First...lets talk about the air-shock (Quadra-lift) vs fluid-shock (non-QL) debated:
The discussion is that the QL is not as
smooth on irregular surfaces.
Perspective...Im coming from a '12 JKU WRANGLER
Sahara....which I named "Serenity" because I thought was smooth and quiet "enough." Its about like riding a good mule...not luxurious, but unwavering confident.
Prior to that...I was in an '03 TJ WRANGLER Sahara which I named "Tigger" because of its bouncy and playful nature. It was about like riding a burro...lets just call that sensation "Insistent sure-footedness".
Prior to that...I am the last of a long line of Suburban aficionados. My family has had 12 dating back to the early '40's. I have personally owned 3 (not all at once). Spacious and comfortable...but the interior was so vacuous that it seemed to reverberate the road noise, and the long wheelbase often felt like it was "loping". I considered it like riding an Andalusian. Just point it in the right directions and rig-up your hammock.
But...along comes the WK2...I've had week-long, 1000 mile test drives in each of the '15 Laredo, a '15 Limited, and now im on Day 3 of owning a '15 v-8 Summit. Which, to continue the equestrian metaphors is similar to riding an American Warm-Blood or an Appaloosa. Not as skittish or schizophrenic as a quarter horse, but I can tell that if I dont stay conscious of it, it could easily become as prissy and high-maintenance as a Morgan.
In short...as far as ride conditions are concerned...each of the WK2 variants have felt like rolling sensory-deprivation chambers compared to my previous mounts, and while Im sure I will eventually find something to complain about...Im not a complainer by nature so Im pretty happy right now with the air-shocks (Quadra-lift).
Now...as for the price debate:
My out the door price was $51,700 for a new '15 4wd, v-8 Summit. And I was happy with those numbers because I thought it was fair to both sides of the deal. Could I have argued for a couple-hundred more here or there...yeah.
But I D-E-S-P-I-S-E
negotiating, and at $17 per $1000 financed...it wasnt worth the time or effort to continue the game.
I did get the Chrysler Unlimited Lifetime MaxCare Warranty with $100 deductable for $2500 but I knew that going in because I think that it would be nothing short of retarded to get into a vechile with this many complicated and expensive systems and put as many miles as I do on it...without some impressive coverage.
I am happy with my vehicle choice.
I am happy with my final numbers.
I am happy with my peace of mind for durability.
And I am happy with the tax depreciation that is allowed for a new vehicle but is unavailable for purchasing a used vehicle.
And thus I have the '15.