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Old 04-12-2013, 02:20 PM
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Re: 2014 Test Drive Reviews

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Were you driving vehicles with the same suspension and wheel size?


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No. Not the same suspension, but the 540i and 530i's were both sport packages and I believe the 530 has staggered wheels as well. The difference was night and day with them. I am not saying it is the same as the difference in the JGC's, as these were cars and probably much easier to notice and extra few hundred pounds up front.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:06 PM
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I might be the exception because I drove both the 3.6 and the 5.7 on back-to-back nights and felt a pretty tangible difference (esp in terms of "raw" acceleration). The 5.7 felt significantly stronger to me. Now I am not intimating that the 3.6 is not (even more than) adequate because it truly is, but I went with the Hemi primarily because I was spooked by the head issues in the 6 (in the Wranglers). In fact, if it weren't for the previous head issues, I probably would have gotten the 3.6 because I will never tow. One thing I will say. I LOVE the sound of the 5.7, even at idle.
This head issue you are referring to is a very small %. This has been discussed in other threads so I wouldn't call it a huge issue or even think twice about not getting the V6.. Oh wait, I did order a V6...lol
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Re: 2014 Test Drive Reviews

Well, my problem was that I actually had a Wrangler Sahara (got it for my dad) with the 3.6 that had the dreaded ticking (which was supposedly a precursor to the head fail). I was going to surprise my dad for his birthday with a new Wrangler but wasn't totally sure he would like driving it. So the dealership make me take the truck home to drive for a night or two so that my dad could decide. I had just signed up on the Wrangler forum and sure enough there were like 2 or 3 active threads on the head issue a - and I swear that Wrangler was ticking. It didn't sound right to me. So I ultimately brought the Wrangler back and got a Patriot for him instead. But assuming the head issue is resolved, the Pentastar is a nice piece of engineering.
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Re: 2014 Test Drive Reviews

I test drove a 2014 Summit and 2013 Summit, both with V8s, back-to-back. My local dealership is blowing out the 2013s right now, and was offering the '13 Summit at about 43K, almost 10K below original sticker.

First things first, the new saddle interior on the 13 was totally gorgeous, and I think it was a bad decision not to carry it over into the 14s. It looked light years better than the brown leather in the 14, IMO. That had us leaning toward the 13, all things being equal. However...

The performance of the updated transmission in the 14 just blew me away, and ended up being the deciding factor in going with that model year. I also liked the bigger UConnect screen and the E-shifter (which I know a lot of people don't) in the 14. I would go as far as to say that the 8-speed tranny in the 14 made it feel like a different engine than the one in the 13, even though they are the same.

We ended up going with a 14 Limited and tacking on the V8, ORA II and 8.4U w/nav. Negotiated the price down to 41K, meaning we could have gotten the 13 Summit for only 2K more. But we also weren't fans of most of the additional options added at the Summit trim level; for example, I think daytime LED runners are useless and a little tacky, and the blind-spot notification drove me nuts even during our fairly short test drive. Ventilated seats were the only other feature I would have added, and in fact, I wish Chrysler allowed you to add individual options like that w/o having to pay for a "package" such as Lux II that includes a lot of what you don't want/need.

Test drive itself was fun. Salesman encouraged me to open it up on the highway, and allowed me to goof around with things like backing into a parking space using the back-up camera (never had one of those before) and experiment with the sport mode and manually shifting with the paddles. Seems like the kind of car that sells itself, if the salesman will just stand back and allow it.
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and the blind-spot notification drove me nuts even during our fairly short test drive.
I believe you can disable this through Uconnect so the system is off by default.

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I believe you can disable this through Uconnect so the system is off by default.

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Thanks Tony, the salesman never mentioned that. In fact, it seemed like he wasn't completely familiar with all of the UConnect's capabilities (And what it costs per year once the included subscription runs out - can anyone give me an answer to that?). I am somewhat of a techy guy, so I was hoping to just figure the system out once I have mine in the driveway.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:04 AM
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Well, my problem was that I actually had a Wrangler Sahara (got it for my dad) with the 3.6 that had the dreaded ticking (which was supposedly a precursor to the head fail). I was going to surprise my dad for his birthday with a new Wrangler but wasn't totally sure he would like driving it. So the dealership make me take the truck home to drive for a night or two so that my dad could decide. I had just signed up on the Wrangler forum and sure enough there were like 2 or 3 active threads on the head issue a - and I swear that Wrangler was ticking. It didn't sound right to me. So I ultimately brought the Wrangler back and got a Patriot for him instead. But assuming the head issue is resolved, the Pentastar is a nice piece of engineering.
Interesting that you mentioned this. My fathers 11' wrangler had a ticking also. It had gone into the dealer a couple times and they never seemed to find anything wrong with it or hear the ticking It was easy to hear when you were driving through side streets with cars parked along the sides and the windows down it was loud and clear. He only kept it for a year and traded it for a 12' with the Pentastar engine and no issue so far with 14k miles.

So i don't derail this thread here's my review: I drove both the v6 and v8. The hemi effortlessly moves the jeep making it feel lighter then it actually is with plenty of power at any speed. The 8 speed is a huge plus, both engines benefit from this transmission. The Pentastar is a great engine but i wanted more power. I don't commute with the jeep so the v8 it was!
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