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'14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Hi all, first post on these forums... looks like a very helpful community! I'm looking to buy my first JGC and am hoping to have a list of issues I can take with me on the test drive to look out for. The vehicle I am looking at is a pre-owned '14 Overland Hemi with a little over 14,000 miles.

Looks to have been built in the April 2013 time frame and there are 10 months left on the bumper-to-bumper warranty. I've seen the Carfax and it looks pretty good. It appears to have had the brake booster replaced, which sounds like a known issue. There's also a note saying the "radio/sound system was checked". Other things I will look out for:

  • Air conditioning/heat performance
  • Steering wheel orientation
  • Transmission (sounds like less of an issue on V8s)
  • Anything else major I'm missing?
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Since this is a very early build (2nd or third month of production), I'd suggest that you have the Jeep dealer check the TSB history and apply any TSBs that should have been done. You cannot assume the previous owner did that.

Best wishes with your new-to-you JGC!
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Only thing I can say to look out for are the early build units which this one is. Sounds like you did your research already though and are pretty familiar with things. The V8 and the ZF 8spd are pretty solid though. I guess it's more so the electronics that you should look at. If you drive it and everything seems to work good then I would think by this point it should be a good one.
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Ours is a March 2013 build, and we have had only two issues so far: Hemi ate a water pump, and one of the horns quit (there are two, dual note).

The horn was $25 to replace, and the water pump was replaced for free under the powertrain warranty. From what I read, the water pump issue can happen to any Hemi, 2011-2015 build. The horn would have been free under the bumper-to-bumper, but the wife primarily drives it, and she didn't think to mention the horn sounding weird to me until around 38000 miles (we bought it certified used with about 33000 miles on it).

Electronics and all the other little things I was worried about have so far been flawless.
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I have a 2014, March 2013 built hemi. Many of the issues were resolved with software updates and I have had all applied, there were several. Have the dealer scan for and do available software updates that will knockout most issues. Make sure they have performed the hvac software update for "hot cabin" which will not show up on a regular scan for software updates you need to ask for that one specificly. To me the hot cabin issue was the most bothersome issue until it was corrected with the software. Make sure the steering wheel is centered many are cocked to the right. Tighten ground wires which is part of one of the tsbs. 5.7 will have the wrong and inaccurate dip stick in it make dealer give you the updated one. Make sure there is no shaking/vibration at highway speeds if there is make them correct it before accepting it, vibration correction can be a challenge sometimes requiring tire replacement. Make sure all 4 recalls have been performed. The 5.7 probably has the least reported issues of them all and the trans and engine have been fairly solid, as stated above the multitude of software updates corrected most issues associated with the early 5.7s. Good Luck
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

I have an early build 2014 Overland with the Hemi (built May 2013 if I remember right). I have had 4 recalls performed at no cost to me. Also had the entire NAV system replaced due to bugs that were not fixed with software updates. Other than a few trips to the dealer, which were only a minor inconvenience, I'm very happy with the support Chrysler has given the dealer to perform these fixes.

To pick one of these up with only 14k miles should be a steal over a new one. I say go for it!
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Thanks all! Very helpful responses and definitely giving me a lot more confidence. I've got my list to take to the dealer with me and we'll see how it looks. Unfortunately, I'm not buying from a local Jeep dealer (actually they aren't a Jeep dealer at all), so I'm not sure how much they'll be able to tell me about applicable TSBs. Hopefully they can at least tell me if the recall work has been performed. I'll have to find a reputable dealer in my neighborhood after I have it back home to perform any outstanding TSBs (having to drive a couple of hours to check it out, so hope it's worth it).
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Good luck and welcome.
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

Watch out for speeding tickets
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

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... ain't that the truth! Had a few scares on the way home. I think the red color doesn't help my case.

This thing is a beast! So far I love it. Heard a couple of rattles but questioning whether it's my sunglasses or something else in some compartment that is rattling. I'm not terribly unsettled by it and maybe I'm over it after having various other vehicles where I had the dealer try to hunt down rattles.

There's been a few other quirks, but I'm trying to isolate these to the learning curve of how the vehicles work. A few others I am searching for and may have to post something...
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Re: '14 JGC Overland Hemi - What to look out for?

The only mods I have are the Volant CAI and the Diablo tuner running the 91 octane tune. I'd like to add the Borla exhaust and a custom tune, but nearly 400 hp really isn't bad, and at 40kmi, my exhaust is still in good shape.
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... ain't that the truth! Had a few scares on the way home. I think the red color doesn't help my case.

This thing is a beast! So far I love it. Heard a couple of rattles but questioning whether it's my sunglasses or something else in some compartment that is rattling. I'm not terribly unsettled by it and maybe I'm over it after having various other vehicles where I had the dealer try to hunt down rattles.

There's been a few other quirks, but I'm trying to isolate these to the learning curve of how the vehicles work. A few others I am searching for and may have to post something...
It shouldn't rattle at all. There are a couple tsbs for missing screws over on wk2jeeps you might want to check out.

If that doesn't do it, take everything out and get a helper to either drive and let you listen around or have them do it. Should be very quiet until you discover the fun of sport mode and a floored pedal--even then it is a gentlemanly engine sound.
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