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You have an RT even if you have an SE

Back in 2014, Chrysler added an extended warranty to early 3.6 liter V6 engines. The otherwise highly reliable engine could have a flaw in the left-hand cylinder head, which made itself known only under an odd set of circumstances (that was relatively common in Wranglers). Knowing that, Chrysler covered it for parts and labor for a good long time — 150,000 miles or ten years, whichever came first.

Pentastar V6 engines

The extended warranty covered the 2011, 2012, and early-2013 Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Durango, minivans, 200, Avenger, Journey, Challenger, Charger, and 300 with engine sales code ERB, if a trouble code of P0300, P0302, P0304, or P0306 was set (for a misfire in cylinder 2, 4, 6, or a combination of cylinders).

Some customers were confused by the service bulletin itself, when they saw it, since it refers to the cars by body code. The Caravan listing has (RT) next to it, suggesting that only the RT (R/T) trim level was covered. In this case, though, RT is a body code, not a model; the Caravan SE is an RT-body. Confusing, yes, but, really, only for that generation of Caravans. Oh, and the LX cars (for 2011-13, that’s just the 300), since Chrysler used to have LX as a model (along with LXi).

Fortunately, Chrysler never used JC, JK, JS, LC, LD, WD, or WK as trim levels.

U.S. dealers should have details as part of warranty bulletin D-14-12, dated June 10, 2014. Other warranty bulletins were SAB-2014-11 (Canada), BG-22-14 (Mexico), ID-14-04 (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and ID-14-03 (everywhere else).

Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engines were critically acclaimed for their power, economy, and quiet operation; they have generally been trouble-free after the head issues were resolved.

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New Dart Blacktops coming

Dodge is adding its Blacktop packages to the 2014 Dodge Dart; there are already Blacktop packages for Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey, and even Grand Caravan. It will debut at next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Dodge Blacktop vehicles add unique gloss black wheels and painted split-crosshair grilles with matching grille surrounds, darkened headlamp bezels, and some interior touches and special paint colors. The Dart package will arrive at dealers by March 2014.

Based on the 2014 Dart SXT Rallye, the Blacktop package adds gloss black mirrors and 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels. The Rallye group already has a gloss black mask and split crosshair grille, dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, integrated dual exhaust, LED racetrack tail lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth. Dodge Dart Blacktop will be available in Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver, Pitch Black, and Bright White.

Interior details are a black/red premium cloth interior with red accent stitching on the instrument panel brow, center console, and seat bolsters; along with dual red accent stripes on the front seats and accents in the door trim panels. A black/light gray cloth interior is also available.

Standard SXT options are also available, including the Sun and Sound Group, which features a power express open/close sunroof, nine Alpine speakers with subwoofer, 506-watt amplifier, Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen radio, iPod control, satellite radio, rear backup camera, illuminated instrument panel surround, navigation and the cold weather group, which includes heated exterior mirrors, heated front premium cloth seats, tire-pressure monitoring display and remote start (with automatic transmission).

The Dart Blacktop package is just $295 more than the SXT with Rallye group.

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2014 Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger, and Chrysler 200 — have achieved Top Safety Pick ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS)

Three Chrysler Group cars — the 2014 Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger, and Chrysler 200 — have achieved Top Safety Pick ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). This is the sixth time the IIHS has commended the Avenger and 200 mid-size sedans, and the third they have  hailed the Dart.

citrus-dartAll three cars have significant advanced-technology steel content, which enhances structural integrity. The Dart’s 68% content ratio of high-strength steel is among the highest in the industry, and also helps Dart to gain a five-star safety rating from the Federal government.  The Dart has also 10 standard airbags, unsurpassed in its segment.

To be an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a car must achieve a rating of “good” in the moderate-overlap frontal crash, side impact test, roof strength test, and whiplash test, and must rate “acceptable” or better in the IIHS’ new small-overlap front crashworthiness evaluation.

All available safety features on the Avenger and 200 sedans are standard, including supplemental side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants.

Only 39 vehicles, all together, were given the Top Safety Pick rating, down from 130 last year, due to tougher standards. The insurance-company-funded IIHS crash-tests around 80 vehicles per year, and now gives extra points to frontal crash avoidance systems (available in Dart and Chrysler’s large cars).

Honda had six winners, including two Acuras; Volvo and Toyota each had three (plus one Scion). GM’s only listed car was the Korean Chevrolet Spark. Toyota’s win for Camry was especially important to the company, since Consumer Reports is putting Camry back onto its “recommended” list as a result.  Overall, Chrysler’s showing was fairly impressive; the results for the 2015 model year may be different, as  the 200 is being replaced and Avenger will reportedly be dropped.

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The Longest Super Bowl Commercial Ever

One of the most talked about Super Bowl Commercials
this year was also the longest Super Bowl commercial in history.

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Detroit, Michigan 2011