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Well as many of you know, I have been on the prowl for a vehicle that will accommodate a family for about a year or so now. I have also been itching to get the wife out of her Hyndai and into something American-something...Mopar.

We have 2 dogs and with kids (planned, we don't have any yet) and cargo on a road trip that meant we would need a 3 row vehicle. I had a minivan on deployment (bought it for $800 :smileup:) and it was super useful, but the wife would not have anything to do with them. I tried to get her to look at the new Pacifica-wouldn't even sit in it. My dad tried to help and told me to convince her to get a minivan because they get better MPGs and cost less than SUVs, but my mom would tell him to stop trying to influence me (she has had a van since 1991 and wants an SUV). TBH a van isn't really what I wanted either.

Incidentally, my wife and I have been back home in San Antonio for the past 2 weeks having our (church) wedding (the legal ceremony was 363 days prior)-also why I haven't been very active. We had a bunch of wedding stuff to finalize before the ceremony last Saturday so everything was pretty hectic last week, but we made time to spend a day with my parents since they had moved to Tucson and I hadn't seen them in a year and a half. Like I said, mom wants a new vehicle and dad knew I had been looking at Durangos and I do my research, so we started looking around at some of the local inventories to go look at them.

It so happened that there was a 2015 SXT with a hair over 15,000 miles on it for a good price at a dealer in Austin. Dad has a couple friends who have bought from them (South Point) and had good experiences, so we went to take a look at it. Dad surprised us by matching my down payment as our wedding present, and I financed at 2.24% for 48 months, which I think is pretty good for a used vehicle-though it sucks to have a car payment again. I didn't want to buy in NC because none of them will wheel and deal with you-for everyone who knows what they are doing in buying a car there are 5 who will pay whatever the dealer asks.

Its an SXT Plus, I haven't got the window sticker (yet) but here are some of the key points:

-Halogen projector fogs and headlights. Much better than the truck has and the bulbs can be replaced without removing the grille and headlight assemblies. Imagine that!

-It has the package that comes with the polished 5 spoke 20" alloys, chrome grille fill, chrome mirrors, and chrome accents.

-Pentastar V6

-845RFE

-3.45 diff (2wd)

-Uconnect 8.4 (no nav)

-Cabin air filter

-2nd row bench seat (7 seater)

-Super cool illuminated door pockets, front interior door handles, and front console cupholders

-It just so happens to be white, so it matches my white and chrome truck:4-dontknow:. Just like with the truck it was not the first color choice, but the truck was bought off the lot and when you buy used your choices are limited with given options and prices. Interior is black cloth which we wanted.

I consider it to be pretty much loaded-the stuff it doesn't have is the crap like headrest TVs, adaptive cruise, and blind spot detection. I do wish it had a backup cam. I'd have liked a Hemi but it didn't really make sense because Thunderhorse has one for towing and stuff, and it would cost us more in fuel (and speeding tickets). AWD would be cool but I don't need that either.

I think the taillights are super cool looking, and its super smooth. I was concerned that in getting a newer vehicle I would have to get her something that came with one of those stupid patch kits instead of an actual spare but it has an actual spare. Some stuff will take getting used to like the battery under the passenger seat. I have started drilling into her head that even though it is E85 compatible to avoid using it. It is nice that it uses the same 5W20 my truck does (gonna put in Royal Purple this weekend), and the top load cartridge oil filter will be super convenient to change. We rolled over 17,000 miles on the way home today so its about time I figure.

I ordered her a sunshade and Huskyliners for all 3 rows (Xact fits for the front 2, weatherbeaters for the 3rd row and cargo liner since they don't make xact fits for those). Good thing those are a one time purchase:158:














Now it is covered in South Texas Butterflies, as is Thunderhorse, so this weekend will be spent washing, claying, sealing, and waxing it. Here's a pic of it from my truck when we were going through the Smoky Mountains:

 

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I think the V6 is a well matched powertrain to this vehicle. Even going through the mountains it had plenty of power to pull 6% grades at 85MPH loaded with cargo; all but the front seats were folded to accommodate it. Fun fact: all seats but the driver's will fold so you can fit a lot of stuff in this thing. The steering wheel buttons are more responsive than my truck's, you don't sometimes have to re-tap them. The fully independent suspension is super smooth. It will no kidding seat 2 adults in the rear; we drove to the rehearsal with 6 adults in the Durango. I'm not going to say that the middle seat in the second row is comfy for adults.
 

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Congrats :smileup:

Thanks for sharing the Adventure :cool:
 

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that's one smooth vehicle- I wish my wife would go with it- well- she loves her charger...- the V6- yes- it is a great engine and it's sporty! I mean- I'm not allowed to drive it anyway- only car wash and paying for it....
so congratulations to both- marriage and new ride! I'm sure, your wife will love it.


but one stupid question- you drove from Texas to NC 17000 miles? did you drove over wladivostock through angola and up to NC?
 

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that's one smooth vehicle- I wish my wife would go with it- well- she loves her charger...- the V6- yes- it is a great engine and it's sporty! I mean- I'm not allowed to drive it anyway- only car wash and paying for it....
so congratulations to both- marriage and new ride! I'm sure, your wife will love it.


but one stupid question- you drove from Texas to NC 17000 miles? did you drove over wladivostock through angola and up to NC?
Thanks! My wife loves the Chargers too, we test drove one and she was begging me to let her take it home with us (I had half a mind to do it too), but ultimately it didn't fit our needs. Interestingly, she ended up liking the Durango a lot more than the Grand Cherokee she initially thought she wanted, which was funny considering how much she said she wanted a GC (and not a Durango) initially. I think it was an image thing because a couple of her friends have Jeeps, but she just felt ho-hum about the GC and actually didn't even want to test drive a Charger, but fell in love with it when I convinced her to. Once she test drove a Durango we knew it was the right vehicle, we just had to find one for a good price with the features we wanted. You probably already know that the 3rd gen Durango (WD) is on the same platform as the current Grand Cherokee (WK2) but with a 9" longer wheelbase.

Yeah I know what you mean about the paying for and washing it, I woke up this morning and changed the oil and air filter (Royal Purple 5W20 just like the Ram gets :smileup:-convenient), washed it twice, clayed it, applied paint sealant, and after its cured tomorrow I'll wax it. Just gotta Rain-X it and detail the interior now; but she didn't help :LOL:. Whatever, I'm happy to do it and have a pair of matching (white and chrome) current gen Mopars in the driveway. I'll take some pics once I wash and wax the truck and post them up here. Just need to sell the Hyundai now and then it will be Mopars or no cars in the driveway. :Racing:

Its so nice to be able to detail inside the garage. Now I can do it naked, or when its raining outside.:LOL:

To answer your question, that was my bad. I meant 17k (its sitting in the garage with 17,141 on it right now) on the odometer, not on the trip. There is a town called Angola around here, but we didn't go through it lol. We drove up 35 to 30 and across Tennessee-much prettier drive than going through Atlanta, Montgomery, and New Orleans (the route we took to Texas) but about 3 hours longer.
 

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bet it looks nice, when you're done.
My wife had the 2006 charger and well- after her complaining, the mirrors are too big and she can't see when she turns (which she proved by turning into somebody else's vehicle in a 4-way stop) I said: enough. well- we went to CarMax checking all kind of cars out- if I had let my wife do, what she wanted to do, I would had ended up with a $70000 Infinity FX50 or how they're called. We looked at a Honda Crosstour- which I'm every time happy, that I didn't buy it, when I see it on the road. but she couldn't see out of the back. she loved the challenger and the Camaro- but same- them dern things are one big dead spot. can't see anything out of it. we left and accidentally passed the dodge place- and she: stoooop- I've seen something- I turned in and yeah- I couldn't stop the truck fast enough for her to jump out and start hugging this white charger. We ended up buying a new one - got a absolutely great price. and yeah- if you ever listened to my wife, after you had to move the seat or the mirrors- you would not want to drive her car anymore.... you got to listen to it for days and blames everything on you- radiostation wrong, AC not how it (supposed to be) was, mirrors wack, seat completely wrong (you might just moved one noctch back), and everything else there is! So I don't even drive it out of the garage- I let her do it, before I wash it.


Hey- if you went down to Atlanta- and down I85- you passed Greenville.
I agree- I love the blue ridge mountains and the smoky mountains. That's our fall- indian summer- sunday tour - up to Asheville, on blue ridge parkway, down to Cherokee and back through Maggie valley.


And I absolutely don't like Atlanta. I'm not so much the big city guy. I worked there 20 miles away for 6 months and I was not once downtown. The only time I really was there, was at the Ramstein Concert.
 

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We went on some backroads and got on 95 in lumberton and took that to 20 in Florence on the way down.

I coudlnt imagine paying 70k for a gussied up Nissan, or any money at all for one of those retarded Honda crosstours
 

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That's my opinion- Infinity is an overpriced Nissan, Acura an overpriced Honda and Lexus an overpriced Toyooooda. Nope. not worth it. and ugly too- The crosstour looks like a half of a bun with wheels on the road. but- I have to admit- the front looks pretty cool. but that's about it.
Where I bought my RAM, the dealer had the new 2016 Durango in Black out edition SR/T 8 and the wheels like the hellcat in dark grey on it- that's where I could get weak- thankfully it was way above my budget. Could had bought 2 RAM's for that.
 

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That's my opinion- Infinity is an overpriced Nissan, Acura an overpriced Honda and Lexus an overpriced Toyooooda. Nope. not worth it. and ugly too- The crosstour looks like a half of a bun with wheels on the road. but- I have to admit- the front looks pretty cool. but that's about it.
Where I bought my RAM, the dealer had the new 2016 Durango in Black out edition SR/T 8 and the wheels like the hellcat in dark grey on it- that's where I could get weak- thankfully it was way above my budget. Could had bought 2 RAM's for that.
The newer Durango R/T is a bad b****, especially with AWD. There is a red one (the bright red, not the darker metallic one) parked outside one of the buildings around here sometines....and it has a Corsa exhaust:strokin:

But now we are talking about want vs need. Maybe in several years when my wife asks for a new vehicle I will just get the RT grille, lights, wheels, and fascia for ours:hah:
 

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don't forget the rims. and make some bows on the hood. then she might not notice the brand spanking new RAM in the garage... just stick with the color- she would not know...
 

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Finally finished detailing it this morning, I never realized how awesome it is to be able to park and detail your vehicle in the garage-especially while its pouring outside. About 12 hours into it altogether:

-Changed the oil to Royal Purple 5W20 with a Purolator filter
-Replaced air filter with a Purolator
-Wash X2
-Clay bar
-Paint Sealant
-Waxed
-Vacuumed
-Armor Alled
-Windows Cleaned
-Rain X'd windows
-Made sure all the fuses were tight
-Greased all door and seat hinges and latches (middle row tumbles forward), and the hood latch.
-Refilled the nearly empty washer fluid, took a whole gallon. Seems to have a big reservoir.
-Checked all the fluids. Power steering is a bit low so I ordered some Mopar MS-11655 (Part # 68088485AA) to top it off.

I actually got her to help wax it (I waxed on, she waxed off) which saved a lot of time. Just need to get her to help with my truck now-its next for a wash and wax.:LOL:

She was chomping at the bit to drive it again so I didn't get any pics until we had arrived at our first destination while running errands. Seriously, she was standing behind me with the fob as I finished waxing the wheels.









Oh also i think I forgot to mention it is push start and has keyless enter-n-go. Its a really cool feature that will spoil me if I drive it too much since my truck doesn't have it.
 

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Congrats on the new purchase and the wedding ceremony! My wife is asking for a new vehicle too (to replace her 2 door Civic) as we start thinking about having kids. I'm trying to talk her into a Grand Cherokee or Durango, but with AWD. Living in the Pacific North West I would feel much better if she had the traction of the AWD. I've also told her she could get a crew cab Ram! Good looking Durango though! Do you guys have any plans for it? I know it's a practical family vehicle but you can still do some minor mods.
 

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very nice, best of luck to you and the wife
Very nice! Congrats on the new mopar!
Thanks guys! Now to sell the '08 Elantra and we will be a Mopar or no car family.

Congrats on the new purchase and the wedding ceremony! My wife is asking for a new vehicle too (to replace her 2 door Civic) as we start thinking about having kids. I'm trying to talk her into a Grand Cherokee or Durango, but with AWD. Living in the Pacific North West I would feel much better if she had the traction of the AWD. I've also told her she could get a crew cab Ram! Good looking Durango though! Do you guys have any plans for it? I know it's a practical family vehicle but you can still do some minor mods.

I brought up the idea of a Ram Crew (probably V6), but she wouldn't hear it. We needed 3 rows and she knew it was just because I wanted another Ram :LOL:

I can definitely understand wanting AWD where you are, RWD does it for us though. The main reason we went with a Durango over a GC was we needed a 3rd row, but the Durango seems to be wider inside and feel roomier even not counting the 3rd row.

We ordered Huskyliner Xact fits for the front 2 rows, and Weatherbeaters for the 3rd row and the cargo liner. I wanted all Xact fits but they only made Weatherbeaters for the cargo liner and 3rd row-but the 3rd row is going to be down most of the time anyway for the foreseeable future (no babies for at least another year or two). Other than those, the Covercraft UVS-100 sunshade I ordered, and the UPR catch can I am going to get for it (only one I could find specifically for a 3.6L Durango) she doesn't want any mods. She "doesn't want it to be like the truck" :LOL:

http://www.speedlogixstore.com/product-p/upr-cc-jeep.htm


I spent the day washing and waxing the truck (and detailing the engine bay and siliconing the seals), and detailed the whole interior to wash away all the dirt from our trip. I took some pictures and will have them up later tonight.
 

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I brought up the idea of a Ram Crew (probably V6), but she wouldn't hear it. We needed 3 rows and she knew it was just because I wanted another Ram :LOL:

I can definitely understand wanting AWD where you are, RWD does it for us though. The main reason we went with a Durango over a GC was we needed a 3rd row, but the Durango seems to be wider inside and feel roomier even not counting the 3rd row.

We ordered Huskyliner Xact fits for the front 2 rows, and Weatherbeaters for the 3rd row and the cargo liner. I wanted all Xact fits but they only made Weatherbeaters for the cargo liner and 3rd row-but the 3rd row is going to be down most of the time anyway for the foreseeable future (no babies for at least another year or two). Other than those, the Covercraft UVS-100 sunshade I ordered, and the UPR catch can I am going to get for it (only one I could find specifically for a 3.6L Durango) she doesn't want any mods. She "doesn't want it to be like the truck" :LOL:

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Ultimately we are planning on a 3 row as well, I just like the thought of her getting a GC so that it's not a complete grocery getter (I like the Trailhawk of course!). Long story, but we are pretty sure that we will end up having 3 kids. We want two but both sides are due for a set of twins in our generation and pretty much everyone else is done having kids :Doh:.


Her not wanting it to be "like the truck" sounds like something my wife would say. She really wants a Wrangler Unlimited but again, not a lot of space. I told her if she gets a JKU it has to be a Rubicon and we're putting a mild lift and some BFG's. She disagreed at first but then came around to the idea after seeing a few mildly modified JKU's.


I've heard rumor that Jeep is going to have a 3 row SUV for 2018 so I'm curious to see what that will look like. We may end up going with more of a crossover though as we have Stella for anything else. I like the idea of the new Mazda CX-9 or an Acura MDX. But who knows what we will actually get when it comes down to it in a year or so?
 

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Get her an RT or one of the V6s that looks like it-that way it can get groceries really fast:LOL: I think the Durangos are some of the sportiest looking SUVs out there

Mine wanted a JKU before a GC until she rode in her friend's and realized how much room it didn't have. It would have got worse mileage stock than my truck too. She was also turned off by the fact that I told her if we got a Jeep I would be swapping in a Hemi, Dana 60s, and putting it on 35s, which to her would be "worse than the truck" lol and she foresaw that it would just become my toy instead of her vehicle:LOL:

The Wagoneer will indeed be out before too long but from what I have seen it will compete with high end SUVs like Mercedes, BMW and Audi so definitely out of my price range. I have heard really good things about the newer Mazdas; Acura (and Lexus) have always been meh to me. Any time I see one of their cute utes I imagine a sorority girl is driving it while drinking her pumpkin spice latte and wearing UGG boots, leggings, those tiny Nike shorts, and an oversized fluorescent colored T shirt.
 

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Get her an RT or one of the V6s that looks like it-that way it can get groceries really fast:LOL: I think the Durangos are some of the sportiest looking SUVs out there

Mine wanted a JKU before a GC until she rode in her friend's and realized how much room it didn't have. It would have got worse mileage stock than my truck too. She was also turned off by the fact that I told her if we got a Jeep I would be swapping in a Hemi, Dana 60s, and putting it on 35s, which to her would be "worse than the truck" lol and she foresaw that it would just become my toy instead of her vehicle:LOL:

The Wagoneer will indeed be out before too long but from what I have seen it will compete with high end SUVs like Mercedes, BMW and Audi so definitely out of my price range. I have heard really good things about the newer Mazdas; Acura (and Lexus) have always been meh to me. Any time I see one of their cute utes I imagine a sorority girl is driving it while drinking her pumpkin spice latte and wearing UGG boots, leggings, those tiny Nike shorts, and an oversized fluorescent colored T shirt.
Yea the JKU's have no space for a family and would certainly become my toy! I do like the Blacktop Durango's with the R/T styling. Much like you mentioned she doesn't need the Hemi as we have Stella. Plus, we need her to get decent gas mileage, unlike Stella! lol


Yes, the new Mazdas have great reviews and are solid vehicles. As far as the bolded part goes :Hah: She does like the pumpkin spice latte but I won't let her wear UGG boots....I hate them! But I don't mind her in tiny Nike shorts! :smileup:
 

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As promised, here are the pics:







 
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