I picked up my GC Overland yesterday and drove it home. Today was a drive down to Stanwell Park and the coast bridge/drive and return. All up I have 165km on the GC now. Still getting used to all the technology and I must say, there is a lot to learn coming from a 96 Cherokee. I have to say, WOW WOW WOW!!!
I had my mum and dad along for the ride and to give you some perspective he has a 2011 Toyota Landcruiser Sahara V8. He was highly impressed with the interior and the ride. He couldn't believe it was diesel because it was so quiet. At one stage, on one of those long uphill sections where you normally see cars with a 4 or 6 start to struggle, the diesel just dropped back a gear, it ever slightly increased the revs and held speed with ease. My dad commented that normally on that section of the road his V8 just blew past traffic and he commented that the GC did so too. I told him it changed gear and increased the revs to which he replied, "if you didn't tell me that, I would have had no idea that it did that." That prompted him to comment on how smooth the tranny was.
As one stage on a steep downhill it used aggressive engine braking to slow the GC down. I had noticed it do this at one stage yesterday and another today during traffic. It really felt like it wasn't sure which gear to go into. When I mentioned this to my dad he said his did exactly the same every now and then. He said not to be be worried by that.
Talking of traffic, it really feels like you are trying to restrain a racehorse in the city. Many a time I found myself over the speed limit before the speedo girl told me I was speeding. Very handy tech to have the voice tell you the speed zone! She will annoy me later but it is great while I'm getting used to the truck. Having said this, she was wrong 50% of the time with the speed zones , but always conservatively wrong.
The A/C was doing its thing of pumping out hot air. After playing around with it and basically pressing all the different buttons I was able to keep it comfortable, which until they find a solution is more than driveable for me to not worry about.
I do have a question for those that have their GC's. The rubber seals around the windows on the outside are all over the shop. So much so that about 50% are tucked in and 50% are flush with the black metal. Are they meant to be tucked or flush?
Apart from that, the finish on my GC is first class!
One last point, the front sensors seem to be too sensitive. They pick up other cars while at every set of traffic lights. I have plenty of clearance, minimum of 5m, so this is quite annoying.
Now to the dealer:
The dealer was Alex at Waitara. He was no fuss and very easy. I organised the paperwork without setting a foot into the dealership and he was able to deliver on most things. Any questions that I have had he has gotten back to me in a reasonable time.
The no fuss and very easy came with downsides though but these are minor points. Paperwork organisation wasn't his strong point. Although I had filled out the contract and returned it, he thought he didn't have the paperwork. Now I don't know if it was that he lost the paperwork or he was so busy that he couldn't remember that I had done it so long ago. As I said, minor point.
The only other criticism I have is the number plate holders. The are very cheap and not deserving of a $75k vehicle. No plastic/glass covering and are quite flimsy. They also have Jeep Waitara all over them even though I specifically asked to not have any branding on my Jeep. Stickers such as 'Drive Car of the Year' and Jeep Waitara were all over the back.
To summarise, what an awesome car that will take me months to get around to learning all the fantastic features. Haven't graduated to VR yet, it's still early days