Originally Posted by kche3572
Me and my wife test drove a GC Laredo the other day.
Pretty impressed with the boot space and the power of the GC.
I'm still doing research on which SUV to get for my newborn.
Come across this forum and read couple of complaints about the waiting time of parts and how bad is Jeep Australia after sale service. Couple of other members reported faults within weeks after picking up their new GC.
I would really like to know if these are just lemon or normal Jeep experience?
As I'll most likely keep my next car for about 5 years, reliability is very important factor for me to decide which SUV to get.
Dont think your newborn will be old enough to drive just yet, m8!!! Would like to think you would be buying a SUV for yourself. Only joking, know what you mean!
You didnt mention what the principal purpose for the SUV was.
* Is it for commuting in city driving with your newborn in the back seat
* Is it for pulling a large recreational boat
* Is it for towing a caravan
* Is it for rough off roading (hopefully not with your newborn in the back seat)
Consider the primary purpose of the vehicle and that will help in your decision making.
I have a 12 month old JGC Laredo diesel with 15,000kms on it. 10,000kms towing a 1.8tonne caravan. No problems at all.
Yes the early production models did have issues with the electronics such as the DPF issues and the Unconnect. Computer patches and updates have fixed those.
Parts I cannot comment on as I havent needed them yet. You can get most parts from the USA at a greatly reduced cost anyway and the time taken is no different from locally sourced components.
Servicing costs are coming down as the Jeep dealers have slowly realised they have servicing competition out there. Oil/fuel filter costs have also come down where some Jeep dealers were ripping off their customers.
Totally happy with the Laredo crd.
So having said all that, if the primary purpose of the SUV is city/town commuting work and the missus may have to drive it comfortably around with the newborn, my suggestion would be a HYUNDAI SANTA FE crd.
Reason being I had a Santa Fecrd for 5 years before i got the Jeep. (No newborn on the horizon for me at 66yo.)
The 5years I had it the Santa fe worked great, no probs. The cook drove it like a car and she loved driving it.
Comfortable, great turning circle, economical and good power (440nm more than a Prado!!)
5 year full warranty and road side assist was a great feature as well.
I had one thermostat problem (in 44c heat) at Berri SA, thought I would have to wait for parts (no thermo in SA) but had it next morning from Sydney.
Would have had another Santa fe but Hyundai changed the towing goalposts and it wasnt suitable unfortunately.
Hope this helps with your decision.