I hope this isn't an omen in 2015 for what's in store for my Jeep this year...
I just got my 2014 GC Overland V6 4x4 back from the dealership (12/26) for the second time in a month for yet another reflash attributed to rough transmission shifts, an oil change/tire rotation, and to get the recall done for the steering column (SCCM). So far so good...transmission seems to be behaving as it should.
Now I've been off most the week for the Holidays, so my Jeep has been sitting in the driveway most of the time while I'm at home taking care of some home improvements. We've had some warm weather lately earlier on so I was even able to give it a complete hand wash...looking good...just in time since the second half of the week it started to get cold again...at nights temps are down in the teens. Just the other day I left to complete some choirs and get a haircut...getting ready for the big night out my wife and I have planned for New Years Eve, and while driving to the supermarket I noticed a faint smell of something different in the cabin. I think nothing of it, and complete my choirs.
New Years Eve...we jump in the Jeep and head for the Capitol Grille restaurant to meet friends, and I smell that weird odor again (wife smells it too)...almost like leather that's been heated up by the hot sun with all the windows closed...but again it's faint and I pay no real attention to it. We get to the restaurant and I drop the wife at the door (cause it's cold outside), and I proceed to find a parking spot in the packed lot (cause I'm too cheap to pay for valet). Just as I pull into a spot, in the headlights I notice steam coming up from the center of the hood. So I open the hood, grab the flashlight in back (low and behold it actual works), and while looking through the grill I notice the top middle portion of the radiator is wet...but the overflow tank still shows there's fluid in it. No obvious signs of damage.
So now I'm pissed...really? Just turned 10,000 miles and the radiator now needs to be replaced? What's weird is I just read a couple threads here on Jeep Garage about how some people have had their radiators replaced on their 2014 Grand Cherokees...is this yet another trend? So it looks like yet another trip to the dealership is in store for my Jeep. This really sucks.