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Old 12-13-2014, 11:13 AM
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:57 AM
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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

No regrets here on the 2014 Summit, bought it in April of 2013 and about 20K on it currently. Once you get the "new car" bugs worked out all is fine, there were a few more than there should have been and took longer to get rid of them then it should have but all is well once you get past that point. The $550 I spent on the OEM skid plates and tow hooks was a good add on that id recommend and brings it more equal to the overland for the off road. Those should have at least been an option from the factory but whatever cheap enough and easy enough to add on. Love the HK stereo sounds great as long as you are not listening to XM which sounds like crap regardless of the stereo you have. Lots of compliments on the interior most people cant believe that it is a Jeep interior. So yes definitely recommend and more so now that the 2015s have the majority of the bugs worked out that us 2014s dealt with.
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No regrets here on the 2014 Summit, bought it in April of 2013 and about 20K on it currently. Once you get the "new car" bugs worked out all is fine, there were a few more than there should have been and took longer to get rid of them then it should have but all is well once you get past that point. The $550 I spent on the OEM skid plates and tow hooks was a good add on that id recommend and brings it more equal to the overland for the off road. Those should have at least been an option from the factory but whatever cheap enough and easy enough to add on. Love the HK stereo sounds great as long as you are not listening to XM which sounds like crap regardless of the stereo you have. Lots of compliments on the interior most people cant believe that it is a Jeep interior. So yes definitely recommend and more so now that the 2015s have the majority of the bugs worked out that us 2014s dealt with.

^^^I second this post almost exactly other than I didn't put hooks and the skid plates! It's a great car
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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

How did you put tow hooks on the front of the summit?


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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

I love my 2014 Summit ecodiesel. The early kinks had been worked out with the GC by the time mine was built (May 2014), so none of the recalls so far apply to my vehicle. Now into my 7th month, I haven't had a single problem. I was originally planning to buy an Overland, but was really disappointed with its stereo. The Summit's HK stereo sounded vastly superior to me, and I also much preferred the Summit's interior (including the seats). I had planned to pay for most options on the Overland anyway, so the main dilemma was the choice between the Summit's HK stereo or the Overland's tow hooks. I realized that I wouldn't be willing to take a brand new $50k+ vehicle off road, and hoped that by the time I was ready to do that someone would figure out how to add tow hooks. Some members here forged ahead with impressive installs of tow hooks, and I'll probably follow their lead next summer.

I didn't see much value in the Summit's polished wheels and headlamp washers, but I am a huge fan of the adaptive cruise control with stop—I never use the standard cruise now. I wouldn't have added the safety tech features if they had been optional, but I have found that blind spot detection works really well, and rear cross path detection is great in parking lots. Forward collision warning has already warned me a couple of times, and crash mitigation impressively applied the brakes once when my wife got distracted. ParkSense is actually quite helpful in my tight parking space in NYC, particularly in getting used to the vehicle initially.

As a more general comment about the GC, the overall the driving experience is great. For a heavy SUV the handling is surprisingly good on curves, and it's outstanding when cruising. Towing is as good as it gets (I particularly appreciate the diesel engine). I just switched to winter tires, because my weekend home is high on a hill with a steep 1.5 mile driveway that is rarely plowed, and is often dangerously icy. Using hill descent control recently I was really impressed with the GC's control in 5" snow. Most would find the HDC range too slow (the paddle shifters step from 1-5 mph), but I will use it all winter on my steep driveway. This is my first American car, and I was very nervous about reliability. Now I feel cautiously optimistic.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:53 PM
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How did you put tow hooks on the front of the summit?


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Took the lower air dam off, cut two small slits for the hooks, bolted the hooks on and put it back together, all the mounting points are already there just bolt them on. Paid $130 for the OEM hooks.
IMO just a dumb move by jeep to give the v8/diesel summit Quadra Drive which is the best drive system and the exact same one as the ORA II overland but then omit the hooks. only difference between your summit and an ORA II overland concerning off road ability is skids, hooks, and 18s vs 20s, drive system and suspension are the exact same thing. overland air dam does come off easier than summits if your doing stuff where approach angle is a concern.

Several people have added them here was how I did.
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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

Remember, the Summit isn't "marketed" for off-road; hence the sculpted fascia without the tow hooks. But folks have been creative and able to add them...something I would do, too. While I'm 99% a highway driver, I have found the tow hooks to be useful a few times in the past two and a half years...to deal with other vehicles, not my own.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:05 PM
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Remember, the Summit isn't "marketed" for off-road; hence the sculpted fascia without the tow hooks. But folks have been creative and able to add them...something I would do, too. While I'm 99% a highway driver, I have found the tow hooks to be useful a few times in the past two and a half years...to deal with other vehicles, not my own.
I know summit is not marketed that way Jim but my point and what I am saying is then why give it Quadra Drive and Quadra lift which is the best off road system if they are only intending to create a mall cruiser that's not going off road. Giving it Quadra Drive and Quadra Lift as stock gives you the ability to go off road same as the overland but then if you get stuck doing that oh well out of luck no hooks. vs something like SRT that is an on road beast but does not have the drive system or intent for more challenging off road use.
Putting a couple cheap plastic punch outs on the front of summit and making the $130 hooks an option for someone that may want to take advantage of the top of the line off road drive and lift system that summit already has on it as stock and is the exact same one as overland would not have taken that much. You don't have to be doing heavy duty rock crawling to get stuck, its easy to get stuck on the beach, its easy it get stuck in the snow, its easy to get stuck in graded muddy wet grass which are places you would expect to take a summit. Its something jeep didn't think through very well and that has been echoed by many summit owners.
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Summit. Off-Road.
I chuckle because all I can think about is is the DEF Injector being RIPPED out by the snow bank it's plowing through.


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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

QL and QD are just as valuable "on-road" in many driving conditions and that's why these premium features were included with the Summit. (V8/EcoD)
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QL and QD are just as valuable "on-road" in many driving conditions and that's why these premium features were included with the Summit. (V8/EcoD)
Jim you continue to miss the entire point I am trying to make. except for a few bolt ons its the same capability off road or on road as overland, they should have made at least an option for hooks
and ive been stuck plenty of times on road in the snow as many people have
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Re: Anyone regret getting a Summit

I got your point clearly...and I actually don't disagree with you. It would be nice if those options were available. I'm just mentioning that Jeep didn't feel the same way as you do relative to the Summit. They chose to market it differently.
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