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Old 08-14-2015, 11:20 AM
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Re: Intro and First Jeep

I can only speak to '15's since that's what I own and have looked most at but what I've noticed with the paint is that some of the colors look different when the light hits them in certain ways. Mine is Billet Silver. Low, indirect light it almost looks like a flat grey. When the sun hits it just right, the flakes pop and it looks silver with some blues, purple and orange.

Same thing with Granite. I've seen that look like a charcoal color but when the sun hits it right, it looks like it's got some copper hues to it. I enjoy seeing the various colors rolling down the road or in a lot, there hasn't been one I've seen that I didn't like.

The Luxury II package is what I wanted in mine, I think you are going to love the ventilated seats. I know I do. A buddy of mine owned an early '14 Overland and traded in for a '15 and he's commented that he believes the seats are greatly improved. I have no way to validate this, but have found the seats in the '15's to be very comfortable. They've got a solid but supportive feel to them. That Deep Cherry looks sharp--this coming from a guy who's overly fond of red unless on the right vehicle.

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Old 08-14-2015, 11:58 AM
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I think it's just the camera and the lighting. All the research I've done on the car (including having it CPO inspected by an independent Jeep dealer) does not indicate any accident history or painting of the car.
That's good. Deep Cherry was my first color choice for my current vehicle until I decided that I wanted the brown/indigo interior and white exterior looked better with this interior IMO.
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Re: Intro and First Jeep

Is it me or is the Limited decal on the back is at the wrong spot? I used to own 14 Limited but traded in for an Overland and the Limited decal is on the right side not on the left side below the 4x4.
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Is it me or is the Limited decal on the back is at the wrong spot? I used to own 14 Limited but traded in for an Overland and the Limited decal is on the right side not on the left side below the 4x4.
Noticed the same thing myself when I first saw this car, and I have no idea why this is. Every other one I've seen, the Limited sign is on the other side. Thought maybe there's some weird option combo I'm not aware of that resulted in this.

Still trying to figure it out...
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Is it me or is the Limited decal on the back is at the wrong spot? I used to own 14 Limited but traded in for an Overland and the Limited decal is on the right side not on the left side below the 4x4.
Good eye, after I read your post I had to go and lookout the window to look at mine, and yes...I have it on the right side, who knows why he has it on the left, maybe the previous owner just moved it ?..
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Good eye, after I read your post I had to go and lookout the window to look at mine, and yes...I have it on the right side, who knows why he has it on the left, maybe the previous owner just moved it ?..
That's the only explanation I could think of so far...aesthetics. Previous owner just didn't like it on the right side.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:28 PM
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Re: Intro and First Jeep

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That's the only explanation I could think of so far...aesthetics. Previous owner just didn't like it on the right side.

You might want to investigate if the rear end was hit in an accident, repaired, repainted, and rebadged.


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You might want to investigate if the rear end was hit in an accident, repaired, repainted, and rebadged.


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I tried. Carfax is clean, Autocheck is clean, and I had a CPO inspection done by a Chrysler/Jeep dealer, inspection came out perfect.

So unless it was really well hidden/fixed after it happened, can't find any other info.


EDIT: I can also call the dealer that serviced it regularly in Bloomfield, MI and see if they know anything. One thing that's interesting from the standpoint of someone like me who used to work in automotive assembly:
This car, though it's a 2014 MY, was actually manufactured in November, 2012 AND bought in 2012! So it was among the very first facelift models out on the road. Given where it was, my guess is it was owned by someone who works for Chrysler. In any event, it's not uncommon sometimes when a facelift like this happens for there to be minor changes and then have those change again immediately after the first few thousand cars come off the assembly line, OR for quality to simply miss a minor issue like this because they didn't know it changed with the MY. In 2012, they were still building 2013 MY cars, and here's a photo of 2013 MY Limited, with the badge on the left:



It's possible that if they were "testing" 2014 MY cars at the same time which were about to go into full production in a couple months, they let this one off the line with the "limited" sign in the wrong spot.
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I hate when dealers put that shiny crap all over. Yuck.


It's not a make or break, but find out the build date, it's on the door tag. It would be nice if it's Aug-2013 or later.


I traded a Red 2014 Limited with 37K, so that looks exactly like the one I traded. I was very happy with it. No issues at all. It was Aug-2013 build. I squeaked by, by days when they switch over to a few fixes in early builds.
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I hate when dealers put that shiny crap all over. Yuck.


It's not a make or break, but find out the build date, it's on the door tag. It would be nice if it's Aug-2013 or later.


I traded a Red 2014 Limited with 37K, so that looks exactly like the one I traded. I was very happy with it. No issues at all. It was Aug-2013 build. I squeaked by, by days when they switch over to a few fixes in early builds.

No such luck for an Aug 2013 build. I posted my build, it's a Nov. 2012. Hope to not have too many issues, but we'll see.
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UPDATE:

Hey all, so I thought I would provide an update now that we've picked up the Jeep and just road tripped 1500 miles bringing it home.

My thoughts so far, as detailed as I can make them, along with a bunch of pics:

First of all, I'm in general VERY impressed with this GC. I really can't say enough positive things about it. From the very first look in person, I was like wow, this is stunning! Absolutely love the red in person. Looks very cool in a dark garage as well as in sunlight.

Highlights in no particular order:
Exterior - perfect in every way, IMO. Love the lines, the way it looks from far and way up close. Our Limited is equipped with basically everything possible you can get for the limited, so for both the interior and exterior, it's almost the equivalent of having an Overland.

Engine & Trans - The V6 does a great job. No complaints. It provides plenty of power when you need it in just about every situation, and handles its responsibilities well. If I have any "complaints", it's that, above 80mph, flooring the gas and watching the car downshift into 5, you still don't really get that much power on the acceleration, you can tell the engine struggles a bit. But, realistically, I didn't expect much more from a V6 pulling a 5,000 pound vehicle, and I don't expect the GC to be a burner on the highway at above 80, unless I got the SRT, which the girl doesn't want or need.
So far, none of the common issues with the ZF trans, though this is a Nov 2012 build 2014 MY car, so I'll be monitoring it closely. If anything comes up, I'll have it checked out for a reflash.

Handling - The handling is a little better than I expected honestly for a big SUV. Compared to my M3, it's a world away, but I thought it would be even more detached. It isn't, it provides plenty of feedback and lets me know how the road beneath me is, which is great. And, overall, it's just very, very comfortable.

Interior - this might be the GC's best asset so far. I can't say enough about this. Other than the cheap plastic trim found around the shifter area, radio/nav unit and air vents (which I'm sure is much nicer on a more expensive trim vehicle like the Summit or Overland), everything in the interior is perfect. The seats are outstanding, and I love the deviated stitching. I can't get over how nice the perforated seats are when you turn on the cooling for them. It's a fantastic option for hot weather.
The steering wheel is one of my favorite steering wheels I've found in any car, ever. And that includes premium cars, SUVs, etc. I love the size, the leather, the thickness, feel, the intuitive controls, etc.
And speaking of controls - I really think Jeep did an outstanding job with the on board computer(s). I love all the options through which you can rotate on the digital cluster, the way the navigation shows you upcoming turns, the live data from tires, engine, trans, oil, etc. Love having it all at my finger tips. I also really like the entire nav and infotainment system and phone integration. It has everything you could ever want or need, and more. I also particularly enjoy that, for those who prefer physical buttons, they are found just below the screen so you can adjust climate and radio from them - and even on those buttons, they did a really nice job with the rubber grip design. They feel solid, firm, and high quality, not to mention they give the right "feel" for your fingers and don't slip. It's much better than a lot of other premium cars out there. And, it should be said, who bothers to also do that on the vent controls? Well, Jeep did. And it's great.

I could go on and on, but needless to say I'm very impressed, and having driven multiple X5s and Merc MLs, the Lexus RX, the Audi Q5, and Toyota Highlander, I can't imagine why you'd choose most of those over the GC other than personal preference (I recognize that in the case of Toyota/Lexus, the reliability is definitely a factor for some, and while Jeep is great, a lot of the data out there still shows quite a few issues with reliability).

Ok, on to the pics.
Day we picked it up, stopped for lunch:


Love these details:





Found this driving through Tennessee, so of course we had to stop:



Outside of Gatlinburg, TN, stopped it for a quick photo shoot:














Pulled over by a river, thought this looked kinda cool:



Some fun roads outside of Gatlingburg:



This was leaving Chattanooga:



The girl driving it like a boss:



A little vid I took, not sure how to embed:
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Oh, I should also add, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), blind spot detection and warning, and accident prevention and braking warnings are great. I tested blind spot detection with motorcycles repeatedly, and it catches them every time (not "tested" as in tried to run them over, but would pass a bike or have one passing me, and I'd monitor the blind spot triangle light, and sure enough, it lit up every time at exactly the right time and for the right duration).
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