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Old 08-25-2013, 07:58 PM
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Its a tough spot, I know. I have a 2011 and have had electrical issues (17 warranty failures), and even with that experience I have a hard time choosing anything other than the Jeep because its such a nice vehicle for the price. We went out today, and even my wife who is more frustrated with our Jeep than I am was forced to conclude that the Grand Cherokee is a untouchable value in the segment. We will likely replace our 2011 with a 2014 despite our experience. I would have to pay $10k more to get something else as nice. We saw a VW Touareg she really liked...but it was $58,000. For that money I'd be in a Lexus GX.

As others have said, MOST Jeeps don't have these problems...but there clearly are some fairly significant electrical problems out there and when you yourself wind up with problems, its not fun. I would say get a good warranty...but it will probably be fine.
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Re: Possible new Jeep owner worried about realibity

I plan on getting the 7/100,000 warranty Maxcare I think its called. And I'll be getting a later model 14 so I'm hoping most of the bugs are worked out of it.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:35 AM
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Re: Possible new Jeep owner worried about realibity

Owned a '93 Grand Cherokee (1st generation, 1st year) until I bought my 2011 (4th generation, 1st year). If I hadn't bought the 2011 I would still be driving my 1993! It had 170K miles when I sold it. My 2011 is almost 3 years old and not a single issue. I did purchase the lifetime warranty since these vehicles have so much mechanical and electronics.
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Re: Possible new Jeep owner worried about realibity

If you are worried, stay off of forums. Over 1/2 of the people come to a forum to report a problem. That doesn't mean that every Jeep has many issues.
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the Jeep engines are pretty bullet proof and been around awhile. Theres a few bugs with the 8.4an uconnect...but nothing that updates wont fix as they figure them out.
Yeah, the 8.4 UConnect seems to have been released a tad before it was baked.
Still I haven't had anything more than annoyances from it.

The V6/V8 has a transmission flash TSB that you'd want to get [if not already installed] if you go with the V6. There've been reports of rough shifting that simply resetting the system won't fix.

The Hemi is a bit more expensive, and the 8 speed on the Hemi [and diesel] is the same as used on bigger BMW's and several other euro cars.

The diesel is a truck diesel comes from a joint venture with GM and Fiat, but is also used in US military trucks.

Sad about GM [and Ford]. The GMC Blazer was a pretty serviceable ute, like the Ford Exploder. Now, just a glorified mini van or station wagon.
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I plan on getting the 7/100,000 warranty Maxcare I think its called. And I'll be getting a later model 14 so I'm hoping most of the bugs are worked out of it.
You can get 7 year, 5 year, or even lifetime, with oil life reminder oil changes using factory spec oil, rental car [day limit similar to the # of years] on them.
The prices on that warranty can be pretty competitive, and you might want to check about picking it up somewhere other than your buying dealer if they insist on trying to charge over 3K for the lifetime. They can make more money on that than they do on the vehicle if you are in a competitive market.
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Owned a '93 Grand Cherokee (1st generation, 1st year) until I bought my 2011 (4th generation, 1st year). If I hadn't bought the 2011 I would still be driving my 1993! It had 170K miles when I sold it. My 2011 is almost 3 years old and not a single issue. I did purchase the lifetime warranty since these vehicles have so much mechanical and electronics.
Yeah, when I was looking at my old 95 ZJ, and had it checked by the local Jeep dealer the service manager suggested I pick up the best electronic gewgaw protection I could find. The drivetrain is pretty robust and not that expensive to repair, but if the auto controls go out, it can cost about as much as an engine block.

Never did blow anything big, but after a few trips under and into the dash, its nothing I would care to have to pay for repairs on.....

Traded for a '14 and that salesman is now driving the 95 ZJ with a dealer logo on the back window "until his kid gets old enough"
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While there is a tendency to check out owner forums in anticipation of a purchase, they are worth exactly what you're paying....nothing! Perhaps I'm not as picky as some posters here. I've had a Jeep product in my driveway for the past 28 years, most of them brand new and none of them lemons. I'm towing a 25' Airstream (6300 pounds) with my '13 Overland Summit without any issues. I'm a car guy with classics, sports cars and hot rods in the garages and quite frankly, the WK2 is the first new car I've really got excited about driving in a long time.

Either it works for you or it doesn't.
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I've owned Japanese, German, and American cars. All of them have been reliable because I take care of them.

Every forum I've been on has had at least one person that constantly bitches about this or that on the car and to them I always say, "just sell the damn thing and stop bitching".

No matter what you buy, someone is bound to get a lemon occasionally. Sell it and move on. Otherwise, just buy what you like and enjoy.
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This is my second Grand Cherokee with the Quadra Trac II system [2005 and now a 2009] and I love the Jeeps. This is my fourth Jeep and I won't look at anything else. My first Jeep was a Cherokee 1994, when I sold it, it had 220,000 miles with no problems. Next was a 1997 Grand Cherokee, when I sold it, it had close to 200,000 and was needing a new tranny. Next came my 2005, Hemi 5.7L with the Quadr Trac II, Trail Rated with a sunroof. Never leaked, but you had a 'trick' to making sure it sealed. As long as you did that, never had a leak. Sold that one with 155,000 miles and no mechanical issues. Now my 2009 is up to 84,000 and no problems. I am sure there are some lemons out there, but overall I think Jeep does a great job! Good luck with your purchase.
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I must say though I don't think the jeeps are as good as they used to be. My 98 is bullet proof never had a single serious problem, ever. Other than regular maintenance the only fix I did was change the crankshaft and throtle position sensors at 170k miles and 15 years later because it would stall and surge every now and then. One guy even told me this is the most popular car in mexico because the things just don't die. Now with the 05 it gives me a transmission over temp a weird gurgling sound and the adjustable pedals don't work, the steering wheel used to click, and something is terribly wrong with the gas mileage I am getting (7 mpg. Yeah that's right). But I still love the thing and would only sell it to buy a wk1 srt. Never the less I still think jeep makes a fine product and will not give you nearly the kind of mechanical issues you would get from a chevy or a ford. Plus their cooler than those asian cars. You also have to remember the more features it has the more likely something or the other can break.
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While there is a tendency to check out owner forums in anticipation of a purchase, they are worth exactly what you're paying....nothing! Perhaps I'm not as picky as some posters here. I've had a Jeep product in my driveway for the past 28 years, most of them brand new and none of them lemons. I'm towing a 25' Airstream (6300 pounds) with my '13 Overland Summit without any issues. I'm a car guy with classics, sports cars and hot rods in the garages and quite frankly, the WK2 is the first new car I've really got excited about driving in a long time.

Either it works for you or it doesn't.

Lets get a picture of that garage...sounds nice.
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Every forum I've been on has had at least one person that constantly bitches about this or that on the car and to them I always say, "just sell the damn thing and stop bitching".

No matter what you buy, someone is bound to get a lemon occasionally. Sell it and move on. Otherwise, just buy what you like and enjoy.
There are a LOT of people here who have problems. You can choose to ignore that if you want, but if it happens to you your tune will change real quick trust me. Most people have no problems with their WK2s, but there are definitely an above average number of people here with serious issues.
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