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y'all can do all the speculation you want, it will not help, after hundreds of posts they know the problem and don't care. start to put the pressure on dodge on all forums sites anywhere you can. we can post till 2020, it won't help until they feel that this will hurt possible sales. put them on notice, starting tomorrow. i plan to with the two dodge dealers that i deal with.
Better yet, drop in a 426 crate motor after the tc breaks

Then you can avoid it happening again

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Any insight as to why some say their MDS activates much more often? Like everyone else, I'd actually like to see this whole mess resolved preferably by a factory fix or by preventative maintenance. I'd really like to get an auto as a daily driver but I've been sitting on the fence for too long undecided as to whether using autostick would be a PIA or not.

If you really want an auto daily driver consider a 2008-2010 6.1L SRT8, no MDS and a completely different timing belt setup, I can't comment about real world fuel economy on the automatics, but it is much better than sticker on the manuals, I average around 19 mixed mostly highway, and have had peak of about 25 mpg on a 300+ mile road trip mostly cruising at 70+ mph. Prices for a low mileage car are similar, maybe even cheaper than a new RT.

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We can discuss the strategies to deal with the aftermath of a failure or to avoid one, or argue among ourselves about what to do all we want, but I think that CruzKing is right: this has gone long enough. At this point we shouldn't be speculating anymore. I just emailed Dodge and got the canned corporate response (albeit immediate and polite): they don't recognize this thread and recommend seeing a dealer if the car ever has a problem. I went ahead and bought an auto R/T in spite of the very depressing accounts and already long list of casualties (I'll drive in AutoStick exclusively until a 2013 is released or we get answers)... and I'm no troublemaker but I think we have to rock the boat in the face of such inertia.
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We can discuss the strategies to deal with the aftermath of a failure or to avoid one, or argue among ourselves about what to do all we want, but I think we have to rock the boat in the face of such inertia.

Until safety (deaths) come into play due to this, nothing is going to happen.
Warranties will run out & the cost to Dodge is done.

With the small % of failures based on total cars sold its a miniscule problem.
We all have to realize this, dollars & the amount of actual failures will determine mfgr action if any.

So with the cost to rectify this, again based on the small % of TC failures, Dodge is just going to deal with the failures that are under warranty & just not worry about it..
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where are these instructions? in the box w the part?

Id like to see it. if its true, im ripping off the screens on mine! that is, if they are still there

The info on removing the screens comes from the computer instructions from STAR that your tech gets when he logs in to do the work.


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y'all can do all the speculation you want, it will not help, after hundreds of posts they know the problem and don't care. start to put the pressure on dodge on all forums sites anywhere you can. we can post till 2020, it won't help until they feel that this will hurt possible sales. put them on notice, starting tomorrow. i plan to with the two dodge dealers that i deal with.
Hey CruzKing, do me a favor and wait until I sale mine before you do a slaughter campaign on them and drop the resale prices down to nothing! Right now I can get a lot better price for mine that an SRT* owner can get for his, and that will work out well for me to move up.
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Hey CruzKing, do me a favor and wait until I sale mine before you do a slaughter campaign on them and drop the resale prices down to nothing! Right now I can get a lot better price for mine that an SRT* owner can get for his, and that will work out well for me to move up.
For myself, I would rather see a recall and gamble with the Chrysler mechanics changing an improved/stronger timing chain than have the mechanics do a complete overhaul an a motor. The thought of having a tech stripping my motor down all the way isin't cutting it for me.

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That's why I don't understand people saying ( don't worry- you have a lifetime warranty ) I do not want to go thru that nightmare with a dealership tearing apart at my car.


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Have you tried Autostick..?
Its brainless to use, hands are on the wheel, 1 finger to paddle it..

Nothing like a manual.. Its SO EASY, & NO MDS..

Hard to believe you bought a Muscle Car w/ a V8 and are THAT concerned about gas mileage..

But its your car, drive it how you want.
Let us know when the chain goes.. (again..)
That is exactly why I bought the R/T instead of the SRT, along with the 10k difference and gas guzzler tax. Oh and the manual was not available yet.

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That is exactly why I bought the R/T instead of the SRT, along with the 10k difference and gas guzzler tax. Oh and the manual was not available yet.

Same here....

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