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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

August 4, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 299,718 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans to replace the Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) modules. The ORC modules may have been exposed to moisture and could eventually experience an illumination of the airbag light with the potential for an inadvertent airbag deployment.

This announcement follows a prior recall of the same vehicles in January of 2011 to replace the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) drain grommet, which had the potential to leak moisture into the area of the ORC module.

Chrysler engineers have determined that the printed circuit board in ORC modules previously exposed to moisture could delaminate over time, despite the elimination of the source of prior moisture. This potential delamination could lead to a disruption in the circuitry and compromise airbag performance.

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

Chrysler reports it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition in vehicles that have had the prior recall completed. “Despite the lack of field reports, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers to replace these modules to ensure the proper functionality of the minivan’s advanced safety system,” said David Dillon, Head of Product Investigations and Campaigns.

Most of the vehicles involved are sold in the United States; there are also 50,251 vehicles in Canada; 3,748 vehicles in Mexico, and 13,633 export models.

Chrysler will begin sending letters to customers in September to schedule appointments with dealership service departments for a no-charge repair. Dealer service personnel will replace the ORC modules at no cost to the customer.

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Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I go through the steps needed to pair up your phone into your Media Center radio.

Now, remember to make sure that your phone is compatible by going to Dodge.com/Uconnect as well as making sure that your Media Center radio is equipped with Uconnect connectivity. (Just because there’s a Uconnect button DOES NOT mean that your radio has Uconnect! The only to truly tell is to push the voice button to see if it’s supported.)

It may seem intimidating at first, but trust us, it’s extremely easy! Unlike the other processes we’ve helped you with, this task uses only the on-board Voice Command System. So all you need to do is press the Uconnect button and follow the steps outlined in the video.

Stay tuned because we will be doing more Brandl Media Minute Videos explaining more of the great things these radios and vehicles can do! If you have any questions about how to operate your radio, or have suggestions on other topics we should cover, send me an email at LT@BrandlMotors.com

Media Center Radios come equipped in many different Chrysler Group Vehicles, including but not limited to, the 2011 Chrysler 200Jeep Grand CherokeeRam 1500Dodge Durango, and more! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

June 5, 2011 8:01 PM-Sunday night, during the NBA Championship, Dr. Dre appeared in the commercial for the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ sound system featured in the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S.

In the Chrysler 300 commercial, “Good Things,” Dr. Dre is seen driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a Beats by Dr. Dre equipped 2012 Chrysler 300. As a voice over explains that “good things” don’t necessarily come to those who wait, but instead to those who work to make it happen.

As he drives through the streets, people respond to the music pouring out of his car. Eventually Dr. Dre reaches his destination, a hip-hop club, where he exits the vehicle and delivers a line reminiscent of the one delivered in the Chrysler brand Super Bowl commercial, “Born of Fire,” but, this time, for a different audience, “This is L.A. and this is what we do.”

As a prolific and acclaimed artist, producer, label head and entrepreneur, Dr. Dre has revolutionized music throughout his career. His work as an artist includes some of the most influential and essential music in hip hop. He is also considered to be one of the greatest music producers of the past quarter century and has also discovered and nurtured incredible talent (Eminem, Snoop Dogg).

Currently, he is working to improve the quality of sound with his most recent venture, Beats by Dr. Dre, while he also finishes his long-awaited and much anticipated final solo album, Detox.

Screen Shot from the "Good Things" Ad Spot

Screen Shot from the "Good Things" Ad Spot

Behind the world’s first integration of Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology, the 2012 Chrysler 300S features a high-performance 10-speaker Beats Audio system:

  • It delivers the mid- to high-range needed for studio-quality sound with three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors.
  • Two 6-inch x 9-inch front-door woofers provide bass
  • Two 6-inch x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio

Chrysler brand’s national advertising campaign was created in partnership with Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore. and launched the first week of May. All of the Chrysler 300 advertising can be viewed on the Chrysler brand Facebook Page at and on the Chrysler brand You Tube Channel.

As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for Checking out Chrysler Catchall!

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the first of a demonstration fleet of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup trucks to municipal officials in Yuma, Ariz., today.

The 10 PHEV Ram 1500 pickups delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to Yuma, 11 other partners across the United States will receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies from North Dakota, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Arizona. Cities will include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Mo.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 PHEV includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW; directional charging; reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle can be disconnected when not needed.

The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Multiple Displacement System (MDS) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group collect a wide range of data,” explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. “Temperature extremes found in the cold of North Dakota or the heat of Arizona can have a severe impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

The choice of a Ram 1500 pickup truck was based upon two-speed transmission technology that was readily available from a previous vehicle electrification project from the Chrysler Group.

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Urban and rural use also will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed “reverse power flow” of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

The Chrysler Group also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

As posted on RedLetterDodge.com:

May 11, 2011 – 12:00 pm by RLD- So you got 1200 lbs. of male cargo you need to transport in a hurry? Our 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T can fill that tall order. Its powerful yet fuel efficient 3.6L Pentastar V6 didn’t win numerous awards and accolades from the always skeptical motoring press for nothing. This little dynamo produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to plant your testosterone occupants firmly in the in Grand Caravan’s black leather seats.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

These great looking seats are an R/T-exclusive and have red stitching that give the interior more attitude and less shuttle bus feel. If you’re in the driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are at your controls. Should your buddies in the back get rowdy on the way to the game, a premium sound system with nine-speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier will drown them out.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

The Grand Caravan R/T will also bend corners without protest as the R/T package comes standard with a performance-tuned suspension that includes retuned front/rear springs and shocks, a 12 mm lower ride height and lower-rolling resistance tires. These features will make you want to strap on a helmet and hit the race track.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

Speaking of hitting the track, that’s just what we did at the Texas Motor Speedway. Jefferson Bryant, a freelance automotive journalist shot the video above of the Grand Caravan R/T during the Texas Auto Writer’s Spring Roundup last week. We know many of you will never hit the race track but just in case you feel the need, our Grand Caravan R/T can take you and your buddies for heck of a thrill ride!

April 29, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Mopar®, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, today served up 12 gift ideas for mom and mom’s ride.

“From safety kits to our industry-first Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, we have something for every Mopar mother out there. In addition, we offer more than 100,000 parts and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram vehicles at our Mopar eStore where customers may simply order from their computer and have items shipped to their doorstep.”

Tricia Hecker
Head of Mopar Marketing

Following are Mopar’s 12 gift ideas for Mother’s Day:

For Moms Looking for Safety and Security Features:

Roadside Safety Kit

Roadside Safety Kit

1. Roadside Safety Kit: A valuable asset for any roadside emergency. Kit includes safety flashlight, fleece blanket, six-gauge jumper cables, safety triangle, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, two bungee cords and gloves. (Part No. 82211983, MSRP: $103.00)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

2. Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): Time is of the essence when it comes to stolen-vehicle recovery. Mopar’s Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) works 24/7 with nationwide coverage to keep track of your vehicle. This GPS-enabled real-time tracking system includes a $1,000 Theft Protection Warranty and is transferable. Optional upgrade plans provide Emergency Service Dispatch and OnCallTM on-board panic button. Features such as setting speed and distance parameters with text alerts, unlimited online tracking, and full concierge service are also offered. (MSRP: $459, Part No. 82212457)

For Moms on the Go:

Mopar Portable Navigation System

Mopar Portable Navigation System

3. Mopar Portable Navigation System: This Garmin nüvi® 3760T is an ultra-thin navigator with üRoute™ technology with trafficTrends™ and myTrends.™ Automatic self-learning, with arrival-time estimate. Features on the multi-touch dual-orientation 4.3-inch wide-screen glass display include lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth® wireless, FM lifetime traffic, pre-loaded street maps for North America, spoken street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute,™ pedestrian navigation options, and hands-free calling capabilities. (Part No. 82212492, MSRP: $399.00)

Uconnect WEB

Uconnect WEB

4. Uconnect™ WEB: Uconnect Web’s in-car router receives 3G broadband Internet, allowing passengers to surf the Web, social-network, look up directions, check e-mail, play online games, or download music. Works with any Wi-Fi-enabled device. No cell cards or software required. Subscription required; sold separately. (Part No. 82211856AB, MSRP: $499.00)

DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones

DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones

5. DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones: Wireless headphones available for various DVD systems in a variety of makes and models. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $69.00 – $149.00)

Slush Mats

Slush Mats

6. Slush Mats: Heavy-duty mats feature deep grooves that help prevent water, snow, and mud from spilling onto the floor. Available in a variety of vehicle interior colors. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $43.00 – $162.00)

Sport Utility Bars

Sport Utility Bars

7. Sport Utility Bars: These heavy-duty bars increase a vehicle’s cargo capacity and accommodates all of Mopar’s sports and cargo carriers. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $210 – $403)

Roof Box Cargo Carrier

Roof Box Cargo Carrier

8. Roof Box Cargo Carrier: Keeps cargo dry and secure. Tough, locking thermoplastic carrier features quarter turn installation and gas-cylinder opening system. Attaches to Sport Utility Bars. (Part umbers vary, MSRP: $516-532)

For Mom’s Looking for Luxury:

Katzkin Leather Interiors

Katzkin Leather Interiors

9. Katzkin Leather Interiors: Katzkin offers premium leather-trimmed packages with embroideries, piping, two-tones, suede and much more in many different colors. Ask your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram dealership for more information.

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

10. Premium Carpet Floor Mats: Plush carpet mats feature rubber-nibbed backing with driver-side retention to help keep them in place. Available in a variety of interior colors with a variety of vehicle or brand logos. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $35.00 – $118.00)

Kicker® Premium Audio Systems

Kicker® Premium Audio Systems

11. Kicker® Premium Audio Systems: Speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers are designed specifically for each vehicle, maximizing the sound experience. KICKER parts install easily; just bolt and plug them in. No cutting or soldering required. See your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram dealership for more information.

Chrome Door Sill Guards

Chrome Door Sill Guards

12. Chrome Door Sill Guards: Add a touch of stainless steel style while protecting a vehicle’s interior door sills from scratches. Chrome Door Sill Guards are available in both non-illuminated and illuminated for a variety of vehicles with a variety of logos. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $25.00 – $454.00)

As always, click on any of the photos in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

The MDS (Multiple Displacement System) was introduced in 2006 and has been included with HEMI‘s ever since. Michael Cairns, the Vehicle Line Executive for Ram Trucks breaks the system down and explains how it can save you money at the pump, which is especially important today with the rising fuel prices.

 5.7L HEMI V8

5.7L HEMI V8

I’ve included a few photos below of the 5.7 Liter Hemi V8 Engine that’s used in every Chrysler Group LLC brand of vehicles except for Fiat. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

HEMI Badge

HEMI Badge

Chrysler released a video yesterday afternoon that goes into depth about their TPMS system that is equipped on most newer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. TPMS means Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is the series of sensors located inside the tire that communicates with the vehicles computer, telling drivers when the pressure has dropped in one of the four tires.

TPMS Light

TPMS Light

Chrysler explains not only the operation of their TPMS system, but also offers some tips for how to keep your tires properly inflated to the correct pressure, as well as explaining how to obtain proper pressure on the Ram 2500. With the Ram 2500, the proper air pressure will vary from 45 to 70 psi, depending on whether the truck is empty or loaded down.

TPMS Wheel Sensors

TPMS Wheel Sensors

In other news, it appears Chrysler has addressed the issues iPhone users have been having with the 730N radio (RER).

Previously, users had intermittent connectivity when using Bluetooth to connect their iPhone 4 to a RER radio. The software upgrade is designed to eliminate any “disconnects” and give customers uninterrupted service.

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

The software upgrade is covered under the 3-year/36,0000-mile warranty, and possibly under some service contracts. For specific details in your case and to schedule an appointment to upgrade your 730N radio (RER) for the iPhone 4 compatibility issues, contact your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® or Ram dealer.

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall! As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles!

February 21, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -Vehicle buyers are spending more and more to personalize and accessorize their rides. Consumer spending for Mopar® accessories on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram vehicles nearly doubled in 2010.

“More of our customers are driving out of our dealerships with Mopar accessories on their vehicle. With 16 new vehicles including our new Fiat 500, Mopar will add more than 1,500 accessories to our portfolio this year.”

-Pietro Gorlier
President and CEO of Mopar

Mopar currently offers more than 8,000 proven, quality-tested accessories. Following is a list of Mopar’s top-10 selling accessories in 2010:

Wheel Lock Kit

Wheel Lock Kit

1. Wheel Lock Kit: Wheel locks are available for most models and have an exclusive key code for maximum protection. Available in one- and two-piece styles, kits include four or five chrome-plated locking nuts, and one exclusive Mopar key. The kit protects against wheel and tire theft without affecting wheel balance. (MSRP ranges from $44 – $46, depending on vehicle and part application)

Roadside Safety Kit

Roadside Safety Kit

2. Roadside Safety Kit: Safety kit includes flashlight, fleece blanket, six-gauge jumper cables, safety triangle, screwdrivers, pliers, two bungee cords and gloves. (MSRP: $103.00, Part No. 82211983)

Mopar Portable Navigation System

Mopar Portable Navigation System

3. Mopar Portable Navigation System: This Garmin nuvi® 1490T premium system packs a ton of features into a slim design with a 5-inch screen. The system includes lane-assist with junction view, pre-loaded maps, pedestrian navigation options, traffic alerts, ecoRoute™ that calculate a fuel-efficient route, integrated hands-free Bluetooth® wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker, integrated FM traffic receiver, and free lifetime traffic updates. (MSRP: $309.00, Part No. 82212211)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

4. Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): Mopar’s industry-first Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) works 24/7 with nationwide coverage to keep track of your vehicle. This GPS-enabled real-time tracking system includes a $1,000 Theft Protection Warranty and is transferable. Optional upgrade plans provide Emergency Service Dispatch and an OnCall™on-board panic button. Features such as setting speed and distance parameters with text alerts, unlimited online tracking, and full concierge service are also offered. (MSRP: $459, Part No. 82212457)

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

5. Premium Carpet Floor Mats: Thick, durable and color- matched for a strong, integrated appearance. Front mats feature a rubber-nibbed backing to keep them firmly in place and are custom-contoured for an exact fit. (MSRP ranges from $36 – $118, depending on vehicle and part application)

Slush Mats

Slush Mats

6. Slush Mats: Custom-fit mats feature deep grooves that help prevent water, snow, and mud from ruining vehicle’s carpet. Mats are available for front and rear compartments depending on vehicle model. (MSRP ranges from $41 – $162, depending on vehicle and part application)

Molded Splash Guards

Molded Splash Guards

7. Molded Splash Guards: Mopar splash guards offer long-lasting durability. They are custom-contoured for a stylish flare and deflect gravel, salt and other road debris away from the vehicle. Sold in pairs and feature a vehicle or brand logo based on vehicle or part application. (MSRP ranges from $45 – $55, depending on vehicle and part application)

Mopar Bedliners

Mopar Bedliners

8. Mopar Bedliners: Skid Resistor bedliner’s ribbed construction helps keep cargo from shifting and promotes drainage from bed. Mopar liners are molded of a high-density polyethylene blend for added durability. Tailgate cover also included. Also available for Ram 1500 RamBox. (MSRP: $336, part numbers vary depending on vehicle and application)

 

Chromed Tubular Side Steps

Chromed Tubular Side Steps

9. Chromed Tubular Side Steps: Mopar’s heavy-duty premium steps are built to last and are available in chrome or black depending on vehicle. Side steps feature slip-resistant step pads for easy vehicle entry and exit. (MSRP ranges from $327 – $717, depending on vehicle and part application)

Hitch Receivers and Towing Accessories

Hitch Receivers and Towing Accessories

10. Hitch Receivers and Towing Accessories: In addition to hitch receivers for a range of vehicles, Mopar also offers hitch balls, receiver plugs, and ball-mount adaptors. (MSRP varies depending on vehicle and part application)

Mopar Camper Trailer

Mopar Camper Trailer

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
• Vehicle-information smartphone apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on set parameters
• 2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
• WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

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