Hey y'all. I have a lot of info, so bear with me. This is my first post and sadly may be the last day I have my 2012 GC Altitude, 40k miles. Fell in love with this vehicle as soon as I saw it, Stone white black leather interior, Hemi, so sweet. I did a lot of research (apparently not enough) and decided to buy it at the end of April 2015 from Carmax. Sales guy made me aware of the recall, however, I didn't read it carefully enough and for some reason I thought it had to to with the airbag. He really didn't seem to concerned about it either. Every vehicle I've ever owned has had at least one so I didn't read the fine print at the bottom of the page that said "Remedy not yet available". Bought the extended warranty (learned that lesson with a BMW).
First thing that was a wtf situation - having a duplicate key fob made for the Jeep was difficult. They had to try a couple of different vendors because the remote start wouldn't work....hmmmm.
Anyway, about a month or so into my shiny (new to me) vehicle, I was driving at highway speeds, accelerated to pass and got a flashing CEL...it flashed for a few seconds and went away. Man consensus (boyfriend + dad) = maybe just some crappy gas.... Didn't see it again until a couple of weeks later once again driving at highway speeds. CEL flashed after accelerating to pass but this time I had to stop quickly for a red light with CEL still flashing. Jeep was running so rough, I thought it would stall out. Pulled into an empty lot, turned the car off and back on again. Ran fine after that. Babied it from this point forward because I knew there was definitely something wrong. Later on, noticed ignition button not illuminated at night...hmmm.
Bought a code reader and app for my iPhone, code P0302 came up. (it's a 5.7, not the 6 cyl) My boyfriend is a car guy (has his own shop, sprint car driver, etc.) told me he would do a tune up in a few days, plugs, filters etc. and would also replace cyl 2 coil. No problem. (Recall still not in my mind, I know, dumb - should have brought it back to Carmax right then...) So I drove it like a granny ..sad to have a 5.7 and a stupid Yaris beats you off the line at a green.
July 4th, I got in the Jeep to go home (it was dark) and noticed there were lights in the door panel that had never illuminated before..weird..(or did I just not notice? is this thing playing games with my head??
) I read upthread and noticed a poster a few months back with some of the same issues.
Two days ago, (patiently waiting until after this race weekend for my tune-up
) I went out to the garage to check to see if a particular song was on my HDD. Turned on accessory, and it looked as if no music was stored at all. Totally blank. I thought that was weird and decided to start the Jeep to see if my music list would pop up. Guess what? Cranked for what seemed like forever and never started....told boyfriend. He asked me if it was too late to bring the Jeep back for a refund.
Then I remembered that damn recall (I know it was my fault, I should have looked sooner and with more seriousness, but I was so excited about this Jeep and was more concerned about changing the spark plugs and maybe convincing my bf to install fresh air intake and headers
) I read the whole recall page Carmax gave me and started to research online and now I'm devastated. Seriously no remedy??
Sales guy at Carmax wasn't trying to hide anything regarding the recall (I hope)- I just think we both dropped the ball on this, HOWEVER, after asking a Chrysler rep today on the recall hotline why these vehicles are even allowed to be sold with this faulty TIPM, he said that a Chrysler dealership wouldn't have been allowed to sell the vehicle. I do not know if he was serious, or if it's true, just letting y'all know what he said to me. Not sure if I could have made him repeat himself. (Maybe that's why no local dealerships had any in stock???)
So these are my choices according to the local Jeep dealership, Carmax and Chrysler: 1)Trade it in, take a hit $$ or 2)deal with the bypass fix and all the other BS that could be wrong.
I love this Jeep, but I'm not sure that this bypass will address all the electrical issues. If I keep it and do the bypass and the other stuff takes months to manifest, I'm screwwwwed.....Do I want to deal with this? It's like an abusive relationship - do I want to be an enabler? Carmax manager told me to bring it in for an appraisal tomorrow. He seemed like he was sympathetic and would work with me getting into another vehicle. Totally bummed out