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Hello,

I purchased a 2012 AWD R/T 2 weeks ago. Now when we are commimg up a small hill it will hardly climb the hill. Anyone seen this or may have an idea as to what may be the issue.
 

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Pay attention to your transmission shifting. If it shifts hard or doesnt downshift when you step on it, your transmission may be the source of not having power. Check my thread on 2012 R/T transmission problems.
 

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I got my Durango back with a new transmission and the ECM was de-tuned. Noticably slower. I'm in the middle of a lemon law case.
Other than your perception of slowness, what makes you think they "de-tuned" your ECM? What on earth would make them do that even if they could -- which I'm pretty sure they can't.

Honestly it sounds like you have no basis for a lemon law suit, and would have a very hard time proving they did anything wrong -- other than replace your tranny under warranty like they are supposed to do. Sure you can bring a suit, but you may wind up spending a lot of money and recovering nothing.
 

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JRRF, I thought the softer, slower shifting was just in my head because it was gone for a month but I remembered the D having more guts. So I test drove a new R/T at another dealer. Big difference. Also, I saw a new sticker under the hood with "PCM performance update" hand written in marker on it. I called my service advisor at my dealer and asked about the sticker and my perceived slowness. He said it's normal to update the software and my update was to protect the new transmission, hense my perceptions and my de-tuned ECM.

My attorney received a letter from Chrysler asking for my loan payment history and registration last week. He was told by a Chrysler Rep in Irvine Ca that they will be taking my D back before March. The circumstances of my D clearly violated CA Lemon law. My Attorney handled this case on consignment:)
 

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JRRF, I thought the softer, slower shifting was just in my head because it was gone for a month but I remembered the D having more guts. So I test drove a new R/T at another dealer. Big difference. Also, I saw a new sticker under the hood with "PCM performance update" hand written in marker on it. I called my service advisor at my dealer and asked about the sticker and my perceived slowness. He said it's normal to update the software and my update was to protect the new transmission, hense my perceptions and my de-tuned ECM.

My attorney received a letter from Chrysler asking for my loan payment history and registration last week. He was told by a Chrysler Rep in Irvine Ca that they will be taking my D back before March. The circumstances of my D clearly violated CA Lemon law. My Attorney handled this case on consignment:)
I'm not familiar with CA lemon laws, and while surprised, I'm glad you got the satisfaction you were looking for. I think you mean your attorney took the case on contingency basis. But that is usually only for damage/injury cases where there is likely to be a monetary settlement. If all your getting is a new car, how is your attorney being compensated?
 

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You are correct, contingency (late night posting). My Attorney gets paid by the manufacture, if no settlement, he doesnt get paid. Although my D had one breakdown, it was gone for longer than thirty days in the first year of ownership.

I really like the Durango R/T, just not mine. I'm asking for a replacement. I am starting to see more postings on transmission problems though.
 

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I didn't realize your car was out of commission that long -- that's more of a standard lemon law feature. It sounds like Chrysler got screwed on this one if you are getting a new car and they are paying your attorney fees. If they had been willing to negotiate with you individually they would only be out the new car.
 

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That sure sucks that they couldn't fix your ride. But it's good to know they're going to give you another one. My question though...
How does that affect paying for it? Are you basically buying the new one at the same price of what you owed for the first? Or are you done with payments?
 
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