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#1303 of 1712 In regard to Hemi's
Aug 22, 2004 (7:25 am)
does anyone know if the Durango will get the new variable displacement system now used on the Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum, and Jeep Grand Cherokee (2005) Hemi's? If it works as advertised (i.e. "seamless" transition between 4 cyl and 8 cyl operation)the system would be a real plus for fuel economy on the highway. I have read that a 20% increase is expected for highway travel, and that would put the Durango right at the top of my short list.
Aug 25, 2004 (9:18 pm)
Went to 2 different Dodge dealers over the past couple of days. The first dealer didn't have the color my mother wanted the Light Khaki Limited with just the heated seats. After sitting there for almost 2 hours we got the sales manager down to $29,995 in Graphite with the 4.7 liter. We went to the second dealer and they had Light Khaki with and without the Hemi. We told him to put us in this truck he had to beat the price from the other dealer. He gave us a price of $27,995. Later on we got my mom from work and brought her to the dealer for a test drive. I have to say it rides really good even over some torn up NYC streets. The 2nd row seats were very comfortable and my wife and I weren't thrown around riding through the bumps. I test drove it after she was done and liked responsiveness and the way the steering wheel felt while going over those craters lol. She kept telling me to slow down but I wasn't driving it any different then the way I normally drive heheh. If the guy plays his cards right my wife and I might pick up an Atlantic Blue Limited with a few more options along with a 300 in a little while. Although the one we test drove had a Hemi badge on the liftgate my parents are supposed to get the 4.7 liter and the Salesperson said that particular one was supposed to be the 4.7. If its a snafu and they get the 5.7 for that price that would be great. Then again I cant keep up with my mom now imagine if she gets that 335HP engine rofl.
Aug 25, 2004 (9:21 pm)
There is a Navigation system offered by Mopar. I think you would have to see the parts manager on how to get it installed. When I would build and Price the Durango it was part of the Mopar Accesories. It was a 6 disc MP3 CDplayer and a DVD Navigation system all in one unit for $1799. For some reason its disappeared from the website so it might be waiting for the 05 Model Year before it comes back.
#1306 of 1712 do the new Durangos 'buzz'?
Aug 26, 2004 (6:07 am)
Can anyone tell me if the 04 Durango transmissions make that 'buzzing' sound that so many of the Daimler Chrysler vehicles make when shifting or coming to a stop?
Thanks in advance!
#1307 of 1712 2 problems with 2004 Durango
Aug 27, 2004 (6:51 am)
This is a great truck and I love it, especially the power, the infinity sound system, the split-folding third row seat, and the looks. I've had 2 problems with my new Durango: 1). the LED readout on the premium stereo went blank; the stereo works fine, but all of a sudden no readout or clock. The dealer has ordered a new one. Thankfully, it looks like all they have to so is remove a faceplate, take out 2 screws and slip in the new unit; 2). sometimes there is a squeaky "chirping" kind of rattle (can't think of a better way to describe it) coming from under the dash somewhere. I'm worried about it, but it doesn't happen all the time. I don't want the dealership taking apart the dashboard not knowing what to look for.
Any similar problems from anyone? Just curious. Any comments on that weird squeak?Thanks.
#1308 of 1712 Comparison
Aug 27, 2004 (10:42 am)
Took a test drive today of the 04 Limited Hemi.
I am in the market for a large SUV and had really never thought of the Durango as I had no head room in the 1st Generation.
I started out testing the Sequoia and did like the ride, handling and finish. The engine and transmission felt good but lacked power. Felt like a great SUV for the long hall but not real exciting.
I then test drove the Armada a few times. Really wanted to make the Armada happen. The engine and drivetrain seem wonderful. More than adequate power for most. However, I heard the dreaded resonance issue they are having with the roof during the test drive. Also, on highway there was quiet a bit of noise in the cabin and I ended up with a bit of a bucking bronco ride over some expansion joints.
Finally, the steering wheel seemed to have a bit of play and vibration over the competition.
The Durango, Hemi had good power, makes the vehicle seem a bit smaller. Not as roomy as the Armada but had a much more solid feel to the ride. Rear seat is tighter than Armada but passable as kids get the back seat anyway. Overall package seems like a good value esp at invoice minus rebates.
Glad I took the test drive! Still deciding.
#1309 of 1712 my test drives...
Aug 28, 2004 (4:29 am)
My Durango impression, first off I was not sure if I like the styling but it is growing on me. It has more character than some of the other plain-Jane boxy look-a-like. I need and want a vehicle that does a lot of things very well e.g. room, comfort, cargo etc. Cars in general just arenít cutting any more for me.
Iíve test driven quite a few; 4Runner, Pilot, Element, Explorer, Expedition, Tahoe/Yukon, TB/Envoy, Forrester. As usual there are always pros and cons for all models e.g. too big/small, too expensive, reliability etc. For me there are a lot of factors in choosing a new ride, once I get past the vehicle setup it has to have a reasonable price and then be reliable. Right now the 4-Runner leads in reliability area, but it is borders on being too small. In the past, Iíve had my share of excessive unscheduled shop visits. My experience in general, the foreign have faired better than the domestic. But that is really hard to judge, for me it has been almost 50-50 not all of my foreign cars have been good, and not all of domestic have been bad.
First year models, make me nervous as I've had a couple of bad ones.
Engine: Two Durango test drives, 1st one was the 4.7, 2nd was the Hemi. Both are very smooth engines and most will be happy with either one. The downside of my Hemi test drive, it landed me my first speeding ticket in about 10 years (50 in 40 crap). Until you adjust, you really have to pay extra attention to the speedometer, cause oh-baby it can get away from you.
Exterior: you either love or hate it. As always subjective, but it got some character. The Hemi had running boards installed, and they stuck out way too far for my taste (kept bumping my shins). I would bypass on them, cause it is not overly huge jump to get on board.
Interior: Well done, with a couple of small exception. As well as the interior appear to be designed & put together, it almost seems like an oversight, that is that the door-handle inserts have the screws exposed, no plastic cover or caps. Just seems very odd, especially on a $30k truck.
Iíve never been a fan of the cruise control functions being separated, ON/OFF on one side, Accel, Resume, Cancel on the other. But I got use to it in our Caravan, so it is livable. BTW, our lease Caravan was one of our better domestic experiences; of course we only had it for 3 years.
Iím going to have to go back and double check, but it seems that the second row was a little tight in the leg room area. It would have been GREAT, if Dodge boys would have engineer the seat to slide forward and back et al Pilot.
No A/B setup for tripodometer.
In the end, the Durango made my short list.
Just my $.02, thanks for your time ~ Jim.
#1310 of 1712 Quiet in here....
Aug 31, 2004 (5:03 am)
Man, this sure is quiet group. I'm not sure if it means there not many people here, -or- if everyone is just out happily driving their DD.
#1311 of 1712 Re: Quiet in here.... [jgriff]
Aug 31, 2004 (5:15 am)
It's always been like that in here as far as I can tell.
Anybody know if the 6.2 will be made available in the Durango? How about the 5.7 with the cylinder deactiviation, ala 300C?
#1312 of 1712 Side airbags
Aug 31, 2004 (5:27 am)
Did most of the 04 Durango owners get the side air bags? I was looking at a loaded Limited but no side curtain airbag. In fact of the 40 on the lot not a single side curtain. "At least it had the shiny chrome wheels!"
I can understand people not wanting to pay the $500 but at least put it on a few Durangos with stickers over $40,000.