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Old 11-21-2013, 09:40 PM
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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!
Thanks! Should be fun. I've already gotten to drive it twice. Took it up to Frisco today with my sales guy. We are using custom tint up there to clear bra everything above the black lower trim up to 18 inches back on the hood. Should be a good set up for the high country roads. I'll post pics when I can.

Tomorrow I'm working in Eagle till about noon, grabbing lunch for both me and my sales guy at Moes BBQ. Then I'm picking him up in Vail and we are headed back to the dealership to close the deal. Should make for a full day. I think I'll finally get home with the Jeep around 6pm. I'll probably throw a quick coat of wax on it, and then I'm off to work again at 6am on Saturday. The Jeep is gonna get a high country workout right out of the gate.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:45 PM
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Thanks! Should be fun. I've already gotten to drive it twice. Took it up to Frisco today with my sales guy. We are using custom tint up there to clear bra everything above the black lower trim up to 18 inches back on the hood. Should be a good set up for the high country roads. I'll post pics when I can. Tomorrow I'm working in Eagle till about noon, grabbing lunch for both me and my sales guy at Moes BBQ. Then I'm picking him up in Vail and we are headed back to the dealership to close the deal. Should make for a full day. I think I'll finally get home with the Jeep around 6pm. I'll probably throw a quick coat of wax on it, and then I'm off to work again at 6am on Saturday. The Jeep is gonna get a high country workout right out of the gate.
With the winter storm warnings, please be careful! And, of course, let us know how the GC does in the heavy snow. Mine started with no problem at 16 degrees tonight. My dealer did the tint and it looks great. I did clear bra the lights, door edge and door sills. I like the plastic hood protector as I can take it off to clean and wax. Congratulations!
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Custom tint in Frisco is doing the application. I'll post some pics when it's done.
Tint in Frisco Colorado! I didn't know there was a place in Frisco that did window tint. I stay in Frisco when I go skiing so that I'm not far from Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone and some of the other ski areas. It's a great quiet little town and has some great little restaurants for breakfast.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:40 PM
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Tint in Frisco Colorado! I didn't know there was a place in Frisco that did window tint. I stay in Frisco when I go skiing so that I'm not far from Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone and some of the other ski areas. It's a great quiet little town and has some great little restaurants for breakfast.
Yeah, it's a great spot. Custom tint is behind 7-11 (across from walmart). They were doing striping and lettering for Frisco PD when I stopped in last night. I'm excited to get some protection on my Jeep. The weather is getting pretty snowy which means lots of sand on the road. I'll post pics when done.
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2014 GC "EcoDiesel" Review

Ordered August 9, picked up November 13. I've had it for 1 1/2 weeks and finally finished writing up my inspection findings and review comments. Thanks to Shannon and others for great reviews of their vehicles. I have taken the liberty to cut & paste much of their info to create mine.

My biggest complaint is alignment of lift gate, lift gate tail lamps and the rear driver's side door. See the photos in my attachment for an idea of just how out they are. I sure would like to audit the QA/QC effort that took place during the month my JGC was undergoing 100% inspection and testing.

That said, I am very pleased with the end result.
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Nice review Dan, thanks.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:13 PM
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Took my wife's brother-in-law for a short ride. He owns a Cadillac SRX. I think his first reaction was that he didn't know Jeeps were "so expensive and luxurious". He paid over $5k more for his SRX than I did for my Summit diesel (including tax and license) and he came away very impressed. My wife said he probably wouldn't buy the Jeep even if he liked it more because it didn't have the "luxury name" like Cadillac. She's probably right, but I could care less about that.

I won't go into a long review, I'll just say this is the best car I've ever had, and can't imagine one any nicer. Still learning all the gadgets, which is all part of the fun. Still have to figure out how to get the block heater cord that was ordered but not installed - dealer is supposedly working on that. I remember the first time I looked at one and saw the "wooly" wheel well liner and thought, that's going to catch all the snow and ice, and apparently others are having the same concerns. We'll see how it goes.

The only fit/finish issue is the left rear tail light. It almost looks more to me like a sheet metal issue with the tail gate dimensions as the metal on the tailgate lines up with the body at the top of the tail light, but not at the bottom. That means to me that it can't be adjusted, although I suppose the tailgate could be raised slightly to average the amount off on the top and bottom of the tail light. At the dealer we looked at a bunch of GCs in the lot, and they all looked pretty much the same on this issue. Honestly though, if this forum hadn't made me aware of the issue I doubt I would have noticed it. And since I spend 99.9% of my time in the car, not looking at the rear end, it isn't that big of a deal to me. Otherwise, I think it is a beautifully built car and the technology is wow.

The dealer was ok, but even after telling them to plan on filling the DEF tank, they only bought one 2.5gal container which wasn't enough to fill the tank. So I waited an hour for them to have someone go get some. They didn't really go through the vehicle features with me, didn't update the Uconnect to the current version, they did fill the fuel tank, didn't do the normal introduction to the service dept/team. Perhaps after being there for about 5 hours (I got there before they even took any of the plastic off), they probably just wanted to free up the space my car was taking, and perhaps they just figured I probably knew more about the car than they did:-)
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:32 AM
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[QUOTE="Vtail;935546" They didn't really go through the vehicle features with me, didn't update the Uconnect to the current version, they did fill the fuel tank, didn't do the normal introduction to the service dept/team. Perhaps after being there for about 5 hours (I got there before they even took any of the plastic off), they probably just wanted to free up the space my car was taking, and perhaps they just figured I probably knew more about the car than they did:-)[/QUOTE]

Your experience is similar to my experience with make-ready and demonstration of features- it seems to be the norm unfortunately. It is evident that make-ready pulls your VIN, and, if nothing is noted by Chrysler, nothing extra gets done, regardless of what the buyer requests. When I took mine back later for the phone message issue, I learned that the radio tech never saw my truck at make-ready, even though I repeatedly requested the radio software upgrade which had been available from Uconnect for a month. It also did not give me the greatest confidence in the radio tech when he admitted still using and old flip phone. How is one to understand issues or troubleshoot smart phone integration issues if one does not use a smart phone?
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I just noticed I'm missing the "Trail Rated" badge! Can't believe I missed that!
Funny...mine came without the badge as well...but I did notice. It is on order.

Heading to Seattle tomorrow, so will probably get a couple thousand miles on the SFU in the next 10 days. Full report when I get back!
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:14 AM
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Took my wife's brother-in-law for a short ride. He owns a Cadillac SRX. I think his first reaction was that he didn't know Jeeps were "so expensive and luxurious". He paid over $5k more for his SRX than I did for my Summit diesel (including tax and license) and he came away very impressed. My wife said he probably wouldn't buy the Jeep even if he liked it more because it didn't have the "luxury name" like Cadillac. She's probably right, but I could care less about that.
I think your wife's brother in law would be surprised what truly well off people choose to drive

Link to the Google Search for the Article: https://www.google.ca/search?q=top+5...s%3AIE-Address

It is the "Market Watch" one by the Wall Street Journal but the Spam filter on the forum seems to crop it : http://www.marke****ch.com/story/5-c...ing-2013-11-01 (No I didn't put those stars in there)

I know this has been posted before but some very influential people are picking these up as their daily drivers. I can tell you that your truck is far quieter and a much nicer ride on the highway than the SRX. I think we are seeing a whole new brand recognition being defined by the Jeep Grand these days!
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If there was a better SUV I would have ordered it. This is the most complete (for my needs) vehicle I can think of. I am a BMW guy through and through but there isn't an X out there that comes close to what I get in the JGC again for my needs.
I test drove an SRX and many other great SUVs last year and bought a Subaru Outback which by the way is a fantastic vehicle for the money. It has the adaptive collision system and that is why I ordered the new diesel with the same capability in the JGC. Once you use it and I have for 16K miles you just want it for the peace of mind it provides if you attention is drawn elsewhere. The Outback didn't have blind spot or the cross path warning both of which are really helpful. The JGC is a little larger than I wanted and sits a little higher than I wanted but the diesel and a test drive is all it takes to understand how terrific this vehicle is. My Outback by the way gets about 25mpg overall and I always seen to exceed the EPA numbers. The reported diesel mpg are awesome. I will never be able to justify the added cost even though I expect to keep this 12 years or longer but this is both a want and need.
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lol, I was driving home today on a dark road and I was wondering why my bright beams kept turning off the first few times. Then I noticed it was happening when cars were approaching, then it would turn the high beams back on after the car passed. The gadgets on this thing are epic!
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