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Dodge Makes Top 10 in Consumer Reports Annual Reliability Ranking

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by 1999 White C5 Coupe, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. vipergg

    vipergg Well-Known Member

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    Dodge could take some of this advise. A number of Durango owners have been complaining about water in the racetrack rear lighting which eventually ruins it . I love this feature but not if they cannot make it reliable . Just to replace this rear light is over $1000 . I'm hoping they are wrong about the Durango seeing I just bought a 2020 Durango .
     
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  2. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    In defence of at least Mopar; 50 years ago, Chrysler products in general were reliable by the standards of their day. CR Recommended the Dart and Valiant, especially with the 225 Slant Six and AT, for almost all of that platform's production run. A body drum brakes sucked but, a trade off for bulletproof drivetrains. :)
     
  3. valiant67

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    Yes, I see Durango’s with one side out where the racetrack lights dip on the lower side. Darts seem to have the same or worse. I haven’t noticed Chargers with the issue.
     
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  4. Beentherebefore

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    It wasn't just the compacts. The "B" bodied cars were recommended several times, especially after they began offering the "5 & 50" warranty several years before any of the other companies.
     
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  5. Chase300

    Chase300 Well-Known Member

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    I've read the same on-line, so I watch my '14 like a hawk and so far no leaks after 100K. Trust me its been in torrential rain downpours, and I wash her with a pressure washer. It seems the QC is hit or miss on them. My bother-in-law had this issue with his Honda van and we simply drilled a small hole in the bottom so it drained. Problem solved.
     
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  6. vipergg

    vipergg Well-Known Member

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    Well I hope I have your luck with it . So far I really like the vehicle and it seems the initial quality is there . I don't like having to shut off the stupid stop/start feature every time I start the car . . Also not real keen the way they do the headlights on the current gen where they are using a single bulb halogen and use a shutter type system where it restricts the light on the bulb for low beam and opens it up for high beam , seems unnecessarily complex and something else to go wrong . This gives it a hard cutoff in the light pattern and isnt as good as it should be for low beam . High beam is almost acceptable . Wish they would have kept the 4 headlight setup of the 11-14 years .
     
  7. jsucha

    jsucha Well-Known Member

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    Here is an option to permanently disable the stop/start system.
    Jeep-Dodge-Chrysler Products (at https://www.smartstopstart.com/jeep-dodge-chrysler-products.html )
     
  8. Chase300

    Chase300 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, wasn't aware of that on the lights...but can't say I've had any issues with single bulb lights in the past. I have the HID's in my '14 which are certainly better than the Halogen on low beam, but the current LED driving lights are world's better than the small halogen driving lights I have in my '14. So that is a big improvement that was made to the lights.
     
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    The single bulb with a shutter has been around for a few years on several cars I've had. It works good for a low beam because it cuts the top of the beam - the part which is most likely to cause problems with blinding other drivers.
    I waited until dark and parked several feet in front of the garage door and watched the cut off between low and high beams. I think it works well.
     
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  10. Panterasr9

    Panterasr9 Active Member

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    That is awesome top ten is great news!
     
  11. Citation84

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    'The move up was attributed to above-average reliability ratings for the Challenger and Grand Caravan."

    Yes those outdated embarrassing Daimler era dinosaurs only sold because there's lots of cash on the hood thangs. /sarc.

    Good.

    Skeptical about the MINI moving into the Top Ten. Check back next year.
     
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  12. Citation84

    Citation84 Well-Known Member

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    Ironically millions of those side saddle trucks built over 20 years drove billions of miles with minimal incidents as well. Despised Dateline for years for that. X times x times x extrapolate out to a probability of this happening to YOU...... perhaps in 100,000 years.

    Get those bottle rockets ready and make. this. work.

    Now they only do true crime, which they're able to do quite well.

    80s style sensational ambush journalism ? Not so much
     
  13. Chase300

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    FCA had 2 on C&D 10 best list...Ram 1500 and Gladiator....Ford? Nada.
     
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  14. Doug D

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    Not to mention how many big rigs have saddle tanks.
     
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    No GINGER ALE...lol? C'mon maaa'an...lol!
     
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  16. voiceofstl

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    Disk brakes were avable on A bodys since 1966.
     
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    His point is that Chrysler regularly has used price cutting on its lower trims that have always resulted in a negative image. Many loved the slant six darts but hated the drum brakes that were standard on them. We’re drum brakes really cheaper than disc when they had more parts and proven to be less effective and were already available?? No, but marketing made the decision to make them optional at a premium for “more money”.

    Much like today, the 2019 ram was not a top safety pick because the headlights on lower trims stink. But for 2020 they now come standard with better headlights and earned the top safety pick.
     
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    I've always been told that disks cost more to make then drum....I don't know how, drums have to assembeled by hand with alot mopre parts.
     
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  19. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Discs were a dealer installed option for 1965, then become a factory feature starting 1966. My 1967 Dodge Dart 4 door sedan; it had said Kelsey-Hayes discs as well as the HD suspension (front swaybar, etc).
     
  20. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Note that the 1972 down discs on at least USA/Canadian/Australian A bodies used the 4 piston Kelsey-Hayes design; starting 1973, Chrysler went with single piston calipers. One outler was South Africa; their 1971 on down A bodies; despite being all but identical to concurrent models here, aside from being RHD, they used an odd double piston disc design.
     

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