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About redtomatoman

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    New Mexico
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    2011 Journey R/T
  1. I'm on a surf trip in El Salvador. I caught the wave of the day. 3 feet overhead. Slayed it for 100+ yards! That made me smile today. Peace.
  2. I believe that it's a sensor. These DJs have so many sensors. I'm not a mechanic but this sounds like some sensor that is misbehaving. Air-fuel or some transmission sensor? Peace.
  3. How did consumer reports recruit so many mopar haters into one place? While the DJ is not perfect, neither is any other vehicle. I really like mine. Still runs like the day it came home from the dealer. My mileage has been pretty darn good. In New Mexico, speed limits are 75 mph on the highway, winds are often quite strong, the elevation is nearly 7000 ft, and there are plenty of hills; I still get 23-26 mpg. . . That's even with roof cargo such as bike. Consumer reports really is unfair and unknowledgeable. Peace.
  4. I have a 2011 and I have had a good experience with mine. The V6 and I4 engines are similar in efficiency. The I4 engine is fine. I have the small calipers and have replaced the pads with aftermarket EBC brake pads. The brakes stop strong. I haven't replaced the calipers. I have no idea what you mean about the steering wheel. It steers the car perfectly. The 8.4 upgrade is possible, but too much trouble, IMO. If you want the Uconnect experience, get a new DJ or one that already has what you want. I don't think there will be a problem getting mopar parts for that DJ. I'm not aware of any specific issues with the I4 DJs, but I'm sure others will chime in. Good Luck. Peace.
  5. It certainly does not sound normal. Mine does nothing like that. If you don't think it was the road, then I'd get the DJ back to the dealer asap. I'd ask to return the vehicle and get another one. I've heard of test drives longer than 200 miles so an exchange is certainly not crazy. Who knows? Maybe it is something simple and an easy fix. Good Luck. My 2011 has been a great car. I hope yours turns out that way too! Peace.
  6. Have a dealer check the clock spring and/or SCCM in the steering column. That's where I'd start. Peace.
  7. I think you answered your own question. It's not much of an inconvenience. . . I would think your 2017 crossroad probably has a lot of niceties that you didn't have on your civic, just not the walk away lock feature. I am correct? As long as you are happy with the other aspects of your DJ, you'll get used to having to push the button when you leave the vehicle, it will become habit, and you'll forget all about the locking feature. Peace.
  8. I have noticed this same thing. I always try to keep a clean filter in my vehicles. I have a 91 dakota that not only gets better mileage but idles smoother with a new clean air filter. I change the filter every 6 months in my DJ. Still runs like the day I brought it home. I usually get 19-21 in town. I live at almost 7000ft elevation so I think a dirty filter affects performance slightly more here. Not sure. Peace.
  9. Others will likely chime in, but I don't think seat covers are recommended, generally, due to the seat side airbags and active headrests. I have been hesitant to install them for that reason. Peace.
  10. I have a 2011 and it has been a solid vehicle. It is not my daily driver so I cannot comment on the daily grind sorts of wear and tear, but it still runs like the day I brought it home with 60,000+ miles on it. I think one simple rule to avoiding a lot of problems is to let the DJ idle down to below 1000rpm before shifting or driving. It takes 20-30 seconds. Definitely get the extended warranty to cover any problems, especially electronics. Peace.
  11. I started my DJ, pulled it out of the garage, and shut it off. A few minutes later, I noticed a small wet spot under the center of the vehicle. Looked like water dripping from the central exhaust pipe. Anyone else's DJ do this? I figure its better to drip rather than holding onto the moisture, but I've never noticed this previously. Maybe its because I ran it for such a short time and things were not warm. I'm not worried, just wondering. . . My drain holes at the back of the exhaust system drip with fair frequency as well. Peace.
  12. I have been quite happy with my 2011. I had the cylinder #2 misfire which has been corrected with a new left side head. I also had a cam phaser replaced. The motor still runs like the day I brought it home. The brakes are smaller than newer models. I replaced my pads with ebc greenstuff pads and rotors with ebc drilled and slotted rotors. They stop strong. No signs of any warping. I had the sccm in the steering column replaced bc my cruise control was wonky. No problems with that over the last 4 years. That's it I think. As far as AWD, there is no difference between dodge AWD and other AWD systems as far as tires are concerned. Size matters. Lots of electronics. Not sure how that's different from the others. I have the extended warranty. Peace.
  13. Thanks for the info bram. . . Peace.
  14. Just for fun, I went to the Uconnect update site to see what it would say for my vehicle, and I found this update for my 2011: Update 1: UCONNECT®8.4_MY11_DODGE_RADIO_15_17_19_RE2_RE3_RE6_RB4_RB5_RB6 Service Bulletin ID: 08-055-15 Release Date: 2014-09-15 Should I do this update??? Peace.
  15. I have been watching this debacle unravel. . . While I have not had this "Can't Unlock Maps" issue on my 2011, I do indeed have a 2016 map update for my Nav unit. I can't remember, but I believe I purchased directly from Garmin. I hope I do not have this issue on my 8.4N unit. Peace.