Originally Posted by Nhoc6131
I will be probably be completing a lemon law return on my 2014 Jeep Cherokee for Transmission issues. I am wanting to stay away from the cherokee out of fear.
I will be looking for a replacement and may spring for a GC overland. I know some of the 2014 GC have had some issues.
How wide spread are the issues, or is it like the Cherokee with just luck of the draw.
Are the 15s better than the 14s?
Chrysler just did a buy back of my 14 Cherokee in Oct due to transmission issues. As you have learned or will learn, with the buy-back, the deal is significantly better if you trade to another Chrysler vs getting the cash back. We drove several new '15 Cherokees along with some late model year new '14 Cherokees in hopes of finding that this issue was isolated to a few lemons: no so. All the Cherokees we drove were were just as bad as ours leading me to believe that the issue is inherent in the design. In other words, if you have one that isn't bad, it's pure dumb luck.
In terms of going up to the GC: I had the exact same concern about risking another Jeep transmission. We test drove the GC extensively in a variety of conditions that would have made the Cherokee 9-speed puke before deciding to go with the v6 Overland.
We absolutely love the this car, now with about 4k miles. I will probably get another one next year for myself when my Wrangler hits 100k miles. This is the smoothest transmission I've ever driven. Manual shift mode is a blast and sport mode gives you great passing performance if you don't like to go to manual. BTW, these ZIF designed 8-speed transmissions are everywhere. There are different manufacturers and firmwares out there I'm sure, but the basic design is in lots of models from lots of different car companies that have nothing to do with Chrysler. If you're looking at nice cars it's tough to not get one of these on one form or another.