4300 mile update:
The Jeep will be going into the shop sometime soon to get many issues resolved. Here they are:
-Worse MPG after engine replacement (4 MPG worse on average)
-Engine is not running very well in the cold, smells like gas
-Leather above passenger armrest is wrinkly, isn't on the other 4 doors
-Plastic piece that goes around the gear shifter, upholders, and Selec-Terrain is misaligned and has a nick (was there at delivery)
-Tailgate handle is not flush with tailgate
-Voice commands are not working
-Bluetooth disconnects when on calls or playing music
-ACC/FCW braked for no reason twice in a day, got a message to clean the windshield the next morning even though the windshield was perfectly clean
-Taillight is not aligned correctly
-Hood is not aligned correctly (gap on one side bigger than gap on the other)
None of these are huge problems, but I would like them addressed. I am close to Lemon Law status right now, and might do a buyback if I surpass the 30 days needed. I am not going to push too hard because I think the Jeep is fine, but I would prefer to have a vehicle that did not have engine issues so early in its life if I can get a new one through a buyback. The newer ones also have a lot of the kinks worked out.
If I was doing it all again, I would probably get one of the two Jeeps below:
-Granite/Indigo Overland, 5.7L HEMI V8, ORA-II, ATG
I would probably get ORA-II and have the dealer switch out the 18" wheels for the 20" wheels, or maybe get a set of more hardcore off-roading tires on the 18" wheels and buy a set of the OEM 20" wheels. I didn't realize I was missing out on Selec-Speed Control when I skipped out on ORA-II until after I bought the Jeep. I might also consider Black Forest Green because it looks cool in the sun and almost no one gets it. I also might stick with the Beige interior. I have no problems with it, but the Indigo is more interesting.
-Deep Cherry Red/Brown Summit, 5.7L HEMI V8
The looks of the Summit have grown on me, and the Brown interior is awesome. I saw it for the first time at the Washington Auto Show today and like it much more than my Beige/Brown interior. I would also consider Granite, but the red looks nice and, in my opinion, makes the Jeep look more rugged in the Summit trim. My main issue with the Summit is that it doesn't seem as Jeep-like as an Overland, and as a purist, that is a big point of consideration for me. Insights will be appreciated.
If I am completely honest, I did not take enough time to figure out what I really wanted when I bought my Jeep. I decided I wanted one, test drove the one Summit the dealer by me had in stock (White with Black interior, V8) and went and bought one after 3 days of research (I delayed a month because I was busy but didn't look at all during that time). I didn't even go into the dealer other than for the first test drive (I didn't buy at the same dealer I test drove at) until I took delivery, and only looked at the one Summit when I test drove. My test drive consisted of a 5-mile drive, and nothing else. I didn't even try out the sound system. I really liked the Summit that I test drove and was sure I wanted the Summit, but I guess I forgot that during that month I delayed and decided I would like the Overland more from the pictures I looked at. If I could do it all over again, I would go into the dealer, look at all of the interior and exterior colors I was considering in the Overland and the Summit, try out both sound systems, and then make my decision. Maybe I would do the same thing again, but I just don't know because I got caught up in the excitement and didn't spend enough time figuring out what I really want. It looks like I might get a second chance to figure out what I really want, and I will definitely take my time this time around.
By the way, I am thrilled with my Jeep and would buy another one for sure. You can't really go wrong unless you get a 4x2
. Once these few SMALL issues get resolved I will be even happier.