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#1 of 29 Dodge Journey Prices Paid and Buying Experience
by kyfdx HOST
Mar 04, 2008 (8:42 pm)
What did you pay for your Journey?
#2 of 29 My impressions of the Journey
Mar 15, 2008 (7:35 pm)
We bought a 2007 Chrysler pacifica AWD Touring Aug.31 07. Because 08 is the last of the PAC I have looked at the Journey in several web sites and was really interested in if this was the PAC's replacement. The outside looks a lot like the PAC.
However, The Journey is a left over form Daimlers ideas on how to make more money, but make cheap. The insides of the Journey have the same old cheap plastic as in the Jeep Compass/Patroit/ Caliber. The seats were smaller than other brands of vans this size, and fit and finish were ok but sure lackes a quality look and feel. The out side is quite plane and no chrome except the grill.
The Journey I saw had the three row seating, air. and the 2.4L 4 cyl 4 speed outo trans. The price was just below $24,000.
The 2.4 L engine is at best not very powerful, but with the added weight of a van it's not a good choice!
My take, if Chrysler LLC. does not get some quality interiors in their vehicles then KIA has a better chance of becoming #4 in sales, not Chrysler LLC. I am very glad we bought the Pacifica which gets a honest 22 to 25 mpg.
#3 of 29 Took a look Sunday
Apr 14, 2008 (10:47 am)
Stopped by the dealer early yesterday morning before anyone was around and looked at a few Journey's. Really like the outside. Looks very proportional and since I am a fan of the Dodge "look" I thought it was very attractive.
My dealer had 1 red R/T, a silver base model and a white SXT and a green SXT. Interiors on the upper models looks good to me. I have an 06 Ram so I am familiar with the Dodge interiors. I would like to see one close up on the inside before I make a final judgement. The interior of the base model looked a little spartan though. Seats in the upper models looked comfortable as well. I have found seats in different manufacturers fit body types and definitions of comfort differently. I think my Ram is comfortable, as was the PT Cruiser we had. But I have had a 4Runner that I thought was fine, but others could not bear but a short trip in.
I'd like to drive one, but I am concerned about the power and torque on the 4 cyl. I am very disappointed in the mpg rating in the 6, 16 & 23?? That's terrible if you ask me. When we replace the Passat in our fleet I'll still be looking for something that gets 20 mpg minimum in the city and still has some get up and go.
Why didn't the US get the 2.7 V-6? It may not have made 20 mpg but a better compromise that the 2 engine offerings out there now.
#4 of 29 Re: Took a look Sunday [au1994]
Apr 14, 2008 (12:44 pm)
au1994: The 2.4 L engine has very little low end torque. Not only is it dull on the punch it is a gutless engine, and a gas sucker as well. I would think the 3.5 would do better in mpg over the 2.4. The 3.5 has a 6 speed auto trans which is far better than the 4 speed aoto that comes with the 2.4.
The only one I saw was the base with the 2.4 and the CHEAP interior and it was $ 23,000.+ and it had no chrome except the Dodge Ram badge on the front. Everything on this one look cheap. Made in Mexico, so fit and finish on the outside was very good. I believe it would be even better if made in the USA!
Perhaps Chrysler LLC. will see that DCX was going cheap to make more $, and correct some of this cheap ill fitting plastic junk, and make some real quality molded plastic that fits and looks and feel nice.
#5 of 29 Re: Took a look Sunday [farout]
Apr 15, 2008 (5:13 am)
You know, I should iave remembered, but I think the 2.4 was the engine on our 01 PT. That car could not get out of its own way and yes, the mpg was less than stellar for a car that size. Pretty good car otherwise. Put 60k on it and was in the shop once for a recall. Very comfortable interior and very functional with the fold down and pull out seats. If I knew I could get a steady 18 in town with a Journey and the 3.5, you could sign me up today!
#6 of 29 Re: Took a look Sunday [au1994]
Apr 15, 2008 (4:15 pm)
The 2.4 engine in your PT is not the same engine. This new "World Engine" is crap that was designed by Hyndia, KIA and D. Chrysler. It's a real winner and deserves a fickel finger of fait award. I would see if a dealer would let you test drive one and see what you think.
#7 of 29 Re: Took a look Sunday [farout]
Apr 16, 2008 (4:48 am)
Too scared to test drive. I might like it too much or rationalize the mpg on the V-6 and drive off the lot with one! We're at least a year away from a new car, unfortunately. Although looking on the Dodge website it looks like I would qualify for the loyalty rebate since I currently have a Ram...Hmm...
#8 of 29 Re: Dodge Journey Prices Paid and Buying Experience [kyfdx]
Dec 02, 2008 (12:56 pm)
My total cost out the door for my Journey was just over $20,000.00. I purchased the SRT V6 with the 3rd row seating. I went down to look at the one advertised for $13,888.00 but when I test drove it I found out it was the 4 cylinder and oh boy was it gutless! The price was nice if you don't want any power. It did have a lot of added options. I upgraded to the V6 and very happy with it. The transmission switches gears I feel prematurely when taking off as a slow speed. I get about 18 MPG. I don't take off fast but I do have a lead foot on the hwy. I now gas is a concern for many and was for me also but I think overall for a small SUV it does well on gas you just can't be the first one off the starting line.
#9 of 29 MY R/T Finally Arrived
Mar 07, 2009 (12:42 pm)
My purchase price after all incentives was a little over $27,000. This was about $2,000 less than when I initially placed my order in December '08. I ordered a FWD R/T with just about everything (no navigation, satellite TV, towing, or smoking).
So far I love it! None of the issues others have mentioned on the various feedback sites. Maybe I'm the beneficiary of waiting to have mine built this past January after the shut-downs. They had ample time to straighten out some of the early first year issues.
So far, so good!
#10 of 29 Dodge Journey SXT FWD
Apr 04, 2009 (5:11 pm)
We bought the SXT. Standard SXT with 7 seat package.
We bought for 18,910 (without TTL before trade with destination) with financing at 2.9% for 4 years.
I had them give us an extra $750 for our trade in, a 9 yr old GMC Safari.
Overall we are pleased. The SXT really seams loaded, dual sided ac/heat control, back ac/heater control, can coolers, dual exhaust, 3.5L with 6 speed tranny. If you want a CUV that you don't ever see around this is one for you.