Thought I'd give you another update
So it's day 3 and already we've done 600+ km's - it was the weekend and it was too good to stay inside.
So first trip was to Healesville to see my Mum (who likes the car), and most of the trip is varying speed limits, but it was my first chance to try Adaptive Cruise Control on some of the more open stretches (i.e. 80km and above). I LOVE IT. More on that later.
It is a bit unusual hefting around a car twice the weight as our previous one, especially around corners but that's just an adjustment thing.
Still getting used to reversing with sensors and a camera - I tend to rely on the camera moreso - it's brighter (if not blurry) at night but enough to see what you've got behind you.
The tyres were all up about 41 psi according to the tyre monitors, although when i went to adjust them one was 35 - they are all now at 38, although was going to try at the suggested 33 as well.
Tinting - thinking about doing it with Australian Auto Tint - although after conversing with a mate of mine who was in Highway Patrol for years says that adding 25% that's suggested by the tinter is (1) illegal and (2) could possibly void any insurance claims if that's found out....so that's on hold. Anyone else tinted their Cherokee KL ?
Apparently the privacy glass would get a 70% film for the UV to match the fronts. I just don't want to be illegal.
Then today, we went Blackburn > Geelong > Queenscliff and back - sitting on freeway 70% of the trip, and again on ACC - it's just amazing and makes the driving experience far more enjoyable - i don't call it 'dumb' driving but it certainly stops you ever tailgating (it's on the nearest gap, which still gives you about 1.5-2 cars length in front). The only time it's a bit weird is if you change lanes, and once the car works out it needs to speed up, it takes a few more seconds, but you can always kick in the accelerator before that.
Even got it to a complete stop at lights which then changed within the 2 seconds that it allows to keep moving without intervention, so it's great in that respect. I can't remember, but I think it uses the brakes to control speed down as opposed to the engine braking, but I might be wrong.
The fuel economy was quite surprising for a car this size - over 291km we got down to 8.4l/100km !
Also on the tech side, took along an SD card and a USB to test how they went with music - and you don't need to go crazy with extra programs - just find the MP3 files (I don't think it plays WAV or AAC) and put them in an individual folder - uConnect finds them.
If you play off Bluetooth you lose the ability to 'scrub' using the timeline marker on the top of the screen or playlists as opposed to the other means.
Finding the iPhone on 8.1 Beta 1 works fine with the phone, and do have far better quality out of it to callers than any other system, plus the QI Card allows me to charge the phone out of sight (stops me looking at it while I drive, not that I would.....ahem). I updated uConnect to 14.25.5 (it arrived with 14.05.03 or whatever the first one was).
Have been starting the car remotely pretty much every time (spooks people sometimes...), remote tailgate opening and closing and love memory seats (part of the luxury pack, glad we got it).
Our Black Lab Vana (pictured below) loves the car and sleeps after the first few kilometres, although she's still getting used to jumping higher than she used to, and we have to find a way of protecting the back seat where she sometimes scuffs it (we have a dog blanket on there but it shifts around a bit).
Noticed a few Grand Cherokee owners taking a bit of a second look, and finding myself discreetly trying to look if others are looking at the car - it's got such an aggressive/mean front like nothing else around.
Finally, I'm getting a niggling feeling we might have the "Jeep wobble"...wish i hadn't read about it, but you can't avoid seeing things like that when you research intensively. I notice it when at low speed taking off from a start and then accelerating - as it seems to be indicated, it's around gear 2-3 as far as I can tell.
Our 1000km service is approaching so I will take note of these things, and also will get the service department to tell me what TSB's got applied before we got the car, and to get them to do whatever ones are due currently. I have heard the transmission needs to learn and that TSB's might fix it - I don't want to have the soured enjoyment or "living with it".
PS - Is the 1000km service free ?
More to come !