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Anyone have experience with the 5.7 V8 AWD Durango? The reasons my wife and I landed on the Durango are that it can be had with a V8, we both really like the interior, tech package etc on our challenger and similar, and it can be had with AWD. Me and my two sons range between 6" and 6'5" so that limits what works for us. My 5'3" wife will daily drive it during or crappy winters in the PNW so AWD and taller than sedan ride height are a big plus. The one we are looking at is a 2020, fully loaded, tech, tow, ventilated seats, rear seat entertainment, roof rack, only thing it doesn't have is the blackout package.

So.... anyone own or have experience with an RT Durango? Good experience, bad, things to be sure include or run away from? MSRP is a little over 60K, dealer is offering around 54K.
 

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I have only noticed them around town. I like the way they look. Once the X5 craps out again, I am done with the German cars The sporty version of the Durango looks pretty nice.
 

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My son had one. It was a nice ride, but ....... it had the dreaded ecu failure. Where the ecu begins to shut down and cause other issues. Do some research to make sure this issue has been fixed. I don’t remember the year of his, it was a couple years ago.
 

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I bought my wife a 2017 with the 5.7 awd citadel and we love it . Pulls the boat off the ramp good too . Down side is it has dodge quality leather .
 

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I'm 6'2" with a 2019 durango, v6. We run the baby seat in the middle and I can't put my seat back all the way where I like it, not uncomfortable, but I'd rather push it back a bit. If everyone is tall I'd take them with you for the test drive, maybe we're just spoiled and used to the leg room in the mega cab. We have had 6 adults in it and luggage on our way to our last cruise, just put the bigger people up front.

No real complaints but probably will move up to a suburban or see what the new wagoneer looks like when it comes out
 

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Wife has the Durango GT which is 2wd V6. So far it’s has been great.
 

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Had a ‘16 GC, similar to Durango, good buddy had a Durango at the same time, they are ok rigs. No comparison to a tahoe/suburban. The GM Rigs are light years ahead. Unless ur talking SRT OR TRACKHAWK GM is far superior, imo.
 

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Anyone have experience with the 5.7 V8 AWD Durango? The reasons my wife and I landed on the Durango are that it can be had with a V8, we both really like the interior, tech package etc on our challenger and similar, and it can be had with AWD. Me and my two sons range between 6" and 6'5" so that limits what works for us. My 5'3" wife will daily drive it during or crappy winters in the PNW so AWD and taller than sedan ride height are a big plus. The one we are looking at is a 2020, fully loaded, tech, tow, ventilated seats, rear seat entertainment, roof rack, only thing it doesn't have is the blackout package.

So.... anyone own or have experience with an RT Durango? Good experience, bad, things to be sure include or run away from? MSRP is a little over 60K, dealer is offering around 54K.
we have a 2018 RT AWD fully loaded with zero problems. Ordered it from the dealer we got the buckets and the rear tvs. Always been a Chevy family and this was our first dodge and was really impressed. paid 53k before tax and license
 

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If sticker is $60K it can be had for $48K if you are willing to work for it. And by "work for it" I mean find the one you want and return with an kitchen egg timer, walk into finance office, and set that thing for about 40 minutes. Tell him he has that long to get the paperwork drawn up for $48,000 or you will walk. Worked for my wife when she bought our Mega and the PT Cruz. It kinda makes car buying fun again.
 

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Another option is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Pretty sure they share the same chassis. Plus you can get It in either the SRT or Trail Hawk V8 editions :eek:
 

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my dad had a durango for a while, until he had low compression in a cylinder due to a valve. turned out the head was toast and replacement hemi heads cost a small fortune. ended up just donating the thing with a dead cylinder.
 

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My wife has a 17 Durango RT with 5.7. She loves it, no problems after 70k miles. Great mileage, hauls the dogs in style, 7500lb tow rating with good ramp traction pulling the boat out. I want to say we paid around $40k back then, they discount deep on those things. I think the only dig on those things is the stock brakes, seem kind of puney for the size of the vehicle.
 

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Take a look on car gurus. Doesent look like any deals on the site so i'm guessing there isn't much in rebates/incentives/markdowns on these.
 

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We have a 2012 Durango RT AWD with 95k on it. It’s been a good vehicle and is fun to drive. It does have an electrical gremlin that Dodge has yet to figure out (fuel pump relay issue). Outside of that it’s been a great suv and has never left us stranded.

We are actually looking at trading it in and getting another if that says anything.




Anyone have experience with the 5.7 V8 AWD Durango? The reasons my wife and I landed on the Durango are that it can be had with a V8, we both really like the interior, tech package etc on our challenger and similar, and it can be had with AWD. Me and my two sons range between 6" and 6'5" so that limits what works for us. My 5'3" wife will daily drive it during or crappy winters in the PNW so AWD and taller than sedan ride height are a big plus. The one we are looking at is a 2020, fully loaded, tech, tow, ventilated seats, rear seat entertainment, roof rack, only thing it doesn't have is the blackout package.

So.... anyone own or have experience with an RT Durango? Good experience, bad, things to be sure include or run away from? MSRP is a little over 60K, dealer is offering around 54K.
 

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Another option is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Pretty sure they share the same chassis. Plus you can get It in either the SRT or Trail Hawk V8 editions :eek:
Wish the Durango had a "Trail Hawk" trim. I can't pull the trigger on a Grand Cherokee because I need the third row.
 

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Pulled the trigger and bought the Durango. Would have loved to get an SRT Durango but cant justify the extra 20K right now. The 5.7 liter Hemi has sufficient power for passing / pulling anything I'm going to need in the next couple of years. The paint color is called "vice white", this is the only one I have seen with this color, it's basically pearl white. I really like the way it handles, rides nice, has just about every option my wife and I wanted.
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Keep us posted. This is on my wife's short list.
 

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It is such a unique vehicle. I am 6'4" and used to driving HD trucks, Suburban's and Tahoe's. My wife is barely 5'3" and had never owned a SUV. She loves it because it feels semi premium ( the one we bought has every option you available except suede headliner and dash, handles well, has plenty of power for her with the V8, sits higher than her car but not so high that it feels like a truck and handles crisply. My wife isn't a soccer mom type, she likes driving a stick shift and is an aggressive driver. The appearance and sound does it for my wife, I that I fit comfortably in any of the seats and like the in your face appearance and V8 grunt / sound track. I would prefer a SRT or better yet, hell cat Durango but cant justify it right now.

I also like that with the tow package I will be able to tow the boat we will be looking to purchase in the near future, my kids fit in the rear captions seats and if my kids want friends to tag along it will seat 7 people comfortably.
 

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It is such a unique vehicle. I am 6'4" and used to driving HD trucks, Suburban's and Tahoe's. My wife is barely 5'3" and had never owned a SUV. She loves it because it feels semi premium ( the one we bought has every option you available except suede headliner and dash, handles well, has plenty of power for her with the V8, sits higher than her car but not so high that it feels like a truck and handles crisply. My wife isn't a soccer mom type, she likes driving a stick shift and is an aggressive driver. The appearance and sound does it for my wife, I that I fit comfortably in any of the seats and like the in your face appearance and V8 grunt / sound track. I would prefer a SRT or better yet, hell cat Durango but cant justify it right now.

I also like that with the tow package I will be able to tow the boat we will be looking to purchase in the near future, my kids fit in the rear captions seats and if my kids want friends to tag along it will seat 7 people comfortably.
Any dislikes?
 

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That's a good question. My wife has been daily driving it but has never owned or daily driven an SUV type vehicle and she has a lead foot. She is used to driving Japanese economy cars but has had Camaros her dad built in the past and drives aggressively.
My main dislike is that it doesn't get great fuel economy. The estimated fuel economy on the DIC is a tad optimism but close. The DIC calculates 16 average but actual is around 15.00. That is with my wife driving 20 miles each way to work at 65 MPH in the morning in shitty weather and 30-50 MPH on the way home. Fuel economy isn't great, but it depends on your commute. We took it on a couple of 200 mile road trips over mountain passes in inclement weather / snow and it got around 20 MPG.

We bought a 2020 model and the NAV screen is a little dated, the 2021 models NAV screen is much better. Worth several K more, I don't think so. I am used to driving American trucks and full size SUV's based on the trucks and am not used to stepping out of the Durango. It feels like I'm driving a car, but the step out height is much higher so I rub my leg on the rocker sill. Maybe it's just me, but it always feels weird to me.

The Durango is a true cross over type vehicle with attitude. I have bought several GM fullsize SUV's that my ex wife daily drove, and have owned several GM 1/2 and 3/4 ton GM trucks over the past 30+ years. The Durango is unique to me, it's really big inside but much smaller on the outside, has a really nice simple but decent quality interior, lots of leg room, rides like a car but sits higher and with the V8 has decent power. GM's Tahoe's and Suburban's are wider but they do not have more leg room and from my experience do not feel as buttoned down on the road as the Durango.

It is a Dodge, but it's a model that has been around for a long time and has good Mercedes bones, same as the Challenger / Charger.
 

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If you can swing it, I would go for the SRT 392 model. GM and Ford anything that compares to it for day to day hotrod family hauler duties.

I like the RT Durango but miss the Scat Pack Challenger I traded in.
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The 392 Hemi is a fantastic engine. I'm a huge LS fan, but the late model HEMI's are really good also.
 
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Checking in a couple months on with the Durango. The U Connect is simple to use and a cut above the system in my wife's Toyota and light years better the the POS system in my 2019 Ford 150 work truck. Seriously, WTF Ford, the back up camera only works half the time and the multi media screen locks up about every other day.

My wife has been daily driving it for the past couple of months and has grown to love it. Plenty of power for her, V8 exhaust sounds great, sporty handling and has a GTF out of my way attitude. Full time AWD, higher ride height, great driver assist apps etc have my wife preferring to drive the Durango over her little hot hatch Toyota IM.

So far, the only compliant I have is getting out of the vehicle is kinda difficult. It feels like it is sitting higher than it is and the front door opening is small. My left foot rubs the door sill and B pillar. Other than that no complaints.
It stands out in the 3 row SUV crowd, has decent V8 power, sounds amazing, has plenty of interior room, the NAV unit and apps are far better than any other US MFG and feels like a higher quality vehicle than we paid for.

My only gripe is that I wish it was an SRT Durango with the 392.
 
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My wife is from Northern CA and her daily driver is a Toyota IM something or another. I traded in my Scat Pack Wide Body Challenger so that my wife had a safer vehicle to drive during inclement weather in the PNW. I have a F150 Eco Boost crew cab 4x4 work truck so I am invincible in all weather conditions! Lol, I'm a chevy guy, the Ford does OK...but not as OK as a HD 4x4 Duramax CC...That truck was like a studded snowmobile on snow or ice.

As of today we have 8" of compacted snow and ice in our neighborhood. We took the Durango out and tested it with traction control off and on, all nannies off etc. It performed much better than I thought it would. I don't like all the traction control BS, but my wife felt much more confident driving in the adverse conditions with all the nannies on. I have read that the Durango RT has the same transfer case and axles that a Cherokee has? It felt like it driving it in 6"+ of snow and ice.
I am concerned about the little winglets under the front air dam, but they are still intact with 7" of powder snow.
 

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The widebody Challengers do not have a spare tire...had a bad experience with a flat at 1850 miles and Les Schwab wouldn't repair the tire. I paid 350.00 for a tire that didn't match the others just to get it out of their shop . I bought 2 each new stock replacement Pirelli 305/35/20 tires a couple of months ago from Tire Rack.com and paid about 650.00 for them. They are taking up room in my garage and I would like to get sell them . I would like to get 450.00 OBO, what's the best way to advertise them?
 
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