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Question Better (Best) Year for Used?

I'm finally getting ready to upgrade from my 2000 WJ Laredo V8 with Selec Trac to a WK2. My WJ has 218K on it and though it still runs well, I'm starting to feel that it will be needing a lot of little things soon. Leaking oil in several areas, needs new lower control arm/bushings, head cover gaskets, etc. Its really been a great vehicle with no major issues, just minor normal repairs for the most part. Radiator, heat/ac control, rear ball joint, front driveshaft, starter, alternator, two driver door window regulators; shocks, camshaft sensor, flash relay; front half shafts. That's about it off the top of my head. Most things not done until after 150K. Not bad!

I was wondering if there are any particular reasons to look for a particular MY over another. I am focusing mostly on the 2011-2013 MYs for a couple of reasons: Flipper glass ( I actually use this), Instrument panel (I like the more conventional analog dials); and cost.

Are there any major issues with the new digital instrument panel/speedo? Seems like an area of possible issues, but I don't have anything to base that on.

I'm leaning toward the V6; figuring that the new v6 will feel roughly similar to my 2000 4.7; if I do end up towing it won't be often or very heavy. Is the new transmission in 2014 a good enough reason to look to MY 2014?

Also looking for at least the Limited trim package and QTII transfer case.

Thanks for any input.

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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

I bought my '13 because it and the '12 were the best rated by Consumer Reports of the new style.
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

Thanks. Another question I had was about the extended warranties. Are they transferable?
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

IMO you can get great deals on used 14's and the difference is night and day! 8 speed tranny, 8.4" touchscreen and mid-model re-design is all I have to say. Coming from an 08' I understand the flipper glass, but the old Nav unit is so out-dated that I would take a hard look at used 14's. I bought mine with 4k miles on it and saved almost $20k off MSRP...just a thought. GL
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

Well, after reading so many horror stories(very few about the 13s)about 14s and 15s, I decided to get a 13. Totally satisfied with it so far. Paint, V8 engine, 6 speed transmission, etc were some of the reasons I chose mine.

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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

If I were dead set on the V6 (which is a fine engine) I would probably go for a pre-'14 model as the Chrysler built 8 speed has had a few issues. However, the ZF built 8 speed combined with the V8 in the '14's and up is a match made in heaven.
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

I recently replaced my 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo with a used 2013 Grand Cherokee Overland. Reasons were similar to yours - flipper glass, more analog controls, hard drive storage/cd player. I chose the 013' because I would still have about a years worth of driving under the Chrysler new car warranty while most used 011 and 012 are over the initial warranty mileage and I assumed the early model issues would have been mostly resolved three years into the production run. So far (5000 miles since purchased) it has been trouble free and exactly what I wanted.
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Thanks. Another question I had was about the extended warranties. Are they transferable?
It depends on the warranty. We bought ours as used with 21k miles and the remainder of the factory warranty. We bought it from a GMC dealer that also has a Jeep dealer. They didn't certify it and I'm not sure why. They said it wasn't worth the extra 12 months/12k miles. I think that if you buy a certified unit, you can add the MOPAR lifetime warranty. I could be wrong, though. I didn't even know that MOPAR had a lifetime warranty until a few weeks after our purchase.

We bought a warranty from Fidelity through the dealership that covers it for an additional 5 years, or up to 96k miles, whichever comes first. I did this because ours has the Quadralift system and some other stuff that are $$. The Fidelity warranty is transferrable or cancellable.
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

Thanks for the replies. I've been looking online and can see a couple of decent deals on Limiteds (2011 - 16K miles, 2012 - 37K miles) with V6 and towing package. I didn't realize it would be relatively rare to find the V6 with the factory towing package.

Any considerations for a 2011 besides mileage?
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

Well unless you get a 4x4 the towing package is just the htch, wiring, and full sized spare.

That said my '12 V6 is the best tow car I ever had but is also the lightest (4475 lbs) GC made.

Two caveats:
1) Make sure all recalls have been pulled. Am still waiting for an alternator but mine is OK so far.
2) Make sure if the driver's side cylinder head has not been replaced that the special warrenty applies. (At just under 23k on my '12, I am starting to see some misfire counts on #2, runs fine but monitoring)

For my needs the German 5 speed is fine.
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

So I'm slowly convincing myself that the way to go is with the 5.7 Hemi. Reasons are because I know I want a factory tow package and the Off Road Adventure group for skid plates. Hard to find a V6 with those two things. Though I guess I could buy and install the skid plates?


So I've located a 2011 Limited, Blackberry Pearl, with all the things I;m looking for, and only about 16,000 miles. Seems to be in good shape. KBB price puts it at $32-$34K, but its listed at $29.9 K or so. I'm thinking that's a little high even with such low miles. $27K seems more like it at the most. Any opinions?


Anything to watch for on a 2011? I'm seriously considering this one.
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Re: Better (Best) Year for Used?

Another question: As I'm looking and trying to come up with the color and options I want I started widening my search to the Overland. I notice that the Quadra Lift is standard on all Overland and see some people are a bit wary of this system.


Is this something to stay away from on a used GC?
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