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Advice Needed on 2015 Cherokee

Hello All,

I am in the midst of purchasing a new 2015 Cherokee. The dealer did not have the one I wanted in stock but has made a dealer trade for the one I am interested in. Specifically this one.New 2015 Jeep Cherokee 4WD 4dr Limited For Sale in Willoughby | Serving Euclid OH

I have a few questions:
  1. How good is the Jeep Active Drive I? I live in western Pennsylvania and will use it to commute to work, but also would like to take it on open fields, through some mud. Not through deep rivers, heavy rocks, etc.
  2. I heard about the transmsission problems. The dealer says that has since been fixed. How accurate is this?
  3. I am also considering a Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring. Any thoughts about how they compare?
  4. What would be a fair price for the one I'm looking at. The dealer has taken around $1500 off from sticker before rebates and incentives.

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Old 10-25-2015, 11:07 AM
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Re: Advice Needed on 2015 Cherokee

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Hello All,

I am in the midst of purchasing a new 2015 Cherokee. The dealer did not have the one I wanted in stock but has made a dealer trade for the one I am interested in. Specifically this one.New 2015 Jeep Cherokee 4WD 4dr Limited For Sale in Willoughby | Serving Euclid OH

I have a few questions:
  1. How good is the Jeep Active Drive I? I live in western Pennsylvania and will use it to commute to work, but also would like to take it on open fields, through some mud. Not through deep rivers, heavy rocks, etc.
  2. I heard about the transmsission problems. The dealer says that has since been fixed. How accurate is this?
  3. I am also considering a Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring. Any thoughts about how they compare?
  4. What would be a fair price for the one I'm looking at. The dealer has taken around $1500 off from sticker before rebates and incentives.
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Re: Advice Needed on 2015 Cherokee

Run, don't walk. Loved my trail hawk but 8k miles and 4 months, tranny issues made me dump it. Lost 8k off the purchase price. Good news that was late July. Now book values have dropped even more


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Run, don't walk. Loved my trail hawk but 8k miles and 4 months, tranny issues made me dump it. Lost 8k off the purchase price. Good news that was late July. Now book values have dropped even more


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Don't let the 9 speed transmission issues horror stories scare you. The Jeep Cherokees is one fine vehicle. I custom ordered mine the fall of 2013. A 2014 3.2L ADII Jeep Cherokee Limited. It has been flawless. The trick with the 9 speed transmission is two fold. First it rides and drives like a Jeep. If this is not what you want then I suggest you look into a soccer mom foreign car. Two, never ever have any of the flashes, TSBs, or recalls done to the transmission unless, and this is the only unless, they are safety issues. I really believe that many people who buy the Cherokee and are unhappy with it need to blame themselves for not doing their research ahead of time as to how a Jeep rides and drives. The Cherokee has even nudged out the Wrangler as the top selling Jeep. All of these hundreds of Cherokee owners can not be wrong.
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Don't let the 9 speed transmission issues horror stories scare you.

Says someone who didn't lose 8 thousand dollars in 4 months


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You are right in fact I intend to drive my Cherokee for a very long time. In fact I am so sure I will be able to do that I bought the Mopar Lifetime Max Care Service Contract. I am extremely happy with my Jeep Cherokee. You gave away your eight thousand dollars, not me. BTW, in southeastern Michigan used 3.2L Cherokees are selling for a premium, especially the ones built before start/stop was added.
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You are right in fact I intend to drive my Cherokee for a very long time. In fact I am so sure I will be able to do that I bought the Mopar Lifetime Max Care Service Contract. I am extremely happy with my Jeep Cherokee. You gave away your eight thousand dollars, not me. BTW, in southeastern Michigan used 3.2L Cherokees are selling for a premium, especially the ones built before start/stop was added.
Back in July, my blue book value was 31,000. Right now it's 25k. That's another 6k I would have lost.
Had to sell it. It put me in unsafe conditions where someone could have gotten hurt... If your on the KL site, you know as well as I do, many others have walked away and or went thru months of hell. Don't get me wrong, I loved that car. Just wasn't safe
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Sorry, rechecked and added all the options I had. 28 k, so 3K less than July
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Back in July, my blue book value was 31,000. Right now it's 25k. That's another 6k I would have lost.
Had to sell it. It put me in unsafe conditions where someone could have gotten hurt... If your on the KL site, you know as well as I do, many others have walked away and or went thru months of hell. Don't get me wrong, I loved that car. Just wasn't safe
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This is my last exchange with you. I did want you to know though that I walked away from the KL Club web site because of all the wrong and misleading information over there. All I can say is that in two years I have never had a problem with my Cherokee and it goes like a bat out of hell. I am extremely pleased with it. Just a curiosity question before I drop this. Did you play around with transmission flashes, TSBs, or recalls? Those are the kiss of death for the 9 speed transmission. Once applied there is no way to undo them. The only fix is to replace the transmission.
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Hello All,

I am in the midst of purchasing a new 2015 Cherokee. The dealer did not have the one I wanted in stock but has made a dealer trade for the one I am interested in. Specifically this one.New 2015 Jeep Cherokee 4WD 4dr Limited For Sale in Willoughby | Serving Euclid OH
1. How good is the Jeep Active Drive I?

Over on the other forum I frequent, someone took their ADI Cherokee Sport against another fellow with a 4x4 Dodge Dakota truck in loose mud in a saturated field, and the Cherokee won handily Link.

I can personally only speak to ADII myself, but since I haven't had occasion to pull out the 4-low capabilities yet (waiting to retrofit the skid plates before doing anything too crazy), it works out to roughly the same thing except for the minor lift. I like the ability to directly manage power axle bias via the various terrain modes, something that I haven't seen from most of the other AWD implementations.

2. I heard about the transmsission problems. The dealer says that has since been fixed. How accurate is this?

As far as I know, the real mechanical problems were with a snap ring failure with the early 2014 transmissions that have been fixed since December 2014 forward. The rest of the fixes have all been software flashes that have played around with the shift patterns.

One of the "problems" I think most people are having is that the ZF transmission has 'smart / learning' features that is supposed to tailor the shift patterns to match the individual style of each driver, but it takes time & miles to learn the behavior, so early shifting patterns right after you pull off the lot are going to be significantly different then, say, 2 weeks later. Just speaking for myself I had a TCM flash performed with an unrelated issue, and noticed an improvement, but overall I've had no personal problems with the transmission or the general shift patterns.

3. I am also considering a Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring. Any thoughts about how they compare?

I considered the Forester during my car research period over about 6 months and I've had experience driving around a Subaru Impreza for a few years. It was a good little car, but I eventually got put off by the limitations of the 4 cylinder engine it had (too many hills on my commute with a screaming transmission and engine), and getting a genuine V6 was one of the factors that leaned me towards the Cherokee. If towing is a consideration, even the base Cherokee Tigershark I4 can still handle 500 lbs more then the turbo Forester @ 2000 lbs. If you go with the V6 & tow package, that climbs to 4500 lbs.

Just speaking for myself, I don't particularly enjoy the CVT transmission implementations, though I can't speak to the Forester directly. The CVTs seem too noisy for my taste. That's one thing the V6 Cherokee seems to excel at is handling road noise, it's very composed even under load.

4. What would be a fair price for the one I'm looking at. The dealer has taken around $1500 off from sticker before rebates and incentives.

Looking at that particular listing, I find it a bit overpriced, but not crazily so. I paid about 32k for my 15 Latitude that had most available options compared to the Limited. With the addition of the safetytech package, luxury leather / vented seats, HID lights, & the 8.4AN radio /w nav it seems reasonable. I can tell you that dealers in my immediate area are asking for 42k /w less options then what you have listed on there for versions of the Limited.
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