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Old 04-27-2011, 05:32 PM
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Oh one other thing...there are several threads discussing financing but I'll add that rack rates on auto loans are extremely cheap right now so seriously consider a purchase if that works for you financially. We got 2.34% thru capital one via the dealership last week on a 48 month loan with about 1/3 down (combo of trade value and cash). The best advertised rate I've seen is thru PenFed credit union www.penfed.org for 2.49% on any new or used car purchase or refinance up to 60 months. We are hoping to refi our 09 Infiniti thru them to drop the rate from 4.99% to 2.49% and shave 2 months off the loan term.
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

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We have an 09 G37S so liking infinitis we looked at the FX when I wanted an suv. I wasn't interested in leasing so I didn't look at the metrics of that kind of deal but we quickly ruled out the FX largely on space (too small) and price (under a purchase scenario). It was just too expensive for what you got and I didn't like the styling with the 2010 redesign. The jgc is way better looking and when fully optioned (if you can find one!) a better value than the near-lux imports like Infiniti, Volvo, and Acura. Of course the chrysler warranty and dealer network is inferior so there is a trade off there. I also believe there is a greater risk with Chrysler build quality than on the imports but I was willing to take that risk and the other trade offs to join the jeep club!
Build quality is a major concern for me as I drive the car everyday and need the car more or less working. So far judging from reading the forums there are no major problems, besides some people complaining about QL system. But then again you hear only the negatives and only few bother to post positive comments. I personally love the looks and quality of the Jeep and I hope it lasts 6 or more years if I decide to buy it.
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

Just financed through PenFed Credit Union and it was a breeze! 2.49% for 60 months was the lowest rate I could find. Everything was all done online, membership was simple, and check was sent same day as application. I received it two days later, and am off to the dealership today to pick up my 2011 GC Overland 4x4 Hemi. I'm currently in a 2008 JGC Rocky Mountain Edition and am really looking forward to the upgrade.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:18 AM
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

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Forgetting the price for a moment which one would you get if you had to buy it in the next 2 months (from your post it seems that you drive both).
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Tough call. Too many variables to answer for you from my perspective. For me, and the business that I'm in, the Jeep works well. Its not obnoxious like a BMW, or a loaded FX, but has very similar equipment options. It flyies under the radar. Financially, for dollar-to-dollar purchasing, the Jeep is a better buy. Leasing, the FX makes the most sense due to residual value and money factors. Peace-of-mind makes me tend towards to the FX for dealership service abilities and ease of in-n-out without hassle. For the U and V, (in SUV,) the Jeep wins hands down.

Lets not forget aesthetics as well. Do you like the center stack in the FX compared to the JGC? Do you like the leopard-like stance of the front end of the FX better than the box-ier stance of the JGC? Are option lists more important to you than utility?

For a egotisitcal & superficial view, the FX series would tend towards women (I say tend, so if any men on this forum drive one - don't chop my head off.) The Jeep is the guys-guys SUV (though I could make an argument that the Tahoe, Suburban, Excursion would fall into the top of the list as well.)

What makes better sense for you? For me (not my wife,) I would choose the Jeep, even though I will be worried about quality control and service department woes.

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Of course the Chrysler warranty and dealer network is inferior so there is a trade off there. I also believe there is a greater risk with Chrysler build quality than on the imports...
A very valid point, especially if coming from a premium brand vehicle experience.
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

Bselman,
I am torn between the two cars. FX drives like my G, it tracks very well, handling and power is excellent and its based on a rear wheel drive system. Since I do most of my driving in NYC leasing makes a lot more sense if going with Infiniti, I already have 42k miles on my car and its beginning to show signs of city driving. One of the reasons I am leaning toward the Jeep is its durability, after all its a off-road vehicle and I am sure it would take the beat of the city a lot better than a sporty FX. Plus, I will have 2 car seats with 2 kids in the back so room is also a concern. I had a short conversation with my worse-half (wife) yesterday regarding which car we should get and she's leaning more toward the FX because she feels more comfortable in it as a driver. Then again I do most of the driving and I am sure she can adjust to the Jeep after few hours of driving it.
Those of you that got the Jeep, do you have any regrets getting it? would you trade it for something else? are you impressed/disappointed after you drove off the lot by its quality, performance?
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:22 AM
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

One quick thing I have considered between this debate is the idea of rugged-ness and durability. NYCity driving (which I am well versed on,) does take a beating on the tranny, suspension and the like. The Jeep is Rugged and great for when you need it. My concern would be the constant stop-n-go mixed with potholes (not to mention the Cross Bronx, South bound Henry H, FDR...etc.,) that over a quick amount of time, the fitment and quality of the Jeep will show before the FX would (ie. creaks, rattles, etc.)
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The FX is really ugly. Just my opinion.
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The FX is really ugly. Just my opinion.
haha nothing like an honest opinion from a Jeep owner.
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

How big will the kids be when they are born? Will you keep them in the trunk?
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Re: Looking for advice on purchasing a new Jeep

Have you driven the Jeep yet? That might make your decision a little easier and by a little I mean A LOT!! I quickly read through this thread and didn't see where you said you had driven one. If I missed that I apologize.
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How big will the kids be when they are born? Will you keep them in the trunk?
My daughter is 2 now, and the second one is due in September. I dont think I can fit them in the trunk
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Have you driven the Jeep yet? That might make your decision a little easier and by a little I mean A LOT!! I quickly read through this thread and didn't see where you said you had driven one. If I missed that I apologize.
I was afraid someone would ask me that question. I did NOT drive it. But I am planning on doing it before I decide to buy it of course.
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