What We Didn't LikeAbout That Ride...: The part we came to hate about the Mega Cab is mostly a byproduct of its utility: It's enormous! Maneuvering through city streets and parking structures is a chore, and parallel parking is a gamble, since most spaces are just too short. A rear-mounted camera, or at least park assist, would be a welcome addition to this truck. On the highway, the unladen rear suspension caused the truck to bounce at an annoying pace on all but the smoothest highways. But, its long wheelbase did a good job of taming an unruly section of highway that undulated just enough to cause most other vehicles to bounce at a nauseating frequency.
Navigation Frustration: The navigation unit going out of commission twice due to the swiveling control knob that failed. We had the head unit replaced once for that problem, we encountered the same problem on our Jeep Commander long-termer equipped with the same type of head unit. In addition to the control knob that failed on the nav unit, the CD player jammed, requiring the head unit to be replaced a second time.
What, You Expected a La-Z-Boy? All in all this was a great truck, but we did have some quality issues. There were a couple of recalls-maybe not such a big deal. Repairs were handled under warranty quickly and competent. One thing that left us scratching our heads was the failure of the backseat recliners. The backseats only got used occassionally. Nevertheless, the recliners failed and had to be replaced.
Glitches, Maintenance, Mpg
Evaluation Period: October '05 to September '06Odometer at Beginning of Evaluation:7,622
Odometer: 9,000 approximate*Glitch: transmission would not go into gear(problem fixed itself)
Odometer: 12,286*Scheduled Service: caught up on 6,000-, 9,000-,and 12,000-mile service.*Recall: replaced transmission cooler filter
Odometer: 18,000 approximate*Scheduled Service: caught up on 15,000- and18,000-mile service.*Recall: replaced rear propeller shaft.*Routine Repair: realigned front end.
Odometer:20,860*Component Failure: Zoom toggle on navigation head unit failed (entire head unit replaced)
Odometer:23,760*Component Failure: head unit CD changer does not accept CDs (entire head unit replaced)
Odometer:23,840*Scheduled Service: 24,000-mile service.
Odometer:27,838*Scheduled Service: 27,000-mile service.
Odometer:29,496*Scheduled Service: 30,000-mile service.*Component Failure: Rear 60% seat would not recline or fold down (reclining mechanisms and cables replaced).
Odometer:38,392*Scheduled Service: caught up on 33,000-, 36,000-, and 39,000-mile service.*Routine Repair: front brake pads replaced.*Component Failure: Zoom toggle on navigation head unit failed (declined to repair).*Minor looseness in steering wheel detected (no problems found by service tech).
Final Odometer Reading: 38,393MPG for Entire Evaluation Period: 12.5