Originally Posted by Hutch801
I see, we don't have half that crap with our diesel. No def....... Hutch
You guys are lucky. The Eco Diesel in the American Grand Cherokee is the result of what happens when the EPA gets involved with auto production to the point of, "making the cure worse than the disease", so to speak.
As I mentioned back in 1979 I had a Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel. It was extremely simple to maintain, and the most reliable car I've ever owned. No DEF, or other emission nonsense. It had a nice full size, spin on oil filter that was located right in front under the hood. Just bend over and unscrew it, and screw a new one on. It took most ANY "SF" rated motor oil, and just 4 quarts of it. I put a Fumoto petcock on the drain plug, and an oil change took 10 minutes tops. Half of which was waiting for the oil to drain.
The fuel filter / water separator was also a simple spin on unit that was attached to the firewall. Super easy to get to and replace or drain. In over 120,000 miles all I ever did to it was replace the glow plugs and the timing belt....... Once. Which they did while I waited at the dealer. I bought oil filters for around $4.50 each. The car delivered an honest 50 MPG. I remember I had an extra after market 10 gallon Polyethylene tank installed. I drove from Chicago to Houston, Texas to visit my dad back in 1980 non stop. When I filled up it was less than $14.00. If I remember Diesel was around .65 or .70 cents a gallon back then.
Now, with this new Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel the same simple service has become a expensive, time consuming nightmare. If they hadn't screwed everything up with all of the overpriced, complicated servicing and "improvements", I'd buy one in a heartbeat. But like so many good things in life, they managed to ruin it by trying to make it "better".