Re: Can you believe these guys
It's pretty obnoxious, but.. who cares? My line of cars before I got my 2012 GC was this:
2002 BMW X5 4.4
2003 BMW 330xi
2007 BMW 335i
2007 MINI Cooper S
I then had a 2010 Audi Q7 TDI, and briefly had a 2011 Wrangler Rubicon then a 2011 VW GTi as second cars. I sold the VW when I moved to Florida, and traded the Q7 for the Jeep.
Frankly, the Jeep is the most practical car I've ever owned (overall) and is probably tied with the Audi for my favorite. In terms of refinement, fit and finish, etc., it's a little rough around the edges compared with an Audi or MB. The Hemi isn't quite as smooth, the transmission isn't quite as smooth, it floats a little more on the highway. But it is a DAMN fine car. I've been a die-hard Land Rover fan since I was old enough to know what one is. I'd give my left leg for a Range Rover. However, in order to have a Land Rover of any sort with the equipment levels in my Overland, it would (at minimum) have to be a full-size Range Rover Supercharged, costing about $110k+. What are you really paying for, aside from brand recognition? I'd love to be driving around in one, but every time I see one driving (especially a RR Sport), I just think to myself how stupid that person is for spending $20k or so more on the Sport than I did on my Jeep, but getting less for the money!
The dealership experience at Jeep is hit and miss at best. I had great experiences with the MINI and BMW dealerships, very good experiences with Audi. I've had my GC serviced at two dealerships in South Florida (one was downright awful, to the point that I filed a complaint with Chrysler- it was in the midst of dealing with my QL failure, the other was acceptable) and one here in New Hampshire. The one here isn't spectacular, isn't awful, but gets things done quickly and cheaply with friendly service. With my Q7, an oil change was about $400 and took 8-9 hours. The Jeep takes 20 minutes and is free....