In Requiem For a Chevyweight (Part I), Al bought it at some point while in high school (though Al was in high school during the mid to late 1960s and the car is from the early 1970s) from a used car lot on Route 12 . He was paying for it by working at the shoe store during the summer. Al's father seems to think that the car is a lemon and that Al is a fool for buying it, but works on it anyway, so Al can go to the Rolling Stone's farewell concert with his new girlfriend, Peggy Wanker.
In the same episode, he is shown to still have the car on the day he scored four touchdowns in a single game and is still with Peggy, which leads to them accidentally conceiving Kelly that same night (though her birth year is listed as 1971, while Al's four touchdowns happened in 1966). Peggy had also confirmed previously that Kelly was conceived in the car in Old Insurance Dodge
At least one of Al's old girlfriends was also familiar with Al's Dodge. Sandy Jorgenson, Al's cheerleader girlfriend who received the football he scored his four touchdowns with, remembered that Al was working at the shoe store as a summer job and he was working there to replace the carburetor.
Although Peg had her own car during the early seasons, Al's Dodge has served as the vehicle for entire family, often leaving Al as having to ask the kids or Peg to pick him up from the shoe store (which usually falls on deaf ears, leaving Al to hitch hike home) or serve as a chauffeur.
Peg and the rest of the family hate the Dodge and prefer not to ride in it. Bud happily mocks Al after his Dodge is stolen, saying "I was said when I had no Dodge, until I saw the man who had one". While looking at the 1994 Dodge Viper, Al calls out Peg in front of the Dodge staff, claiming that she truly hates Dodge. She tries to play it off as merely a joke. He continues on, saying that she got him a license plate frame that reads "I'd rather be driving" and then says "You laughed at the Dodge. You mocked the Dodge. She shot the Dodge, but she didn't shoot the deputy."
Al also feels that the police do not care about his car whenever it is stolen or vandalized. By the same token, the Dodge has been used in attempts to escape the police, though usually unsuccessfully.
After Al tries to see how much the insurance is willing to offer after his car stolen, the insurance company offers only $50, most of it from Al's mental anguish.
In "Get Outta Dodge", Bud tells his date that the Dodge is actually a "Dodge-enstein" and is made "from the parts of other dead Dodges".
Throughout most of the early seasons, Al's Dodge is shown to be blue. From season 1 until season 4's "Oh What a Feeling", the car appears to be a metallic blue with a white racing stripe and a "Gold Duster" badge near the front wheels.
At the end of "Oh What a Feeling", he traded in his blue Dodge for a bronze color model. This would be the color for the next few seasons whenever the Dodge is shown. It has the license plate "2 RPH 72"
In season 9's "Get the Dodge Outta Hell", after the car is washed, it is now red and Al claims that his Dodge was actually red when he bought it. Though, when the trunk is opened for Al to get his Big 'Uns, it is obvious that the inside was actually bronze and parts of the trunk hinges go from red to bronze paint.(Studio Paint and Body guys most likely repainted one of the cars red, and only painted red what would have been seen on camera, Being that underhood, and decklid still had the original factory color) This color would be seen on the Dodge for the remainder of the series, such as in season 11's Requiem For a Chevyweight (Part I) and Breaking Up Is Easy to Do (Part 3) . It has the license plate "61 CMS 2"
The cars used to represent the Dodge in most early seasons is a Blue 1973-1974 Plymouth Duster, then a Bronze 1971-1972 Plymouth Gold Duster, and at last a Red 1972 Plymouth Duster. Some episodes it is shown to be a manual transmission.(Push starts)
Al's Dodge is shown to have a V8 engine most likely a 318 Chrysler Small Block since its a non performance Plymouth Duster.
In the episode season 4 episode 9 (Oh what a Feeling) Al trades his original High school Dodge for a ride to the dealership and later purchases another Dodge that has 18 miles on it. However, this was indicated to have been the first Dodge, just repainted, with a rolled back odometer (a very illegal practice). Hence why the car hood pops open when he closes the garage door, which was a running gag earlier in the episode. The season 8 episode "Get Outta Dodge" later created a plot hole, as the Dodge was then said to have had close to 1 million miles on it. The Bundys would have theoretically had to drive 250,000 a year since the events of season 4 to accomplish that, which is quite an amazing task since the Dodge is shown to be so unreliable.
Known issues with Al's DodgeEdit
- Busted taillight - Born to Walk
- No brakes - Christmas
- Engine caught on fire during the tailgate at the Chicago Bears Championship game - Requiem For a Chevyweight (Part I)
- Brake failure that caused the car to go into the lake during Christmas - Requiem For a Chevyweight (Part I)
- Fuel Pump dies - Requiem For a Chevyweight (Part I)
- Right headlight fell out (and reattached with a "Buy American" bumper sticker) - The Gas Station Show
- Fan belt was replaced with Peggy's favorite pair of black nylon stockings - The Gas Station Show
- Cracked engine block- The Gas Station Show
- Uses a rag as a gas tank cap. - The Gas Station Show
- Engine fell out after being stolen - Old Insurance Dodge
- An incomplete carburator(Al states to Jefferson,that he had left over parts after taking apart the carburator)-Old Insurance Dodge
- Gun shot hole in the gas tank.
- No radio, Al removed his radio to put in Pegs car - Sixteen Years and What Do You Get?
- Instead of a key the Bundy's use a screwdriver-Various episodes