My Review Of Ed Napleton Dodge:
We purchased a 2008 Dodge Charger Daytona Edition from Ed Napleton Dodge in Oak Lawn, IL on Thursday, November 20, 2008 that we had initially found on EBay. According to the advertisement, the car was still under warranty from Chrysler 3/36 and Vortech 3/36, and also had the MSDS option needed to gain better gas mileage but would also have the power that we were looking for. This car did not have Navigation, Bluetooth, and they had removed the Daytona sticker from the bottom of the car. Prior to making the arrangements to purchase the car, Pete Schraeger (our salesman) assured us that he would have the sticker and both features (Navigation and Bluetooth) installed and that it would have everything the factory Navigation had but better. He also would have a sunroof installed and we agreed upon a trade in value for our 2007 Toyota Camry. Pete Schraeger also said that Ed Napleton Dodge is an authorized Vortech installer; in fact, Pete Schraeger had tuned the Supercharger on this car.
We arrived at the dealership in Oak Lawn, IL, and the car was still getting the Navigation system installed at a dealer-represented shop. We signed all paperwork with Joseph (finance manager) and waited for the car, on the grounds that the car was ok when we took physical possession. They were missing the extra key and the sticker. We stated we could stay an extra night in Oak Lawn and wait for the key but Joseph and Pete Schraeger insisted that they would just ship the key and the sticker when it arrived but they would ship that as well.
We left the dealership late that afternoon heading back to Texas. We began our return home and the car started making funny noises and was not shifting properly about 30 minutes into our drive. Also, the MSDS was not engaging, which the MSDS was a major factor in our purchasing this car since it would give us better gas mileage with the 5.7 liter engine. The tire light was also illuminated. The Bluetooth feature of the Navigation system was not working, the radio station reception was lacking (also part of the Navigation system) and the associated buttons to the stereo on the steering column were not working. We stopped the car, called and returned to the dealership and told them we were on the way back.
On the way back to the dealership we called the Navigation manufacturer and learned that the Bluetooth capability required an additional part and the lack of radio station reception was due to improper installation. We then called Pete Schraeger on his cell phone then called Joseph at Ed Napleton Dodge and were told they would check on the issue. Once we returned to the dealership Joseph said they were out of that part, that they would order it and they would just ship it out with the rest of the parts.
** The only part that we have received to date (1/5/09) is the tuner for the Supercharger. This is the only part we did not initially request. It was sent to fix the improper tune that Pete Schraeger had programmed.
On this second visit to the dealership Bill and Joseph went for a test drive in the car. The car shifted ok in 1st to 2nd but seemed to be having a problem from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th. It didn’t seem to be shifting gears correctly and if you punched it the engine would get to the revelator before it shifted out. (Pete explained later that he tuned it to be close and that we could move it to a lower setting by changing the tune he put on it.) Joseph affirmed to us that the car is still under warranty and just watch it and call them if the car continues to not sound right. Joseph stated that it might just need the tune tweaked. We also reported that the MSDS was not working as advertised. Joseph said he called their representative at Vortech and that it indeed was working but would not show on the indicator screen due to having a Supercharger. He also stated it could be that it has to get accustomed to our driving habits. Bill explained that we have driven other Chargers with the 5.7 MSDS and it only took a few moments to get used to our driving habits and the MSDS option was activated. Before we left Ed Napleton Dodge the second time Joseph assured us that even though we lived over 800 miles away, our warranty would be valid through Chrysler and Vortech. We were given several examples of previous instances where warranty work was done out of state. Joseph said to drive it home and if we are still having problems then let them know and they would take care of it.
Joseph stated that the MSDS should engage once we got out of town and onto the highway. We tested this on the return trip and it never engaged. We called the Ed Napleton Dodge dealership on our way home and Pete Schraeger stated that the MSDS does engage but the indicator screen does not show – this is also what Joseph stated. However, this is inaccurate as we called Vortech and they stated that the MSDS should work and will be indicated on the screen. The Vortech representative checked the s
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