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Re: Introducing my 2014 Durango Limited AWD

I love those wheels! Looks awesome!
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Re: Introducing my 2014 Durango Limited AWD

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It's been a long road but I finally picked up my Durango on Thursday.

Great review Fireman. Are you also a staff photographer for Motor Trend Magazine or something? Great shots; thanks for those; I love how the granite shows off a variety of hues depending on the light, particularly in that shot in front of the red-brick building. Looks like a beautiful, timeless color. It's got me second guessing the black I chose for the Durango I have on order. Glad to hear you love it; was your wife equally pleased (that's one thing I'm hoping goes well for me when it arrives)?
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Great review Fireman. Are you also a staff photographer for Motor Trend Magazine or something? Great shots; thanks for those; I love how the granite shows off a variety of hues depending on the light, particularly in that shot in front of the red-brick building. Looks like a beautiful, timeless color. It's got me second guessing the black I chose for the Durango I have on order. Glad to hear you love it; was your wife equally pleased (that's one thing I'm hoping goes well for me when it arrives)?
Thanks Scott and TBLWK2. Like the bi-xenon's, the wheels are more pleasing than originally expected.

mrmitsou,

No, not a staff photographer but I'll work for hire! I'm a serious sports and nature photographer by hobby and I will go to extremes to get a shot. The crazy weather yesterday forced me to take some of the pictures in harsh sun. I was disappointed in the lack of good Limited pictures out there and really wanted to provide some good pictures that may help anybody on the fence over color or trim.

That black they have is really nice. The metallic bits in it are spectacular close up when the vehicle is clean. Waxes and polishes can enhance that even further. Even when not clean however, the contrast between the black and chrome makes up for it. I'm fairly certain both you and your wife will be pleased with your choice.

Yes, my wife loves it. She says it matches her car now.
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Re: Introducing my 2014 Durango Limited AWD

A note on the 4x4 system on the Durango.

The V6 has what is the equivalent of the QT1 (QuadraTrack 1) system found on the Jeep.

The V8 has the optional 2 speed gear box with High and Low gearing. This effectively gets you QT2 from the Jeep.

None of the Durango's offer the QD (QuardaDrive) system found on the Jeeps (means you have an Elecrtonic Diff in the rear).
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Thanks Scott and TBLWK2. Like the bi-xenon's, the wheels are more pleasing than originally expected.

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No, not a staff photographer but I'll work for hire! I'm a serious sports and nature photographer by hobby and I will go to extremes to get a shot. The crazy weather yesterday forced me to take some of the pictures in harsh sun. I was disappointed in the lack of good Limited pictures out there and really wanted to provide some good pictures that may help anybody on the fence over color or trim.

That black they have is really nice. The metallic bits in it are spectacular close up when the vehicle is clean. Waxes and polishes can enhance that even further. Even when not clean however, the contrast between the black and chrome makes up for it. I'm fairly certain both you and your wife will be pleased with your choice.

Yes, my wife loves it. She says it matches her car now.
Fireman, I'm VERY late to the party, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your reviews, and all the comments you have received. Your Durango is just stunning, and your photographs ought to garner you an offer from Chrysler. I, too, was fascinated with the subtle color changes apparent depending on the light and surroundings. So glad your wife is happy too.



I agree about finessing reverse until one gets used to it, and a little nervous is a good description for the steering. More sensitive than my last vehicle, but I'm working on it. I also agree about the blind spot assist.... easy to spot on a gloomy day or especially at night.... not so easy on a bright sunny day.

I'm enjoying all the gauges, and the info available through the EVIC. I've been using the digital speedometer, and decided to activate the speed limit lady (another technical term). She's very polite and not a nuisance at all. Rather liked her reminding my husband when he was driving the Durango on Friday AND conducting business on his cell phone. (phone wasn't paired). Oh, and speeding! Easy to do in the Durango, or so we have found. I also like that turn signal feature where one tap gets you three blinks for changing lanes. Glad you use yours.... safety first! All in all, I think so many features are pretty well thought out.

Sorry to hear about that ding. Does your paint look cracked at all there? I might like to see some of his work first if you meet your dealer's dent guy. Hope he can help if you decide you want your spot addressed. We have the same paint imperfection under the hood. Interesting how that is so consistent among the 2014s.

I will be curious for your thoughts as you test out your navigation and UConnect. Also, I will be interested to hear how others think you sound on your paired iPhone. I have the iPhone 5, I certainly speak well above a whisper, but I've been told by two different people that I don't sound so clear on the other end when calling from the car.

I'm also very impressed that you have detailed your Durango. Big project, and not surprised you had a sore muscle or two. That was on the short list of projects I hoped would happen around here over the weekend, but let's just say we encountered a rain delay. Might be a couple more weeks, but we WILL get to it, or I'll find someone to get to it for us!


Thanks again for writing such a thorough review, and touching upon both the pluses and minor minuses. Now I am going to look at your photographs again, because they are JUST THAT GOOD!!
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Fireman, I'm VERY late to the party, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your reviews, and all the comments you have received. Your Durango is just stunning, and your photographs ought to garner you an offer from Chrysler. I, too, was fascinated with the subtle color changes apparent depending on the light and surroundings. So glad your wife is happy too.
How can you be late to a party that doesn't end any time soon?

I'm glad you liked the photos, even though conditions didn't allow me to show my best. I had a horrible ride home from work on Monday... the most amazing light and sky color... and my camera was at home and my detailed Durango had just been rained on all day. I have a fairly scenic commute and I passed one opportunity after another. The good news is that my detail job held up amazing well. I got it into the garage and found no water spots and little evidence it had even been rained on all day long.

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I agree about finessing reverse until one gets used to it, and a little nervous is a good description for the steering. More sensitive than my last vehicle, but I'm working on it. I also agree about the blind spot assist.... easy to spot on a gloomy day or especially at night.... not so easy on a bright sunny day.
I'm getting a little better in reverse and in sensing the size of the Durango in the garage. I've concluded my biggest issue is slowly getting over that little lip in the concrete that keeps rain out. As for the blind spot light in the side mirror, it really needs to be by that little speaker on the front door to have the most usefulness in all conditions.

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I also like that turn signal feature where one tap gets you three blinks for changing lanes. Glad you use yours.... safety first! All in all, I think so many features are pretty well thought out.
What? You mean to tell me there are two people left that use turn signals??? I agree that many of the features are pretty well thought out.

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Sorry to hear about that ding. Does your paint look cracked at all there?
I'm not sure I can even call it a ding. It's the tiniest thing but when caught at just the right angle, the effect is more obvious. I'll have them take a look at it but I'm really not sure if it's something I'm going to make myself too worried about. The paint is fine there. I suspect it happened pre-paint.

I've only made a few calls so far. Nobody has complained about sound quality yet. I think the sound on my end (me hearing the caller) may be a little weak but due to my commute through the middle of nowhere, it could be I'm just further away from cell towers.

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I'm also very impressed that you have detailed your Durango. Big project, and not surprised you had a sore muscle or two. That was on the short list of projects I hoped would happen around here over the weekend, but let's just say we encountered a rain delay. Might be a couple more weeks, but we WILL get to it, or I'll find someone to get to it for us!
I wanted to start out with a good detail job. Hopefully, that will make things easier in the future. It really wasn't THAT bad. I used products and methods that were all new to me so it took a while but I suspect the next time I do it, it won't take nearly as long. The sealant (alternative to wax) I used couldn't have been easier to apply or remove. I'm not sure I'll ever wax again!

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Now I am going to look at your photographs again, because they are JUST THAT GOOD!!
Thanks for the kind words!
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