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Looking to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee..

So my wife is in love with the new Jeep Cherokees. I am a huge VW fan so I was pushing for a VW Touareg but the more I look into the Jeeps the more I really like them as well as the extra space. However, I know nothing about them so hoping you guys can help me out.

I'll look to buy a used 2014+ Jeep Cherokee Overland. I want the Overland as I really want the LED tail and headlights. A sunroof is also a must but doesn't matter if its a panoramic or not. NAV would be really nice as well. So here's my questions...

Any trouble years I should avoid?
Any issues I should look for or recalls?
Big service maintenance I need to be aware of or mileage I should avoid?
Is paying the premium for 4x4 worth it?
Is paying the premium for the turbo desiel worth it?

I'd like to pick one up for under 40K

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Old 08-15-2015, 04:02 PM
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee..

I was about to say if you're looking for a Jeep Cherokee you're on the wrong forum. This is the Grand Cherokee section. Since you see you mentioned Overland then its obvious you mean Grand Cherokee. Ok, with that out of the way, search function is really your friend. The topic comes up a lot with which cars you should avoid and what not.

The only vehicle I can say most will agree with me to possibly try and avoids are early built 2014 models. If its a 2014 grand Cherokee that has a manufacturer date of sometime in 2013, I personally would avoid it. Those are the ones with most recalls, most electrical gremlins, and the most tranny problems from what I have gathered. Most of the problems also seem to be focused on V6 models with the 8spd. V8 8spd and V6 8spd are different transmissions so if you are looking at the V8 then that transmission is pretty solid. If you are looking for the V6 then be sure to take an extended test drive. Some good dealerships will even let you take the vehicle for a better part of the day (I have done it). This will give you a pretty good feel for how it shifts and if everything works as it should.
No major service or mileage that I know of that you should avoid.
Pretty much all Grand Cherokees where I live are 4x4 so there isnt really a premium here. Its just the norm. It would be worth it depending on where you live. If you live in Florida and only use it for daily commuting then I would say probably not worth it. If you live in an area that experiences ice and snow then absolutely its worth it. For offroading that answer is obvious.
Not experienced with the diesel. It obviously gets better fuel economy, but thats about all I know. I have heard of some teething issues with the diesel systems, but not sure if it effects a lot of them or not.
Picking up a used 2014+ Grand Cherokee Overland with any of the available engines should be pretty doable now for 40K or less.
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee..

Thanks for the reply JTS97Z28. Sorry, I meant Grand Cherokee, I'm new to this brand so didnt know there was a difference. I have built cars for the past 15+ years so I am well aware of forums and the search feature, I have looked around a bit but figured I'd put myself out there and introduce myself since I have not been here before. Beyond that, thanks for the detailed advice.

If I can't swing a desiel I will be going with a V6. MPGs are important to me to some extent so a V8 is out if the question.

Do the 2015 V6 have issues too?
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee..

Welcome to the forum. Hopefully we'll see you join the Jeep family soon. When you do, please share some photos.

When thinking Grand Cherokee vs. Cherokee, think Touarag vs. Tiguan.

I've owned a 2015 v6 for almost a month now and have been super pleased with it. From what I gather, the 2015's are pretty well dialed in and seem to be pretty stable. I'm pleased with the mileage so far. I've been in the 24 range on highway trips around an hour or so with the AC running strong. I'm not sure what impact Eco mode will have on mileage but I'd guess I'd get a slight improvement. Plenty of power in the v6. One think about the Eco Mode, on the 2014's, you have to turn it off each time you get in if you want to use another drive mode. The 2015 remembers the last mode and goes right to it the next time you start the car.

A friend of mine just traded in an early '14 (2013) Overland for a 2015. He had problems for a while until the TSB's corrected his problems but when he traded in, it was running great. He's told me that he believes the 2015 is more refined with some of the quirky things about the 2014 build so he's pleased to have made the move. The Eco Mode situation I mentioned previously being one example.

Obviously go test drive them if you're able to so. VW makes fine automobiles, especially using some of that Audi technology. You might be surprised if you drive a Grand Cherokee I was able to get mine with 0% financing and I believe the deal is still going on. The Luxury II package on a Limited will give you the Xenon and LED lamps you're looking for. You also get standard spring versus the air suspension in the Overland if that makes a difference to you. Good luck on your hunt, let us know what you end up with.
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee..

Thanks for the feedback!
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With gasoline so cheap these days the diesel is not worth it at all unless you tow large loads frequently.

Go with the v6 but stay away from early 2014's like mentioned before. It gets great mpg and has plenty of power mated to the 8 speed auto tranny.


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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee..

Interesting, I think I would prefer ECO mode to default to on each time otherwise I would probably unknowingly leave it off many occasions assuming it was on. I leave Eco on for 95% of my driving. Ugh, those quirky 2015's haha

Oh and all 2014 to current Grand Cherokees have the same tail lights. It's the headlights that vary. Limited with lux package and Overland get HID headlights with LED DRL's. Summit and SRT get those as well as adaptive feature. V6 is a good engine, but doesn't provide any excitement. I heard it's better with the 8spd, but when I had my 2012 Overland V6 it was pretty lame. Since I have always been into cars and the grand cherokee is my only vehicle I wanted something that had a little power and good sound behind it. By no means fast, but the V8 for sure gives it a more exciting driving experience. Fuel economy is like a few mpg's lower than the 6, but nothing too drastic. So get the 8 if you want a little more fun, get the 6 if you want better fuel economy and don't need any anymore power.
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2015's keep ECO mode setting saved to whatever its last use was. In my case with aftermarket wheels and tires I get 2mpg average better by leaving Eco mode off. It was always too low in the rpm range to move the heavier wheels/tires efficiently with ECO mode on.

Otherwise I would leave it on too.


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2015's keep ECO mode setting saved to whatever its last use was. In my case with aftermarket wheels and tires I get 2mpg average better by leaving Eco mode off. It was always too low in the rpm range to move the heavier wheels/tires efficiently with ECO mode on.

Otherwise I would leave it on too.
That's one thing I did not like when I had those SRT wheels on my Summit. They are waaaaayyyy too heavy. I swear they weighed almost double what my stock Summit wheels way. They made the car feel heavier and lost a couple mpg's and that's even with the Hemi. Jeep feels much better now with the originals back on. Imagine how much more nimble the SRT would be with a set of much lighter wheels. Heck, it would probably have better epa rating than the Hemi lol
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee..

The responses on here so far have been spot on. Everything that skunkd and JTS97Z28 is 100% accurate. Avoid the early 2014 V6 and you shouldnt have any issues.

I just bought a 2015 Overland and it has had 0 issues. The vehicle is amazing and I truly look forward to driving it every single day. I did the group buy down in houston and got an amazing deal. I dont know where youre located but I was able to walk out with a new 2015 overland with ACC (and all the tech associated with it) for under 40k. Do some shopping around but if you can take advantage of any of the dealers that do the group buy, definitely do it. I think they have them in Houston, the DC area (or maybe Virginia), and im not sure about the other one.

Its an excellent vehicle and youre going to love it
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Re: Looking to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee..

Guys thanks alot for all the info. Just to add, I'm currently in SoCal but will likely move back to VA in a few years. This will be my wife's car so I'm not too worried about power or any thrill factor. Just want it to run good and look good. She's pregnant right now with baby #2 so I'll likely look to buy before the baby is here in April. Guess that gives me time to shop around and be on the hunt for deals.

I bought two cars brand new in the past and swore I would never do it again due to mark up on a new car. But I suppose if I found a great deal I might jump for it.
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Guys thanks alot for all the info. Just to add, I'm currently in SoCal but will likely move back to VA in a few years. This will be my wife's car so I'm not too worried about power or any thrill factor. Just want it to run good and look good. She's pregnant right now with baby #2 so I'll likely look to buy before the baby is here in April. Guess that gives me time to shop around and be on the hunt for deals.

I bought two cars brand new in the past and swore I would never do it again due to mark up on a new car. But I suppose if I found a great deal I might jump for it.
Smart logic. Thats why the group deal was such a great purchase. I ended up getting my new Overland with 6 miles on the ODO for the same price that a used 14 with 14k miles was going for. In that sense it was a no brainer to go for the newer model.

Since youre not looking to buy till April, you can wait until the 2016's come out. They go into production in a couple months and are supposed to be released in January. If you dont get a new 2016 atleast a 2015 will be cheaper to purchase before the little one comes along
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