Originally Posted by dasrms09
Mine was built on 4/2, delivered it on 4/24 and has 600 miles on it. No problem when it arrived at the dealership and didn't find it until I took it in to have the alignment checked. So it failed fairly soon. First time I have bought American in years and not sure if it was a good idea...
This problem feels different to me than your standard reliability issue. Reliability to me means "holds up for the long haul". This is an assembly issue, I don't think there's a mechanical failure here, I think it's a human failure, though I'm not 100% certain what the underlying cause is. It's equal in the PITA department, but doesn't necessarily indicate a long-term issue with reliability.
BUT I'm in your boat too. I did own a Grand Caravan and leased a different Grand Caravan about 20 years ago. Had good luck with both except for a prematurely failed fuel pump in the one I bought. Since then I've been all Toyota/Subaru. Never had an issue with ANY of those, but I didn't really keep them long enough to test them thoroughly. Hard to resist the Jeep though, SO much nicer than any of the Japanese offerings in a similar size class.
Now if I could only get my hands on mine so I could start testing it's long-term reliability. So far only my patience is being tested.