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Old 03-15-2016, 09:48 PM
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So my 2011 Overland HEMI spent a day at the dealer getting the torque converter replaced. Thanks to the Lifetime Maxcare it was free and I got a 2015 Limited V6 to tool around in. First impression: oooh, 8 inch touch screen, full display dashboard, LED DRLS. After that, basically the same as my 2011. Now for the not so "oohs": what's the deal with the shifter?? In the 2011, you don't need to look at the stick to put it in the gear...park to reverse to drive is pretty easy. In the 2015, if you don't look at the screen or the shifter itself, you could drive into your garage door! I'm not going to compare the power because that wouldn't be fair...I'll just say I'm glad I went with the V8. Overall the 2015 Limited V6 was nice, but I would pick my 2011 Overland V8.


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Old 03-15-2016, 10:47 PM
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

I know you said a similar thing in another thread, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the 2015 V6 8spd wasn't as quick or quicker than the older 5/6spd V8. That transmission was just such a dog. The shifter is a popular discussion...have you not seen all 30 threads? Lol. You get used to it if you owned one. Some learn to love it, some don't. The shift lever itself atleast looks a heck of a lot nicer than the 2011-2013 style. They revised the shifter for 2016 to a more common style. It's still electronic though, but functions like a 2011-2013 shifter.
Good thing you didn't get the V8, you wouldn't wanna be back in that 5spd. The newer 8spds are awesome and completely transforms the vehicle.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:10 PM
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

I don't know, it seemed like the 8 speed tranny was fishing for gears more (since there are so many more to choose from). 5 speed, pretty consistent. I only spent one full day in the 2015 so my opinion is limited.


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Old 03-16-2016, 07:37 AM
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

I had a V6 5spd (2012) and a V6 8spd (2014). The 5 speed is crap compared to the 8. I had more problems with the 5 hunting for gears or trying to stay in the right gear than I ever did the 8. The 8 is smoother, faster (responsive) and keeps the engine in the power band much longer. The V6 is a whole different engine with the 8 speed.
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The V6 is a whole different engine with the 8 speed.
I agree! so is the V8 for that matter. There is no comparison whatsoever between the 2011-2013 tranny and the new ones in either the V6 or the V8. I also had a 2012 Overland V6 and even though the tranny worked as designed, it friggin sucked driving. Always shifted at the wrong times, never put it in the right gear for the situation. That was single handily the reason I sold that vehicle.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:28 PM
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

I owned a 2011 Laredo X with a V8 and now I own a 2015 V6 Limited. The larger touch screen and electronics of the 2015 are an improvement & I've gotten used to the new shifter. But in all honestly I miss the heavier feel of my 2011 which had the factory tow package a load leveling shocks which contributed to the ride quality. Yes the Hemi on the 2011 had the famous "Fish Bite" but I guess after driving it for four years I had gotten used to it, and the new 8 speed does shift much better.
As far as over all ride quality I prefer my old 2011 to the 2015. Perhaps it's the Goodyear Fortera's on the 2015 that contribute to the ride quality on my 2015 ....but that's another discussion.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:42 PM
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

The weight difference is noticeable. After having my torque converter changed in my 2011, shifting is better. Maybe I'm used to the "lousy" shifting in the 2011 that the 2015 felt foreign to me!


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Re: 2011 vs 2015

I have a 2011 that I am really used to,reliable,lots of comfort and toys from the factory,same with our 2015,only real complaint I have at the moment on the '15 is like some others the 8.4" screen is glitchy ( did actually note this in another thread along with others)and has visited the Dealership,the last being the 3rd time,don't really have a preference on selectors,my wife didn't initially care for it but has grown on her.The 2011 has never had problems and like most go to and from destinations with no off roading so,for me,I guess I just wanna get the screen functioning on the '15 so I can enjoy both.Again,I do favor the '11 but guess more so because I am so familiar with it.(suits my good lady as she is happy to pilot the new one).In the end,I REALLY like both JGC's and enjoy both.
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

The 8 in screen looks nice, but I'm not crazy about the fact so many basic function are now imbedded in it. Functions like "heated steering wheel" and "heated seats" have separate easy accessible buttons on the 2011, but buried in the settings on the 2015s. And navigation seems like challenge on the 2015...pretty straight forward on the 2011. I'm knit picking here and I don't mean too. If I had an opportunity to jump into a 2015 overland V8 I would be all over it! But last one...why did they get rid of the flipper glass on the back???? It's awesome!!!


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The 8 in screen looks nice, but I'm not crazy about the fact so many basic function are now imbedded in it. Functions like "heated steering wheel" and "heated seats" have separate easy accessible buttons on the 2011, but buried in the settings on the 2015s. And navigation seems like challenge on the 2015...pretty straight forward on the 2011. I'm knit picking here and I don't mean too. If I had an opportunity to jump into a 2015 overland V8 I would be all over it! But last one...why did they get rid of the flipper glass on the back???? It's awesome!!!
Yeah you know, its another thing you just get used to. These settings aren't really buried in anything its a simple one touch thing. The newer uconnect systems are extremely user friendly and I think is rated one of the best on the market. Not a single thing about it is confusing or difficult. Navigation is also very easy to use.
Also, if pressing one button to access the entire climate control and seat heat/cool function menus is cumbersome, also don't forget the option to turn on those features comes up when you first start the vehicle while the system is loading. Like the older models it also has the auto comfort feature that turns on heated seats/wheel or ventilated seats automatically depending on exterior temp.
As far as the reason behind getting rid of the flipper glass I'm not really sure. Maybe someone else can chime in. Either it was a cost reduction thing or they maybe had too many complaints of sealing and noise issues and wanted to make things more solid (which would be a weird reason as the GC has had flipper glass forever). It reminds me of a thread over in my Acura boards where people were wondering why they got rid of the rear fold down seats in the 3rd generation TL. It was said for structural improvements as well as interior sound reduction reasons.

Interesting about some complaints about glitchy 8.4 uconnect systems. I have had a 2014 and now a 2015 and both are perfect in every way. Very responsive, quick, overall great systems. Makes you wonder why one system would be glitchy and others aren't.
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Re: 2011 vs 2015

Both you guys make real good points and am still getting used to the 8" screen,but being glitchy and having being repaired 3 times I am still learning,i agree it is noted as currently one of the best systems and was a big selling point with me for 'ease of use'(the rep who sold me the Jeep owns one so was whizzing thru it)and seems pretty fluid to use,and like my '11,i really like the style overall,just great vehicles and as time goes on learning,and all the valuable information available on this Forum I am sure I will continue to be impressed.Cant fault the quiet ride,comfort and everything else and still consider it,like my other Jeeps,a well bought item.(I kinda hang on to my Jeeps)the oldest,my Wrangler I have owned some 26yrs now and still going strong.Both JGC's have great specs as does my wifes Jeep Liberty.Pricing has always been good.Guess I am a Jeep die hard.The only thing I owned none Jeep was a Chevy 1500 2013,that was a miserable experience.
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Guess I am a Jeep die hard.The only thing I owned none Jeep was a Chevy 1500 2013,that was a miserable experience.
I'm on my 4th Jeep in 12 years - first car as a teenager was a '91 Olds (it got me from point A to point B and it was decent on gas). Got rid of that and bought a 2001 Cherokee in 2003 ( I was 19...buying an SUV at the time was a bonehead move lol), haven't gotten away since. Traded the '01 for a '12 GC, traded the '12 for a '14, then just traded my '14 for a '16 haha. Jeeps have their quirks, don't get me wrong - my 2001 had CEL gremlins like you wouldn't believe, but it always got me home, even after being rear ended twice. The '12 I should have just waited and gotten what I wanted but eh. The '14 wasn't bad - the 8.4 was glitchy as hell in the beginning (Feb. 2013 build), but smoothed out after updates and was rock solid up until I traded it.
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