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The Ultimate Cliche-Ridden Dodge Journey Review!

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So we just got back from driving the new Dodge Journey in Las Vegas, and we’re dreading the hordes of “Don’t Stop Believin’” cliched subheads we’re going to see on Friday, when all the first road tests of the new crossover appear. So to get a step ahead--as you TCC readers are used to being a step ahead--we’ve written this driving-impression-free review of the Journey incorporating every song title from the group’s greatest-hits album. Bully for you if you can pick out all fifteen without the help of iTunes.

Stay tuned for our road test on Friday, or earlier if some monthly magazine/Dutch Web site/filterblogger lets loose with their “first drive.” Until then, with apologies to Steve Perry:



Chrysler’s asking all of us - don’t stop believin’ in the company even though its public troubles are in the Wall Street Journal every other week. You’re right there with them--but how to convince your wife the new Dodge Journey is the right crossover to buy, even though the likes of the Saturn Vue and Honda Pilot are still out there?

First, explain to her this is no ordinary SUV. Women don’t always care about these things - your girl can’t help it if she thinks this is a “truck.” The Journey’s a crossover vehicle; only the young TCC readers will know it as such. The rest of us will want to call it a station wagon or an SUV.

It has a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. There’s no manual transmission version offered--ask the lonely console shifter, which rarely needs to be touched.

The Journey handles pretty well. You can put a wheel in the sky if you’re super stupid with the gas, but it responds faithfully to most rational steering inputs.

In the rear seat, two or three kids can go their separate ways (worlds apart?) since there’s enough room across the middle row. A third row is available, and there are all sorts of lights inside to help answer the question, “Who’s crying now?” You won’t have to ask often, because there’s a big rearview mirror to keep an eye on things.

Or you can just leave them all home. “I’ll be alright without you,” you can say, and crank up the optional Sirius satellite radio, or play your own music from the MyGIG internal hard drive.

The cargo area has enough room for lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ -- really, anything that will get you arrested in a parking lot. There’s even room to embrace with open arms in the front seat, even though the Journey’s based on the mid-size Avenger.

You can order the Journey any way you want it, as long as it’s front- or all-wheel drive. Be good to yourself and order the midline SXT. Oh and for your wife? Send her my love.
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  1. Cleever, June!
     
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  2. Haha, I love all the references to Journey tunes. All in all, it sounds like a nice crossover and a good edition for the Dodge lineup. It's enough to make me want to take a look at it.
     
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  3. You talk about women as if we don't do extensive research on the cars we decide to buy with our husbands. It makes you sound like an ignorant baboon.
     
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  4. "Journey makes water"

    My dodge journey makes enough water to play in. dealer says condensation is expected with these cars!! Water comes from catalytic converter, it's not from ac. I have a stream of water that runs out the back of the car when I pull and turn the car off.
     
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  5. "Dodge Journey"

    Has anybody out there had any problems like this. Any info helps.
     
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  6. Do not buy the Dodge Journey. I have way too many problems. Mold smell from the AC unit. Dealer fixed it 3 times. Engine makes noises like it's 10 years old. Nice look, no power. It's a lemon.
     
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  7. Am I the only that believes that the Dodge Journey is another American built vehicle that as soon the odometer passes the warranty mileage parts start to come off, noises begin, electronic parts stop working? This car is terrible, do not buy! I will be back to let you know where I post all my complaints!
     
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  8. Gosh, I will just write short stories: ... electronic parts stop working? Example, my wife's vehicle, speaking of the little old lady from Pasadena. At 12,200 miles the from brakes had to be replaced; YES, they were out of warranty by 200 miles! BTW, it would be nicer if I start from the beginning: the passenger front window makes a clack every time you roll it up or down, we took it in and records show they applied grease; still clacking! Moldings(plastic) around the inside of the vehicle, the moldings that cover the nuts and bolts around the seats so the occupants do not hurt themselves on them started coming off, records show glued applied; I guess they did not use crazy glue.
     
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  9. ... The Journey upholstery comes treated with some stain resistance product, I guess no thought of "water" stains. The treatment does not work on a water stain! The dealer cleaned the stain and once their cleaning agent dries up, the water stains come back. The Air Conditioner intermittently stops working. I did notice once when I was driving that the A/C becomes week when the manual shifting is used, I will say maybe there is a configuration that when the power is requested it takes from the A/C, but what about when the manual shifting is not in use, what configuration is that? Back to the braking system, at 23,000 miles the back brakes needed replacing, not in warranty! BTW, in case your reply is all the stopping done within 23,000 miles, 75-85% of these miles are highway miles and not not peak rush hour times.
     
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  10. ... Lets see what is next! May, you are right the nasty Mold smell from the A/C! I thought there was rain water coming in some where (I had a Chevy that had that problem but after an accident), but no this is the material they use for the ducts! Their is no fix other than time and every once in a while open the windows, yes we paid for the comfort of A/C so we can keep the windows down, thank God it is not too hot in South Florida. I will soon have to learn how to slim jim the drivers door as the power looks are failing! Present mileage is 45K, mostly Hwy, should I consider that failure wear and tear? By the way the dealers have taken care of issues in the past I can safely guess that some grease should fix my problem, LMAO.
     
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  11. ... The side rear view mirrors, the paint is peeling off, I guess that is air wear and tear, possibly from the friction of the air rushing up against the mirrors as I downshift the manual transmission to hit mach-1 to pass the cars that are at mach-.7. My friend just told me I had way to much coffee this morning, I will not tell him I have not had my monthly dose today. Well if you are still interested in buying a Journey, I can sell you mine. I am sure even Dodge does not want it back.
     
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  12. ... I cannot wait 'til I can get another Toy 4Run', (don't want to input the entire make and model so it can not be considered spam). My son has mine, 250K and runs like I purchased yesterday, 50-70K miles between brakes, 50K for tires, wiper blades at 70K miles. Do I miss the good times. I gave Dodge the chance to prove me wrong, my father had a '78 Che' Blaz' the BIG ones, 4x4 and at 45K miles it needed a new MOTOR! yes out of warranty! America I love you but not your cars. That really sucks!!!!!
     
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