Considering purchasing GC 2011- need opinions.
I used to own 1998 GC Ltd 4x4 with 8-cyl engine (bought it used in 2000) until past Sunday when it was totaled in an accident (rear-ended).
I've been mostly satisfied with it except one thing: noise and vibration from the rear on the highway at speeds over 50mph (I didn't mind at all that it was bumpy at times on uneven pavement). Visit to dealer brought an answer "this is a Jeep, they are all like that". Considering I don't drive much I just got used to it b/c it wasn't horrible and I understood that at that time Jeep didn't have to compete on quiet ride quality.
Now I am forced to search for new car and checked out GC 2011 at the dealership but didn't drive it yet.
I am considering GC 4WD with V6 and 26X package. No other options. I don't really plan to off-road or tow anything.
1) For those who owns one or test-drove one: how is the ride quality on the highway at >50MPH? How does it compare with, say, Toyota Highlander or Mazda CX-9 or similar competitors?
2) I am somewhat reluctant to purchase model of 1-st year design. If anybody purchased first year model (93, 99, 2005) - were there any bugs that were never fixed by Chrysler for that year model yet were fixed at later years?