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Re: Thoughts on my Granite D Citadel with Blu-Ray

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Thanks Joey. I did the numbers and the 0% still works better for me but it's a real close call. You got a great deal. I didn't shop around after I got a pathetic rate from Citibank. However the Lifetime Max Care rate you got was much better than the 7-year warranty Max Care rate I received - ~$2700. I am going to have to negotiate better on Monday. Really, thanks for sharing all that info! Cheers...
You can get the warranties online for much better prices. Here's a thread on that:
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You can get the warranties online for much better prices. Here's a thread on that:
Chrysler extended warranty/service contract.
A thousand dollars cheaper! Thank you Vertrkr for the link. I feel like I owe everybody a beer in this forum. I've been on some other good forums but this site has been simply the best. Great conversations, great input and great resources. Truly wonderful folks. Cheers!
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:47 PM
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Re: Thoughts on my Granite D Citadel with Blu-Ray

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A thousand dollars cheaper! Thank you Vertrkr for the link. I feel like I owe everybody a beer in this forum. I've been on some other good forums but this site has been simply the best. Great conversations, great input and great resources. Truly wonderful folks. Cheers!
Yup...Vertkr beat me to it! I got a quote of $2250 I believe from one of those for the maxcare lifetime. I just brought it to my dealer and asked him to beat it. You can either buy directly from any of those on-line sellers, or just ask your dealer to at least match the price.
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Yup...Vertkr beat me to it! I got a quote of $2250 I believe from one of those for the maxcare lifetime. I just brought it to my dealer and asked him to beat it. You can either buy directly from any of those on-line sellers, or just ask your dealer to at least match the price.
Joey, did your Lifetime plan include the Auto Appearance Care plan (for dings), Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plan and LOF Package(lube,oil, filter)?
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Joey, did your Lifetime plan include the Auto Appearance Care plan (for dings), Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plan and LOF Package(lube,oil, filter)?
No, I did not purchase those add-ons. Just the "basic" lifetime max. I generally keep my cars 200,000 miles and 12+ years, and between the relatively new transmission, and all the electronics, I wanted a little security blanket.
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No, I did not purchase those add-ons. Just the "basic" lifetime max. I generally keep my cars 200,000 miles and 12+ years, and between the relatively new transmission, and all the electronics, I wanted a little security blanket.
At a certain point though, they have the right to give you the value of the car if the fix costs more. Of course that makes sense but I'm throwing it out there anyway for people that may not have known. Lifetime warranties are also not transferable in sales but 100,000k warranties are.

I personally did a lifetime max, figured if I sell the car at some point it's a small loss, if I keep it then I have a good warranty.
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Re: Thoughts on my Granite D Citadel with Blu-Ray

A few more observations based on another day of ownership. The family just went out on a "maiden voyage" today to christen the Durango...some errands followed by a couple hour "road trip" drive up north just to take in some foliage and relax. (We allowed the kids to use the Blu-ray to, um, "break it in".)

1) Kids report no issues with comfort regarding the headphones after watching an entire movie. They are very happy with them. Also no requests for Mom and Dad to turn down the radio while they were watching...so for the Blu-Ray.

2) I have in fact turned off the auto lowering of the side view mirrors. If they would only lower about 1/2 to 2/3 of what it currently does, that would work great...but it's just too much. (I want to be able to see my rear bumper and tires...not my rocker panels.)

3) While you can't use the keyboard to type in an address or POI name while in motion for safety reasons, you can at least browse POIs by category, etc. This is much less restrictive than the system in our other car (lexus), and is a "good thing".

4) It would have been useful if the rear lift gate had a programmable "stop" option. However, it is easy enough to stop it manually as it is going up. Doesn't require a lot of force...doesn't feel like you are "breaking it"...it just pretty much stops where you force it to.

5) Wife and kids are getting used to shutting the doors harder in order to get them to fully close.

6) I will be ordering the sill guards, and would recommend these (or an equivalent) as the door sill paint will otherwise take a beating from being constantly stepped on. I'll probably get the pedal kit as well, purely for aesthetics.
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At a certain point though, they have the right to give you the value of the car if the fix costs more. Of course that makes sense but I'm throwing it out there anyway for people that may not have known. Lifetime warranties are also not transferable in sales but 100,000k warranties are.
Great points. I do believe there are a few states where lifetime is transferrable (by law.) I know NJ is not one of them though.
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3) While you can't use the keyboard to type in an address or POI name while in motion for safety reasons, you can at least browse POIs by category, etc. This is much less restrictive than the system in our other car (lexus), and is a "good thing".

4) It would have been useful if the rear lift gate had a programmable "stop" option. However, it is easy enough to stop it manually as it is going up. Doesn't require a lot of force...doesn't feel like you are "breaking it"...it just pretty much stops where you force it to.
You know locking the keyboard is just silly because people (passengers, drivers) will just use their smart cell phones to access the information. And although in theory I agree with restricting video from the front display, smart phones stream Netflix too so its benefit certainly diminishes as unlimited data plans become ubiquitous. I guess that's why there is a movement to put restrictions on cell phones with gps systems that will supposedly know when you are driving and to lock out certain features too. It's a silly game for government to get into in my opinion since people will find work arounds like having a dedicated hotspot for cell phones. You can't fight information; it wants to be free.

I didn't think about just manually stopping the liftgate and I am glad it responds halting to a stop (not coming back down or still wanting to go up) quickly/effectively. For me, your solution solution works fine (my garage ceiling is adequate), although it just takes that one ding to ruin a day, like parking in a low ceiling public garage and forgetting to stop the liftgate in time.
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I went to the dealer with my approved offer from Bank of America...1.99% Believe it or not B of A has decent direct to consumer auto rates. As Gatz19 mentioned, Chrysler then went to one of their partner banks and beat that rate in order to get the business.

To be clear, you would not be able to get the zero percent (36 months) and the 1000 cash back. However, at 60 months the finance guy told me that the banks are lending to them at around 1% right now...so they make money above that rate.
Joey, I recall you were thinking of waiting for the November 5 cash incentives from Dodge. Did your dealer go $400 below the affiliate pricing to convince you not to wait another week? I have been pondering whether to wait till Tuesday (instead of Monday) to pick up my D. I know 0% financing won't get better, but if the incentives popped to $2000 then it would be worthwhile especially if I could match your 1.69% 60 month rate. My breakeven threshold is still about $1500. Personally I am surprised Dodge is even giving out incentives and just can't see incentives above $1500 right now unless they want sales momentum going into the year end. In another year I really think the Durango has a chance for sales to pick up dramatically again as people notice the calling card of those rear lights - they found a really nicely design balance for the racetrack lights because those lights could have easily become an overdone design mistake. That said, if sales momentum increases, I wonder if the incentives will continue given Fiat itself is hurting.
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Re: Thoughts on my Granite D Citadel with Blu-Ray

Also remember with the lifetime warranty you must bring your vehicle in every five years for an inspection, which is free. You have a 60 day window (I believe 30 before the five year mark and 30 days after). I think the plan that most do not keep there car that long, they will forget to get it inspected, or they fail to do recommended maintenance (or not have it documented) and try to blame that for any failure.
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Joey, I recall you were thinking of waiting for the November 5 cash incentives from Dodge. Did your dealer go $400 below the affiliate pricing to convince you not to wait another week?
No, I test drove a V-8 citadel without DVD at another dealership a month or so ago, and that's the offer they made me knowing I had one already on order with my dealer. So I asked my dealer to match it, and he did. (It works out to something close to 2% under invoice).

Mine as delivered too early I believe to try and "wait" for Tuesday's incentives. (There are limits to how long you can wait once the dealer takes delivery.) If I were expecting delivery on Monday though, I would ask the dealer if I waited until Tuesday if I would have the option essentially take either month's incentives...removing any risk that incentives might decrease. (Not sure how often if ever this happens...)

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...Personally I am surprised Dodge is even giving out incentives and just can't see incentives above $1500 right now unless they want sales momentum going into the year end.
My feeling as well. Maybe it'll get bumped $500, but you never know.
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