That's why I posted my write-up online instead of a PM, you're gonna get much needed feedback.
Early builds; From "Christmas tree lights" to "quadra lift- overheating". It seemed that early Jeeps had problems ( lot-o-info on this site). But just like Jim in PA said most problems have been addressed. Now-a-days you're likely to read about "it takes 4 clicks to open my lift gate". Something I don't concern myself with
My Aug'13 build has had very slight problems.
As far as the scent: It's not a smoke smell, but I wondered what it was. I was initially thinking it might be a moisture issue. If you left your sunroof open during a rain storm a month ago, and now the summer heat warms up the cabin...that kind of scent. I also initially thought the headliner had various colors in it ( due to moisture and possible mold), but I realized that it's the felt/ leather look. Wipe it one way, it's gonna look different then wiping it the other direction. So maybe its the CarMax spray sent
If I were looking to buy this Jeep, the scent would not be at the top of my list of why NOT to buy it. I would be concerned more about the mechanical stuff of the early builds.
The scuff marks. We all have them ( if you have a dark interior) and I haven't gotten around to wiping them out, or even trying. But I'm sure a black-out product would work ok. ( there's a thread on that too).
I have a '14 Limited from the DC group buy, that's the extent of my pricing knowledge. I have no idea what other models go for retail, texas group buy, etc and what good deals are out there.
p.s. If you "make" me go out and test drive it and try out the V8 and then sometime in the future I trade my V6 in for a V8...you can talk to my wife when you come out to Charlotte. ( but 100% happy with the V6)