Originally Posted by jasonw
As soon as my dealership gets one or two, going to test drive it with the wife. Thinking about trading in her Durango for one.
CopyCat! I did just that this weekend!
And I love this little car. It's small, but not 'cramped' as many smaller cars feel - at least to me. Sure, the bigger 200 and Chargers looked wonderful, but I could not personally justify a car payment if the car got less than 35MPG highway.
I bought the Limited 1.4L Turbo - 6 Speed, it's a bit of a slacker under 2200 RPM's or so, but once the Turbo gets it's boost going it can get up and move just fine. I've been babying it, as I want a nice smooth engine break in - trying to stay under 4000 RPM's mostly.
It shifts really smooth, it handles and holds the road fantastically and has the power when you get on it and the turbo spins up. I did spin it up some getting on the interstate today, it stuck right to the corner/on-ramp - left the OCD 'cant be behind anyone' kind of driver behind me in the dust on that corner and was right at 65 when I hit the freeway. I like the feel of three kinds of autos: Powerful 4WD trucks, Muscle Cars, and these little agile 'euro' manual trans cars like this.
I'm really impressed overall; I've driven many cars over my life - worked at Goodyear a while, drive rental cars all the time with my current job, and just being a gear head - traded cars a lot. This is probably the most fun car I've seriously driven overall - I can't count anything real 'snazzy' I just drove on to the lift at Goodyear, lol. For it's price, it's a definite winner.
I went with the 'lifetime' warranty that was offered too. I'm working on too many friends cars lately to have kept working on my Durango, not that it needed more than one would expect for 130K miles, but it was getting there. I seen gas prices going up - my mileage on the D going up - seemed like an optimal time to trade it in.
The UConnect is just amazing, the screen is easily big enough for me to see clearly - I can just load it up with music on SDCard or Flash drive, and of course the Satellite Radio is great. We'll see about paying for that long term - maybe if the yearly price isn't too bad... I might. The Stereo is just the normal UConnect one - but still sounds great, albeit a bit light on the bass on some songs. So if you MUST have outstanding audio - you might want to look at the Alpine upgrade.
That being said - well, I wasn't being too terribly patient, lol - I was thinking about getting one with the options I wanted and waiting, but the Limited really caught my eye - tinted windows and all. Some options on it I would not have gotten, like Leather Seats, Sunroof, and the Backup Camera; I would have elected for the Stereo upgrade, however, the test drive got me good - and after thinking about it, the added Safety or the camera and the coolness of the seats and sunroof were a more than suitable trade for the Stereo.
Had to do my first fill up in the Dart - $38.00 for 3/4 tank of Premium - was quite a relief over the $80+ the V8 needed... especially considering how much driving I did...