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#26 of 35 Re: Long Term Quality [txpackersfan]
Sep 05, 2011 (2:57 pm)
I got the Citadel AWD with the 5.7 hemi...same here I typically keep vehicles for at least 10 years. First time for me to own a Dodge we'll see how it stack up as far as reliability, I'll give it a 2 year evaluation period. If it shows some reliability problems then I may promptly trade it in for an import (Acura).
So far its been a great driver, luv it the way it handles and drives like a car!
#27 of 35 Re: Long Term Quality
Sep 06, 2011 (5:34 am)
2011 RT. 4700 miles, no problems so far. This Durango is built so well..., I don't forsee having any. Dodge has come a long way in terms of quality since the 80's and 90's. I was a straight up Chevy Man until 2005 when I bought my first Durango, and now it has over 100k and has never been in the shop except for normal maitenance and 1 smoking dash recall. Dodge is building quality vehicles now.
#29 of 35 Re: Long Term Quality [txpackersfan]
Oct 02, 2011 (5:43 am)
I finally got a chance to look at a Durango yesterday. The only model the dealer had was a Crew and I'm looking for a Citadel. I didn't drive it since I want the V8 and this one was the V6. My wife and I did sit in it and checked out comfort in all the seats. The first thing my wife noticed and didn't like was the leather seats. The leather is very hard and not comfortable. Not sure how it is on a long drive, but just sitting in the parking lot it wasn't comfortable. The dealer did mention that the Citadel has a higher quality leather.
Overall fit and finish seemed very good. I also was impressed with the third row seat. I'm 6'-1" and I fit back there. Definitely would not want to sit there for a long trip though; kind of claustrophobic back there.
I also didn't like the look and feel of the dash. Very hard and grainy which just screams cheap to me.
After this look over, we went to the local Toyota dealer to look at a Sequoia. This is the other SUV we've narrowed our choice down to. Immediately we both noticed a difference. Seats were so much more comfortable. Interior materials higher quality. Much easier access to third row. Granted this is a much bigger vehicle, but gas mileage is about the same.
We still want to drive a V8 Citadel since it will save us about $3,500 upfront and a few hundred in gas savings each year. It definitely has a lot more features for the price than the Sequoia too. But in the end I think Toyota will get my money. Right now it's the one I can see owning for the next 10 years.
#30 of 35 New Durangos
Oct 15, 2011 (7:33 pm)
I have looked at several, test drove an RT and a Citadel...Citadel definitely has the better seats, not hard and harsh feeling like the RT...pretty dang nice really. I'm waiting for price reduction on 2011 models, since the lots are full of 2012s...haven't seen anything of significance yet...
#31 of 35 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 17, 2011 (10:42 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of a 2011 or 2012 Dodge Durango who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Monday, October 31, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
Oct 17, 2011 (7:13 pm)
Very nice vehicle. Had 215000 on my 2000 durango and really wanted a new one after seeing them.I bought the crew with the hemi took a trip to branson from wi. and got 22.5 mpg with cruise set about 74mph. The most mileage that I ever got with my 2000 was 19.7 with the 4.7 litre engine. So I got a bigger more powerfull vehicle which drives great and saves me money compaired to the old one.The fit and finish are great and have gotten tons of compliments on it.Dodge did a great job with this vehicle.
#34 of 35 Re: New Durangos [ozcop1]
Nov 08, 2011 (11:08 pm)
Finally did the deal! Ended up with a black Citadel, 5.7 AWD w/tow group, two tone interior, with tan leather. Got everything except the DVD rear seat group...the one in my 05 had never been used so really didn't want that. Got 7K off the sticker, which is withing a grand of what I wanted to get. So far loving it. Only owned it a week as of today and only 300 miles, but it has averaged 16.2 mpg in local only driving. Black was my least favorite color, but the dealer had 4 of these all equipped the same, same sticker price, and were willing to deal and give me a decent price for my 78K mile 05 Limited with hemi... Hoping this one is as reliable as the old one...it certainly rides and handles much better...
#35 of 35 got kids?
by steve_ HOST
Nov 10, 2011 (12:12 pm)
A reporter is interested in talking with parents who own a 2011 or 2012 Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Honda Odyssey, Mazda 5, Subaru Outback, Dodge Durango, or Toyota Sienna. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Friday, November 30, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
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