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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!
Yeah, our neighborhood runs about 50/50 garage, driveway. Given the age of the neighborhood, we run the whole range on garages. Most are two car, so e are singles, and somee have converted them to living space.

One of the hardest things about moving where we are now, and have been for 10 years, was giving up the three car garage and big basement if our last home. That and moving from an 11 month old house we built to a 32 year old fixer. Thankfully we bought lower than we sold...

I can live with just having it garaged in the winter. My wife likes it for the same reasons you state, and the Yukon is too big in several dimensions.
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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...
Nope never done that...posted while working...nope, not me.... ;-)
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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.
Oh, how I wish backing in was an option. I'll have to see if I have a pic or could draw a pic. G didn't even notice the driveway as he and agent parked out front. First time we pulled up together I'm sure I said something kind like "who the heck designed this nightmare?" We will just have to figure it out Thankfully the street isn't a busy one. Ought to impress the new neighbors if I'm the first one to give us a lawn job.

Vertically challenged, huh? Well, the first thing G commented on was how the Toyota's running boards made it so easy to wash the roof of that vehicle. Then he went in search of his ladder. He's 5'10" (if one rounds up). I think anyone under about 6'7" might need a bit of an assist getting to the top of the Durango....especially in the center.
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Oh, how I wish backing in was an option. I'll have to see if I have a pic or could draw a pic. G didn't even notice the driveway as he and agent parked out front. First time we pulled up together I'm sure I said something kind like "who the heck designed this nightmare?" We will just have to figure it out Thankfully the street isn't a busy one. Ought to impress the new neighbors if I'm the first one to give us a lawn job.
:-( Sounds like quite a challenge. Fortunately, the D has the back up camera and the rear path detection thing. Sounds to me like your husband might be getting a chain saw for Christmas!

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Vertically challenged, huh? Well, the first thing G commented on was how the Toyota's running boards made it so easy to wash the roof of that vehicle. Then he went in search of his ladder. He's 5'10" (if one rounds up). I think anyone under about 6'7" might need a bit of an assist getting to the top of the Durango....especially in the center.
Definitely buying a ladder then. Being only 6', I am very familiar with his math and rounding - 5'8 & 3/16" rounded up to the nearest whole number is 6', right?
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Definitely buying a ladder then. Being only 6', I am very familiar with his math and rounding - 5'8 & 3/16" rounded up to the nearest whole number is 6', right?
Hmmm...if you're really 6'1" then I'm really vertically challenged.

5'9" and a smidge...I'll need a tire step to reach the top for washing.

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5'9" and a smidge...I'll need a tire step to reach the top for washing.

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Hadn't heard of a tire step before now. What an excellent idea. If you are 5'9" and a smidge, like the guy who lives here, he feels quite comfortable rounding up....but not by much.
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I've come up with a couple of observations....one trivial, the other bugs me.


First if all, does anybody else have the light frost beige interior? And, if so, have you noticed the the plastic on the A-pillars and the fabric on the roof is NOT the same color as the plastic on the doors or the light frost beige leather on the seats? My a-pillars, visors and roof fabric match each other well, but they look more like light grey than beige. A little odd.

Also, I noticed the ambient lighting in the front seat door pockets, but no such lighting in the same door pockets of the rear doors. Cheap shortcut IMHO. Would have tied in nicely with the ambient lighting around my center console cup holders, etc. in the second row.
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Re: 2014 Durango Citadel AWD 5.7L Initial Impressions

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I've come up with a couple of observations....one trivial, the other bugs me.


First if all, does anybody else have the light frost beige interior? And, if so, have you noticed the the plastic on the A-pillars and the fabric on the roof is NOT the same color as the plastic on the doors or the light frost beige leather on the seats? My a-pillars, visors and roof fabric match each other well, but they look more like light grey than beige. A little odd.
Well, I can tell you in a week maybe. If this is the case its going to drive my wife bananas. Ugh . She's definitely the type that wants things to match, and grey/tan do not mix.

[QUOTE=Laureljoke;907155Also, I noticed the ambient lighting in the front seat door pockets, but no such lighting in the same door pockets of the rear doors. Cheap shortcut IMHO. Would have tied in nicely with the ambient lighting around my center console cup holders, etc. in the second row.[/QUOTE]

Cheap, yes.
Shortcut, yes.
Surprising? No.

The second row is definitely second class in most vehicles. My FILs 2013 Acura RDX doesn't even have its own HVAC vents.

Even the seatback pockets in the Durango are cheap - just those nets instead of full pockets.

We did opt for the captains chairs and full console - the cupholders in that console are back lit like the front set, so that should help.
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Well, I can tell you in a week maybe. If this is the case its going to drive my wife bananas. Ugh . She's definitely the type that wants things to match, and grey/tan do not mix.



Cheap, yes.
Shortcut, yes.
Surprising? No.

The second row is definitely second class in most vehicles. My FILs 2013 Acura RDX doesn't even have its own HVAC vents.

Even the seatback pockets in the Durango are cheap - just those nets instead of full pockets.

We did opt for the captains chairs and full console - the cupholders in that console are back lit like the front set, so that should help.
I wouldn't even mention the color difference to your wife yet. Best case, yours will match perfectly. If not, she will likely spot the difference fairly quickly but no need to have her on the lookout for something that will disappoint her.

Agree on all counts with your backseat observations. Guess the Durango second row options are above average. Glad the console cupholders are illuminated. Rather than trying to accomodate kids, I decided on the captain's chairs and storage console because I am anticipating having my aging parents as passengers more and more frequently, especially on roadtrips. They will fare better than most with the climate controls, cupholders, console storage..... and a place for my mother the 77 year old iPad addict to plug in!
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I wouldn't even mention the color difference to your wife yet. Best case, yours will match perfectly. If not, she will likely spot the difference fairly quickly but no need to have her on the lookout for something that will disappoint her.
Yep, of course, mums the word. And I don't notice any differences. Looks great to me

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Agree on all counts with your backseat observations. Guess the Durango second row options are above average. Glad the console cupholders are illuminated. Rather than trying to accomodate kids, I decided on the captain's chairs and storage console because I am anticipating having my aging parents as passengers more and more frequently, especially on roadtrips. They will fare better than most with the climate controls, cupholders, console storage..... and a place for my mother the 77 year old iPad addict to plug in!
We did the same - more storage for the boys, better cupholders, keeps them separated on long rides (at 14 and 12 who knew that would still be a good thing), and the same for my MIL and her iPad, Kindle, or whatever. My guess is we'll have them as more frequent passengers too within the life of this vehicle, though they are a long way off from that still.
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Re: 2014 Durango Citadel AWD 5.7L Initial Impressions

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I've come up with a couple of observations....one trivial, the other bugs me.


First if all, does anybody else have the light frost beige interior? And, if so, have you noticed the the plastic on the A-pillars and the fabric on the roof is NOT the same color as the plastic on the doors or the light frost beige leather on the seats? My a-pillars, visors and roof fabric match each other well, but they look more like light grey than beige. A little odd.

Also, I noticed the ambient lighting in the front seat door pockets, but no such lighting in the same door pockets of the rear doors. Cheap shortcut IMHO. Would have tied in nicely with the ambient lighting around my center console cup holders, etc. in the second row.
Great Review, I wanted to get the rear center console pretty badly, really loved the storage and lighted cup holder, but as stated in another post, i needed room for my dog Wally to roam and stay when I have 6 people in the car (thank you by the way for your kind words about Wally).

I agree on dodge cheaping out in certain areas. As for the ambient lights, I think I'll add those myself, along with some footwell lights and maybe some under the front seats for the rear passengers. I'm big into lighting and have LED strips all over my house for ambiance as well as having replaced all lights in my house with the Philips Hue Bulbs, Highly recommended!

Your garage is great, I too had the 350 for a while, bought a le mans sunset (orange) in 2003 and loved that thing until I hurt my knee. Sold it in 2007 after I realized the road rage I was feeling towards everyone for coming to complete stops at stop signs was bad news. Hated having to step on that super hard clutch with my knee.
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Okay, I've made two more observations today and both bug me. Going to look into both, but suspect fixes from forum members will appear before I solve on my own.

I have been listening to music via a flash drive for two weeks with no issues. Yesterday, the music stopped, almost like it was frozen on a particular song. Wouldn't go forward or backward. Removed drive and reinserted to no avail. Changed media settings, stopped and restarted the car, but no luck. Plugged the drive into my laptop and all looked okay. Took with me today and a new song popped up and froze after two seconds. Then the screen went blank. AM, FM and Sirius all still worked fine. Haven't tried the SD or audio jack.

Anybody know if the liftgate can sense when it is about to hit something above it? When I pull this big beast into the garage and raise the liftgate to unload, it ends up against the raised garage door. Thankfully it doesn't crash into it, but now I'm considering something padded on the inside of the door to protect the outside of the liftgate. I like how high it goes I obstructed so I can walk underneath it without having to duck, but it is proving to be a problem in the garage.
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