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Old 10-26-2013, 03:09 PM
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where are the dealers getting them. not a single dealer in the atlanta metro area has a single one. wanted to test drive and maybe order one today
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

My dealer got two of them today (across the border from Detroit). Both plain janes compared with our yet to be produced Limited.

I did some searches and found a huge amount in transit and many should be arriving very soon.

What i found interesting after scouring dealers in the Detroit, Toledo, Denver and Chicago areas (total of a couple of hundred Cherokees in transit) was that only one came close to our order for options. There were more 4 cylinder than I expected and very few had the technology group, luxury group, full sunroof, NAV and tow package. Also surprised by the number that were FWD. For some reason I just can't imagine buying a 2WD Cherokee.

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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

Koon's Jeep in Fairfax, VA has a single Cherokee that just arrived earlier today. A white 4x2 Sport 4 cyl model. Super basic, no options. They should be getting another 10+ over the next couple weeks.

Interior was pretty nice for a base model. Most materials seemed to be of reasonable quality. I wasn't a big fan of the cloth seats though. Back seat legroom looked good. This one didn't have the sunroof so there was plenty of headroom for me (5' 10"). I'm interested to see how the sunroof effects the rear seat space. It sounds like others said it makes a big difference.

I took it for a reasonably long test drive. It handled pretty well and was definitely a lot more nimble than the Grand Cherokee. The 4 cyl was sufficient but by no means fast. Downshifts when slowing throught the 20 - 10 mph range were noticibly, intermittently harsh in my opinion. I hope this one slipped through without getting the transmission software update. Otherwise, Jeep might have a little more work to do.

I came away feeling positive and I'm going to go back when they have a V6 4x4 Limited in stock.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:35 PM
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

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My dealer got two of them today (across the border from Detroit). Both plain janes compared with our yet to be produced Limited.

I did some searches and found a huge amount in transit and many should be arriving very soon.

What i found interesting after scouring dealers in the Detroit, Toledo, Denver and Chicago areas (total of a couple of hundred Cherokees in transit) was that only one came close to our order for options. There were more 4 cylinder than I expected and very few had the technology group, luxury group, full sunroof, NAV and tow package. Also surprised by the number that were FWD. For some reason I just can't imagine buying a 2WD Cherokee.

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I agree with you. I think many dealers ordered the bottom 2 models of the Cherokee and then as bare as possible. Some how I just don't see a Jeep as a FWD vehicle. I am concerned for the reputation of the New Cherokee when many will see it as a FWD/4 cylinder product built on the Dart platform. They won't know any better. The New Cherokee is going to have to go some if it doesn't want to be known as a mall cruiser/grocery getter. Like you, I have a Limited ordered. It has been in D1 for a couple of weeks now. I am beginning to think that part of the problem in getting it built is that I have it pretty optioned up.
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I took it for a reasonably long test drive. It handled pretty well and was definitely a lot more nimble than the Grand Cherokee. The 4 cyl was sufficient but by no means fast. Downshifts when slowing throught the 20 - 10 mph range were noticibly, intermittently harsh in my opinion. I hope this one slipped through without getting the transmission software update. Otherwise, Jeep might have a little more work to do.

I came away feeling positive and I'm going to go back when they have a V6 4x4 Limited in stock.

From my research the original problem in the transmission/software pretty much only showed itself in the 4 cylinder. The people who have test driven them since dealer delivery have said the transmission on the 6 cylinder models is smooth. My personal opinion is that Chrysler should have concentrated on making the New Cherokee a real Jeep instead of trying to make a little foreign station wagon competitor.
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I agree with you. I think many dealers ordered the bottom 2 models of the Cherokee and then as bare as possible. Some how I just don't see a Jeep as a FWD vehicle. I am concerned for the reputation of the New Cherokee when many will see it as a FWD/4 cylinder product built on the Dart platform. They won't know any better. The New Cherokee is going to have to go some if it doesn't want to be known as a mall cruiser/grocery getter. Like you, I have a Limited ordered. It has been in D1 for a couple of weeks now. I am beginning to think that part of the problem in getting it built is that I have it pretty optioned up.
I thought being loaded up (we only left off the CD player and extra speakers) was causing the problem as well. But two people with access checked and found there were no restrictions on any of my options.

I had a problem determining what could be ordered with which model. I may be wrong but it appeared to me that to get a transfer case with neutral one had to select the Limited and get Active Drive II. We didn't really want a Trail Hawk but it looks to me like the differential might be a problem towing it flat behind a motorhome.

My view is that they have a potential real big winner for flat RV towing but I don't think they realize that fact. If they did, they would have made Active Drive II available and trumpeted that fact to the RV community. I know one fellow who was at a presentation by Jeep staff to sales people and they were totally clueless on the issue of RV flat towing. That is no shame I guess because the other 2 (GM and Ford) have the same situation.

We will be in Florida when ours is delivered mid Nov (I hope) and my son will handle the delivery and put it in the garage. We won't see it until the middle of December when we do our holiday season return. We'll take it to FLA in January and then bring it back in late February. In early March we will take the T&C to FLA so when we return mid April we'll have enough room for "her stuff."
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Pretty messed up that so many of us here have had our orders in since the beginning yet we will be a the last to get them.
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

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Pretty messed up that so many of us here have had our orders in since the beginning yet we will be a the last to get them.
That is the frustrating aspect of this. Buy on Aug 1, dealer enters order on Aug 2 and delivery might be by Nov 15.

Anyone buy much earlier than Aug 1?

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Pretty messed up that so many of us here have had our orders in since the beginning yet we will be a the last to get them.
Remember at first they were only building front wheel drive because of some issues still being worked out on the 4WD models. So I would expect the inventory to be a lot of FWD at first. I would also expect the 9 speed would have further refinement coming in the future.
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That is the frustrating aspect of this. Buy on Aug 1, dealer enters order on Aug 2 and delivery might be by Nov 15.

Anyone buy much earlier than Aug 1?

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I ordered on Aug 9th. To my knowledge that was the first day that the orders could actually be entered into the system.
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I ordered on Aug 9th. To my knowledge that was the first day that the orders could actually be entered into the system.
My dealer forwarded the order confirmation showing we are now D1 and the expected shipping date of Nov 9 and it clearly states


Date Ordered: 2013-08-02 2:23 PM
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My dealer forwarded the order confirmation showing we are now D1 and the expected shipping date of Nov 9 and it clearly states

Date Ordered: 2013-08-02 2:23 PM
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