Thanks to the member that posted that the OM and UG are now up. I spent some time and read through them. It helped explain the 4WD systems to me.
Have to say I am kind of turned off on the vehicle a bit now.
I am just not a fan of automated systems. Been there before with an AWD vehicle that was 100% automated. It was fine for on road driving but was lacking overall. Waiting for the wheels to slip before 4WD activates can lead to problems in some situations( such as a snow and ice covered boat ramp ).
ADI is nothing more than what any other automated AWD suv/cuv out there has pretty much. Very disappointed they did this. Select-Terrain may help a little but it is very upsetting to see they take the ability to manually engage 4WD, when you know you need/want it, away from the driver unless you go to ADII or a TH with ADL. Just stupid. Not my idea of 4WD. ADI = AWD to me now and that is not as good for my needs.
I wonder if going to ADII, so you can put it in 4WD Low when needed, will result in a MPG hit? I don't mean when in 4-Low. I mean overall( change in gearing? ). On the Patriot and Compass systems there is a pretty big MPG hit between the standard 4WD system( FDI )and the 4WD system with 4WD Low( FDII ). If it is the same with ADI and ADII on the Cherokee I may be out. If ADII won't negatively impact daily driving MPG then I am back in.
When will car mfg's stop thinking they always know what is best and take away things that make sense and add things that don't?