Exactly. You can BANK that the dealer or Dodge will never take any blame.Thanks -- and - THAT is exactly what concerns me - "It would be curious to know what the top speed and top rpm was during it's 29 miles of travel." Now, IF those 29 miles were "hell on wheels" - I'm hoping I'd have some indicators already of potential issues. But one thing I know for sure - if/when issues occur next week or months from now - no one at the dealer or Dodge will say "It's likely we are at fault due to how the vehicle was treated in those 29 miles" ((( L M A O )))
BTW .... I would definitely still have bought the car - as you did. But I don't blame you at all for being annoyed.
I've had a handful of bad experiences with dealer service departments driving my vehicles without permission:" ...... I had my 2006 GTO in for an transmission/diff fluid service and the tech had the car finished by lunch time. At lunch time he dropped the car to the ground and just drove it out of the bay and onto the street and took the car for a couple mile drive -- hot rodding it all the way (I had a trip/data logger which clocked speeds up of to 90+ mph). 'course, when I approached the service advisor about this he denied it took place. When I showed him the trip printout and the graph of speed and RPMs then he claimed the car was dyno'd. Then he changed his story and said the tech had to take the car for a test drive for the transmission service (manual transmission...).
So just because the dealer employee denied it happened at the dealer doesn't mean it didn't.
Pontiac Dealer - I had a '93 Grand Prix Special Edition that was in for a warranty replacement of the alternator. I dropped it off early and was told it would be ready by lunch. When I called at lunch time I was told it wouldn't be ready till the end of the day so I caught a ride to lunch with a co-worker. Imagine my surprise when I saw my car parked at the bank next door to the restaurant. Green car with gold cross-lace mags and gold "Special Edition" graphics was hard to miss. The phone line went dead silent when I asked the service manager why my car was at the bank if it wasn't ready.
Ford Dealer - I had a '90 Thunderbird Super Coupe that was in for the servo for the road-leveling system to be changed under warranty. When I returned at the end of the day, the service advisor sent me to the cashier to wait for the porter to bring my car around. Then the wait began. They couldn't find my car. Turned out a mechanic/technician took my car on a "test drive." He then decided to go home --- and drink --- in a town 25 miles away. So ... I had to wait for them to send two people to retrieve my car because the guy was too drunk to drive it back.
Ever since those experiences, I log the mileage and either wait for the car or reach an agreement with the service manager about how many miles will be necessary if a test drive is necessary.