Got the call I was expecting this morning - the Jeep had finally made it to the dealer. Fortunately, the customer at which I am currently posted has been OK with "flex time" - so instead of heading in to work, it was time to take the carefully preserved trade-in to the dealer.
When I first got there, they had parked the vehicle outside the showroom in the bright sunlight. Damn near took my breath away! Mine, Mine, Mine!!
The Rugged Brown color is just made
for sunlight (like Blackberry). The guy was just finishing up detailing it. He was putting on tire dressing ... I laughed and told him not to bother because those tires (the Latitudes) would be going "bye-bye" in about 6 miles.
Everything went smoothly at the dealer. They honored their previous commitment to hold the trade-in value of my trade. Of course, I in turn had honored my end by keeping that BMW 330Ci a garage queen for three months, and I think they appreciated someone turning in a car with all of the extra keys, perfect owners manuals, etc.
Another nice thing - although they had stayed firm on their $399 doc fee (I'd already given up on that), they did waive the $75 Affiliate fee which had been originally quoted.
I had already checked out the extended warranty web site (and had my coupon). They cheerfully matched the price with no problem. They did manage to sell me something though: There's a way to prepay all the standard maintenance (oil changes, tune ups, etc.) for 5 yrs/80,000.
To be honest, I hadn't noticed any threads discussing this on the forum and really wasn't prepared for that particular choice. Just looking at the numbers though, it seemed like a pretty good deal. The finance guy said he calls it the "you only pay for gas" deal and he claimed it was actually subsidized by Chrysler a little bit. Who knows? It cost me $1385. I'm curious if it was a good deal.
Anyway - upon leaving the dealer, I headed for the tire shop to switch the tires. I listened very carefully for road noise on the way there (to get a comparison) and there was very little. Once I got the LTX A/T2s put on, there was a tiny increase in road noise (felt mostly as a very low rumble) but nothing that bothers me. And OMG! The A/T2s look SO MUCH BETTER on the Jeep. Now it looks "right" (at least to me)
This took a lot of the day, so it was time to head to the customer site and to do real work - which is what I'm doing at the moment (except for this quick hiatus to report in.)
I took a couple of quick pictures with my iPhone - there wasn't time to do much. As soon as I can, I promise some better and more interesting pictures.