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#1063 of 1712 LOVE my 2004 Durango
Feb 16, 2004 (7:09 pm)
I had a 2002 Durango and loved it, while finding it a bit pedestrian. It had the basic features I wanted - three rows, big but not too big, nice looks - but not all the "bells and whistles" that my 2000 JGC had, and that I like very much. I anxiously awaited the '04 Durango when I started looking for a new SUV in the fall of '03, and I ordered a Limited 4WD Hemi one the first week I could. I waited and I waited and I waited, but they kept delaying the intro here, and my order was not close to coming in.
Then, I had a car I wanted to trade in. The offer I got was too good to pass up, but the Durango was not here and I did not want to lose the tax break on the trade in. So, I bought an '04 Sequoia 2WD Limited in early December.
I liked the Sequoia OK. It rode VERY nicely, was quiet, and obviously very well built. But, it did not have all the stuff the Durango has. My Durango came in about 10 days ago, and they delivered it to me to test drive it and consider trading in the Sequoia. Well, after about 10 minutes, I fell in love with the Durango. It is AWESOME. It is powerful, as smooth and quiet as the Sequoia, has every imaginable option, and appears to be just as well built.
Basic differences that led me to trade in the Sequoia: 40/20/40 Durango back seat affords easier access to the backseat for the kids (I have four); the in-dash Sirius radio (the add-on in the Sequoia worked fine, but was not easy to reach); fold-flat rear seats MUCH more convenient; memory seats/radio/a/c VERY convenient and MUCH missed in the Toyota; better steering wheel radio and cruise control buttons; rear doors open to 84 degrees that makes kid access easier; easier to use DVD with cool remote storage place (I wish the headphones were auto on-off, though); better visibility; rather much faster acceleration; the seat-belt recepticals in the Durango are hard plastic that makes them easier to latch with one hand (the Sequoia are on a strap that is limp and needs two hands to latch); and I like the little storage drawer behind the back row of seats.
Things I like better about the Sequioa: one-touch up and down windows in both front windows (only one touch down on the Durango driver's window); the little top console with the pad in it; seats a little (VERY little) more confortable; bigger sunroof; better DVD headphones (auto on-off); and there seems to be more room in the front seat, and more headroom.
Long story short - I got a great trade in from my Dodge dealer and I now and the proud and happy owner of the Durango. I cannot tell you how happy I am with this car - it is better in virtually every way than the Sequoia, and is more than $5K less when comparably equipped.
#1064 of 1712 Re: LOVE my 2004 - - - Great Post - Thanks
Feb 17, 2004 (9:51 am)
Thanks for that post. Very good. I have driven and owned many SUV's such as Cad. Escalade, Explorer, Expedition.......and more. Before making my decision to order Durango, I test drove Volvo, Acura, Pathfinder Armada, Pacifica, etc etc. Some things I found about the DURANGO is the following.
Firstly, my Durango comes in in about 2 weeks. It is LOADED LOADED with HEMI but I left off the DVD as I am putting a bigger aftermarket in since the 6.5" is TOO SMALL and does not offer TV as well. I am putting in an AUDIOVOX.
While I think it is best SUV for me, there are a number of things I do not like. Here I go....but what do you think????
I am from Canada and you cannot get the Sirrus radio here.
Fit and finish is great however that dash is not very sexy like the new Ford 150.
Color selection is terrible on the Durango. No off-white. Red is ugly red.
Rims could be nicer
Need another HOT rim selection for those that hate the RIMs. (I ordered Chrome)
Why not PAINTED Door handles? Those black things are UGLY. Look at the EXPLORER. WAY nicer as they'[re painted body color.
No auto down windows ALL AROUND is dumb. Why not??? AUdi and VW has them on all cars....why not Chrysler?
Stereo was crap. Listen Dodge.....You need a TOP END good sounding steroe....not a big audio name with crap sound.
Need a JACK for MP3 Players right into the stereo like the Pathfinder Armada has! That is perfect for connecting an MP3 player. At least the stereo plays MP3 so I'll let that go.
Better (or different option) for step. I like aluminum for a step, or put one on like the X5. That molded one is not as nice.
Seats for driver and passenger is not very sporty looking.
Interior color choices are boring looking.
#1065 of 1712 Response to shulaj
Feb 18, 2004 (12:48 pm)
I am glad my post helped. Here are my comments to your questions/issues:
Siruis: Sorry to hear that it is not in Canada. I REALLY love it.
Fit and finish: Have not seen the Ford, but, so far, the F&F on my Durango is great - I donít have a single complaint.
Color selection: I agree, but I am almost exclusively a white buyer. As long as they have white, I donít much care about anything else. I agree that the red is bad.
Rims could be nicer - probably true, but I hadnít noticed. I got the chrome and they look pretty nice to me.
Why not PAINTED Door handles? Picky, arnít we? (smiling)
No auto down windows ALL AROUND is dumb. I agree with you 100% - this is WAY annoying. Of course, it would probably have cost $5 to $10 to upgrade this. Big mistake not doing it, in my opinion.
Stereo was crap. I could not disagree more. The infinity in my car is awesome. Crisp, clean, loud, and no problems at all. I love the stereo.
Need a JACK for MP3 Players - I am not sure, but I think the in-dash CD player plays MP3 discs directly. Also, the factory DVD plays them, too, and has inputs. Speaking of the DVD, I agree that the screen is a bit small, but the hidden remote holder is great - my kids usually lose the remote an hour or two after I buy the car.
Better (or different option) for step. I ordered mine without running boards (the only option I did not get) - they always scuff my pants and make them dirty, and it is easier for me to get into the vehicle without a running board.
Seats for driver and passenger is not very sporty looking. I tend to agree, but they are okay. The Sequoia seats are more confortable.
Interior color choices are boring looking: Like the exterior color, I tend to only like/buy grey interior. This one is fine for me.
By the way, each time I drive this car, I like it more. It is truly a car I can live with in all respects. I STRONGLY encourage you to STRONGLY consider it. Good luck, and please email with any other questions.
#1066 of 1712 Response to cjaubert
Feb 19, 2004 (2:43 am)
You must have missed this at the beginning of my rant! I ordered a 2004 Durango with everything but the DVD as I am putting in a better and cheaper unit (with hidden remote) from Audiovox. I ordered the Kaki exterior and Dark Kaki Light Greystone interior. Could only see pics of that interior as there was not a single one in Ontario to view.
BTW: I have friends at Daimler who took great care of me. I paid $ 1000 under dealer cost through the employee plan (a relative is retired) and they get a check from Daimler for selling to employees.
I ordered it 2.5 weeks ago and it will arrive in 3 weeks.
I too have had white vehicles alot. My last SUV (which I just sold) was a white 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (junk junk junk junk junk), before that a 2000 White Escalade (liked it), then a 2000 White 300M (loud road noise and returned it at 18 months into lease....came out of an Expedition (liked it).
I drove the Durango for several days straight and liked it more every time I drove it. Was very very nice on road. Quiet, comfortable and I thought well priced.
I drove the BMW X3 as soon as it was out (too small), X5 (still too small) and virtually sat in or drove everything. I would have bought the new (huge) Armada from Nissan but it did not have split 3rd row seats. When I go up north, I need 6 people and room in back for stuff. Without the split 3rd row, it kills the interior storage.
Anyhow, I will be trading my 2004 Durango in as soon as they announce an R/T or SRT version since I like the truck, but think the styling needs something. I found a website that showed some 2004's with 22" wheels. That is not for me, but I would like ground effects.
I would also like to see more horsepower.
Any ground effects pics from anyone?
Lastly, I see Dodge has a new campaign that will show a bunch of stupid celebrities in 2004 "done up" Durango's. It starts in the spring. See their web site.
#1067 of 1712 thinking about purchasing
Feb 29, 2004 (6:00 pm)
thinking about purchasing a 2004 limited edition durango. I absolutely love the car- but my main concern is depreciation. Unfortunately, I would have to finance for 72 months....Edmunds is saying that depreciation on these things is extremely high. Another question- the price would be $34,000-is that a fair price? There aren't any rebates, or anything like that. I guess I'm used to the idea that the dealers will rip you off, so am I getting a fair deal, or can they come down more.....Listing is at $38,000.
#1068 of 1712 Response to Wantadurango
Mar 01, 2004 (1:45 pm)
This is an easy one. You admit that you ďabsolutely loveď the car. Letís say, for argumentís sake, that the Durango depreciates $5000 more over 72 months than anything else (a premise that I do not agree with, by the way). Well, is it worth $5000 over six years to have a car you ďabsolutely loveĒ than a car that you donít like as much? I say, ďabsolutely.Ē I am in love with my new Durango, and I STRONGLY recommend it to you, and to anyone else.
Mar 01, 2004 (2:02 pm)
is it worth $5000 over six years to have a car you ?absolutely love? than a car that you don?t like as much?
What about the other $29,000?
#1070 of 1712 I don't understand, Tidester
Mar 01, 2004 (3:36 pm)
I don't understand your question. I am assuming simply a $5K DIFFERENCE in depreciation, with all else being the same. In other words, the $29K will be spent no matter which car you buy.
Mar 01, 2004 (3:40 pm)
the $29K will be spent no matter which car you buy.
Thanks for clarifying. I didn't pick up on that - I was just focussed on total cost of getting the car you want.
#1072 of 1712 Dodge Durango off road
Mar 01, 2004 (10:01 pm)
Can somebody tell me how Dodge Durango handles off-road?
I want to go a little bit more than simple dirty road, but definitely not rock-crawler?
I was thinking to buy new one, 2004, with skid plates and off-road tiresÖ
I do not know anybody around who has and went off-road on it, and itís useless to ask salespersonÖ
Thank you for adviceÖ