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    SRT Pet Peeves

    Ok, a little over 2 weeks in, 1100 miles, and very pleased with the SRT. Coming from the GM and Ford performance worlds in recent years, though, there are some things about the SRT that are just silly or annoying compared to GM. I thought I would list a few, to see if others have similar opinions and experiences. Not bashing......these are little annoyances IMO (so, Capt Moe, no need to flame me for posting them )

    1) DRL's: For any GM car that I have owned later than 2006, DRL's (and auto headlights) were easily defeatable by flicking the spring loaded headlight switch. When the car was shut off and restarted, DRL's were back on. On the SRT, the DRL's can only be defeated by navigating to them and disabling them in uConnect or by turning the headlight switch to "off" instead of automatic. Not really a big deal I suppose, but when I am on a two-lane road I like the DRL's to be on, and sometimes it's not easy to remember to turn the headlight switch back to auto.

    2) Auto dim high beams: GM called their version "intellibeam." Easy to turn off/on on GM's either by turning on the foglamps/driving lamps or by manually flicking the high beam switch twice. It would default back to enabled. There was a little light on the dash that would tell you when it was enabled. On the SRT, again either you need to disable by uConnect or turn the headlight switch to manual....and thus you need to remember to switch it back.

    3) No hard buttons for seat heat and steering wheel heat controls. Extra taps are required on uConnect, which requires taking eyes off the road.

    4) Performance pages and other uConnect functions load ridiculously slowly.

    5) MDS: Meh. Been discussed here before. It is not quite as seamless as in my GM's.

    So....what are some other pet peeves that people have found? (fuel consumption and brake dust don't count....they go with the territory with vehicles like this....). Also, if anyone feels butthurt and thinks that I am bashing and feels the need to tell me that i should go back to my GM products....please reread my post....
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    What I’ve noticed is when going into a tunnel or parking garage or basically anywhere where it’s dark during the day the headlights will come on automatically since I have them in Auto mode but the lights on the buttons in the interior and SRT on the steering wheel will not come on until it’s completely dark. Kind of annoying since it gets hard to see the buttons.


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    I almost forgot a big peeve. What genius did they hire to design the sunroof? Every car that I have ever owned with an electric sunroof (including a '96 grand cherokee) had a neat little deflector that popped up when the sunroof is opened, to reduce wind noise and buffeting. The Durango has something similar, but instead of a deflector it's a piece of mosquito netting. Maybe it reduces buffeting.....but it is noisy and......the DARN THING CATCHES BUGS!!!! After a 100 mile road trip the thing was nasty. It's not like you can just hose it off.....you need to carefully clean it by hand. WTF.......
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    Yes the performance pages load at punch-card speed...yes some panel gaps are askew, I like to fiddle a lot with the steering wheel xm channel/volume buttons and sometimes I hit the paddle shift and wheee we rev to the moon Alice

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post

    3) No hard buttons for seat heat and steering wheel heat controls. Extra taps are required on uConnect, which requires taking eyes off the road.
    I'm gonna take my chances replying...lol
    When you first start the engine, there is a screen where you can quickly turn those two functions on. Doesn't address the lack of hard buttons but, it helps get them going prior to hitting the road.

    I don't know if the netting is any noisier than a solid deflector but, it definitely gets full of bugs...lol

    My only pet peeve is the thump I get from the suspension on occasion. I had it in my 2014 R/T and still get it in my SRT so it must be some kind of design flaw.

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    No Spare Tire!!!
    I mean, I get it. Run flats. Fine. But how about making a spare tire standard just in case the owner can't afford to replace his run flats with run flats when it comes time to buy new tires. I think it's cheap to make a potential buyer cough up another $400 on a safety item.

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    For myself.. I have 2 that kinda twists my onions. The onboard dash layout when changing via steering wheel lags painfully slow, switching from screen to screen. Why isn't it faster instead of a 1-2sec delay. In other vehicles I own /owned, it's instantaneous. Feels like I'm waiting for water to boil.

    The other is the different driving modes. If you change it to a custom mode or any other mode for that matter, why does it always revert back to auto mode?? Ugh. I suppose stop being lazy and just push the SRT button twice everytime you start it is fine but an unnecessary step IMO.
    Other than that, I enjoy the thirsty beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christiann.v View Post
    What I’ve noticed is when going into a tunnel or parking garage or basically anywhere where it’s dark during the day the headlights will come on automatically since I have them in Auto mode but the lights on the buttons in the interior and SRT on the steering wheel will not come on until it’s completely dark. Kind of annoying since it gets hard to see the buttons.


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    I believe they are coming on, but the contrast/brightness is not sufficient to offset (or account for) the ambient light. You can override this by adjusting the dash dimmer up (which should be found left of the steering wheel on the lower part of the dash) to the first click, which puts dash lights on full brightness (the next click turns on the interior lights -dome, etc). Just know that, when you do this, you override the auto day/night mode in maps. To undo, simply roll the dial back down (just past the "click").

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
    I almost forgot a big peeve. What genius did they hire to design the sunroof? Every car that I have ever owned with an electric sunroof (including a '96 grand cherokee) had a neat little deflector that popped up when the sunroof is opened, to reduce wind noise and buffeting. The Durango has something similar, but instead of a deflector it's a piece of mosquito netting. Maybe it reduces buffeting.....but it is noisy and......the DARN THING CATCHES BUGS!!!! After a 100 mile road trip the thing was nasty. It's not like you can just hose it off.....you need to carefully clean it by hand. WTF.......
    Agreed, plus it's ugly as sin I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
    2) Auto dim high beams: GM called their version "intellibeam." Easy to turn off/on on GM's either by turning on the foglamps/driving lamps or by manually flicking the high beam switch twice. It would default back to enabled. There was a little light on the dash that would tell you when it was enabled. On the SRT, again either you need to disable by uConnect or turn the headlight switch to manual....and thus you need to remember to switch it back.
    Maybe I am not understanding this but I keep my headlights on auto and to enable/disable my auto high beams I can just pull or push the left steering column stalk and in the center information screen where the tach is it tells me whether it's enable or disabled.

    As for pet peeves, mine are pretty small and similar to yours:

    1) I wish the heated steering wheel and seats were hard buttons that I could leave on all the time instead of having to turn them on each time I turn the car on. Also, the touch screen the buttons for this are small and I fat finger it sometimes while I am driving even if the road is really smooth.

    2) I wish the drive settings stayed the same from where I set it last and not default to eco mode.

    3) Behind the left side of the steering wheel is the button to scroll through the radio presets but it only scrolls one way. All of the other cars I have driven had another button that scrolls the opposite way so you could go back to a preset station without having to cycle all the way through the other presets.

    4) In my Lexus I am able to rewind live radio up to 15 minutes. Sounds dumb but once you have it is a nice feature to be able to re-listen to songs or talk radio if you miss something being said, etc.

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