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Re: 2014 Durango production

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No, because there are no 8 speed Durangos on the ground yet.

Most of what I've read/heard is that the 8 speed with the V6 is way better than the current 5 speed. I think some if the grumbling is related to ECO mode which can be turned off. Or just shift yourself with the paddles.
Thanks davewg. The discussions I read on jeepgarage on this point seemed to go from around April through August and then seemed to have stopped. I wonder if this -- assuming that it really were an issue of concern -- is something that dodge may have fixed at the factory with the newer JGC models coming off the line or thru the dealers' service depts, or it's something that just required the road miles to break in. Whatever it is, I agree that the 8 speed sounds like a big improvement over the 5 and personally not something I'm worried about.
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Thanks davewg. The discussions I read on jeepgarage on this point seemed to go from around April through August and then seemed to have stopped. I wonder if this -- assuming that it really were an issue of concern -- is something that dodge may have fixed at the factory with the newer JGC models coming off the line or thru the dealers' service depts, or it's something that just required the road miles to break in. Whatever it is, I agree that the 8 speed sounds like a big improvement over the 5 and personally not something I'm worried about.
Mrmitsou: I drove the 2014 JGC just to get an idea about the transmission, since it's going in the 2014 Durango. The JGC also has a sport mode, in addition to the regular Drive mode and the Eco mode. The sport mode is engaged on the shifter, which the Durango won't have, and the Eco mode is turned off and on on the dash.

It seemed to me like you nave the normal Drive mode shifting in the middle, kinda like goldielocks and the three bears, whereas the sport mode changes gears at higher RPM, while Eco shifts at lower rpm. In sport it also seems to downshift at a higher RPM too, like you were engine braking coming to a stop. That was kinda weird, but stopped as soon as I got it out of sport mode (that may be what folks are complaining about, don't know). Likewise Eco would take some getting used to as the computer want to get it in a higher gear at a lower RPM as soon as possible to save fuel. Obviously you don't have a lot of torque at lower RPM. So again D seemed about right.

Rather than use Sport mode, I'd just use the paddle shifters, if I wanted to have a bit of fun, and that's what you'll have to do with the Durango, because there is no sport mode, at least that's as I understand it. As soon as you tap the paddle shifter, the instrument cluster changes from D to show the gear you're in, so it's easy to see what you're doing.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:56 AM
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Re: 2014 Durango production

The Rear DVD must be either in production, or getting real close. Milous' last estimated date was the 17th for production to start on units with the rear DVD.

I was looking around at the local dealer's 2014 inventory (nobody has any in yet, but several now have vehicles "in transit".) I found (unexpectedly) one VIN that is said to be in transit that includes the rear DVD:

Flemington Dodge Citadel with Rear DVD
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Only thing I don't know is if when the dodge new vehicle listing states "in transit" does that mean the vehicle is in fact actually built and in transit, or just that it has been ordered by the dealer...
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Re: 2014 Durango production

I was stuck in traffic south of Detroit this wekend on I-75 and saw THREE trucks heading south with 2014 Durangos on them :-) I think I just about got whiplash when the first one went by.
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I was stuck in traffic south of Detroit this wekend on I-75 and saw THREE trucks heading south with 2014 Durangos on them :-) I think I just about got whiplash when the first one went by.
Dang, and to fast for pictures I bet.

How'd they look???
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Dang, and to fast for pictures I bet.

How'd they look???
Yeah, I'm shocked we don't have a single picture yet. I've even scoured dealer websites to no avail. Although I'm sure most stock deliveries have not made it to the dealers yet.
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Dang, and to fast for pictures I bet.

How'd they look???
Davewg Dambrosio called this morning and they have a black limited awd w/ captians chairs that just arrived this morning. He said it would be ready to take out for a spin later today! I know you said you were fairly close!
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Re: 2014 Durango production

Right. No pictures. They looked really good. The way they were situated on the trucks (mixed in with GCs), I only got a look at the back end of any of them. I thought the new taillamps looked really nice. My first impression was that the continuous horizontal design makes the back of the vehicle look less "tall and skinny". A small detail, but I liked how the D O D G E letters sit in the tail lamp. The one I got the best look at was silver and the taillamps came off looking much darker than I expected...almost like they were smoked.
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Anyone requesting any specific photos if I go today?
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Anyone requesting any specific photos if I go today?
Front, back, and side of the Limited would be great if you get out there.

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Anyone requesting any specific photos if I go today?
I'd like the dash and console, and any photos of that frost interior, if that's available would be great too.
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Anyone requesting any specific photos if I go today?
I'd love a picture of the underfloor storage compartment in the cargo area, and the left and right side of the cargo area if the vehicle has the 9 amplified speaker options.

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