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Old 08-31-2013, 11:41 AM
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Bought a GC in 1999. From the day I drove off from the dealer until the day the dealer bought it back, it was a great vehicle from zero to 59 mph. At 60 and beyond, the right front end would emit a howl that survived four front end disassemblies and two replacement front axles. What nobody knew then was that Jeep was sending replacement axles that were precisely the same slightly out of spec axles that was originally installed. I would later stumble upon a Detroit trade paper that had a small article about a supplier settling a dispute with Jeep over out of spec front axles for the 1999 GC.

From the day of the buy back until I read that article, I had vowed to check GCs off any future short list of new vehicles. From then to now, I bought a Mercedes ML430 and a Suzuki Grand Vitara. The $50K Mercedes began life with a severely compromised electrical system (1999-2000 were difficult years for more than just Jeep) which almost totally gave out (machine gun door locks, steering wheel sensors, power seats and the ABS system) at 40 miles beyond the 50K miles Warranty. The dealer repaired what would have been a $6K repair bill, but since the writing was on the wall, I hung on for awhile but eventually gave up and sold the snake bit ML430.

Vowing never to spend that sort of money on a car again, I decided to spend $22K on a new Suzuki Grand Vitara Luxury AWD. That car lasted for 70K trouble free miles before I sold it last week for 1/2 of what I originally paid for it.

So here I am today having just bought a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. Were it not for the bad front axle in 1999, I might have been driving GCs from then to now. The Overland, so far, has been all that I had anticipated and more.

On the first night of ownership, my wife and I were driving on a winding mountain road about dusk where the roadway had recently been repaved and I ran over something with the right rear wheel. Within a few seconds, the TPMS lit up and showed the right rear losing air fast. We pulled over and found a totally flat rear tire. Also saw what looked like a piece of rebar sticking out of the center of the tread.

Broke out the manual and read that I needed to defeat the air suspension in order to jack up the rear end. Also read that instructions on turning off the air suspension could be found on the DVD that came with the vehicle. Oh, did I mention that the Overland has no way to play a CD/DVD?

But, it all turned out OK. Less than 5 minutes paging through the settings revealed the "jack" mode and we were on our way shortly thereafter. Tire didn't fare so well though, so the next morning had me adding $110 to the cost of the Overland fir a new shoe to replace the one with 29 miles on it. No big deal. Wasn't Jeep's fault that some jerk left a spear on the roadway.

The Uconnect thing seemed a bit complicated at first, but turns out to be incredibly intuitive. Every other feature of the Overland has delivered as promised. Glad I decided to try it one more time.

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Old 08-31-2013, 01:40 PM
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Good luck with the Overland. Sounds like you have had some scary car purchases other than the Vitara.
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Good luck with the Overland. Sounds like you have had some scary car purchases other than the Vitara.
Thanks. The two I mentioned certainly were unsettling, if not scary, but during some of the same period we also had a 2004 VW Passat that went 130,000 miles with no major issues and a 2005 Honda S2000 that I sold at 34,000 miles with similar good luck.

My bad experiences were both in the $50,000 range.
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