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How Confident are you with your Jeep?

I'm interested in buying a new Cherokee 16 or 17 model.

I'm wondering if they sorted out the bugs yet with the 9 speed transmission?

And after some reading on this forum. should I be worried about axle wobble on an AD1 cherokee, 4cyl or v6?

So if you were to buy a cherokee now, would you be confident in the purchase??? I need a vehicle that won't leave me stranded for 150K highway miles. It can throw lights, shift improperly, or have annoyances, get me there at a reduced speed, limp mode etc..... But it can't leave me completely dead in the water. I work an hour away from my son's daycare, and i need to reliably be able to pick him up every time without fail.

Hypothetically speaking, if your car was totaled today. Would you consider buying a new 16/17 jeep and be confident with it's reliability?

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Re: How Confident are you with your Jeep?

I am completely confident in my 2014 TH, v-6. 34000 trouble free miles to date. Yes, the recalls are a PIA but I appreciate that FCA keeping track of everything and there is not a manufacturer out there that does not have the same number. The Cherokee is a sophisticated vehicle that has a lot going on at any one time. The vehicle would do circles around any RAV4 or CR-V's period even in limp mode IMO. Good luck.
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I have a '14 and '15 and other than minor software fixes for other issues, no problem with either transmission with 15k on the 2014 and 23k on the 2015. The 2016's should be good.
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I'm interested in buying a new Cherokee 16 or 17 model.

I'm wondering if they sorted out the bugs yet with the 9 speed transmission?

And after some reading on this forum. should I be worried about axle wobble on an AD1 cherokee, 4cyl or v6?

So if you were to buy a cherokee now, would you be confident in the purchase??? I need a vehicle that won't leave me stranded for 150K highway miles. It can throw lights, shift improperly, or have annoyances, get me there at a reduced speed, limp mode etc..... But it can't leave me completely dead in the water. I work an hour away from my son's daycare, and i need to reliably be able to pick him up every time without fail.

Hypothetically speaking, if your car was totaled today. Would you consider buying a new 16/17 jeep and be confident with it's reliability?
My '14 Cherokee has had a number of electrical/ electronic problems and so I would not buy another one at this point. Hopefully the newer builds are problem-free, but this Cherokee has more problems than every other car I have owned in my life combined. It has been in the shop probably a total of 20 days since I bought it in August 2014, which is just brutal, especially without a complimentary loaner car.

I currently have a 335xi as well and will stretch to have two BMWs in the family going forward, it's easier to work harder to pay for the BMW than to deal with all of the issues, the most recent of which is actually dangerous (throttle stops working on freeways...).

Unfortunately I probably was unlucky to buy a rare lemon off the Jeep assembly line, but it has certainly left a sour taste in my mouth in any case, and I'm not sure I can recover from it.
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Re: How Confident are you with your Jeep?

I got rid of a 14 GC because of numerous, relatively minor issues. More visits to the dealer than any other car. Most were related to the new, at the time, electrical interface.

None of these issues ever kept the car from starting nor caused the car to stall while driving.

I gave Jeep a couple of years to get the bugs out. I'm confident enough that I recently purchased a '17 Grand Cherokee.

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Re: How Confident are you with your Jeep?

This is a very difficult question to answer because the Cherokee was, in many ways ahead of its time. We got all the options with the exception of the CD player and extra speakers in our 2014.

Layout was fairly good but entry exit is something I found difficult - always at risk of banging my head.

First problem appeared soon after we got it. AWD would not engage due to overheating. Eventually, after several visits for service, the rear differential and a half shaft were replaced. There were several recalls of course. In addition we had moldings come off and they were quickly replaced. Our USB and SD card input ports had to be replaced - just not dependable. The replacements were a bit better but you could still wait as much as 10 minutes to get music since it seemed to have to index every time the vehicle was started. That seemed to improve and it was down to a couple of minutes.

We bought ours (my wife's) specifically because it had a transfer case that could be put in neutral so that it could be towed behind our motorhome. That worked very well and we were pleased with it as a "toad." Then, we got a notice that we'd have to have a wiring harness installed in order to tow it to avoid the death wobble. That was eventually provided at no charge, but there was sure a lot of confusion created by FCA as some were charged and others were not. Then, it meant we had to run power from the motorhome to the battery of the Cherokee since the wiring harness turned on the EPS processor and that took juice from the battery. I asked FCA for advice and they said "sorry, can't do because of legal liability." Wonderful, create a problem and then step back from helping owners.

Ours would be at the end of the 3 year over-all warranty in November. At the end of August we sold our motorhome back to the dealer we bought it from six years ago and exited the RV world. Given our experience with the Cherokee and the glitches we read about on the forums I felt we really had to buy an extended warranty from FCA. To bump it to 7 years and 72,000 miles (actually 115,000 kms for us) the cost, with tax, would be $3600. I suggested to my dear wife that perhaps we should see what we can do trading the Cherokee given that whatever we bought would have 3 years warranty for a starter.

I started to research other vehicles in the same size range that were AWD or 4WD. We no longer had to worry about towing so that really enlarged the field. Given the stories we started reading here on the power cutting out I started to wonder if we really wanted to keep the 2014.

The end result, a 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. It has all the options with the exception of the adaptive cruise (which we never used on the Cherokee) and I have to say dear wife is pleased with it. And the turbo is a real kicker - she can't get over the power. HP and torque are the reverse of the Cherokee 3.2. So far fuel consumption looks better. In addition, entry exit is much better for me. Some of the electronic gizmos are better and some are not as good as the Cherokee.

She took delivery on the 16th and it appears the dealer has already sold the Cherokee. We got a reasonable trade in value and when considering the difference we paid and adjusting for the cost of an extended warranty we were pleased with the deal. When we got home with her Escape the mail had arrived and there was recall S55. We scanned it and sent it to the dealer and they were OK with it.

Two months earlier I'd tried to trade my 2014 Town & Country for a Durango R/T but simply could not get a decent buck for our trade - that had under 25,000 miles and a year of full warranty left (it was our second in a row having traded a 2012 for it). I'm really glad we couldn't do a deal because the cargo capacity of the Durango is way below the T&C. It is really difficult to find a vehicle that can compete with the T&C for our needs. We head to FLA for the winter and in the second row one of the captain's seats would be folded into the floor, the third row would be down and we'd have enormous space for "stuff." (mostly her "stuff" of course)

I then looked at alternatives keeping in mind cargo capacity. I ended up with a new 2016 Ford Expedition Max (EL) Platinum and the difference was only $4,000 more than what they wanted for a 2016 Durango R/T (list price differed by $14,000). So far I'm very pleased with the Expedition but I have to say the guys who did the electronic gizmos should take a look at a fully loaded Cherokee Limited - they could learn something about smooth layout and design.

So, from two FCA products to none. I did look at the new Pacifica and really liked it. The ride and handling seemed to be head and shoulders over the T&C. I just did not have the heart to go for another completely new vehicle given the issues we experienced with the Cherokee (starting with the long long delivery delay due to the transmission programming). I can see a Pacifica in the driveway in three years. I'm hoping that the hybrid version turns out to make it even better yet.

My 25 cents worth (started with .02 and got carried away).
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This is a very difficult question to answer because the Cherokee was, in many ways ahead of its time. We got all the options with the exception of the CD player and extra speakers in our 2014.

Layout was fairly good but entry exit is something I found difficult - always at risk of banging my head.

First problem appeared soon after we got it. AWD would not engage due to overheating. Eventually, after several visits for service, the rear differential and a half shaft were replaced. There were several recalls of course. In addition we had moldings come off and they were quickly replaced. Our USB and SD card input ports had to be replaced - just not dependable. The replacements were a bit better but you could still wait as much as 10 minutes to get music since it seemed to have to index every time the vehicle was started. That seemed to improve and it was down to a couple of minutes.

We bought ours (my wife's) specifically because it had a transfer case that could be put in neutral so that it could be towed behind our motorhome. That worked very well and we were pleased with it as a "toad." Then, we got a notice that we'd have to have a wiring harness installed in order to tow it to avoid the death wobble. That was eventually provided at no charge, but there was sure a lot of confusion created by FCA as some were charged and others were not. Then, it meant we had to run power from the motorhome to the battery of the Cherokee since the wiring harness turned on the EPS processor and that took juice from the battery. I asked FCA for advice and they said "sorry, can't do because of legal liability." Wonderful, create a problem and then step back from helping owners.

Ours would be at the end of the 3 year over-all warranty in November. At the end of August we sold our motorhome back to the dealer we bought it from six years ago and exited the RV world. Given our experience with the Cherokee and the glitches we read about on the forums I felt we really had to buy an extended warranty from FCA. To bump it to 7 years and 72,000 miles (actually 115,000 kms for us) the cost, with tax, would be $3600. I suggested to my dear wife that perhaps we should see what we can do trading the Cherokee given that whatever we bought would have 3 years warranty for a starter.

I started to research other vehicles in the same size range that were AWD or 4WD. We no longer had to worry about towing so that really enlarged the field. Given the stories we started reading here on the power cutting out I started to wonder if we really wanted to keep the 2014.

The end result, a 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. It has all the options with the exception of the adaptive cruise (which we never used on the Cherokee) and I have to say dear wife is pleased with it. And the turbo is a real kicker - she can't get over the power. HP and torque are the reverse of the Cherokee 3.2. So far fuel consumption looks better. In addition, entry exit is much better for me. Some of the electronic gizmos are better and some are not as good as the Cherokee.

She took delivery on the 16th and it appears the dealer has already sold the Cherokee. We got a reasonable trade in value and when considering the difference we paid and adjusting for the cost of an extended warranty we were pleased with the deal. When we got home with her Escape the mail had arrived and there was recall S55. We scanned it and sent it to the dealer and they were OK with it.

Two months earlier I'd tried to trade my 2014 Town & Country for a Durango R/T but simply could not get a decent buck for our trade - that had under 25,000 miles and a year of full warranty left (it was our second in a row having traded a 2012 for it). I'm really glad we couldn't do a deal because the cargo capacity of the Durango is way below the T&C. It is really difficult to find a vehicle that can compete with the T&C for our needs. We head to FLA for the winter and in the second row one of the captain's seats would be folded into the floor, the third row would be down and we'd have enormous space for "stuff." (mostly her "stuff" of course)

I then looked at alternatives keeping in mind cargo capacity. I ended up with a new 2016 Ford Expedition Max (EL) Platinum and the difference was only $4,000 more than what they wanted for a 2016 Durango R/T (list price differed by $14,000). So far I'm very pleased with the Expedition but I have to say the guys who did the electronic gizmos should take a look at a fully loaded Cherokee Limited - they could learn something about smooth layout and design.

So, from two FCA products to none. I did look at the new Pacifica and really liked it. The ride and handling seemed to be head and shoulders over the T&C. I just did not have the heart to go for another completely new vehicle given the issues we experienced with the Cherokee (starting with the long long delivery delay due to the transmission programming). I can see a Pacifica in the driveway in three years. I'm hoping that the hybrid version turns out to make it even better yet.

My 25 cents worth (started with .02 and got carried away).
All that and never addressed the original question.

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Just make sure its a V6.
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Re: How Confident are you with your Jeep?

Thanks guys, i went to a few different brands today and given the negative equity and jerps $5000 in rebates and 0% the Cherokee is just too compelling in value. I'll try and get the v6.

Does the v6 with AD1 have the axle wobble issue?

Does anyone regret getting the 4cylinder?
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Thanks guys, i went to a few different brands today and given the negative equity and jerps $5000 in rebates and 0% the Cherokee is just too compelling in value. I'll try and get the v6.

Does the v6 with AD1 have the axle wobble issue?

Does anyone regret getting the 4cylinder?
The V6 is the only way to go. The MPG is not that far off from the I4.
Axle wobble is resolved as far as I know.
I have seen Cherokee prices of 10,000/30% off MSRP in Chicago area over the weekend. But that depends on where you live and are willing to travel.
It also depends on your home area vs selling area. They base your price on your home area, that is rebates available to you. If you are out of that particular region, like the great lakes region, you will not get those rebates/incentives. Just give the out of town dealer your ZIP and they can tell you.
Good luck and get that '16 Cherokee while they last.
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I'm interested in buying a new Cherokee 16 or 17 model.

I'm wondering if they sorted out the bugs yet with the 9 speed transmission?

And after some reading on this forum. should I be worried about axle wobble on an AD1 cherokee, 4cyl or v6?

So if you were to buy a cherokee now, would you be confident in the purchase??? I need a vehicle that won't leave me stranded for 150K highway miles. It can throw lights, shift improperly, or have annoyances, get me there at a reduced speed, limp mode etc..... But it can't leave me completely dead in the water. I work an hour away from my son's daycare, and i need to reliably be able to pick him up every time without fail.

Hypothetically speaking, if your car was totaled today. Would you consider buying a new 16/17 jeep and be confident with it's reliability?
Rereading this post I did not give you input on my experience with my 2014 limited only the purchase issues.
* The 2014 Cherokee was probably the most problematic of all due to the Transmission issues and other growing pains in my opinion.
Maybe I was just lucky but I have had no issues other than a power seat repair. The Cherokee runs and shifts great and I plan on keeping it a long time. I do not fear being stranded, at least now. The only thing I would say is that if an issue like shifting develops take it in and do not put it off.
That was advice from my dealer. Actually that advice should be followed for any vehicle.
Now if you do plan on keeping your Cherokee 150k miles I might suggest you look into a Chrysler Max Care Lifetime Service Plan ($100 deductable). It covers the vehicle till the repair exceeds tha value of the vehicle. It does not cover wear items like brakes etc. There is a list and its not that big.
Its per visit and not per repair from what I understand.
NOW, there are on-line dealers that sell these Chrysler plans on line at big discounts over MSRP offered by Chrysler on their site.
Most dealers will match those discounted prices if you show them or tell them. The last I heard it was around $2500 discounted, though it might be lower a bit.
I bought mine at purchase and the dealer matched an on-line quote, back in 12/13.
My sister bought hers a year after purchase.
In my opinion all the electronics etc. made it a good investment for the long time I will keep it.
A search on this forum will give you some or I can dig them out for you.
Good luck on your continuing quest.
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