Been almost a week now and I thought I'd give my first impressions.
Delivery Condition 7/10:
Overall, pretty good. No major alignment issues. The rear driver's side door and the gas lid need a small adjustment, but that's about it. I have had some issues with the 8.4 inch uconnect screen though, unfortunately. I'm seeing some blue vertical lines intermittently, and also some weird interference on the screen at times. It's not easy to notice, at first I thought Chrysler was just using cheap LCDs, however, when I did my uconnect upgrade they were plain as day. Dealer has not been great to deal with. They are making me come in twice (on a weekday no less) to resolve it. Once to inspect it and order the part, and another time to install it. I had to stop in there to pickup the EZ-pass transponder I mistakenly left in my trade and they wouldn't take the time to take a look at it to save me having to come in two more times. Overall, night and day difference from what I've experienced from BMW or Audi dealers I'd dealt with in the past who'd come and pick up the car up and leave me a loaner. Some pics here:
Blue Lines on 8.4 Nav?
I'm a fan of the interior, very well thought out. Luxurious and very functional, I'm a fan. My only gripe is the copper plastic they used in the center console. Loved the color, and didn't mind it being plastic, just thought they could have used something a bit sturdier/more substantial. The quality of the leather was good, but I've had nappa leather interiors in the past and this nappa feels a bit thinner.
Love it, love it, love it. Strikes a good balance between elegant, mean, and geeky. My only complaint are the tires (which will be rectified tomorrow).
Couldn't be happier with the diesel. As others have noted, I did see a bump in performance after hitting 100 miles. I run it 99% of the time in Eco mode and honestly have never felt lacking aside from the minor turbo lag. I came from a low 4-sec 0-60 daily driver before this and I am not going through any type of withdrawl (mmmm torque). I also LOVE the fact that Jeep left a tiny bit of diesel clatter in. I've driven my cousin's X5 diesel and it feels sterile. The Jeep's sound gives it character while not being obtrusive in any way, kudos.
It's a joy to drive. It steers well, the air suspension rides like a dream and at the same time doesn't feel top heavy. The chassis is solid as well. The gadgetry I've tested has all worked well. The ACC w/ Stop is going to give me a damn stroke, fair warning, don't use the closest setting unless you posses balls of steel.... The Nav works well (could be a bit flashier), the media functions all work well, and I dig the controls and responsiveness of the uconnect system. Very well engineered.
Very happy with the JGC, my last 3 cars have been a mix of 2 german sports sedans and a Hummer H3, and the JGC just completes me
Jeep/Chrysler need to work on the QC a bit, I've never picked up a new car with issues like this one. BUT, I'm confident those issues will get resolved, and I'm going to be very happy with this Jeep for years to come.