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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Nice review: http://www.caradvice.com.au/101210/2...erokee-review/
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Auto123 video review

http://www.auto123.com/en/jeep/grand...3&videoid=6450
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Another good one...

http://reviews.carreview.com/blog/20...ee-4x4-review/
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

http://motoring.ninemsn.com.au/cars/...ar-2011?page=7
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Excellent work!

Now I hope the Jeep can also take home the trophy of 4x4 of the year from one of the more respected 4WD monthly magazines here in Australia!

This is the only real disappointement, although they eveidently have not tested a "QDII" equiped WKII.... although it is obvious the high regard they hold the original WK with the full QDII package.

"Jeep’s five-speed auto is well proven and begs the question of why you’d need more. Its manual mode allows full control; great when you are off-road or driving enthusiastically. The tip-shift is also used to control the HDC speed and this is the best HDC system we’ve tried.

Being a base-model Laredo, the drive system is Quadra-Trac II which uses open differentials and relies on the ETC to direct drive to the tyres with the most grip. This system is a far cry from the Quadra-Drive II system with its trio of locking diffs on the previous model. The Jeep struggled on our rutted hills, where we expected it to climb with ease.

The lack of wheel travel makes it work harder. When raised, the suspension is constantly topping out, causing the wheels to slip and struggle for grip. Adjusting the Selec-Terrain had little effect off-road, although it did sharpen up the performance in sport mode when on-road.

The Jeep tackled everything we pointed it at, but not as well as expected. It performed better with the suspension set at the standard ride height, but then clearance became an issue. It is firm and stable on-road, delivering a comfortable ride and sharp handling. "
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

2011 JGC was just named Best SUV over 40k for Motoring 2011 in Canada. Congrats!!

http://www.motoringtv.com/2011-car-of-the-year--p142458

Here is their video review.

http://www.motoringtv.com/test-drive...Grand_Cherokee
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

I just scanned a review by Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press - it was in the Sunday edition of our Phoenix Paper. I did a quick look on-line and didn't see it, so I'll just quote part of it here.

He decided that the Ford Explorer was the "truck of the year" edging out the Durango with the JGC in 3rd place. And his reasoning was ...

"The driver may have more fun in the Durango, but the driver's enjoyment is a secondary goal for seven-seat crossover SUVs. Job 1 is carrying kids comfortably and economically. The Explorer does that a little better."



#1) I always thought crossovers were "SUV"-like critter built on car chassis. Didn't think Explorers or Durangos or JGCs would be considered "crossovers" - maybe I'm wrong?

#2) If the competition is for "Truck of the Year" where the hell does hauling kids figure in? That should be a criterion for "Minivan of the Year".

#3) Why is he even mentioning the JGC? He doesn't care about off-road chops and wants to haul 7 people.

Ironically, he says lots of nice things about the Durango and the JGC. In particular he compliments the engineers for staying focused and delivering great products despite the recent Chryco turmoil.
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Net,

I agree about the terminology. The very word "crossover" in "CUV" comes from the history of taking a car chassis and "crossing it over" into SUV territory.

I think more and more it's becoming used to mean "Not body-on-frame." That definition is worrying, because it ignores the very valid differences in capabilities, but for most buyers that's a non-issue.

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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Quoting excerpts from CPerez post above:
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"...They had been used and abused by the Germans..."
How were they used and abused? Can anyone clarify?

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and finally sold to the lowest bidder, which happened to be Fiat.
I haven't followed sale process but does what he says make any sense at all? If there were others who offered more why wasn't Chrysler sold to them?

I guess I am just irritated by all these excuses. Chrysler has nobody to blame but themselves. I mentioned that in the past and I will mention it now: make cars people want to buy and you will be successful. How come Honda, Mercedes, Ford or Toyota didn't need bailout?
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

Joe,

I agree with you about the excuses. Fiat told Cerebrus "we'll buy Chrysler offer is ZERO dollars!". Which was the best offer they had received.

And you're right about the cars. Build what people want to buy at a reasonable cost, and sell it at a competitive price is all anyone has to do to make money in ANY industry.
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee WK2 Reviews

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How were they used and abused? Can anyone clarify?

I haven't followed sale process but does what he says make any sense at all? If there were others who offered more why wasn't Chrysler sold to them?

I guess I am just irritated by all these excuses. Chrysler has nobody to blame but themselves. I mentioned that in the past and I will mention it now: make cars people want to buy and you will be successful. How come Honda, Mercedes, Ford or Toyota didn't need bailout?
In fairness, the "used and abused" characterization came from the reporter. Also take into account that this piece came from the WashPost. You can make your own determination as to its reliability. I was just contributing to the thread with this review excerpt.

I agree that excuses are lame. Just get on with it, accept accountability, and look forward, ChryCo. Many of us have given you a chance to pull through and we have a stake in your success.
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In fairness, the "used and abused" characterization came from the reporter. Also take into account that this piece came from the WashPost. You can make your own determination as to its reliability. I was just contributing to the thread with this review excerpt...
Absolutely, I never meant that you said that. I guess I wasn't clear enough.
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