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Old 01-18-2013, 11:26 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

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First build 11:01..
Awesome Chevy, pound em out boys. I'll pm you my vin and build date. If you happen to be on the job it would be great if you put your mark on it.

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:33 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Good job Chevy!!! Keep up the good work guys.
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You guys hear that!???.. That's the sound of silence. The line is halted. No parts on line. Don't worry folks, I'm not slacking off.. The line is down by design this time. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is now officially old news. Obsolete. Finito. Done. Dead.. (T.O.D. - 8:24am)

Please pause for this commercial break while the line purges..

The next time you hear from me.. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will have begun FULL PRODUCTION!
Sweet! How long do you think it'll take for you guys to get up to producing the 2014s at "full speed" then? (The 600+ per shift you said you guys were doing for the 2013s.)

The other question is about the vehicles sitting. I'm curious about this, is it just the first batch that's going to sit for a few weeks in QC, or also all future batches too? Also, how does QC work, do they literally go over every vehicle (), or do they pick randomly and just inspect those, and then take it from there?
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:44 AM
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That picture is the player for the rear entertainment system. The remote CD player goes in the same spot but is probably a little slimmer. I don't think it plays DVDs or BluRays.
Thanks for clearing that up.

I checked the user manual and an optional, additional player for the console besides the BluRay wasn't mentioned so I wrongfully assumed there was only one.
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quoting the chief engineer directly


"Scott, The taillamps are LED. The stop and turn are handle by 1 incandecent bulb"
A little surprising, but I have to assume that they did this because of aesthetics and not because of cost? Otherwise you would expect the SRT to have them at the very least. Also, the Dart has them according to its owner's manual.

As I said before though, it's not really a big deal to me. At least it's got the halo LED taillamp, that thing is killer.

I'm sure there'll be an easy way to convert the incandescent brake and turn bulbs to LED too if we wanted.

(Unless... the chief engineer just looked in the manual that we looked at, which hasn't been updated to correct the error yet. )
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Thanks for the updates Chevy - exciting news for sure.

Now - how can we get a Sharpie or paint pen in your hand so you can sign under my hood when it goes past!
Still working on that.. I'm getting mixed answers. Some ppl have said, "go ahead.. Just don't sign your real name!" While others have warned against it, saying that the car doesn't belong to the customer until they take delivery of it. Blah blah blah...

Personally, I doubt that anyone here would back out of an order once the car has been built, but it is possible I guess.. So idk. Pm me VINs and build dates anyway, and I'll do the best I can..
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Still working on that.. I'm getting mixed answers. Some ppl have said, "go ahead.. Just don't sign your real name!" While others have warned against it, saying that the car doesn't belong to the customer until they take delivery of it. Blah blah blah...

Personally, I doubt that anyone here would back out of an order once the car has been built, but it is possible I guess.. So idk. Pm me VINs and build dates anyway, and I'll do the best I can..
They can back out of an order if they want, even after it's been delivered. I'm pretty sure that worst case scenario they lose their deposit, assuming they put one down.
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Sweet! How long do you think it'll take for you guys to get up to producing the 2014s at "full speed" then? (The 600+ per shift you said you guys were doing for the 2013s.)

The other question is about the vehicles sitting. I'm curious about this, is it just the first batch that's going to sit for a few weeks in QC, or also all future batches too? Also, how does QC work, do they literally go over every vehicle (), or do they pick randomly and just inspect those, and then take it from there?
Due to the fact that so much is new, I'd say maybe a week or two.. I'll have a better answer for you tomorrow, when we start on time and run the whole day. So far we've built like 7. In over an hour! They have a bunch of "launch team" ppl here and engineers walking around, verifying engineer stuff (?) getting in the way. So I'll probably read the paper at least two more times before the end of the shift.

And to clarify, that 600 number is a combination of WKs and WDs.. Of the 600-650 we build/assemble a shift, the average is abt 75% WK. (Poor Durango )

As it pertains to quality, this "phase" is more for making sure the suppliers are sending good new product, and that things aren't gonna come back and bite you in the arse in recalls and warranty work, etc.. Also for ensuring jobs that have been altered from an outgoing model, are being done properly.. But more so the parts.

Think of it like this; if you gave someone 90 days to bake you 200 cakes, they may just say, "piece of cake" and deliver you some top notch product. This is what typically happens during "pilot" phase.. The manufacturers commission vendors to build something new, and they have not much stress in building it. Then things get revised over and over, yet the supplier has no issue getting the manufacturer whatever adjusted/amended parts they want. But then the manufacturer comes back and says, "ok, now I need 2000 cakes a day" i.e. parts, and quality doesn't always stay the same. So until things get going smoothly, they like to keep the cars close, just in case they notice a defect in some of the pilots on the road that are still being tested, and/or the parts that are now being shipped in daily. It's more checks-and-balances/cya than anything.. If you ask me, it's well worth the wait!

It's also for build up.. You know how you read in the paper and they'll say "Chrysler has a 60 day supply of Grand Cherokees.." Well this is how we get that supply.. It's a buffer. You need a buffer. You wanna fill orders, but you have to keep yourself a "just in case" stockpile.. 60 days is good. 100-120 day supply is excessive, and shows poor sales.

Anything else!?
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

That was a good write up Chevy...Thanks!!
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Chevy...BTW, let us know if you run across any Limited 3.6L with the Luxury package in them...Alot of people are waiting for that package to come available.
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Anything else!?
Hmm...don't think so, that about covers everything!

So what's for lunch? and is there cake involved? I now have a cake craving.
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Hmm...don't think so, that about covers everything!

So what's for lunch? and is there cake involved? I now have a cake craving.
Oh Deb, how you tease us so with your tempting ways!
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