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Old 11-18-2013, 02:23 PM
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Re: Drove One Today

Didn't test drive one, but sat in one today (Trailhawk). First off, they look far better in person. Second, the seats are fantastic! Honestly, they are IMO far more comfortable when compared to the GC. I'll have to take a test drive soon.
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Re: Drove One Today

Okay, it wasn't today, but I drove one Saturday evening. Limited 4x4 with the V-6.
I was very comfortable sitting in the vehicle. Enough that it could be my daily driver. I have been in a CRV and couldn't say the same and I have been in an Escape and it was fine for a rental, but wasn't comfortable enough to own one. There was enough room in the back seat for my daughters, even for my older daughter to be behind me with my seat all the way back. Being 6'2" and 300+, I was surprised how comfortable I was. Both leg room and width. I think I will have to skip the panoramic room. I was fine with it, but wear a short flat top and had a haircut a bit over a week ago. There wasn't much room for my hair to grow. I sat in a different one without the roof and had much more room.

The drive was fine. Quiet and smooth. I did notice a "weird" downshift once. Maybe just one of those unique situations as I was slowing down to turn and then head up a hill. Would have to check that out more. The interior was really nice. I really like the steering wheel radio controls that Jeep (and other Chryslers) have. I think it is great that you can go from station to station one at a time, or go from present to preset. Maybe others have that, but I haven't seen that yet.

Storage is not that great with the second row back, but I understand it is a smaller vehicle.

I am torn between the Grand Cherokee and the Cherokee. For what I would want, a GC is only a few thousand more than a Cherokee, so the extra cost doesn't seem too prohibative. Having the extra size can be a pro and con, and the mileage is only 1-2 mpg difference, especially between the GC and a Trailhawk. I will have to crawl around a Cherokee again as I get more serious.

I do have one question if anyone knows. Does the 8.4 AN (or any of the radios) still have the hard drive like available in the 2011-13 GC? I know there is a USB port, but haven't seen anything about a hartd drive in any literature.

I just went to the dealership and caught a salesman outside. Of course we started looking and I asked about the sliding second row. "No, it doesn't do that" he replies as I slide the seat. I do find that annoying, as I am sure many do, that sales staff don't know their product. Ended up getting handed off to someone else being the first guy had somebody coming out of finance. I asked the second guy about the hard drive and he responded that it was there. But I don't think so.

Anyway, I guess I have rambled on long enough.

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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Uninformed salesmen are completely annoying and a waste of time. How hard can it be to pick up a brochure on a vehicle and read through it? Scan the internet, look at your own Jeep.com website... geez
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Okay, it wasn't today, but I drove one Saturday evening. Limited 4x4 with the V-6. I was very comfortable sitting in the vehicle. Enough that it could be my daily driver. I have been in a CRV and couldn't say the same and I have been in an Escape and it was fine for a rental, but wasn't comfortable enough to own one. There was enough room in the back seat for my daughters, even for my older daughter to be behind me with my seat all the way back. Being 6'2" and 300+, I was surprised how comfortable I was. Both leg room and width. I think I will have to skip the panoramic room. I was fine with it, but wear a short flat top and had a haircut a bit over a week ago. There wasn't much room for my hair to grow. I sat in a different one without the roof and had much more room. The drive was fine. Quiet and smooth. I did notice a "weird" downshift once. Maybe just one of those unique situations as I was slowing down to turn and then head up a hill. Would have to check that out more. The interior was really nice. I really like the steering wheel radio controls that Jeep (and other Chryslers) have. I think it is great that you can go from station to station one at a time, or go from present to preset. Maybe others have that, but I haven't seen that yet. Storage is not that great with the second row back, but I understand it is a smaller vehicle. I am torn between the Grand Cherokee and the Cherokee. For what I would want, a GC is only a few thousand more than a Cherokee, so the extra cost doesn't seem too prohibative. Having the extra size can be a pro and con, and the mileage is only 1-2 mpg difference, especially between the GC and a Trailhawk. I will have to crawl around a Cherokee again as I get more serious. I do have one question if anyone knows. Does the 8.4 AN (or any of the radios) still have the hard drive like available in the 2011-13 GC? I know there is a USB port, but haven't seen anything about a hartd drive in any literature. I just went to the dealership and caught a salesman outside. Of course we started looking and I asked about the sliding second row. "No, it doesn't do that" he replies as I slide the seat. I do find that annoying, as I am sure many do, that sales staff don't know their product. Ended up getting handed off to someone else being the first guy had somebody coming out of finance. I asked the second guy about the hard drive and he responded that it was there. But I don't think so. Anyway, I guess I have rambled on long enough. Enjoy your vehicles!
No, no hard drive in the 8.4AN, but the SD slot is a good substitute. I've got 490 songs on mine, in my GC, so I don't miss the HD.
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Re: Drove One Today

So the second row will slide back? That was a huge thing with my current GMC Terrain. It gives the kids much more leg room when they are in car seats and I have the front all the way back.

I assumed these would have the same radio like out T&C has. I love ripping music right to the HD in the radio.
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Re: Drove One Today

I just looked at they claim up to 6" of travel for the rear seat on the Jeep website. Sweet this helps justify my purchase even more.
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Re: Drove One Today

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On another forum a new owner had mentioned a similar problem. She said that after a week the issue went away. The transmission controller is designed to learn your driving style. It may just need time to dial itself in.
That was the same story we heard with the harsh 8-speed in the 2014 Grand Cherokee, and they ended up coming out with a flash for it a couple months later.
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So the second row will slide back? That was a huge thing with my current GMC Terrain. It gives the kids much more leg room when they are in car seats and I have the front all the way back.

I assumed these would have the same radio like out T&C has. I love ripping music right to the HD in the radio.
Yes. The second row slides.

The radios in the >2011 redesigned vehicles no longer have the user accessible hard drives as the older series had. The newer ones are based on internal flash storage that no longer allows ripping. Like others have said, the SD card works wonders as a replacement for this. Patriot, 200, Avenger, T&C/Caravan, Challenger do not have the new series radios. The rest do.
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Thanks for the clarification on the radios.
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