I had my heart set on an '09 Aspen when I went shopping last year, but further narrowed it down to an AWD Hemi Limited 5.7 with the J package .... in Cool Vanilla, and even had the gall to try and find one with 2nd row captains chairs (with oh so choice heated seats !!). Talk about a needle in a haystick !! In a year of looking, I found one in NYC and another in NJ, but neither one worked out to purchase. I finally got tired of chasing my white whale (it was more of a cool vanilla whale) and purchased my '12 Durango.
Was it a letdown ?? Maybe a tiny bit .... I became obsessed with trying to find that perfect vehicle in my mind, but to be honest, the added safety features of the newer 'Rango are just leap sand bounds better than what I'd have with the Aspen. I saw a white Aspen just this weekend, and EVERY TIME I see one I point and tell the kids/wife "Oh, check it out !! A COOL VANILLA Aspen !! It's become my little running joke .. I still want to chase down an owner and chat with them about their ride.
PS - I test drove two of them. They both had exhaust manifold issues and rust under the door sills. One had 181km and the other had 92k. I'd love to see my Hemi make it to 181k with nothing of note.