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I actually love the new shifter, I can shift into any gear I want by feel after the first week or so (I disliked it before I developed the motor memory to use it correctly). As fas as the transmission, overall I like it, my main impressions are:

-Eco mode results in a non-smooth deceleration and to a lesser point acceleration. Turning off Eco mode stops this
-Sport mode is awesome for accelerating onto a highway, passing, and anything over 35-40 mph. Below that, and decelerating is like in Eco mode

I prefer driving without Eco mode on, but usually don't bother to turn it off. What I do is switch between drive and sport mode depending on traffic, my speed, and what I am doing. I can't comment on the paddle shifters, as I haven't been in a situation that requires engine breaking (the main time i shift gears), but I would prefer them on the shifter, not the steering wheel. I kept bumping them when I first got the car and have had to adjust my hand positions to avoid them. For my driving style, I can't think of one positive reason for their position - I drive one handed normally and rest my other hand on the shifter, and I have never driven a standard, or know how to yet.

With that said, I have 1100 miles on mine, so the transmission might still be in learning mode
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:46 PM
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

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I actually like the new shifter and very rarely will I miss a shift. The detents feel just like a traditional PRND pattern...

I have to agree. It took a little getting used to, I'm a big e-brake...let it settle...then shift into P guy and on one occasion the second week I had it, I went to open the hatch only to notice it wouldn't open and the reverse lights were on...yikes...thank god for the e-brake. But now that I am used to, the new shift lever is actually really nice.

As for klunky/rough up shifts and downshifts, if it helps I had that problem but as I am passing 3100mi it is starting to smooth out, the dealer told me to wait until at least 5k (max 8k) for it to smooth out completely...
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

I got beeped at for trying too turn off the engine today. I tried several times before I realized I was in Reverse instead of Park and that was why it was scolding me. Two weeks & almost 1K miles and not a fan of the shifter. I will worry the day my wife takes it somewhere.
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

Of All the SUVs I test drove (Forester, Equinox, Traverse, Highlander etc) the 8 spd was the closest (IMO) to a CVT which I am so spoiled with now with the instant oomph and no shift shock. And as others have mentioned, it seems to get smoother as you put more mileage i them.

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It would of been much nicer if the paddle shifter was in the same spot, but not attached to the wheel so that when you turned, the shifter would remain in the same spot. l
Same as my wife's Outback. Unlike my Maxima, paddle shifting were always at my fingertips - on the Outback, I'm tapping air all the time when downshifting to a turn. lol

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but I still have to really look and see what gear I'm in because sometimes it's neutral, sometimes it's drive, sometimes it's reverse. And the amount of effort taken to put in any of these gears doesn't seem to be the same each time.
This is a concern of mine since you can (in theory) accidentally shift up to reverse, right? I know during my test drive, the sales guy thought shifting forward from D will bring us to S but instead brought us to N. What if I held it too long and went up to R (Or someone else driving it)? Is there a dead spot before getting up to R?


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Old 05-16-2013, 07:14 PM
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This is a concern of mine since you can (in theory) accidentally shift up to reverse, right? I know during my test drive, the sales guy thought shifting forward from D will bring us to S but instead brought us to N. What if I held it too long and went up to R (Or someone else driving it)?
I would think as there is no cable the software has limits set so that you can't do stupid things. I have not tried this on the Jeep but I know on the ML in the case where I was trying to windshield wiper once with the shifter it did not let me select reverse. It also didn't let you select drive while backing up fast (ML has 2 speeds in reverse just so you can drive Jason S. style (transporter 1 thru 23)
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

Of all the things on my 2014, the one thing that ruins it for me is this transmission.. VERY harsh downshifts when coming to a red light, or slowing down.. Just a horrible experience. I have driven only manual trans vehicles for 20+ years now and i would much prefer that to this 8 speed.. but i own it now and it is what it is...
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Of all the things on my 2014, the one thing that ruins it for me is this transmission.. VERY harsh downshifts when coming to a red light, or slowing down.. Just a horrible experience. I have driven only manual trans vehicles for 20+ years now and i would much prefer that to this 8 speed.. but i own it now and it is what it is...
Any better with eco off?

I expect some programming updates for that exact concern. How many miles you have?
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

I was disappointed with the transmission shifting on my Jeep a little until this week. I went on a business trip and got a Jetta as my rental... what a horrendous turd that transmission is. Its shifted around all the time even on the highway and jerked about even outside of sport mode. I got in my jeep at the airport after 3 days of driving the Jetta and it felt like butter.

So, maybe the cure for people not liking the jeep transmission and shifting is to get in a jetta and drive it for an hour or so, then get back in your jeep... you will praise its smooth shifting.... lol.
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Re: 8 speed transmission review

I'm nervous now since I am trading in my 2013 v-6 limited for a 2014 v-6 limited mainly due to the 5 speed tranny in the 2013. I came from a 2009 Acura TL to the Jeep (and had a 97 GC before the Acura) so I know the drive isn't going to be the same, but I couldn't stand the 5 speed shifting. The awkward shifts made it seem like the car didn't know what gear to be in, the dead spots coming around a turn when the car upshifts when you're trying to accelerate to merge and the RPMs drop out. I really felt like something was wrong with it.

Either way, I'll start to find out tomorrow since I take delivery of my 2014!
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Would anyone have preferred the round dial transmission shifter of the 2014 Dodge Durango?
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