Originally Posted by AAAA
I do not believe that these are typical issues. However if I were you, I would consider trading it in for a MY14.
I'd probably seriously consider trading dealers as well.
Amazing how much variability there is even for dealers located just a couple miles apart.
The hemi blowing smoke as you've discovered can be triggered by idling on a grade. A real dealer that can spell "service" would be aware of this via TSBs which way too many service writers and managers don't bother reading or can't remember longer than the next coffee break.
I wouldn't characterize the throttle body cleaning as a total waste of money, it sorta depends on how many miles you got and how much crud may have built up. You can do it yourself by taking it apart. The garage/dealer stuff used tends to be much better than consumer grade, but check out a Seafoam feed before coughing up $250. [make sure your neighbors are aware you'll be smoking up the 'hood to avoid fire truck arrival]
Dunno how far back the TSB's go for the check engine bogus evap leak issues, but again would expect dealer to be aware. There may be an actual sensor problem if
an upflash don't cure it.
There MAY be some legal issue preventing the dealer from re-attaching the rear view, but that sounds more to me like another reason to check out other dealers before buying anything else Jeep related.
Windshield. Dunno how prevalent it is, but yes the windshields on the GC seem a tad prone to damage--clear back to the original ZJ. Dunno if it is due to shape or thinness, but I cracked one where I would not have expected that minor impact to matter--right along the edge where it mounts seems unduly fragile and the dealer service writers seemed far too familiar with the location and the issue for it to be rare.
I'd check out Milous Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 - Grand Cherokee Service Bulletins and Recalls
site for TSBs at least once a month, and any time you see a problem.
Transmission, can't help, but if a new jeep is an option, you'll love the 14/15 Hemi and 8 speed.