2018 Dodge DURANGO R / T V-8 Long-term update 1: Road / Trip

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We have been marked for two months and Durango has not been stolen yet. However, we have the first two minor warranty issues. The left rear seatbelts refused to release the ropes that we used to lock our dog Snickers on hundreds of news cars. Ordered a new latch and installed it, and my ropes had been safely pulled out of the defective one. Our right-back taillight lens inexplicably blurred. Both parts are ordered to the next day. It takes an hour to estimate the installation, but within 20 minutes I was notified for two hours or more and I was offered a shuttle back to my office. When done, the dealer let me back to pick up my washing and vacuum Durango 4. #SatisfiedCustomer.
Another anomaly: At a time of “regressive” time change, we left a party at 11 p.m. and noticed a clock reading of 12 (spring time). By the next morning it had been properly returned to the right time. We will try to observe changes in the spring time behavior.
Our Durango R / T racked up its first road trip over Thanksgiving. Highlights included a stop on Kentucky’s bourbon trail at the Wild Turkey distillery, dinner at the Markus family homestead outside Memphis, Tennessee, and touring Civil War battlefield sites in historic Vicksburg, Mississippi Snickers liked looking out the windows from her cage, secured to the cargo area hooks while carrying two or four adults, and she LOVED riding on the laps of her 11-year-old twin cousins’ in the third row while seven of us comfortably toured Vicksburg. In total we logged 2,173 miles in 37.6 hours, averaging 57.8 mph overall at a much improved 18.9 mpg-a figure that the onboard computer optimistically self-reported at 20.6 mpg. Our overall average is up to 16.9 mpg.

Other trip observations: With subfreezing temperatures outside, a 70-degree interior setting left our feet cold but 72 kept them warm without frying our upper bodies. I appreciate that FCA offers a choice of regular or adaptive cruise control so that when snow obscures the radar sensor, normal cruise still works. I also appreciate having four following distances. The closest is usually ideal, but the four-bar distance feels right for the police police, and toggling down from four bars to one gradually slows the vehicle for a rolling roadblock instead of roaring up to it and braking. The nav screen conveniently displayed services available at upcoming exits and shows the current speed limit with a black or white background when traveling below or below it, or a red background when you’re above it. A recommendation: color the background yellow within 10 mph above the limit. One last observation: two months and 5,000 miles in, I still have not learned that the power-tailgate switch is on the side of the cargo hold (nearly everybody else seems to put it on the gate). Maybe by next update …

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