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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

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--- Because the Aussies stumbling through the parking lots would get injured bumping into the side mirrors...it is a national requirement for power folding mirrors....Fosters!
I've lived in Australia all my life, just wondering what fosters is?
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

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I've lived in Australia all my life, just wondering what fosters is?
Really????? Never heard of FOSTERS It's a BEER dude
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Really????? Never heard of FOSTERS It's a BEER dude
Ha got cha

I know of nobody in Australia that drinks fosters in fact when I go out to the pubs and clubs I have never seen it available on tap and certainly no body drinks it. The point I'm making is we sell it overseas as an Australian icon but really we are just offloading one of our worse beers that nobody drinks to foreigners
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I know that model well. It's renowned for "high maintenance...."
One of the things I found is that if the cost get to high you can replace it with one of the newer models. The upfront cost may be high but in the long run it is some times worth it..... sometimes.
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

10 days... Still loving the summit. I have added jeep cargo mat, hemi badge and bright pedals.
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

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ha got cha

I know of nobody in australia that drinks fosters in fact when i go out to the pubs and clubs i have never seen it available on tap and certainly no body drinks it. The point i'm making is we sell it overseas as an australian icon but really we are just offloading one of our worse beers that nobody drinks to foreigners:d
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

I like the power, comfort, towing ability, price, and most of the gadgets.

I don't like the mirrors for towing, they are too small for my little 4x8 trailer. I just can't see it when driving. The armrest is a little high, I have to bend my wrist back to hold onto the shifter if I want to use the autostick feature (I don't use it often though). I wish there were more storage compartments in the back and front of the car. I don't like the radio or the uconnect software either. The radio EQ with bass/mid/treble is pretty lame, it needs more options and the uconnect doesn't understand my Pittsburgh accent. I can't get it to dial the correct number from my phone, it has not worked for me one time yet.

Those are pretty small gripes though, overall I am very impressed with this vehicle. I haven't really tested it off-road yet but hopefully will get a chance to do that shortly.
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

Thought I'd revive this thread as I've hit my "10 days" now.

I'll make it plain ... I LOVE MY SUMMIT!

I love the handling, I love the layout of the controls, I love the keyless entry, I love the HVAC, I love the interior lighting at night - just right!

I love the look of the Rugged Brown with the Saddle interior and I'm really glad I have the 18" polished wheels with the Michelin LTX A/T2s. The tires seem to enhance that "rugged" look.

The Uconnect worked just fine with my iPhone 4 and I've also been able to stream audio over Bluetooth. I really haven't tried enough controls and options yet to make more insightful comments.

So please understand that any nitpicks below are just that.

I've not been able to drive it a lot, and so there are many features that I have yet to try or set up - But it's been 10 days and that's what this thread is about... impressions after 10 days.

One thing that I had worried about - whether or not I would like the partial-wood steering wheel - has turned out to be a non-issue. I've quickly become accustomed to the transition area between the wood and leather and actually use it to help with proper hand orientation.

I had fairly low expectations for the Nav system and so I haven't been disappointed. I tried it last night - gave it my home address - and it confidently guided me to my neighbors house, some 200 yds away. LOL!
Google maps is much better.

I like the side radar and lane change warnings a lot; however there is one area where it seems to glitch and that is when turning right or left at an intersection where there are two turning lanes and there is traffic next to me, also turning. Understandable ... I'm not sure how the electronics could differentiate unless it talked to the NAV system and realized I was at that type of intersection.

Kvetch: The green "headlights on" indicator is WAY too noticeable and distracting (YMMV). I'm going to fix that with a dab of black electrical tape.

Interestingly enough, there are a few little things where it falls short of my older '98 JGC:

1) My 98 did have a V8 whereas I got the V6 this time around - I occasionally notice the loss of low-end torque, although I didn't really need it. Obviously I could have ordered the Hemi, so this was my choice, not a design issue.

2) My 98 does have a true full-size spare

3) The 98 hood line is such that there is better close up visibility when approaching objects while parking.


Maybe after 30 days I will have tried a lot more of the features and will have more good (and hopefully little bad) to say.
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

^^^ Yep, the green light had me looking through the manual since it seemed too bright that it must be a warning light or something....nope it was just that the headlamps were on... Put it in sport mode a bright yellow light comes on. Those lights a tad too bright for sure. But will get used to it.
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

netcoolery- here is a video i did of the 730. i'm ripping a new verision that doesn't have the watermark but might help with a few of the gadgets that you have not had time to play with...



better video to follow later without watermark
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I’ve actually had my summit (brilliant black, hemi, 4x4) for 12 days now so I thought I would resurrect this thread and post my likes and dislikes. I don’t drive very far every day and I haven’t been on a road trip yet so I’ve only put on about 150 miles thus far. It actually has 400 miles total as they had to drive it from Huntsville to Atlanta before I bought it. So, here goes my list:

Overall: I LOVE IT!!

Likes
  • Roomy! Awesome back seat legroom when even when the seats are pushed all the way back. Yes, I’m tall and so are a lot of my friends.
  • Saddle leather ROCKS and overall interior looks great w/black olive wood trim. Ventilated seats are TO DIE FOR…can’t live without them now and I thought I couldn’t live without heated seats! Can’t wait to use the heated steering wheel this winter.
  • Comfy ride is fabulous and a welcome change in the urban jungle (I live in pot hole city) from sport-suspension vehicles. Also like being able to lower QL to “entry/exit” height.
  • Hemi. ‘Nuff said.
  • Despite all the complaints around here I’ve found the tranny to be pretty smooth thus far.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control = tech geek heaven.
  • Keyless entry is very convenient.
  • Power liftgate. I’ve used this a ton already.
  • Love the pano roof.
  • Polished wheels are HOTT looking and set off all the chrome accents. Normally I’m not a fan of chrome but somehow it all works here.
  • Overall styling is totally awesome, or as one my co-workers said “BAD ASS”
  • Media Center 730N-RHR is very snappy and responsive and not the worst I’ve seen in terms of navigating the menus. It does a few stupid things but I’m pleasantly surprised overall. Also pleased to report that I haven’t had any voice command recognition issues (yet) or other major radio gremlins. Used navigation successfully on a trip to the burbs to get my windows tinted and it routed me around traffic (although it didn’t tell me why it was sending me that way…I figured out from a radio broadcast that there was a wreck).
  • I also like the EVIC and how much you can control with it. I like having the digital speedo set normally and use it rather than the analog speedometer.

Dislikes (mainly quibbles)
  • Key fob is too large and strangely shaped
  • Buttons on center stack feel cheap and a little wobbly
  • Fake aluminum trim looks really cheap, especially next to the wood and saddle on the dash…a real downer given the rest of the interior is pretty much top notch. My other interior gripe is that the plastic trim on the steering wheel has some sharp edges like right above and to the back of where the buttons are...where the front and back pieces of the center of the steering wheel meet. This lack of attention to detail on the interior is probably my biggest gripe.
  • Wish the back up camera lines would curve when you turn the wheel to indicate the jeep’s trajectory
  • Graphics interface on the 730N-RHR looks very dated in blue with white text (really wish I could change that) and it could definitely use a higher resolution display
  • Uconnect phone only downloads part of my phonebook…can’t tell how it determines which entries to download…didn’t check another phone yet
  • No HD radio.
  • Somewhat temperamental iPod integration. I’ve gotten it to work 90% of the time which isn’t bad.
  • User manuals have to be ordered, but are free.
  • Small glove box. Surprised to say that I could really use a tiny bit more storage…ginormous user manual won’t fit anywhere which is probably why they don’t give you one to start with!
  • City gas mileage=9mpg but I really have no right to complain, I mean what did I expect from a hemi? Of course the 24-gallon gas tank makes up for this slightly as I don’t have to think about it so often.
  • Green headlight indicator light is TOO DAMN BRIGHT!
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Re: First 10 days- impressions, likes, dislikes?

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I remember reading that comment too. Obviously this is a driver specific issue, but I can say that for me the console armrest height is perfect for resting my elbow and using the Autostick shifter.
You can shift with the V6??? I read somewhere that the Auto-stick wasn't on the V6. Great news if it is. Is there a Tow/Haul button?

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