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#1042 of 1712 Multi Displacement System
Feb 05, 2004 (10:04 pm)
I would be interested in knowing if this feature will be available on the Durango Hemi, as it will be for the same motor in the '05 Dodge Magnum.
For those wondering what I mean by Multi Displacement System:
Quote from www.allpar.com website
"The 2005 Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT will be the first high-volume, modern production vehicles in North America to feature fully-functioning cylinder deactivation when they go on sale in the spring of 2004. The Multi-Displacement System (MDS) will be standard equipment on the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT.
The Chrysler Group MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. In short, owners of the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT will receive the powerful benefit of the Hemi engine with the fuel economy that they would only expect from a smaller, less powerful engine.
"The MDS was part of the engine's original design," said Bob Lee, Vice President Powertrain Product Team, Chrysler Group. "This resulted in a cylinder-deactivation system that is elegantly simple and completely integrated into the engine design. The benefits are fewer parts, maximum reliability and lower cost."
This system should triumph where the Cadillac 4-6-8 failed because of the speed of modern electronic controls, the sophistication of the algorithms controlling the systems, and the use of electronic throttle control. The HEMI will be able to transition from eight cylinders to four in 40 milliseconds (0.04 seconds).
The HEMI engine with MDS has completed over 6.5 million customer-equivalent miles through Chrysler Groupís development and durability testing.
The system deactivates the valve lifters. This keeps the valves in four cylinders closed, and there is no combustion. In addition to stopping combustion, energy is not lost by pumping air through these cylinders.
Customers will experience estimated fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent under various driving conditions, and a projected 10 percent aggregate improvement. Improved fuel economy is realized without any change in customer experienceódrivers will receive the benefit without changing their driving habits and without compromising style, comfort or convenience."
#1043 of 1712 to brian211 2004 Durango
Feb 06, 2004 (11:11 am)
I have now had my 04 Durango, 4x4 Hemi SLT since late December. I now have about 2000 miles on it, mostly driving in rural areas -- I live in Arkansas. I looked at other options, even considered buying an 03 of something to take advantage of rebates, etc. I made my choice on the basis of features for the cost and power of Hemi. For the price of the Durango, I believe you cannot find comparably equipped truck/SUV for the money. It is priced at the level of a mid-size and yet in many ways has the size of the larger vehicles.
I have found the steering to be extremely responsive, plenty of power and smooth riding. Some have criticized the interior as less than appealing or even cheaply done. I have not found this to be so. While I may look at it differently, as I am driving this in rural areas and I do not want something that is so fancy that I am afraid to get it dirty. I owned a Chevy 1500 4x4 four door extended cab truck before. The Durango rides with the smoothness of a car and yet the strength of a truck. Rough roads are no problem for this vehicle.
I recently picked up three five shelf (6 foot tall) bookshelves, in boxes, from Staples and was able to slide them into the back with no problem. In the next few months I will make my annual trip to Nebraska to pick up meat from a rancher -- I will haul 6 - 7 head of butchered and frozen meat back here to Arkansas for members of my church and friends in the community. Total weight of meat will be in excess of 3000 pounds, in a trailer, and would expect no problems with the load.
Some have complained about the gas mileage for the Durango. I am averaging about 15 - 16 overall and getting 19 or slightly more when it is all highway driving.
If I had to do over again, I would buy a Durango -- the 04 addition as the older models were too small.
Feb 07, 2004 (6:47 am)
Sounds good. My problem is a don't know how easily this vehicle will drive in nyc. My dealer also has jeep, chrysler and mitsubishi models. Don't care for cherokee, but I've foung the endeavor quite compelling. Its smaller with all wheel drive. Here in the city, they're considering taking suvs over 6,000 lbs and making them trucks. Durangos, expiditions, yukons , humvees etc. Would be banned from certain streets. So I might have other factors to consider. I've never had an suv. Does the durango handle like a clumsy truck, or can some one like me handle it without much difficulty. Have you driven on snow? Hemi? Have you noticed ball joint problems that have hampered earlier models?
Feb 07, 2004 (8:12 am)
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Feb 07, 2004 (8:47 am)
CR just rated large SUV's, and while they say the new Durango is much improved over the last model, it still only managed 13th place, according to them. As I recall, they really hated the last Durango. But they are biased against truck like vehicles in this class, and prefer car based ones.
Feb 09, 2004 (9:02 am)
I understand Dodge quit making the SXT. Does anyone know why?
Feb 09, 2004 (1:20 pm)
CR seems out of step with most everyone else. almost every other publication has said the durango is either close or is the NEW standard among mid and full size SUVs.
Feb 09, 2004 (3:42 pm)
Yes, I agree. The other mags are singing the praises of the new D. I was just pointing out that CR seems to weigh heavily against truck based SUV's and that's mainly why the D gets a poor rating. That was my point.