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I've been lurking in this forum for the past few months as well as shopping for a new Renegade for the past 2 weeks.

I went to a local Carmax who sells new Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles. I had already test driven a Latitude but wanted to take a ride in one with the larger wheels (18"). When we pulled back into the dealership and I swapped places with the salesman, the Rene stalled as we were pulling in. The salesman fiddled with for a good 10 min and couldn't get it to start again. They had to push her out of the way of other vehicles coming in from test drive. Needless to say I walked away from that one : (

I visited another dealer that day and he said that they probably threw them on the lot without inspecting them first...some quality insurance testing dealers do to ensure things are where they should be.

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You know the old saying, buy them books, send them to school and they still don't learn anything. Perhaps some of the Jeep techs were not paying attention when the taught "ship mode".

Any of you dealers/sales professionals care to comment on the term "ship mode" as it relates to the Renegade?

I went back to the dealership today and waited as they attempted to take multiple units out of this mysterious "ship mode" which made most of the electronics inside of the vehicle useless. After about 30 minutes of them screwing around, they finally threw in the towel and let me drive off sans stereo, door locks, media center, lit Selec-Trac (or whatever the **** the knob is called) etc.

Slightly perturbing given the fact I was in the day before and the sales girl noted the problem (causing her some embarrassment). Wouldn't you think if they had all day to get the vehicle ready for a test drive, "ship mode" would have been disabled?
https://www.allpar.com/forums/threads/renegades-on-us-soil.159595/page-11#post-1084689354
To exit ship mode, put the headlamp switch in the "off" position, put the right turn signal indicator to "on" and then hold the "flash to pass feature" (pulling toward the steering wheel) in position for 10 seconds.
https://www.allpar.com/forums/threads/renegades-on-us-soil.159595/page-11#post-1084689378
 

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Most if not all of the Chrysler vehicles we receive are in "SHIP MODE" which disables a lot of the features in the vehicle. I'm not sure if they do it so that people in shipping don't fiddle with them or what.

It's nothing new, it's been on their vehicles for a while. I've heard that you can take it out and return it to ship mode between 1-150 miles on the vehicle, after that you can no longer put it back in ship mode.

It seems like each vehicle has it's own process on taking it out of Ship mode...the Renegade being the strangest one so far. Then again, they're being made overseas so I can see things being different.

The Service department is required to do PDI's on them and frankly, between doing 30-45 appointments a day, and then doing new PDI's and deliveries, there's only so much time in a day.

I heard of stories of Ford back in the day...that when you got the vehicle off the truck, you had to check and be sure that the engine had enough oil in it.
 

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Up to 150 miles on ship mode is quite a lot to have.
I don't see any reason to go over 50. If anything PDI should require 10-20 at most and then maybe more in the rare case that there's an issue with the vehicle that needs to be diagnosed.
 

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Most if not all of the Chrysler vehicles we receive are in "SHIP MODE" which disables a lot of the features in the vehicle. I'm not sure if they do it so that people in shipping don't fiddle with them or what.

It's nothing new, it's been on their vehicles for a while. I've heard that you can take it out and return it to ship mode between 1-150 miles on the vehicle, after that you can no longer put it back in ship mode.

It seems like each vehicle has it's own process on taking it out of Ship mode...the Renegade being the strangest one so far. Then again, they're being made overseas so I can see things being different.

The Service department is required to do PDI's on them and frankly, between doing 30-45 appointments a day, and then doing new PDI's and deliveries, there's only so much time in a day.

I heard of stories of Ford back in the day...that when you got the vehicle off the truck, you had to check and be sure that the engine had enough oil in it.
Thanks! PDI was the acronym the other dealer used, I just couldn't remember :) Is there an indicator to let a driver know if a car is in ship mode? Also, I test drove this particular Latitude @ 9 AM the morning AFTER they received it so I feel like they had plenty of time to prep it. Especially since my test drive was scheduled. It would have been pretty scary to encounter that on the highway.
 

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. . . Is there an indicator to let a driver know if a car is in ship mode? . . .
When my 2015 Challenger came off the truck, it was in ship mode. There were two miles on the odometer when I first got to see the car. It hadn't been cleaned or PDI'd yet. "Ship Mode" was displayed in the display when I started it. When I picked it up the next day, they put 6 miles on it during the PDI and "ship mode" was no longer displayed.

While it was in ship mode, the radio didn't turn on. I don't know what else didn't work.
 

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Ran out of gas.:laugh:
At least you have them in the USA. The stealerships in my area of Canada don't even know when Canada will get them.
It seems we have some in Montreal area... I checked the inventory again at Jeep.ca... However I don`t know if they are inventory about vehicle still in transit or sitting at the dealer...
 

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Thanks! PDI was the acronym the other dealer used, I just couldn't remember :) Is there an indicator to let a driver know if a car is in ship mode? Also, I test drove this particular Latitude @ 9 AM the morning AFTER they received it so I feel like they had plenty of time to prep it. Especially since my test drive was scheduled. It would have been pretty scary to encounter that on the highway.
I wish a day would be enough time for service to PDI it, that would be a miracle. Service works pretty hard between their appointments, oil changes, get ready's and vehicles coming in. There are times a place will get behind in their PDI's and used car safety's that it can take some time. I try to get the vehicles I check in out of ship mode so that we're able to show the vehicle in it's entirety.
 

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Can customers request that the dealer show them the PDI sheet to prove that the vehicle has been gone through? I never thought to do that with my Liberty, but it was built in May and I bought it in September so I figured it had certainly been done by then.
 

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Can customers request that the dealer show them the PDI sheet to prove that the vehicle has been gone through? I never thought to do that with my Liberty, but it was built in May and I bought it in September so I figured it had certainly been done by then.
We have to print out a Vin Specific PDI sheet that both the sales consultant and customer sign. A vehicle won't be delivered to a customer before being PDI'd. It's a must.
 
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