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2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

So it’s been a mixed bag with the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and since I just reached the 1000 mile mark, I figured I’d share my experience.

the transmission is a daily adventure. recently it’s mellowed a bit but still once a day I have an odd “event” in which the gearing makes the car lurch or there’s an awkward downshift or whatever. this truck is not for hypermiling, that’s for sure. it does not like to be “floored” and at the same time, when you “baby” it and ask gently for gas, it sometimes gets confused and halts before proceeding. I drive mostly in Auto mode but Sport is worse that way – the gears are way too tall.
[this leads to a question: since so much of the transmission is software, shouldn’t it be possible to custom-adjust it according to driver tastes? I would pay good money to have a tech ride with me, figure out where I like the shiftpoints, and dial them into the Jeep. failing that, I have to hope that there’s another flash update on the near horizon.]

I have a slight version of “the wobble” in 2nd gear. it has improved a bit and I’m hoping that it is part of the transmission breakin. I’m alternating between 87 and 89 octane fuel, so that might have an impact as well – with the higher grade fuel there seem to be less hiccups all the way around.

Stop Start is fairly steady but as others here have noted, there’s a feeling that this will, over time, add significant wear/tear to the engine. I’ve noted that it does work occasionally when AC is on low and fan at 1 or 2. other times, it doesn’t. for me the biggest concern is in parking: often I arrive at destination, put the car in park and before releasing my foot from the brake the shutoff happens. then I have to release foot and let the car start so I can turn it off. this is ridiculous.

U Connect was not as “user-updatable” as advertised. I got the d/l to work and did the install properly (it gave me the “Success” prompt at the end, at least) but when I next went to drive, I had no Sat Radio and no Nav. the Nav was “Initializing” but never finished. it took the dealer a few hours to rectify this.
and then none of the alleged benefits of the update were noticeable – it still hangs for just a second between commands/screens, etc. also in the Audio realm, sometimes I can adjust audio settings and sometimes that box is “greyed out” and unresponsive. what’s up with that? what’s up with the Back button that seems to do nothing?

sunroof visor does not operate automatically until it reaches the halfway point above rear passenger cabin.

the rear driver’s side door handle is broken. the other day I arrived at work only to notice that the rear door on the driver side had lost the small plastic endpiece (where the key would go in the front door, the little piece where the keyless button is on the front door). when I attempted to open the door, the handle came off in my hand! no idea what caused this. when I got home I found the endpiece in the driveway and was able to snap the handle back in place but that’s obviously going to be another dealer visit. dismayingly, when I called Chrysler customer service they could not tell me how long this repair would take....

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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

Hey Moontom,

Sorry to hear you're having such a hard time with your new vehicle. You would think that since this is a new purchase there wouldn't be any issues. Did you factory order yours or was it an off the lot purchase? Hopefully they can take care of you and get everything right.
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Geesh, after hearing all of that I am glad I custom ordered my option loaded 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited ADII 3.2L last September. I have had it almost a year now and have had none of those problems. My 9 speed transmission has been perfect and I have not had any of the flashes/TSBs done. My acceleration has been just fine (in fact too good as I am going to get myself in trouble with the police one of these days) and I always use 87 octane. No need to pay extra for something you don't need. I have no wobble what so ever. I have used sport to play and snow for Michigan winters but mainly keep the transmission in auto. My Uconnect works perfectly with my Android Tracfone. I always have my dealer upgrade my Uconnect so if something goes wrong I can't be blamed. I am very happy with my Cherokee and would order/buy another one. In fact I am so happy with it I bought the Zeigler/Mopar Lifetime Service Contract as I intend to keep my Cherokee for a long time. Is my Cherokee entirely perfect? No, in my opinion no vehicle ever is, but my Cherokee is darn close.
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

hi and thanks...

purchased off the lot b/c I found one w/ the safety package and was told they were going to be in short supply. didn't exactly want stop/start but couldn't find a 14 equipped close to this one. really like the safety features btw!

I did a ton of research, drove everything from the Fit to the BMW 3, and kept returning to the Cherokee. it is a well designed vehicle and I have faith that Chrysler will eventually get the big transmission issues figured out. after owning many Toyotas, I also liked being a (small) part of remaking of the US auto industry....what they've done w/ the Fiat/Chrysler partnership in such a short amount of time is impressive.
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

My last 2 jeeps were srt8 so the power is way to low for me. As far as power goes the 3.2 needs at least 100 more hp to bring it up the 371 and i would be happy. Turbo or s/c would do it lol. I finally took the t/c fully off today and launched at idle with the wife aboard and i was surppised it spun the tires just a tad lol. The converter only has a 1500 stall but it seems to be fine.
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Sorry to hear of your Cherokees problems. I have a 2015 TH V6 with 2000 miles and it has been perfect, so they should be able to get yours straightened out. I ordered mine June 25, and it was built July 29. Good luck!
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

I've got a 2014 3.2L Trainlhawk with about 3000klms on the clock.
I would agree the transmission has a few rough spots, 3rd down to 2nd can clunk and can also give an almost stall feeling (haven't had the TSB's yet).

Can't complain for the power, sink the boot in and she has plenty of take off although it's a little quick to break traction at the front end, never used sport mode, never had the need. Uconnect is touch and go with a few things, bluetooth media streaming can do funny things and my phone disconnects occasionally. In Australia the voice controlled sat nav is crippled which is a shame and it arrived with March 2013 maps in June 2014.

Overall loving the car, I'm not concerned about the transmission or the Uconnect system, it's a cutting edge car and there are bound to be a few rough edges. I would like the transmission fixed, hoping the TSB will take care of that on the next service.
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

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.... for me the biggest concern is in parking: often I arrive at destination, put the car in park and before releasing my foot from the brake the shutoff happens. then I have to release foot and let the car start so I can turn it off. this is ridiculous.
You should get yours fixed. Mine has never done that. The manual says:

In the following situations the engine will not stop: The transmission is not in a forward gear.

Read your manual. It specifies all the conditions. Then call your dealer and schedule an appointment to have yours fixed. Tell them you put the car in park and the shutoff happened.
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

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So it’s been a mixed bag with the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and since I just reached the 1000 mile mark, I figured I’d share my experience.

the transmission is a daily adventure. recently it’s mellowed a bit but still once a day I have an odd “event” in which the gearing makes the car lurch or there’s an awkward downshift or whatever. this truck is not for hypermiling, that’s for sure. it does not like to be “floored” and at the same time, when you “baby” it and ask gently for gas, it sometimes gets confused and halts before proceeding. I drive mostly in Auto mode but Sport is worse that way – the gears are way too tall.
[this leads to a question: since so much of the transmission is software, shouldn’t it be possible to custom-adjust it according to driver tastes? I would pay good money to have a tech ride with me, figure out where I like the shiftpoints, and dial them into the Jeep. failing that, I have to hope that there’s another flash update on the near horizon.]

I have a slight version of “the wobble” in 2nd gear. it has improved a bit and I’m hoping that it is part of the transmission breakin. I’m alternating between 87 and 89 octane fuel, so that might have an impact as well – with the higher grade fuel there seem to be less hiccups all the way around.

Stop Start is fairly steady but as others here have noted, there’s a feeling that this will, over time, add significant wear/tear to the engine. I’ve noted that it does work occasionally when AC is on low and fan at 1 or 2. other times, it doesn’t. for me the biggest concern is in parking: often I arrive at destination, put the car in park and before releasing my foot from the brake the shutoff happens. then I have to release foot and let the car start so I can turn it off. this is ridiculous.

U Connect was not as “user-updatable” as advertised. I got the d/l to work and did the install properly (it gave me the “Success” prompt at the end, at least) but when I next went to drive, I had no Sat Radio and no Nav. the Nav was “Initializing” but never finished. it took the dealer a few hours to rectify this.
and then none of the alleged benefits of the update were noticeable – it still hangs for just a second between commands/screens, etc. also in the Audio realm, sometimes I can adjust audio settings and sometimes that box is “greyed out” and unresponsive. what’s up with that? what’s up with the Back button that seems to do nothing?

sunroof visor does not operate automatically until it reaches the halfway point above rear passenger cabin.

the rear driver’s side door handle is broken. the other day I arrived at work only to notice that the rear door on the driver side had lost the small plastic endpiece (where the key would go in the front door, the little piece where the keyless button is on the front door). when I attempted to open the door, the handle came off in my hand! no idea what caused this. when I got home I found the endpiece in the driveway and was able to snap the handle back in place but that’s obviously going to be another dealer visit. dismayingly, when I called Chrysler customer service they could not tell me how long this repair would take....

nice vehicle otherwise!
In my opinion the whole start stop idea is Ridiculous. Isn't there a way to disable it and leave it that way? I mean how much gas does an engine use while idling anyway? Is this technology worth the extra wear and tear from starting and stopping the engine all the time, not to mention the problems you could have if it malfunctions. I'm glad I don 't have it. I'll just burn that extra drop of gas.
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In my opinion the whole start stop idea is Ridiculous. Isn't there a way to disable it and leave it that way? I mean how much gas does an engine use while idling anyway? Is this technology worth the extra wear and tear from starting and stopping the engine all the time, not to mention the problems you could have if it malfunctions. I'm glad I don 't have it. I'll just burn that extra drop of gas.
Reminds me of, I'd say 1963, was working on a flat head 6 with a single barrel carb diagnosing fuel pump/filter problem. Put gas in mason jar and ran hose to carb's input nipple and was astonished how fast that 6 banger sucked the jar empty at idle. Gas was 30 cents/gal, didn't know about global warming, no terrorists being funded, OPEC was just getting off the ground. Just the bomb to worry about.
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Re: 2015 Cherokee Limited at 1000 Miles

I am having a problem with the stop start technology. It works fine when I start the vehicle normally with the ignition key. However, when I use the remote start feature, the vehicle fails to restart after I stop the vehicle and the engine shuts off. I get a message saying that the stop start is unavailable. I have to shift into park and restart with the key. Then a stop start warning light stays on and the stop start no longer operates. I have not reported to Chrysler yet. I will at my first service.
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I am having a problem with the stop start technology. It works fine when I start the vehicle normally with the ignition key. However, when I use the remote start feature, the vehicle fails to restart after I stop the vehicle and the engine shuts off. I get a message saying that the stop start is unavailable. I have to shift into park and restart with the key. Then a stop start warning light stays on and the stop start no longer operates. I have not reported to Chrysler yet. I will at my first service.
I'm having a hard time following this. But since the Stop/Start (ESS) works on a normal start and not during a remote start, try following the owner manual instructions verbatim and see if that helps. The following is from the manual:

To Exit Remote Start Mode And Drive The Vehicle

Before the end of 15-minute cycle, push and release the
UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to unlock the
doors and disarm the Vehicle Security Alarm (if
equipped). Then, prior to the end of the 15-minute cycle,
push and release the START/STOP button. If the START/
STOP button is not present, insert the Key Fob into the
ignition switch and turn the switch to the ON/RUN
position.
NOTE:
• For vehicles not equipped with the Keyless Enter-NGo
™ feature, the ignition switch must be in the
ON/RUN position in order to drive the vehicle.
• For vehicles not equipped with the Keyless Enter-NGo
™ feature, the message “Remote Start Active —
Insert Key and Turn To Run” will display in the
EVIC/DID until you insert the key.
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