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Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

Hey all,

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?

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Old 12-19-2014, 07:02 PM
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

Making the jump from a Cherokee to a Grand Cherokee Overland is a huge jump. Good luck with the claim.
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

I had wanted a GC to start with but settled for the cherokee for financial reasons. I got the extra cash now to go up to the overland. But I'd hate to have similar issues to the cherokee.

Ive only ever owned Jeeps and Im hoping to get another good one.
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Loving my 14 Limited Hemi. Zero issues.


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Hey all,

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?
I also had a 15' Cherokee that turned into a lemon for the transmission issues. Made the jump to the 15' altitude and im glad I did. Huge difference from the cherokee
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

Here is something interesting to counter all the negativity on the Cherokee and its 9 speed transmission. I have an early build 2014 Cherokee Limited AD II 3.2L heavily optioned (11/13/13) that I had custom built. I absolutely love it. I am 64 years old and have had several new cars during my lifetime and so far this one has been the absolute best. I have had no major problems with it other than this one very minor exception. A very minor brake problem caused by too much lube at assembly. Nothing more than a scraping sound but Chrysler replaced the front pads and rotors as they said they wanted to be sure they fixed the problem permanently. I have had no problems since. My 9 speed transmission has never been touched. Not one TSB/flash has ever been done to it. It is near perfect. I have a note on my account at the dealership not to touch my transmission with out my permission as I don't want some over eager tech screwing it up.

I ordered my Cherokee as a lease car but I love it so much I have decided to buy it out. I have already purchased the Max Care Lifetime Service Contract for it as I intend to keep it that long.
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I have a 2014 GC V8 and love it. No issues.
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

i'd get the v8/hp70 combo.....much better odds of getting a good drive- train compared to the v6/845re. even though i have no issues right now, i have no faith it will remain that way.
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Old 12-20-2014, 09:32 AM
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

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Hey all,

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.
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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

The ZF 8speed in the Hemi is built by ZF and provided to Chrysler. The 8Speed in the V6 is built by Chrysler on a design licensed by ZF.


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Re: Jeep Cherokee Lemon to a 2015 WK2

Like others have said, the Chrysler 8Speed (845RE) is the ZF 8Speed (8HP45) but with differences being that Chrysler (845RE) added extra friction plates for the clutch along with a higher capacity oil pan for some of the models. This is also mainly why many of us V6 owners of the 14' JGC have experienced growing pains. Chrysler's version is fresh and needs to accommodate the JGC drive style. Multiple TSB's have been issued to adjust/tweak/fine tune this "ZF" hybrid transmission. I have a March 14' build date JGC Altitude edition which includes the V6 8Speed trans and have smooth as butter shifting.

Sorry to hear about your Cherokee issues and good luck with the lemon buyback. I think if you do upgrade to the Grand you will be thoroughly impressed.
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