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Old 11-19-2013, 07:01 PM
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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Do any of you that have picked up your CRDs have thoughts on what to look for on delivery, either that you found on delivery or that you wish you had found, outside those suggested in the base WK2 thread?
Member Dan B was kind enough to compile and update a PDF delivery checklist.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:46 PM
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

I maybe the odd man out here, since I've had time to dink around with my Durango and get used to some of the oddities here and there with the platforms in general.

That being said, a bit of the stuff I saw in the Durango, I see in the Jeep.

Condition on pick up was perfect.

Nothing too weird or out of the ordinary.

Taillights looked good, alignment of the various bits and pieces was good, etc..

No bad paint, scuffs, scratches, bubbles, etc...

Under power the thing is a beast. Love the engine. Very much like most other modern TDI/CRD styles. Ya romp on it and you will be picking your teeth out of your skull, go gingerly and you have a bit of turbo lag... all good and expected.

I did notice some noise/shimmy from the drive train at the 65-75 zone as well. I *don't* get that in my Durango (but I have heard some folks get that in the Rango as well).

Same UConnect oddities in the SFU as in the Rango.
  • Forgotten my radio settings once (wiped out all my Sirius settings)
  • Decided it does not want to remember my Driver 1 settings (so the seat and steering wheel are all in factory default positions)
  • Decided that it does not want to come out of "easy exit" settings (so the driver seat is set waaaaaaaay back).
  • Decided it did NOT want to re-learn my settings (hitting the "S" button and a setting button resulting in nothing happening... had to cycle power a few times to clear that glitch).
So... honestly, most of the oddness is dealing with UConnect.

It doesn't seem to make as much noise when ripping through standing water (better design/more sound sealing?) as the Durango does.

I LOVE the advanced tech package (in both). That cruise control is a thing of beauty, as is the cross path detection and reversing at night (also makes hooking up to a trailer a joke).

I'm not such a fan of the collision warning system. It goes off somewhat randomly, or "always" if you are coming up behind a car turning out of your lane and you are not slowing down enough.. damn thing freaks out, even though the other car is basically out of the way.

The rear view camera also seems susceptible to misting/rain kicking up on it. Here in Rain City, after flying down the road, I've noticed that using the backup camera can be... rough, at best, on a rainy day. It's usually covered in rain drops and mist. I may give it a shot of Rain-X to see if that helps.

Durango DOES feel better planted and takes corners better though (it's also lower and wider (I think), so, not shocking).

I'm not a fan of the shifter, I've missed Reverse a couple times, or not hit Drive. REALLY wish that had better physical gating feedback.

All in all, I love it (well, both of em). I am a bit worried about the stop and go traffic I get stuck in here, I suspect my daily driver will be the Rango more than the SFU just to avoid the DPF issues.

However, for highway trips and such, the choice is clear. On a clear run, I was seeing 35-38MPG at 55-60, compared to the Rango which does 18.5MPG combined (26-30 on Highway at 55-60 and waaaay more sensitive to inclines.)
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:30 AM
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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I had a 2011 Grand Cherokee (traded it in for the CRD) with the same wheel well liners. I drove the Jeep through two north Idaho winters of mud, snow, and ice without an issue. Yes, it does build up faster than a metal or plastic liner, but an occasional swift kick always broke it free (the liner is very flexible). It never interfered with my ability to steer.
I think it will be where you live and what type of winter you have whether it will be an issue/hassle or not. We are probably a bit colder than Idaho and that snow/ice build up turns into a solid block of ice and doesn't come off that easy until you find a heated garage or a carwash with hot water.

It is definitely something I have to watch out for.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:22 PM
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It's a hassle just getting the leaves outta there the way they hold onto the sleeves of that wool coat they stuck in there. I can't imagine what the snow is going to do,with the smoother materials used you could at least spray the inside with a light silicone based product and that would cut down on a lot of that build up.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

Anyone notice moisture in their headlights? I dont believe that should be there. It hasnt even rained since I had it. Checking to see if they have this issue and what they did.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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Anyone notice moisture in their headlights? I dont believe that should be there. It hasnt even rained since I had it. Checking to see if they have this issue and what they did.
Never-mind. Just came across this thread. http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/conden...hts-60797.html
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:02 PM
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

You know... there are so many excellent reviews in here already I think I will just say "ditto"...

This is without a doubt the very best vehicle I have owned in my life. I love it.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

I still haven't had a single problem with my diesel JGC. I mean, not like an errant message on the nav, no beeps or warning. Nada. Freaky but awesome at the same time for such a high-tech vehicle.

Everyone at work just loves it and wants one!
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All I can say is Holy WOW! I just got a sneak preview test drive of "my" Jeep. It still needs a few service/prep items from the dealer, and there wasn't time to complete all the paperwork until Friday. Another long couple of days. But I'm getting a tire swap, and clear bra before delivery Friday, so there won;t be any post delivery items to complete. I'll get a longer review posted when I have some drive time. Initial impressions are in line with everyone else's reviews/comments so far.
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All I can say is Holy WOW! I just got a sneak preview test drive of "my" Jeep. It still needs a few service/prep items from the dealer, and there wasn't time to complete all the paperwork until Friday. Another long couple of days. But I'm getting a tire swap, and clear bra before delivery Friday, so there won;t be any post delivery items to complete. I'll get a longer review posted when I have some drive time. Initial impressions are in line with everyone else's reviews/comments so far.
Would love to see pictures if the clear bra. Have been considering adding one. Are you having your dealer install it? If so are you using a Denver dealer, or one up in the hills?
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Would love to see pictures if the clear bra. Have been considering adding one. Are you having your dealer install it? If so are you using a Denver dealer, or one up in the hills?
Custom tint in Frisco is doing the application. I'll post some pics when it's done.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

I love that the heated seat and steering wheel came on when I used the remote start tonight. It was 16 degrees here in Denver. The snow mode worked great during the commute to work. WK2.1573, have a great day tomorrow!
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