Originally Posted by Kwcooper
We ordered the tow package and it was installed by Chrysler, when we picked up the car the salesperson told us that by having the tow installed by the manufacture we can tow up to 4500 lbs. If it is installed by the dealer then you are limited to 2000 lbs. The Uconnect service is for one year or 12 months.
Have to call BS on that. Not that you were told that but the info itself.
1st of all 4500lbs is for the V6 only not the 2.4L. Not sure what motor you have but it matters. 2.4L is only rated to 2000lbs period even with the factory tow package. You need the tow package to get to 4500lbs with the V6 otherwise it is 2000lbs. See page 529 of the Owner's Manual where it is clearly spelled out.
Now, if you have the V6 and want the 4500lbs you just need to be sure you have the things needed. I am going to say it is the same situation we see with the Patriot and Compass 2.4L models. 1000lbs standard tow capacity and then 2000lbs if you add the oil cooler.
The Cherokee Tow Package includes the following...
7 and 4 Pin Wiring Harness
Class III Receiver Hitch
Full Size Spare Tire
Trailer Tow Wiring Harness
180-Amp Alternator (Unavailable with some configurations)
3.517 Final Drive Ratio (Unavailable with some configurations)
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling (Unavailable with some configurations)
The only thing in that list that should make a difference in bumping the weight is the oil cooler. I suppose the different drive ratio( 3.25 standard changed to 3.51 )could matter due to the 9spd trans but I don't believe it is enough to make the difference.
I can't say 100% for sure but my guess is it is the oil cooler that matters. If I had a V6 Cherokee that did not come with the Tow Package I would add a class III hitch, a wiring kit, and an oil cooler and I would tow up to the 4500lbs. If the gearing really matters you will know right off.