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Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

Hi all,

I've been digging around on the boards for a few weeks. Looking at getting into a new GC, after 15 years with 'the germans'!

It's tough to get a sense of whether the various issues people are talking about having are specific to overland/limited model features...if it's all the added features that are driving the bulk of the problems.

I actually don't really mind having to deal with service issues. Not a big deal, and no car is perfect.

But the kinds of problems that mean you could end up stranded worry me. The idea of my wife and 2 babies stuck somewhere because of a key issue are enough to steer me toward a different car.

So what's the consensus? Are the lower-spec laredos turning out to be relatively trouble-free?

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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

Well my Laredo has been problem free since I bought her in February. I only have 2000 miles on her mind you, but still she's been rock solid.

Now remember this is year 1 of a brand new model, so little kinks might pop up. However Jeep has worked relentlessly to make the WK2 as perfect as possible.

I gotta say though, since the 2012 WK2 is only a 3-4 months away, you might want to wait.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

Other than a dead pixel line in the nav screen, which will be replaced under warranty, my Overland is now at 4,000 trouble free miles.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

BMW guy gone Jeep Here. I traded in my 3 series for an Overland Summit. I have 3000 miles on it, and I am still happy with my purchase. I have had to take it to the shop for the rear flipper glass, and have experienced a few glitches here and there, but nothing major. Coming over from "the Germans", I am glad I got all the bells and whistles. I thought I would never use the Adaptive Cruiese control, cross path detection, Quadra lift, etc. But now that I have it I can't see myself buying another vehicle without it. It is awesome. Oh and the wheels are so much easier to take care of. I don't miss the darn brake dust from my BMW's...
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

About the only area that is unique to the higher spec models that seems to have more issues than the lower end ones is the quadralift suspension (mine's been fine, others have had component failure replaced under warranty). Most everything else that seems to be a trouble spot is the kind of thing that could be across the entire line. What issues mine has had could have happened to the most stripped down 4x2 Laredo, but are also showing up on a well equipped Overland.

Most everything that has been diagnosed as an issue has had a running fix applied to production models, so waiting for 2012 models at this point doesn't seem like it would buy you any less potential for hassle.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

I am on my fifth Jeep. I have had 3 Laredo's and now I am on my second Overland. I do agree about the issues with keys, but have not come across that particular problem. I have not had any issues with the Quadra-Lift system as of yet. Anyway, the Laredo's are pretty much trouble free, as is the new Overland I got a month ago. If you want all of the bells and whistles, such as navagation, cooling seats, etc., I would go with the Overland. The only thing I skimped out for the new one was the 5.7L V8. My 08 had the it and at the time there was no V6 option. I do a lot of driving and I was filling up minimum 3 times a week with the V8. Now that I have the V6, I am getting more MPG and filling up less. So in my opinion, rather than optioning out a Laredo, I would go for the fully loaded Overland.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

Get which ever model you want/need. Bear in mind that something like 75,000 of these have been made since about May 2010 and you generally get to read about only the major problems on a forum. That is one thing that a forum is for.

In the real world the vast, vast number of WK2's are major problem free or having the easily corrected problems that any brand new vehicle has.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

The lower spec Laredos will always be more trouble free, they just don't the have added options that can break. Besides that, there will always be something regardless of model, that may leave you stranded. It seems that the one option an overland has that could leave you stranded is the quadra lift. Vehicles without quadra lift have one less thing to work about. Although the vast majority do not have issues with the quadra lift, personally I'd be worried once the Jeep reached 150,000 miles or 10 years. Other options may break but are more of an inconvenience, not ones that will strand you, I think.

The adaptive warning package is a nice safety feature you should consider.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

The main thing to remember on Forums, you generally get a bias towards problems.
People will not be searching places like jeepgarage.org just to say how great their car is, they are generally finding out if others are having issues. What is great about this place is that IF you do have a problem, it has most likely been experienced by someone else here.
You will also find out what the problem is and how it is being fixed.
I am going into uncharted waters by getting one of the first Overland Diesel models that have just been released, so I guess I will be pioneering problems with this new motor.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

I have a fully loaded Overland with over 4000 miles and I can honestly say that this absolutely the only brand new vehicle that I have ever bought (over 10) that has been completely trouble free for this long.

It is the best driving and quietest ever. No squeaks or rattles of any kind. Very solid build and everything works perfectly. (Well besides the 430N and its inability to connect to iPhones! I'm waiting for a software fix for that).

In my opinion that have really done a great job in design and build. I'm very very happy with its performance, features, and reliability.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

I really don't like how transmission shifts on my Laredo, but I heard this could be software upgraded. Other than this I am fine, gas millage is ok for big car. Overall MUCH better car in compare to my former 2008 JGC. 7.5k miles since January.
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Re: Bugs, gremlins, problems...laredo vs overland?

Thanks for the feedback and perspective, everybody.
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