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14 minutes ago, regfootball said:

 

One huge beef that is becoming more and more irritating.  There are no dash buttons for the heated seats and no steering wheel button for the steering wheel.  To have to turn that on and off through the touch screen all the time is a MAJOR annoyance.

 

My Grand Cherokee is the same way--one thing I do like is how the buttons for those appear on the touchscreen at startup...so I punch them before the regular screen comes up and I have to navigate the menus to get to them. Does yours do that?    Agreed about the 3.6, very smooth engine. 

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9 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

My Grand Cherokee is the same way--one thing I do like is how the buttons for those appear on the touchscreen at startup...so I punch them before the regular screen comes up and I have to navigate the menus to get to them. Does yours do that?    Agreed about the 3.6, very smooth engine. 

What year is you Jeep? My son's 2017 GC if the temp is 45 or freezing or below auto turns on the seats and steering wheel. I am wondering if you got a software update if it would do that for you. He tells me he likes it as he remotes starts hi GC before he leaves his office, by the time he walks out to his jeep, the seats are warm as is the steering wheel. He said he will never have another auto that does not have those features.

28 minutes ago, regfootball said:

Loving the Pacifica!  The v6 pentastar in this thing is nice and smooth, revs nice, very good power.  Much nicer to drive than the GM 3.6.  The maligned 9 speed, no issues, tranny is smooth too.

Nice ride and drive, this is a great family vehicle.  Why Chrysler FCA is not proliferating this chassis and engine to some new Dodge and Chrysler crossovers and other vehicles is really insane.

One huge beef that is becoming more and more irritating.  There are no dash buttons for the heated seats and no steering wheel button for the steering wheel.  To have to turn that on and off through the touch screen all the time is a MAJOR annoyance.

The CarPlay hasn't worked for awhile now too.  Been trying to find what could possibly get it working again, but all things with the phone i have tried have not made a difference.  Will have to bring it to the dealer soon.

I wish this had a real console, armrest and traditional shift lever.  The rotary shift knob is efficient and easy to use, but i just prefer the typical shift lever on the console with a real armrest and console instead of the folding armrest off the seat.

Two things, my son's 2017 Jeep GC at 45 degrees and below auto turns on the seats and steering wheel so it warms up when he remotes starts it. If your Pacifica does not do that ask about a software update that might have it.

In regards to the CarPlay, that has happened on others I find on the internet, seems pulling the fuses to let the system hard reset and letting it sit for more than a few minutes has fixed it, I bet capacitors inside need to de-charge and then with a blank slate, upon putting the fuses back in to allow it to power up it reboots to reset.

That is what I would try.

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10 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

My Grand Cherokee is the same way--one thing I do like is how the buttons for those appear on the touchscreen at startup...so I punch them before the regular screen comes up and I have to navigate the menus to get to them. Does yours do that?    Agreed about the 3.6, very smooth engine. 

Yes, fortunately its as you describe, they will come up on the screen.  You gotta catch em before they go away.

10 hours ago, dfelt said:

What year is you Jeep? My son's 2017 GC if the temp is 45 or freezing or below auto turns on the seats and steering wheel. I am wondering if you got a software update if it would do that for you. He tells me he likes it as he remotes starts hi GC before he leaves his office, by the time he walks out to his jeep, the seats are warm as is the steering wheel. He said he will never have another auto that does not have those features.

Two things, my son's 2017 Jeep GC at 45 degrees and below auto turns on the seats and steering wheel so it warms up when he remotes starts it. If your Pacifica does not do that ask about a software update that might have it.

In regards to the CarPlay, that has happened on others I find on the internet, seems pulling the fuses to let the system hard reset and letting it sit for more than a few minutes has fixed it, I bet capacitors inside need to de-charge and then with a blank slate, upon putting the fuses back in to allow it to power up it reboots to reset.

That is what I would try.

thanks for the advice on the fuses.  should be worth a try.

there is a settings menu where you can set whether the heated seats and wheel come on when starting.  We have it set for that and it is a huge convenience.  ALthough the heated wheel is so toasty that is when i go hunting for a means to turn it off.  To not just have the switch on the wheel for that is frustrating.

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you still have to go through three menus or whatever.  where a simply simple actual button with one press and tactility would be awesome.  touchscreen is fine for redundancy, but for me something like heated seat and steering wheel switches should have real primary access buttons.

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On 1/22/2019 at 9:33 AM, Drew Dowdell said:

I thought you could customize the row of buttons at the bottom of the screen.  Make it so the heated seat button is always there. 

You can absolutely do that.  You just drag it from the app screen down to the button bar at the bottom or the screen and it will replace whatever you drop it on top of.  Here is what the screen on our Pacific currently looks like.  We'll dump the heated seat and heated wheel buttons for something else once it warms up.

 

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1 hour ago, 2QuickZ's said:

You can absolutely do that.  You just drag it from the app screen down to the button bar at the bottom or the screen and it will replace whatever you drop it on top of.  Here is what the screen on our Pacific currently looks like.  We'll dump the heated seat and heated wheel buttons for something else once it warms up.

 

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ah, now that i have to try.  thanks for the tip.  otherwise, if you just click on the climate app, you have to do four touches to get back to the radio screen.  you usually want the heated wheel on for a bit at startup so you can't turn it off right away when its on the splash screen.  Is the app still only one click?   Even with this I prefer an actual button.  If they can provide one for traction control and other climate functions, it should have a button for heated seats and wheel.

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11 hours ago, regfootball said:

ah, now that i have to try.  thanks for the tip.  otherwise, if you just click on the climate app, you have to do four touches to get back to the radio screen.  you usually want the heated wheel on for a bit at startup so you can't turn it off right away when its on the splash screen.  Is the app still only one click?   Even with this I prefer an actual button.  If they can provide one for traction control and other climate functions, it should have a button for heated seats and wheel.

Have not tried this on my son's jeep, but any voice control on the system? Just call the auto whatever the app name is and say heated seat?

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16 hours ago, regfootball said:

ah, now that i have to try.  thanks for the tip.  otherwise, if you just click on the climate app, you have to do four touches to get back to the radio screen.

You don't have to go into the climate screen either.  Both heated seats as well as heated wheel are directly under the "Apps" icon.  If when you go into Apps they are not on the first page, you can drag them and drop them from the first page to the second.

In regard to getting back to the Radio screen, why don't you just tap the "Radio" icon on the bottom bar?😀

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On my '14 Jeep, the heated seats and wheel are on the Controls menu item instead of Apps.  Probably differs with newer UConnect versions.   And they are also there on the splash screen, which is when I usually turn them on.

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On 1/28/2019 at 9:11 PM, regfootball said:

and despite all that, could still be more easily taken care of with a simple tactile button on the dash.  :)

But this way, its customizable.... someone in miami who doesn't need the button can move it off the page in favor of something else. 

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57 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

But this way, its customizable.... someone in miami who doesn't need the button can move it off the page in favor of something else. 

Drew, do you know if the Uconnect system is voice capable for access?

Uconnect turn on heated seats

Uconnect turn on heated steering wheel

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Voice commands aren't for me, but I wonder if with Car Play or Android Auto there is a way to use Siri or Cortana..(wait, Cortana is Microsoft--what is the name of the Android Assistant?).  I have devices that use Siri or Alexa at home, but never use it.

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7 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Voice commands aren't for me, but I wonder if with Car Play or Android Auto there is a way to use Siri or Cortana..(wait, Cortana is Microsoft--what is the name of the Android Assistant?).  I have devices that use Siri or Alexa at home, but never use it.

I thought with Android you said "OK, Google" That is how I talk to my Note 8.

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18 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Voice commands aren't for me, but I wonder if with Car Play or Android Auto there is a way to use Siri or Cortana..(wait, Cortana is Microsoft--what is the name of the Android Assistant?).  I have devices that use Siri or Alexa at home, but never use it.

Google Assistant

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On 1/22/2019 at 9:33 AM, Drew Dowdell said:

I thought you could customize the row of buttons at the bottom of the screen.  Make it so the heated seat button is always there. 

This is possible on 2018's and newer. Although the screens and buttons "look the same" on a 2017 vs. 2018 model, as an example, 2018 and newer UConnects are all new, from graphics to hardware to CarPlay, and have the drag & drop.

We have the "base" 7.0" UConnect in our 2018 Grand Cherokee, with drag & drop. Helps, just like a smartphone, to put what you want where you want it.

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it's CRAZY the mpg on a huge cavernous heavy minivan, that 26.3 is mix of city / highway over many miles, the 32.5 was a long stretch of about 80 miles on a trip last weekend.  and a nice strong smooth and quiet v6.

 

The carplay hadn't worked in several months and then my wife said the car did itself and over the air update the other day.  And after that, the screen apps were updated and some new things, and the Carplay fixed itself and started working again.  WIN no trip to the dealer.

 

 

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