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body panels Not lined up!!!

new 2015 jeep grand cherokee altitude just picked up november 1, after a week i noticed my rear liftgate was not aligned properly on the right passanger side, it pisses me off, then a week or so ago i noticed my driver door wasnt sitting flush with the rest of the panls, i called dealer and they said when i bring it in for 1st service theyll fix it, it just bothers me on a brand new truck that its not lined properly, im anal and def have OCD and 99 out of 100 people would never notice but its pisses me off, leaves bad taste in my mouth about jeep to be honest, i look on as many jeeps wk2 now as i can to check panels, a buddy of mine with a altitudes gas cap is not lined properly, the gaps are way off... any one have this issue with there jeep? thanks

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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

I saw that on mine too. They said it was flush when I brought it back. I am going to my body guy to get it fixed. I don't trust the dealership to touch it.
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

Really? what year is ur jeep? what panel was off? i called and spoke to some manager, im not takin it back until its aligned correctly when i bring it in, its not a 10k suzuki, its 40k jeep!
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

2015 JGC Altitude. The passenger side door doesn't look plush with the rest of the car.
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Where did you got to get the honeycomb grills install? The speedworld on sunrise is that the same owner as the one queens?
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

I think it would be safe to say that every 14+ WK2 came with at least one misaligned body panel. Quality really suffers when demand is high. Especially when the manufacturer cares more about sales numbers than quality.

If Jeep were to spend more on quality control then they couldn't produce as much without adding more people and production lines which would drive the cost up.

If you want fit and finish it's really hard to beat the Europeans.

I still love my Jeep but only because I've decided to look past its small imperfections.
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

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I still love my Jeep but only because I've decided to look past it's small imperfections.
Very important statement, to be honest.

I've grown to really love mine since getting over the tiny problems. I've accepted the little irregularities it has and have been so much happier since then. It's a great car, but not everything is going to be perfect. Just the way it is.

These recalls, on the other hand, are another story...
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

I agree with you. My alignment is off but the service center states that its not. I am going to try another dealership.


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Very important statement, to be honest.

I've grown to really love mine since getting over the tiny problems. I've accepted the little irregularities it has and have been so much happier since then. It's a great car, but not everything is going to be perfect. Just the way it is.

These recalls, on the other hand, are another story...
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I think it would be safe to say that every 14+ WK2 came with at least one misaligned body panel. Quality really suffers when demand is high. Especially when the manufacturer cares more about sales numbers than quality.

If Jeep were to spend more on quality control then they couldn't produce as much without adding more people and production lines which would drive the cost up.

If you want fit and finish it's really hard to beat the Europeans.

I still love my Jeep but only because I've decided to look past its small imperfections.

I agree. I had a Benz and an Audi. Fit and finish was great. No big issues with both.

The JGC rides like a Benz but fit and finish done by a 10 year old. I did my research. You can't beat what you are getting for the price. It was the JGC or spend 20K more for European. I would never consider Import for a truck.
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

I haven't noticed anything on the outside of my 2014 Summit not lining up but so far I noticed something minor inside. The passenger side of the center console area has one section that is not flush against the other section. Its like in two pieces with one side stuck out farther. I tried pushing it in and it just pops right back out. Not a huge deal I guess but after spending 50+k on this vehicle it does tick me off a bit. This is my 3rd brand new Jeep (I love Jeeps) and its my first one that I consider a luxury vehicle. You would think that with that kind of money they would make sure everything is top notch.
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Re: body panels Not lined up!!!

Same here on my 2014 Overland.. rear liftgate not aligned as well as fuel cap. Few days ago I went to the showroom and only one Summit out of 7 GC's had properly aligned rear liftgate ... all 2015 models.
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Ha. My ordered 2015 Overland looked like it it had been assembled by 5-year-olds body-panel wise when it arrived. All 4 doors were sticking out to varying degrees, the front fenders were too far forward leaving a HUGE gap between the front doors and the fender, the hood was crooked and misaligned, and the tailgate was down and in on one side vs the other making it crooked as well.

Fortunately my dealer's body shop is really meticulous and when I took delivery they had already straightened everything out (spending close to 10 hours on it because the body shop manager is almost as crazy about stuff like that as I am). It's all a matter of loosening bolts, tweaking the position, looking everything over, doing it again, and so forth until it's right.

In fact, when it comes to doors, the body shop is going to do exactly what the factory does for many vehicles. Finish workers literally have a wrench for the door bolts and a rubber mallet. They loosen the hinge bolts in varying places, and tap or whack with the rubber mallet. Tighten the bolts, check the fit, do it again if necessary.

If your dealer has a decent body shop (or uses one) it isn't a huge deal to correct and they should be used to it just from having to replace parts on damaged vehicles.

Chrysler has gap and flush specs for all the panels -- if yours exceeds these then it's a simple warranty claim.
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