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Old 03-29-2016, 10:06 AM
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Hello from Centennial, CO

Brand new member, brand new to Jeeps... I just acquired what I believe is called a WC2 series, a 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited.

My brother is a long time owner of a CJ5, heavily modified at this point, but here I am finally with my first 4x4!!!

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Brand new member, brand new to Jeeps... I just acquired what I believe is called a WC2 series, a 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited.

My brother is a long time owner of a CJ5, heavily modified at this point, but here I am finally with my first 4x4!!!
Welcome! Just moved out to Denver from NY. Your GC is a WK2. How are you liking it so far? Did you get it from a Jeep dealer? Any recommendation on a Jeep dealer around here? I had a JKU that I sold before moving out here and now I'm looking for a WK2
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:16 AM
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Welcome! Just moved out to Denver from NY. Your GC is a WK2. How are you liking it so far? Did you get it from a Jeep dealer? Any recommendation on a Jeep dealer around here? I had a JKU that I sold before moving out here and now I'm looking for a WK2
I just bought it Saturday and am LOVING it... most comfortable, capable vehicle I've ever owned. Not saying I like it more than my motorcycles - but for 4 wheels - it's AMAZING.

I got mine from Centennial Chrysler Jeep mainly because I had bought my car I was trading in from them so I could leverage the whole "loyalty" thing. They did right by me in getting the car down to payments I was comfortable with, even with an extended warranty.

I would highly recommend wherever you opt to go - call and talk to someone that can confirm stock first, and do it just before you head there. DO NOT trust the internet.

I drove out to Medved to look at one that was showing there at 10pm the night before, and the next morning, but when I got there - it had been sold the evening before. The Internet people responsible to remove / add inventory got lazy and didn't do their job.
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I just bought it Saturday and am LOVING it... most comfortable, capable vehicle I've ever owned. Not saying I like it more than my motorcycles - but for 4 wheels - it's AMAZING.

I got mine from Centennial Chrysler Jeep mainly because I had bought my car I was trading in from them so I could leverage the whole "loyalty" thing. They did right by me in getting the car down to payments I was comfortable with, even with an extended warranty.

I would highly recommend wherever you opt to go - call and talk to someone that can confirm stock first, and do it just before you head there. DO NOT trust the internet.

I drove out to Medved to look at one that was showing there at 10pm the night before, and the next morning, but when I got there - it had been sold the evening before. The Internet people responsible to remove / add inventory got lazy and didn't do their job.

Good to hear about centennial. Pollard in Boulder seemed okay last week when we stopped in but we didn't get into numbers yet. Was seriously considering a CPO Cayenne or Touareg because the Jeep dealers in NY were so bad that I really didn't want to deal with Jeep again
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Good to hear about centennial. Pollard in Boulder seemed okay last week when we stopped in but we didn't get into numbers yet. Was seriously considering a CPO Cayenne or Touareg because the Jeep dealers in NY were so bad that I really didn't want to deal with Jeep again
Unless you are picking up a new Jeep, I wouldn't worry about it being in stock at that dealer [possible exceptions for someone like MedVed], since the dealers can simply pick it up from another dealer in the area. I bought mine new from Prestige in Longmont, but they traded with AutoNation down in Castle Rock to get me what I was looking for within 2-3 days.

Pollard I would definitely recommend, and would also recommend Prestige IF either of those are within comfort range. However my recommendation is based on their service departments, not their sales prices so unless you live where you would buy and service at one of those, they might be higher than AutoNation, Centennial, etc. who have much larger volume.
I just happened to have gotten to know the owner and the salesman [who bought my old GC for his kid to go to college] over 6-7 years from servicing my old GC there.

Pollard seems to have a bigger parts inventory for some of the less used stuff.

The V6 will do OK out here, but if you want to blast west on I-70 at full speed with a heavy load, get the V8. Offroad, no real difference, although I personally prefer the 8 speed on the V8 to the 8 speed on the V6.

If you head up the hills much, check out Jim Paris tires for the Nokian Hakka series with the factory studs. You have to be an idiot to end up in the ditch with those things. Discount Tire may be carrying them again as well--they weren't a couple years ago.

PS. If either of you have any good places to head down in the mountains south of I-70 [besides Mt. Evans] would appreciate reviews. Particularly down near Cripple Creek.

I tend to do most offroading north of I-70 around St. Mary, Central City, and waiting till Switzerland is recovered from the Lefthand flood--although currently Lefthand canyon itself almost qualifies as off-road in the lower sections on Sunday's only.
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Unless you are picking up a new Jeep, I wouldn't worry about it being in stock at that dealer [possible exceptions for someone like MedVed], since the dealers can simply pick it up from another dealer in the area. I bought mine new from Prestige in Longmont, but they traded with AutoNation down in Castle Rock to get me what I was looking for within 2-3 days.

Pollard I would definitely recommend, and would also recommend Prestige IF either of those are within comfort range. However my recommendation is based on their service departments, not their sales prices so unless you live where you would buy and service at one of those, they might be higher than AutoNation, Centennial, etc. who have much larger volume.
I just happened to have gotten to know the owner and the salesman [who bought my old GC for his kid to go to college] over 6-7 years from servicing my old GC there.

Pollard seems to have a bigger parts inventory for some of the less used stuff.

The V6 will do OK out here, but if you want to blast west on I-70 at full speed with a heavy load, get the V8. Offroad, no real difference, although I personally prefer the 8 speed on the V8 to the 8 speed on the V6.

If you head up the hills much, check out Jim Paris tires for the Nokian Hakka series with the factory studs. You have to be an idiot to end up in the ditch with those things. Discount Tire may be carrying them again as well--they weren't a couple years ago.

PS. If either of you have any good places to head down in the mountains south of I-70 [besides Mt. Evans] would appreciate reviews. Particularly down near Cripple Creek.

I tend to do most offroading north of I-70 around St. Mary, Central City, and waiting till Switzerland is recovered from the Lefthand flood--although currently Lefthand canyon itself almost qualifies as off-road in the lower sections on Sunday's only.

Great advice - thank you! Not sure how much wheeling I'll do with a WK2...really regretting selling my JKU before coming out here but it was something I needed to do
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Great advice - thank you! Not sure how much wheeling I'll do with a WK2...really regretting selling my JKU before coming out here but it was something I needed to do
Honestly I plan on doing NONE in the car - as far as any real hard trail driving. I might consider some of the trails that my car couldn't traverse to go ghost town hunting up in the mountains - but most of those are rated as just needing proper clearance rather than full 4x4... but besides going camping, I don't anticipate taking this thing out on anything terribly rough.
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Hello from Centennial, CO

Welcome to Jeep Garage, Vance!

And welcome also to the Jeep family. Mine also is my first Jeep although I drove the military Jeeps (M151) before the HummVees came out in the late 1980s.

I was just in your area, driving through on my way back on a 9 state road trip. I stopped in to Gobi Racks in Aurora and came away impressed. They make an excellent product but they aren't cheap. A case of getting what you pay for. I'm still looking at racks, carefully, not in a rush. You may want to swing by for a look, but call ahead first. They're not set up like a retail store.

In 2 years and 39,000 miles I agree with what you say in your second post. I have had some problems with the diesel motor but am working that out with Jeep.

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Oh one more thing. I suggest finding a local 4X4 club and see if they have an event suitable for beginners in expensive luxury rigs like ours are. I found one near me and came away extremely impressed by what they can do bone stock. I did my event on the crappy street tires it came with (Goodyear Forteras). It was dry, so that helped a lot. In mud, though, forget it.

I learned a lot and it allowed me to know more about the limits, both the JGC's and mine.

It is a good way to learn, minimizing the risk. I don't want to scratch my nice luxurious Jeep!

Have fun!


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Honestly I plan on doing NONE in the car - as far as any real hard trail driving. I might consider some of the trails that my car couldn't traverse to go ghost town hunting up in the mountains - but most of those are rated as just needing proper clearance rather than full 4x4... but besides going camping, I don't anticipate taking this thing out on anything terribly rough.
On reasonably surfaced dirt/gravel roads, you'll appreciate the air suspension if you have it, as it allows you to stay on the road at speeds you won't believe.
At low speed, it will still rattle your teeth, but once you get up enough to let it do its thing, very nice at reducing toothaches.

There are one heck of a lot of roads up west of town that you may find interesting.
Nederland and Central City have all sorts of driveable roads that won't strain your vehicle or scratch your paint. Some halfway decent fishing along some of them, or you can just drown worms.

Rollinsville has a couple really nice ones. Gamble Gulch but bear right and follow the creek, will take you up and over a nice mountain top.
Or head up the old Tolland road, where the Jeep is easily overly capable.

A tad further north is Ward [try to avoid humming the theme from Deliverance if you go down into downtown] where you can head up to Brainard Lakes, or head south a bit thru Gold Hill and pick up the Switzerland Trail, which is a not too shabby gravel road.
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