Originally Posted by ctwickman
I will, I just want to find out how this is done first as I'm not sure if they pop off or they are actually welded to the paneling. If they are welded/glued on their I would be surprised and disappointed.
Hi all, I know this is an ancient post, but I ran across it trying to find out similar information for my 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland I just purchased. I too was not thrilled about getting an Overland due to the orangish wood grain color. I have been looking for Laredos and Limiteds because of the preferable dark trim. But when this Overland popped up at a local dealer with comparable or even lesser pricing than comparable Laredos and Limiteds, I had to pull the trigger.*
(Considering all of the other bells and whistles that I got going with the Overland I'm quite pleased with my purchase.) ...
Anyway, I just thought I would fill you guys in with some information I have learned from my recent experience over the last two weeks of ownership.*
The very night that I got home from the dealership I noticed that the large wood trim on the passenger side was hanging slightly loose. I was gently pressing on it with my index finger and noticing it was springing back and forth (less than 1/32nd of movement) like the glue had separated. But then I gently touched the top of the piece with my finger and broke a piece of the wood veneer off!! It is actual real wood veneer.
(I will include photos of some of the broken pieces when I can)*
Fortunately my vehicle was covered by a 30 day bumper to bumper dealership warranty that they offer on all used car purchases despite the factory bumper to bumper being expired.*
But even with that said the dealer claims they were able to get Chrysler to pay for it..
(On an unrelated note the leather of the dash was starting to bubble and separate as well, which they fixed.)
Upon further examination many other wood grain pieces are starting to separate. The passenger door, the peace around the push button ignition, and both rear doors are beginning to have glue failure issues.*
So for all of you wanting to know if the wood can be removed; the answer is YES. However I would highly discourage any of you doing it by yourself unless you are well versed and handy, because this stuff is super delicate and you are likely to break it. There may be a way of heating them to make them loosen. I live in FL so 3.5 years of heat likely helped this occur naturally.
The piece that I broke literally snapped with almost no effort at all. I do not know if that is true for all of the different colors being as the black/gray is likely plastic. I don't know of any real wood that looks like that.