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You will be very happy with the diesel as a commuter vehicle. I've driven nothing but for last 10 years and it has been such a great change from the gas vehicles I've had. As for maintenance the diesel requires LESS maintenance than a comparable gasoline engine. Expect the following (my experience) Modern diesels do consume oil normally. It is not abnormal to have to add a liter between regular maintenance intervals. Don't be alarmed at the colour or smell of the oil if you do check it. It will be nearly black and may smell oilier than you might expect. This is completely normal. DO NOT use anything but the exact oil specified by the manufacturer. Anything other than the special low ash euro oils WILL clog the particulate filter and cause you grief. Do buy your fuel where they sell a lot of it. This will ensure you get the benefit of the seasonal blends that are automatically delivered to the station as required. If you do this you do not need to bother with additives or stabilizers or other fuel mix products. No need to service any more regularly than the service reminder in the Evic suggests. The electronic service calculations are conservative enough as it is. Most diesels don't hit their stride until at least 25k on the odometer. Expect your already good mileage to continue to improve over a long period of time. It will drop in winter due to the antigel additives. When you get home after giving your JGC diesel a heavy workout let it sit at idle for a couple of minutes. This will ensure that all those hot components get a chance to cool down. Turbo parts especially. I keep a rubberized work glove under the drivers seat so i can deal with the fuel handles that have not been cleaned or have been doused with fuel by the last customer. Your hands and clothes will stink of diesel all day if you get any on yourself. You will love the low end torque and the zf transmission is the best I've ever driven. I doubt you will ever buy anything but a diesel again! Congratulations on your new purchase!
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I pick it up on Monday!!!
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Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I think you be completely satisfied when you pick it up on Monday. I bought mine after owning 2 TDI's over an 12 year period. The new Diesels are great and while I am no where near the mileage I got before I believe the trade off is worth it. The snow storms of this year certainly made my commute less stressful. The ride I think is much nicer than the 2012 version of the Jetta. I guess they realized they screwed up because this years Jetta has a new suspension setup. This JGC handles like my older jetta in that it really tracks well and you never feel like you are on the verge of losing control.

I will disagree a bit about servicing a diesel being a lot cheaper. You do not have wires and plugs but you do have special Oil that is not always easy to find and the fluids are pretty expensive. Oh my Jetta's never used oil. My older one was traded in with 286K on it and I never had to add oil between my 10K change cycle. Oh fuel filters really need to be changed or drained. Trying to figure this out. In the Jetta the filter captured the water so after a period you had to change it. Overall I would not say it is much more expensive than gas engines. I will say that in the long run it is far cheaper because from past experience these engines last a long time. My Jetta really stepped up the MPG when I got to 50K.

A slight negative about this engine is that when it is cold like below 20 or 10 it controls fuel differently so that your mileage drops even more than just because of the winter fuel. Last week was extremely cold and my MPG dropped at least 2 MPG from some previous tanks. This week has been cold in the AM but warmer during the day and I am back to the range I was at on my first few tanks where temps were in the 30's. I also noticed that at speeds below 15 or so when it is cold your MPG goes really low even if you are coasting into a stop sign or light. The Jetta pumped no fuel until you were almost stopped and it had to disengage the clutch. This transmission is possibly smoother but with a different configuration so it is not as efficient at those slower speeds.

Went through a lot of snow this week and it handled great.

This year has been an exception
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:06 PM
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Just got home with the 14. Loving it so far. The nav is very nice. This is much nicer than the 11 overland I just got rid of. I'm also impressed with the transmission.
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One question, the headlights have a bit of condensation forming. Does it go away? Is anyone having an issue with that? Any advice?
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One question, the headlights have a bit of condensation forming. Does it go away? Is anyone having an issue with that? Any advice?
perfectly normal. It goes away and in my case never comes back. Congrats on the new GC!
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:32 PM
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perfectly normal. It goes away and in my case never comes back. Congrats on the new GC!
Thanks. That makes me feel much better. Thanks the reply.
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Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Picked up mine finally after waiting on that train from MI, I'm really pleased with the diesel: performance, sound, mileage.

After nearly 13 years in an Xterra that I loved but was a bit rough, I truly enjoy the GC. I feel like I've gone from driving a buckboard to well, someone else's nice ride... Can't wait to get to Big Bend for off-road miles.

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Picked up mine finally after waiting on that train from MI, I'm really pleased with the diesel: performance, sound, mileage. After nearly 13 years in an Xterra that I loved but was a bit rough, I truly enjoy the GC. I feel like I've gone from driving a buckboard to well, someone else's nice ride... Can't wait to get to Big Bend for off-road miles. Only get to see this once:
Ahhhhh, 6 miles. The good old days. On just over 3k since Dec. You're right. It is a nice feeling vehicle!
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Wow, it's been quiet here on JeepGarage! At 2800 miles I've had to add a second quart of oil, and the oil life remaining is at 30%. At this rate I'll need to change my oil at 4,000 miles, not anywhere near 10,000. What is going on here? Should I be concerned (I already am...)? I suspect is has to do with the unusually cold winter here in MN this year and mostly very short trips, but still, only 4,000 miles on an oil change? It would be interesting to know the algorithm that goes into calculating the oil life remaining, and what the primary factors/inputs are.
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Wow, it's been quiet here on JeepGarage! At 2800 miles I've had to add a second quart of oil, and the oil life remaining is at 30%. At this rate I'll need to change my oil at 4,000 miles, not anywhere near 10,000. What is going on here? Should I be concerned (I already am...)? I suspect is has to do with the unusually cold winter here in MN this year and mostly very short trips, but still, only 4,000 miles on an oil change? It would be interesting to know the algorithm that goes into calculating the oil life remaining, and what the primary factors/inputs are.
Mine is showing a similar timing for an oil change. Short trips, idling to warm up, and bitter cold is what I'm thinking is the problem here. My MPG is also pretty low... around 17mpg average over 1000 miles according to one of my trip odometers.
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Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I talked to a local CRD owner today who just received his oil change message with 1800 miles on the odometer. He has been doing only cold weather very short daily commutes since he purchased the Jeep in November. I've got 3000 miles on my second oil change with the EVIC showing 57% oil life remaining. I do at least 20 miles each way on my daily commutes. With 8000+ miles on my CRD, I have yet the need to add a quart of oil.
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One question, the headlights have a bit of condensation forming. Does it go away? Is anyone having an issue with that? Any advice?
Hey, i also have white 14 , good to see another white GC .
I also had condensation in my HID /LED headlight housing 8 days after i took the delivery, I was worried, parked the GC in garage and next morning it was gone and have not come back. so i think thats normal.
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