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Is the second picture Billet Silver? Seems darker but perhaps it just the lighting. I need to look more closely at colors, I'm looking at granite, billet, and white. Hmmmm...
Here's the 2014 color chart Milous posted on wkjeeps.com.
http://www.wkjeeps.com/misc/Wrangler...int_colors.pdf

Open in Adobe Reader if you don't see the color chips.
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Does the 2014 still have the little mini-flashlight that fits into the left hand side of the cargo area?
Yes, standard on all models.
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That's because the Acadia platform is based on the last gen GM mini vans. They removed the sliding door and replaced them with "normal" doors....
She's decided to drive our Yukon XL the rest of the week to see how she feels about driving a "truck" everyday as opposed to a more "van" like experience.

She sees the arguments for the Durango- more lux, feature rich, but the Acadia feels more like "home" (i.e. what she's used to driving now).
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Yes, standard on all models.
Great, thanks. I figured that was probably the case, but wanted to confirm.

My wife works at a wildlife refuge and often returns after dark to drop off animals. Its useful to always have a light at hand.
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Sorry to go OT, but any idea how many units they are making per day?
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Sorry to go OT, but any idea how many units they are making per day?
Wondering the same and how many they make until the first customer build. I assume the first few are for press event demos, 1 or 2 for the archives and alike.
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Great, thanks. I figured that was probably the case, but wanted to confirm.

My wife works at a wildlife refuge and often returns after dark to drop off animals. Its useful to always have a light at hand.
The remote start might come in handy for her. I'm assuming if the engine is running, some set of external lighting would/could be on.
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The remote start might come in handy for her. I'm assuming if the engine is running, some set of external lighting would/could be on.
Excellent point, probably true. Its the coming back at night that's more the issue then going out. But certainly the remote start does come in handy.
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She's decided to drive our Yukon XL the rest of the week to see how she feels about driving a "truck" everyday as opposed to a more "van" like experience.
I find this statement curious...driving wise the Durango is much closer to a large car or mini-van than it is a truck. It will sit lower than a truck, and it is uni-body (not body-on-frame) construction....Again, like cars / mini-vans ...NOT like trucks. And specifically, I believe the Yukon does not utilize independent rear suspension either, making the ride an even greater delta from the Durango, and more like a true "truck".

In other words, the Durango (3rd gen) will drive much more similarly to cross-over (Acaida) or even a mini-van than it would a Yukon XL.

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She sees the arguments for the Durango- more lux, feature rich, but the Acadia feels more like "home" (i.e. what she's used to driving now).
The acadia is a bit larger vehicle than the Durango, and probably tuned for a bit "softer" ride, like mini-vans. This might explain the difference in feel for her?
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I find this statement curious...driving wise the Durango is much closer to a large car or mini-van than it is a truck. It will sit lower than a truck, and it is uni-body (not body-on-frame) construction....Again, like cars / mini-vans ...NOT like trucks. And specifically, I believe the Yukon does not utilize independent rear suspension either, making the ride an even greater delta from the Durango, and more like a true "truck".

In other words, the Durango (3rd gen) will drive much more similarly to cross-over (Acaida) or even a mini-van than it would a Yukon XL.
Yes, agreed. I don't think I explained myself very well. See below...


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The acadia is a bit larger vehicle than the Durango, and probably tuned for a bit "softer" ride, like mini-vans. This might explain the difference in feel for her?
I think the difference for my wife came down to how she felt about driving the two.

For her the Acadia felt immediately more like driving her van, and the Durango more like driving a truck. I think it comes down to a couple of factors.

- The Acadia had the optional sunroof, but the Durango the dealer had for us did not, so there was a loss of the extra light imparted by that glass. Never minding that the Acadia has the dual pane roof...

- Durango had the optional 20" wheels we wouldn't get with our build which made ingress/egress a little harder. I think she felt like she slipped into the Acadia, where the Durango was more of a step up.

Her driving our truck for a few days (despite the extra size/weight of the Yukon XL v the admittedly much smaller, more modern Durango) is to see what its like to not drive the van knowing that she equates the Acadia to the Honda in terms of how they "feel" similar to her.

She was saying that the Acadia felt like you were sitting "in it", the Durango more "on top" of it.

Hopefully that makes a bit more sense...bottom line it comes down to feel.
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This year on average, around 250-275/day.

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Wondering the same and how many they make until the first customer build. I assume the first few are for press event demos, 1 or 2 for the archives and alike.
Well over 100 pre-production builds, for testing, feedback, corporate use, press events, etc.
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I predict my truck will start production Saturday. Being antsy and curious I studied the MOTS delivered entries for Grand Cherokees in my area. Most of them took 2 weeks to get from the factory to the bay area dealers. What I can't tell is how long it takes from production start to being loaded on the train, guessing a couple of days. As of now, I have 18 days until the estimated delivery date. Kinda fun looking at all the rail stops and I even pulled up a rail line map to see it's entire route across the states.

Wonder if rail dust is worse in the summer or winter. I'm guessing in summer it would wash or blow off rather easy but if it had a rainy rail ride the dust would stick and bleed into the paint needing a clay bar job.
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