both the "show" and "go" departments, underscoring
Chrysler's commitment to making this automotive icon even more exciting.
Production began in early 1998 for 1999 model
Prowlers (There is no 1998 model Prowler.) All 1999 Prowlers are powered
by an all-new, High-Output 3.5-liter V-6 aluminum engine that dramatically
improves performance. The new eye-popping shade of Prowler Yellow has been
added in addition to Prowler Purple for 1999. Two new colors - Prowler
Red and Prowler Black - are planned for production later in the 1999 model
Prowler's new 3.5-liter engine boosts output by
18 percent with a robust 253 horsepower, 39 more horsepower than the 1997
model. Torque is increased by 15 percent to 255 lb.-ft., marking a 34 lb.-ft.
increase over 1997.
This all-new aluminum engine also powers the Chrysler
300M and Chrysler LHS sedans for 1999. But applying the engine to the Prowler
was more than just a simple "bolt in" process. The engine had to be substantially
recalibrated to meet much more aggressive performance demands, including
the development of a quicker throttle cam and retuning the intake and exhaust
systems. The electronic controls for the engine and transmission were revised,
including changes to run on premium-grade fuel for optimum performance.
The new engine, with its lower noise, vibration
and harshness characteristics, helps reduce NVH levels throughout the entire
car. Improved block stiffness and precision balancing of all rotating parts
combine to isolate and reduce unwanted engine noise.
The quality of the Prowler's exhaust note was
a very high priority for Prowler, just as it is with most 'one-off' street
rods, according to Team Prowler engineers. A significant amount of time
was spent tuning the exhaust and intake systems to keep the engine acoustics
appealing while meeting applicable regulations. The result was definitely
a win/win - better acceleration and an engine sound befitting the Prowler.
Besides more power and a reduction in overall
curb weight, the 1999 Plymouth Prowler has increased efficiency and reduced
emissions in comparison to the 1997 model. Using aluminum technology and
state-of-the-art computer engine management, the new 3.5-liter engine reduces
hydrocarbon emissions, meeting Tier 1 federal emission standards.
Beyond the all-new engine and overall power train
improvements, the 1999 Prowler also features next-generation air bags*
that deploy with less force, as well as a key-operated passenger-side air
bag disable switch**. Interior changes from 1997 include illuminated window
switches with 'express-down' on the driver's side, and revised trim appearance
for Prowler's 320-watt "boom box" speakers.
* Certified to federal regulations that allow
less forceful air bags. Always use seat belts. Remember a back seat is
the safest place for children
** Important - Always remove key and replace cover.
Rearward-facing child seats can be used in the front seat only with the
passenger air bag turned off.
On Safety and Security From Chrysler:
On the Prowler, its unequal-length A-arm
front suspension promotes design cleanliness with a coil-over-spring/Koni
shock assembly uniquely mounted inboard and actuated by a pushrod-rocker
mechanism. If it looks like Indy car stuff, that's because it was designed
by Indy Car builders.
Prowler's handling is fabulous. And you'll
love the look of the suspension components - the SSF (semi-solid forming
process) process turns out a nice looking part straight out of the die,
which is then enhanced by a stainless steel shot-cleaning, and clear-coating.
A midnight raid on the corporate parts bin
- and clever engineering - provided Prowler's power, rack-and-pinion steering,
which mounts beneath the cross member for ease of access. It was lifted
from our minivans and modified with smaller pistons and special valving.
Its ratio is now 1-8:1, 3.13, turns lock-to-lock, for a 39-foot turning
diameter which puts it well inside the '84-'96 Vette.
Steering was engineered to provide a precise,
European on-center feel, with a crisp linear turn-in. It does all that,
plus imbues it driver with a confidence not to be found behind the wheel
of many shade tree hot rods.
And that Prowler "sits" right is
due in no small measure to its huge Goodyear extended-mobility rubber 17-inch
front and 20-inch rear, with built-in "run-flat" capability.
arrives for a pricey $90,000
|April 21, 1998
By BOB ARNDORFER
Sun staff writer
Velvet ropes keep the curious from getting too
close to this amethyst on wheels. A bearded admirer poses his young daughter
beside the rare and pricey jewel on exhibit at a N. Main Street showroom,
then snaps their picture for posterity.
Arrayed in princely purple, one of the most unconventional
production automobiles ever built, the Plymouth Prowler, has arrived in
"It came in last week, and since then we've probably
had 35 to 40 people a day come in to look at it," said Rex Chumbley, general
sales manager for Hawes Chrysler-Plymouth.
Hawes scored a plum when it was notified about
six weeks ago that a purple 1999 Prowler was headed its way. Only three
other of the limited-production cars, whose design is based on classic
1950's hot rod styling, are known to be available at dealerships in Florida.
Hawes got one, Chumbley said, because, among other
things, it has a service technician on staff who is certified to work on
the exotic, V-6-powered Prowler. It may never get another, since worldwide
production is only a few thousand and the dealer waiting list is long.
Its price tag suggests the Prowler is destined
less for a garage than a vault.
The windshield sticker indicates the manufacturer's
suggested retail price is $40,000. But because of the law of supply and
demand, the dealer's asking price is more than double that: $89,300, not
counting about $5,400 just in state sales tax.
The feeling among those dealers lucky enough to
get one, Chumbley said, is, "You're only going to get one, so you better
make it count."
So far, he said, no serious buyers have been among
the lookers. That's not to say they haven't gotten any offers.
"One guy offered us $15,000 and wondered if we
could work with him on it," he said. They couldn't.
At an Orlando wholesale auction for dealers, he
explained, the few fiberglass-bodied roadsters that show up on the block
have been going for between $60,000 and $75,000. And in the duPont Registry,
a monthly catalog of exotic cars offered for sale by private individuals
and dealers, he said, the cheapest Prowlers start at about $80,000.
Since its official debut last summer as a 1997
model, the Prowler has become more of an investment opportunity for speculators
than a mode of transportation. In a gushy review in the July 1996 issue
of Automobile magazine, before the public introduction of the car, the
writer P.J. O'Rourke noted that, like art, "There is a vast, splendid,
transcendental uselessness to the Prowler." The Prowler, he added, "is
And like works of art, few Prowlers are ever driven.
Some aren't even titled, and buyers often trailer them away from the dealership
to keep their mileage as low as possible, and the potential for future
The Gainesville edition has about two miles on
the odometer, both put on by Chumbley in a brief jaunt down Main Street.
"It was an exciting ride for me," he said. "It's
comparable to a Corvette as far as power goes ... I'm an older guy who
grew up with the (high-performance) muscle cars of the 1960s, and I was
expecting 6-cylinder power in the Prowler. But it's a quick, gutsy little
Any buyer will have to take his word for it. For
this little $90,000 plum, no test drives are allowed.