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Thumbs up 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

I've had my 2014 Summit for a little over a week and about 500 miles. I had thought the differences wouldn't be that great and was kinda questioning my decision to jump to a 2014 with only 24,000 on my 2011.

But I have to say after driving the 2014 Summit for a week, I am very very pleased with my decision. The 8-speed transmission is wonderful, HUGE change from the 2011...HUGE. I know someone had said that the transmission alone would be worth it and, well, that's pretty close to the truth. So smooth and responsive (I have yet to try out the paddle shifters though...kinda trying to figure why I would even need them in normal driving). The V8 seems more responsive and powerful with this transmission.

The exterior cosmetic changes are very nice and I even like the rims now that I have it in person. Love the adaptive headlights and the lights in general. Headlight washers seem to be pretty strong as they create clouds of mist. I like the changes so much I am like "flipper glass, what flipper glass?" LOL.

The cabin interior is A+. I noticed the steering wheel seems to be a tad smaller in diameter and the wood is less and more leather (I actually took photos of the 2011 and 2014 to compare)....don't know if good or bad. Also, the wood has grooves (finger bumps or whatever they are called) on the backside of the steering wheel...a very subtle difference but I guess people must like that. The buttons on the steering wheel have a better layout too.

The cabin is definitely much quieter - noticeable right away. Must be a combination of things not the least of which is the heavier matching suede headliner and pillars. In addition, the upper leather matches the lower plastic incredibly well...I had the door open in the sunlight and you could barely tell the difference --- same color and texture. Excellent match.

The seats seem to be a bit denser too and without a doubt the leather is a more premium leather (although the 2011 leather was more than acceptable, the 2014 leather is just better). There is a greater attention to detail in the cabin finishes overall. I really do like the Grand Canyon Jeep Brown so I am glad I made that choice...I don't miss my New Saddle / Black interior anymore.

The "radio" unit is also a big step up. Again, I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, but it was more substantial than I thought it would be. I pretty much like everything about it so far. The nav system took a bit of getting used to since my old 730N had a "simpler" nav experience but not as informative. The stereo and speaker system is also a huge step up, very very very nice. The bluetooth connectivity with my iPhone 5s is also much better for controlling the iPhone via bluetooth.

The A/C seems colder although take a second or two longer to kick in or at least that is my perception. The ventilated seats (at least the driver's side) doesn't seem to be as noticeable so I am going to take a closer look to make sure all is OK with it.

Everything seems to be solid and tight and the 2014 is a tighter, more responsive driving experience overall.

So, yes, the 2014 has made substantial improvements over the 2011 and I am glad I made the jump even though it wasn't inexpensive to do so.
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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

Good comparison and a great read!

I've been pleased with the overall quality of the '14 Summit so far, but I also have less than 5,000 miles on the clock so far. Fingers crossed.
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In addition, the upper leather matches the lower plastic incredibly well...I had the door open in the sunlight and you could barely tell the difference --- same color and texture. Excellent match.
See photo I recently took...the plastic below the wood trim looks just like the leather above the wood firm....
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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

I saw my first '14 Summit in person today and I was blown away with the finish and the way it looked except for the 65k price tag on it.

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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

Well, you folks north of the US border get "extra special pricing" for some reason...
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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

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Well, you folks north of the US border get "extra special pricing" for some reason...
Hahaha, We are definitely getting that "Special Treatment". I mean just next to that Summit was a fully loaded "14 SRT with a sticker price of 74K so I guess it makes more sense to aim for the SRT in here.
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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

I traded a 12 Overland for a 14 Summit about 6 months ago. The Overland only had about 15,000 miles on it, but I was seduced by the new lights, etc. and the 8.4 with the HK stereo. The Summit is really great, but the USB sucks. I copied CD's at a 320 bitrate and copied them to a flashdrive. I tried to be careful to stay under 255 songs, but the player randomly either doesn't recognize the USB, leaving me with a blank screen, starts at the beginning of the collection instead of where the song left off, or works perfectly. Also, the number of songs changes almost every time I turn it on. The initial load might be 236 songs. The next time I play the USB stuff there might be 219 songs or 245 or 193 or whatever. It makes me crazy. Otherwise I love the vehicle. I know myself well enough to know that unless I got the Summit I would be envious every time I saw one. Also, since I won't go offroad or tow, I prefer the more formal bumper, hiding the tow stuff. That's my 2 cents.
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Re: 2011 Overland Summit ---> 2014 Summit, was it worth it?

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So, yes, the 2014 has made substantial improvements over the 2011 and I am glad I made the jump even though it wasn't inexpensive to do so.
Congrats man! Isn't it awesome? Make sure you keep an eye on your wheels for grease. Not sure if you saw my thread or not, but since our vehicles were built the same time, you might have the CV issue too. Someone else already reported that they did.

Question for ya. How the heck do you get the headlight washers to work? I can't find a button anywhere for it.
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Congrats man! Isn't it awesome? Make sure you keep an eye on your wheels for grease. Not sure if you saw my thread or not, but since our vehicles were built the same time, you might have the CV issue too. Someone else already reported that they did.

Question for ya. How the heck do you get the headlight washers to work? I can't find a button anywhere for it.
There are a buttons right below the headlight to press that washes them. You have to have the vehicle in park and go out and press the buttons.

Just kidding, the headlight washers wash when you press the windshield washer...not separate switch.

What CV issue are you referring to? My front two wheel rims (not on the back two) had some grease on them after the initial drive --- more like some grease and brake dust as it is breaking in. Washed off and hasn't come back - just figured a bit of extra grease applied is all). I am plan on taking mine in for an oil change at or before the 1,000 mark (some people recommend an early first oil change and since oil changes are cheap with the dealer coupon, why not) so will have it double checked then during their free multi-point inspection.
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There are a buttons right below the headlight to press that washes them. You have to have the vehicle in park and go out and press the buttons.

Just kidding, the headlight washers wash when you press the windshield washer...not separate switch.

What CV issue are you referring to? My front two wheel rims (not on the back two) had some grease on them after the initial drive --- more like some grease and brake dust as it is breaking in. Washed off and hasn't come back - just figured a bit of extra grease applied is all). I am plan on taking mine in for an oil change at or before the 1,000 mark (some people recommend an early first oil change and since oil changes are cheap with the dealer coupon, why not) so will have it double checked then during their free multi-point inspection.
Check out this thread http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/grease...mal-73976.html
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