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Heaps of mudflaps in USA, mine arrived today. They are identical to MY12.
I think you are right because my dealer fitted them (I presume from current MY12 stock). A perfect fit. Look great.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:29 AM
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G'day Jay ay,

I've read somewhere on this forum that another member had the exact same problem. I'm not sure if it was a loose battery connection, but if I was you I would post that problem under the main section which gets more reads and someone will know what the issue is and send you in the right direction.

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Share ur angst! So many issues with a brand new car paid for with hard earned cash. Quality and reliability is just not in Chrysler's dictionary.
MILOUS, ARE YOU THERE. ARE YOU READING THESE POSTS WITH RESPECT TO QUALITY ISSUES ARISING.
Milous my friend, am I right or wrong. We seem to be reporting too many issues. Yes, many are minor but is this normal with such a good car where customers have paid $60K to $90K for their cars. Most of the errors we are reporting appear to be things that normal quality control at the factory in your wonderful Detroit plant should have discovered prior to being passed with an approved tick for release. Simple things like two posts now reporting tail gates mis-aligned., Flat batteries, Uconnects spitting the dummy and going blank requiring a re-boot, heating problems with one side blowing hot and the opposite side blowing cold, VR not working etc. We seem to be all experiencing the same problems months after the car was released in the US. How come this is occurring...any ideas to help out here Milous. Is this perfectly normal in your experience because it is very disappointing for some of our members who have paid a lot of good dollars?
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:47 AM
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G'day All
This is my first post. I have been following this thread with great interest since I ordered my 2014 GC CRD Laredo in early April. All the information you people have provided is very much appreciated. Was pleasantly surprised when dealer told me on 28 June that the GC arrived while many of you were still waiting patiently for your GC.
Pleasure has turned to pain(as in frustration and disappointment-at least for the time being) when, 5 days after picking up the car it failed to start - flat battery! I recalled that the night before I locked the car with the key fob remote and some time later went out to admire my purchase only to see that the center screen and the instrument lights were still on and wouldn't turn off. Called roadside assist and he jump started car and then off to the dealer - they couldn't find the fault. No problem for 5-6 days then it appeared again - off to the dealer straight away before the battery flattened and (fortunately for me )the problem still there and caused much scratching of heads. Some 10 days later car returned with a software "patch" to ,apparently, cure the problem. Off to the Vic. east coast for the weekend and following morning (Saturday) problem there again and no assistance close by so, as the car still started, headed back to Melbourne that day rather than stay till Sunday and have another flat battery but was flat by Monday anyway and car back to dealer-now waiting to see what transpires. Suffice to say the car is at present virtually unusable. At least I have been given a car on loan - a Fiat Freemont- not nearly as sexy as the GC. I wish I only had those small problems some of you have such as erratic heating etc. Oh, and the cruise control is faulty- when it's on and the"SET +" button is pressed to increase the set speed the cruise switches itself off and cant be switched on untill the engine is turned off and on again!?
Any suggestions as to a cure for these problems will be gratefully received!
At least the smooth power of the CRD and 8 Speed ZF box is all that I expected.
Make sure they give you a replacement battery. To be flattened that many times, will be the imminent death of a AGM battery.
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A STRANGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Driving back from Cape Shank yesterday, after a wonderful driving experience and just loving the ACC. Anyway, had just started off when I accidently knocked the "plus" paddle shifter. Anyway got a fright when I discovered my gears were not automatically shifting. I thought, oh no, what's gone wrong with my gear box. Then I thought, "did I accidentally hit the paddle shifter". So I hit it again and again and noticed my gears were shifting manually and would no longer shift automatically. Luckily I brought the car to a complete stop. Shifted my gear leaver into Park for a moment and back into Drive and headed off again. Phew, what a relief to find everything working again normally. Anyway, a few K down the road I thought I would activate my ACC again (cause I reckon this is the best thing since sliced bread). Up came a warning....ACC inactive or something the evic said with notification to have it "serviced". I thought, oh no, only 2000k on the clock and my ACC has spat the dummy (as well as my VR). I was not looking forward to driving 200K with no ACC (being so spoilt now). Anyway, called in at our daughters in Berwick for tea and then headed off again. Thought would try the ACC again and everything worked again. Conclusion: I reckon when I accidentally hit the paddle shifter it disengaged the ACC and although I completely brought the car to a halt and went into park and out again it did not correct the ACC but did correct the problem of accidentally hitting the paddle because at least it changed gears automatically again. Stopping at the daughters and turning the engine OFF was the trick (with hindsight). Something with accidentally knocking the paddle shifter disengaged the ACC and it did not reset again until I actually turned the engine off.
Anyway, the ACC worked great for the next 200k. Only rattling on here in case any of you guys ever accidentally knock a paddle shifter and get a fright when your gears fail to change automatically and then you discover your Cruise Control is out of action with a warning sign coming up calling for you to have it "serviced"
These cars almost need a pilots licence....and yes, I know someone is going to come up saying it is all explained on page ???? of the manual...you smarty pants. lol.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:49 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee information - Australia

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Make sure they give you a replacement battery. To be flattened that many times, will be the imminent death of a AGM battery.
Not sure if this is of relevance, but here it goes..............My current ride is a FORD FG XR6. Last summer on a very hot day, the A/C decided to not work (the compressor would not engage). Check on the FORD forum, and there was info regarding the computer doing weird and wonderful things, such as the BT not connecting to phones, display going blank, A/C not engaging compressor; to name a few. These were issues I experience, but never thought much at the time. This was caused by the voltage fluctuation caused by the factory supplied battery. Basically, when the voltage would dip low the computer would go haywire. In my case, I had to disconnect the battery for 30 mins. Once reconnected, all worked well. Had the battery tested, by a battery olace and they found although the battery was "OK", it was not sufficient for my car's needs. So replace the factory 420CCA battery with a 640CCA battery and have not had a single glitch since.
I think first and foremost it would be worthwhile to check if the battery installed from factory is sufficient. Might be worth a try.
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A STRANGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Driving back from Cape Shank yesterday, after a wonderful driving experience and just loving the ACC. Anyway, had just started off when I accidently knocked the "plus" paddle shifter. Anyway got a fright when I discovered my gears were not automatically shifting. I thought, oh no, what's gone wrong with my gear box. Then I thought, "did I accidentally hit the paddle shifter". So I hit it again and again and noticed my gears were shifting manually and would no longer shift automatically. Luckily I brought the car to a complete stop. Shifted my gear leaver into Park for a moment and back into Drive and headed off again. Phew, what a relief to find everything working again normally. Anyway, a few K down the road I thought I would activate my ACC again (cause I reckon this is the best thing since sliced bread). Up came a warning....ACC inactive or something the evic said with notification to have it "serviced". I thought, oh no, only 2000k on the clock and my ACC has spat the dummy (as well as my VR). I was not looking forward to driving 200K with no ACC (being so spoilt now). Anyway, called in at our daughters in Berwick for tea and then headed off again. Thought would try the ACC again and everything worked again. Conclusion: I reckon when I accidentally hit the paddle shifter it disengaged the ACC and although I completely brought the car to a halt and went into park and out again it did not correct the ACC but did correct the problem of accidentally hitting the paddle because at least it changed gears automatically again. Stopping at the daughters and turning the engine OFF was the trick (with hindsight). Something with accidentally knocking the paddle shifter disengaged the ACC and it did not reset again until I actually turned the engine off.
Anyway, the ACC worked great for the next 200k. Only rattling on here in case any of you guys ever accidentally knock a paddle shifter and get a fright when your gears fail to change automatically and then you discover your Cruise Control is out of action with a warning sign coming up calling for you to have it "serviced"
These cars almost need a pilots licence....and yes, I know someone is going to come up saying it is all explained on page ???? of the manual...you smarty pants. lol.
I had the same issue last weekend with the ACC not available until I completely stopped and turned the engine off. Can't remember about how, but I had shifted between Drive and Sport modes before I noticed the problem. Haven't had any further issues since. FYI - Once you manually select a gear while driving, you can head straight back into auto mode by placing the gear back into D/S mode (one tap down on the gearshift). I have noted that it first selects Sport mode and another downshift and you're back in Drive. No need to stop the car.
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I believe you can also hold down one of the paddles to resume auto. Pity its not like my outback, it resumes auto automatically after a paddle session, it's logic for when deciding to do this is actually rather good.
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I had the same issue last weekend with the ACC not available until I completely stopped and turned the engine off. Can't remember about how, but I had shifted between Drive and Sport modes before I noticed the problem. Haven't had any further issues since. FYI - Once you manually select a gear while driving, you can head straight back into auto mode by placing the gear back into D/S mode (one tap down on the gearshift). I have noted that it first selects Sport mode and another downshift and you're back in Drive. No need to stop the car.
yep, thanks, I thought it would be something simple but still gives a fright the first time you experience it. I think we all need a day in a Jeep GJ simulator (like pilots do) prior to collection.
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee information - Australia

Can someone tell me if the Quadra Lift air suspension is same or better on road, or only better for off-road use. Is it worth the extra money ? We do tow a 2 tonne caravan at times on holidays. Also is the Overlander quieter than the Laredo to travel in ?
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Can someone tell me if the Quadra Lift air suspension is same or better on road, or only better for off-road use. Is it worth the extra money ? We do tow a 2 tonne caravan at times on holidays. Also is the Overlander quieter than the Laredo to travel in ?
QL was a must have for me specifically because I thought it would be better on road because of the lower ride hight.
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Can someone tell me if the Quadra Lift air suspension is same or better on road, or only better for off-road use. Is it worth the extra money ?
I would be interested to know if the retune the suspension for Aus, which very frequently happens as our roads are so much worse than most of the 1st world.
In reviews I saw on YouTube with the Overland, several complained about the QL suspension for road use.
Said there was too much movement, too soft. Amazingly, some of those were American reviews and they are used to cars the wallow like crap as being standard.
The other was a UK review.

Burger, I thought you had already purchased or at least out a deposit down.
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