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Old 09-25-2013, 09:59 AM
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What I'm a little shocked (and worried) over, is your garage picture. The Durango makes the Toyota look very small.
I thought the SAME thing! It is not like I hadn't parked next to or driven a 2013. I knew the additional length and width (and weight). I know the 2014 hasn't grown....but when we saw it in TX, and then when we tried to make room in the garage for this beast, I heard a little Dierks Bentlley in my head singing "What was I thinking?"

I can answer my own question, sort of.....I wanted comparable hauling capacity with room for at least four adults (those aging parents), versus my second row seats down in the Toyota.. I wanted a vehicle with some heft and muscle (something just shy of a Sherman tank) ...and blind spot assistance....to allow me to keep pace and stay alive on a multitude of Dallas freeways. I wanted some of the bells and whistles added to vehicles over the last decade, without paying too much of a premium for them.

I may have driven this beast myself for at least 13 hours over the weekend, but most of that was on the highway. Negotiating parking spaces, tight turns and our garage will take practice. When did they stop building vehicles where you can see the end of the front end? Anybody know if crash mitigation will work if you are approaching a high curb?

Guess I should add one more gripe to my list.....does the front end have to be SO low? While I realize most buyers won't be headed off road with their Durango, it would still be nice to pull into a parking lot, or head up a steep driveway curb, without fear of scraping.

And here are two more positives, IMHO.....
---turning radius is pretty decent for such a large and long vehicle
---like the 8 speed transmission, and all the shifting felt quite smooth, barely noticeable.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:19 AM
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I thought the SAME thing! It is not like I hadn't parked next to or driven a 2013. I knew the additional length and width (and weight). I know the 2014 hasn't grown
We can squeeze my wife's Odyssey into our garage for the winter months and we actually looked at dimensional differences between the O and the D, but really only at length.

I do need to look at width too to see if it will fit

Why only winter garage storage? Well one of the things our current house doesn't have was the three car garage from the last one. We gave it up for the layout of the house and the location.

The second bay is permanently home to our classic (see signature) and the rest of the floor space to storage (high water table means no basement)

Summer activities sees the other side full of bikes, tents and all the other stuff of an active family. Maybe I need to rethink a big shed.....
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The second bay is permanently home to our classic (see signature) and the rest of the floor space to storage (high water table means no basement)

Summer activities sees the other side full of bikes, tents and all the other stuff of an active family. Maybe I need to rethink a big shed.....
Gotta protect that classic for sure. My brother in law has one, and that is sure a priority for him. Glad our garage pic didn't show all the junk and clutter in front of our cars. Glad this is a deep garage, as no basement and almost no attic storage means all kinds of things end up in the garage.

Of course, I have to leave it against my will and the Dallas garage is REALLY shallow. Some measuring will be taking place this week. Even worse is narrow driveway and fence, meaning backing out of garage and heading out driveway (which has an absurd short tight curve) will be initially like an obstacle course.. Oops....wrong thread for complaining wife because husband selected house. There is a separate third bay with a wonderful air conditioned workroom and storage at far end. Original owner had a VIPER, according to tag on a switch. Husband wanted to claim that bay for all sorts of guy stuff and even had floor repainted. Might be a change in plans if only place the beast will fit
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Of course, I have to leave it against my will and the Dallas garage is REALLY shallow.)
Don't know the age of the Dallas place, but seems like builders over the last 15 years have forgotten that some people actually park IN THE GARAGE!!!

They've definitely gotten shallower/narrower, and let's put a pole in the middle to boot (argh.....). Maybe that's why so many people fork out extra $$ for the 3rd bay, and the builders know that and are cashing in....

(Apologies to anyone here who builds homes for a living - you are of course exempt from my off topic ranting )
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We shared a backless bench until we were led to finance by a young woman obviously bored with her job, but we soon forgot about those less professional after our time with Luke (finance guy). Polite, straightforward, and helped us shave a small % off of our loan rate by making biweekly payments. Rate dropped from 1.99% to 1.59%. Every little bit helps.
Laurel: was the Dodge $1k rebate or 0% financing for 36 months available to you when you picked up your Durango in Texas? I know that Dodge was offering that (at least in certain areas of the country) but couldn't tell if you got either of them.
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Laurel: was the Dodge $1k rebate or 0% financing for 36 months available to you when you picked up your Durango in Texas? I know that Dodge was offering that (at least in certain areas of the country) but couldn't tell if you got either of them.
Yes, we got the $1000 rebate. Decided to go that way, as dealer had said they would match a local credit union rate of 1.99%, then improved upon that when we agreed to biweekly payments. If it is either or, I'd work the numbers based on what you can afford to put down, and then pick the option that saves you the most $$$.....but I'm guessing you've already done that!
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Re: 2014 Durango Citadel AWD 5.7L Initial Impressions

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Yes, we got the $1000 rebate. Decided to go that way, as dealer had said they would match a local credit union rate of 1.99%, then improved upon that when we agreed to biweekly payments. If it is either or, I'd work the numbers based on what you can afford to put down, and then pick the option that saves you the most $$$.....but I'm guessing you've already done that!
We're looking at doing the same math...the $1000, or the financing. Still waiting on rates from the dealer...
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Don't know the age of the Dallas place, but seems like builders over the last 15 years have forgotten that some people actually park IN THE GARAGE!!!

They've definitely gotten shallower/narrower, and let's put a pole in the middle to boot (argh.....). Maybe that's why so many people fork out extra $$ for the 3rd bay, and the builders know that and are cashing in....
You got that right. I really wanted a 3-car garage - 2 bays for our vehicles and one for projects/lawn stuff but our lot was not wide enough. It goes back quite a bit but we have a forest conservation area on the back of the lot so the house couldn't be built any further back to give us the room for it.

I'd say at least half of the people in our neighborhood don't have room to park in the garage. That's crazy to me. I love not having to scrape snow and ice off it, having it semi-warm in the mornings, and not having to walk out in the rain to get in it.

I also agree with the sizes. A little deeper and wider would be nice. I don't like worrying about dings in my own garage!
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We're looking at doing the same math...the $1000, or the financing. Still waiting on rates from the dealer...
Hope they offer you a competitive rate, or agree to meet the best you can find....just easier to handle all in one place. Good luck!
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Even worse is narrow driveway and fence, meaning backing out of garage and heading out driveway (which has an absurd short tight curve) will be initially like an obstacle course.
Hmmm... is backing into the garage an option? That rear view camera should make that relatively easy... it takes practice though. Not feasible if the house is off a road that has much of any traffic though.

I'm trying to catch up on posts. Work cutbacks have made me very, very busy at work during the day. Not that I ever posted anything from work though...
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Don't know the age of the Dallas place, but seems like builders over the last 15 years have forgotten that some people actually park IN THE GARAGE!!!
Dallas garage built in 2000, and would be perfect for a Prius and a Mini Cooper. Agree with your thoughts on garage construction and people's desires to actually park IN their garage.
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L - what I also noticed in one of your Durango washing pictures was a small ladder! I'm slightly "vertically challenged" and already see myself buying a small ladder to be able to wash the top.
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