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Old 01-01-2014, 12:28 AM
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Nautiboy, I also added the Goodyear's but in the stock size. I think the SFU rides a lot better and has much better snow traction while still handling great. Thank you for the comprehensive review!
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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I just sold our BMW 335D (diesel) for a new Jeep limited Eco Diesel 4x4 w/factory 20's . Coming out of the 335D I knew the Jeep was going to a different animal so to speak. To my surprise the Jeep has that great low end torque for everyday driving . That I was accustomed to with the 335. Granted I did have the 335 with a tune, but this Eco diesel has plenty of passing/merging power .The fuel mileage is sitting around 22-25 MPG mixed driving . I was @ 28-30 mixed MPG with the 335 so I'm happy on that end of it.The fit and finish and tech packages are way better the the 335D. I did look at the X5D but the Jeep was just a better fit. First Jeep and definitely not the last Jeep!! 
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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Hello,
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I just sold our BMW 335D (diesel) for a new Jeep limited Eco Diesel 4x4 w/factory 20's . Coming out of the 335D I knew the Jeep was going to a different animal so to speak. To my surprise the Jeep has that great low end torque for everyday driving . That I was accustomed to with the 335. Granted I did have the 335 with a tune, but this Eco diesel has plenty of passing/merging power .The fuel mileage is sitting around 22-25 MPG mixed driving . I was @ 28-30 mixed MPG with the 335 so I'm happy on that end of it.The fit and finish and tech packages are way better the the 335D. I did look at the X5D but the Jeep was just a better fit. First Jeep and definitely not the last Jeep!! 

Emoney - Looking forward to your review after you have driven the jeep awhile, especially as a former 335d driver. I currently drive a 335d M-sport and am looking to make the switch to the Ecodiesel in about a year. I haven't tuned my d yet, but thinking about a ChipExpress box.

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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

A tuned 335d is super fun. I had the jbd made by bunger motorsports. So I would say do the tune before you get the jeep. Check out a guy on YouTube under hotrod182 for some video of a tuned 335.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

3000 Mile Review:
Technology... Love it all! It works!
ACC is flawless, sometimes I get behind someone and do not realize I have slowed...It is a little aggressive on returning to set speed as I move to another open lane but I love it!
Automatic low beam lights...they just work!
Lights following your turns...sweet!
Key FOB in pocket opening doors...Wife loves this!
Blind spot and cross path...I'll never be without it again!
Back-up Camera... works great just keep it clean!

Engine and Transmission:
She just pulls. 3.0 and eight gears who knew you could get so much. Strong head winds, no problem stays in 8. River valley hills, she likes 8th. Happy, Happy, Happy!
Mileage...I was hoping for an honest 25mpg. She does better... 3000 miles and a calculated 25.8 average with a mix of #2 with additive, 70/20 blend and lately a70/30 blend of #2/#1...I also add my own additive with most fills...This is South Dakota and temperature swings of 30-40 degrees just happen!


The trip mileage is spot on with actual or within 0.1 and most of the time.! ...GM take a note and get it right!

Diesel Exhaust fluid is still above 50%

Oil monitor is at 71% 90% highway... Planning a oil change at 3500 miles after that I will change at 50% or soon after 5000 miles...Sorry just fussy about clean happy engines!

The Jeep is a quiet, solid, comfortable ride and drive. I have owned many nice suburbans and have no plans to go back! This is my first Jeep...It will not be my last! Overall I give this Summit a 9.5...

PS: I hooked up my utility trailer and lights did not work...The lights worked on the suburban that I used to pull it just moments before but when connected to the Jeep nothing???? Take it to the dealer or did I miss something I need to do to activate the trailer light connector?????

If your on the fence as to buy this diesel or not, Stop Thinking and go for it you will never look back!
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:27 PM
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Thank god for block heater , it's -25C here today

Does anyone know if connecting the block heater also powers the heater for the DEF?

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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

I think it is block only. DEF heater only turns on when engine running. Have to work this weekend, and no place to plug in. They are predicting -30 - I have my fingers crossed
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Ok, Here are some thoughts about the new ride and the process:

1. Dealer knew very little about the vehicle when I ordered it and then made a great effort to outlearn me. When the truck arrived at the dealership, I called and told them I thought it has arrived (from secret knowledge). They seemed surprised and stated that the truck was out front unloading it as we speak. I scheduled pickup for the following day. When I arrived, my wife and I went over the checklist. I will now separate the dealership into two categories: Sales and Service. Sales knocked it out of the park. They ordered more DEF for me when they ran out (They sell Ram's and knew it needed it). I showed two relatively minor issues to the service guy (passenger taillight out of alignment and the fuel door poorly fit). The service guy stated that wasn't his problem and they were not a body shop. I thought, hmm what a curious answer. light bulbs began to go off. I then asked him to update the UConnect software and he stated that dealerships can not do that if the VIN doesn't ask for an update. I asked if he would check or ask the mechanic to check and he stated they don't do that. I then stated that he would check, right and he stated no. At this point I want to punch this dude. The sales guy looked at me and tried to defuse the situation by installing my new weather mats and asking if they looked okay. So then, I needed side steps and skid plates. I had already paid for these and was at their mercy. I bit my tongue and sat down to wait. The side steps were installed and look great on the truck. The dealership then took the vehicle to get extra undercoating. When the truck returned, it was 340 PM. The service guy told me that it takes 2.5 hours to install the skid plates and he would be unable to accomplish that. I told him it was an hour job and why would he lie to me. He stated that they have never installed the plates before and wanted to pad the time if there was any issues. He then told me to reschedule at my convenience. He then walked away. Once I do get the skid plates installed I will have a conversation with the general manager / service manager about how I will walk away from my free oil change, and any extra spendage of fundage because of service guy "Brad" at Ziegler in Downers Grove. on to the truck:

2. My wife and I spent a week tooling around Chicago in the new Jeep and then drove it to Austin Texas for Thanksgiving. ACC is the best thing in the world. This vehicle was simply amazing to drive. We averaged 28.9 Miles per gallon and it was amazing. Once in Austin, we drove to my Uncles gun range to shoot and have some fun. We went through some muddy areas and a lot of unimproved roads to get there. No issues. The Jeep handled everything with poise. I noticed while we were there and I fueled up the DTE came up with 701 miles. I was knocked over. My wife and I drove back yesterday from Austin to Chicago (non-stop). Driving in this truck is effortless and we had three drink stops for ourselves for every fuel stop. Jeep and JNAP should be applauded for there efforts. They certainly set the bar high. Last evening, I was sitting in traffic next to a new Land Rover and the other guy was checking the Jeep out. Simply an amazing vehicle. To steal a jingle, ... I'm loving it!
I don't know how things work over there, but you rang them before it's off the truck, when you arrange to pick it up the next day. When demand updates while you wait. How long does PD take alone. I would have given them more time and if you wanted up-dates and other stuff fitted. Maybe a couple of days would have been nice. Ever heard the saying you attract more flies with honey when vinegar.
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I think it is block only. DEF heater only turns on when engine running. Have to work this weekend, and no place to plug in. They are predicting -30 - I have my fingers crossed
Being a" little chicken" here...I'm staying in the garage! Good luck! Ill be watching to see how this trial by cold turns out. We are only to be near -20.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

I've only got about 1100 miles on my GC but I am more than pleased. It is a far cry from the Acadia that we traded in. My mileage has been pretty constant, around 25-27 mpg.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

Got about 650 miles or so on Belle, and I'm not going to even bother listing all of the things I am completely enthralled by. I have been so utterly pleased with my JGCeD that my (so far) single nit-pik issue bothers me much more than it should, because frankly everything else just works. So, here it is:

Likely 5 or so months ahead of the rest of you on this, but it bothers the crap out of me that there does not appear to be a way to disable the A/C without disabling full auto control of the climate. My 2007 VW Jetta TDI has full climate control, and below the AUTO button is an ECO button - all it does is shut down the compressor, and use outside air. The Auto mode still attempts to control to the setpoints, and will ramp the fans as needed. This does not appear to be possible in the JGC -once you kill the Auto mode, it defaults to A/C on (is it always on above freezing?) and manual control of the fan - it will still heat to a setpoint if the outside air is colder than inside and the setpoint is higher than current, but fan control is entirely up to you.

I bring this up only because I live in South Florida, and live for the days where I can turn off the A/C! Temperature jokes aside, if you are anything like me, this little nit may bother you once temps get up into the high 50's and 60's and the sun is out. Seems silly to have to run the A/C in conditions like that in order to have full Auto climate control...

I warned you it was a ticky-tack complaint...still wouldn't trade her in for anything.
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There's no separate button that activates the mirror heaters either but you live with it. I guess it automatically comes on with the front or rear defrosters.
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