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My First Jeep

Hey Guys,

I'm new to the forum and don't yet own a Grand Cherokee but I am seriously considering purchasing one. My current vehicle is a 2004 mustang GT however I live in Canada and since I'm a commercial realtor I can't exactly drive around in a beater half the year so I need to get something more practical which I can drive all year around in any weather. I really really like all the grand Cherokees from 2011+ however I find the Laredo to be way too expensive for what you get (ie doesn't even have leather seats as an option) and the Limited is just out of my price range I think. I'm also not crazy about the gold/tan/champagne color trim in the 2014's. Anyhow I'm looking at a few different used 2011-2013 grand Cherokees of various different trims engines etc. I figured though before I buy one there is probably no better place to get an idea about the ownership experience than to ask you guys.

My first concern is that I have heard some pretty bad things about jeep quality/ reliability although I always say that nobody ever goes out of their way to tell everyone how great something is but they'll always let everyone know about every bad experience they have. The vehicles I am looking at range in mileage between 53,000-77,000km. Should I be worried about buying a whack load of problems?

Also, I am deliberating between getting a V6 and the 5.7L HEMI V8. I drive a hell of a lot and I would like to save a bit more on gas with this vehicle (the v6 gets the same mpg's as the mustang gt but at least the grand cherokee only takes regular gas as opposed to the premium for the stang) but I am worried that I may find the V6 to lack power. I do realize that this isn't a sports car though and so speed isn't paramount, and I'm not towing anything but I would like everyone's thoughts on this too.

Any other tips or recommendations from you guys for my shopping experience would be greatly appreciated! Looking forward to your responses. Thanks.

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:21 PM
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Well as far as the 3.6L V6 Pentastar goes...

It puts out 30 more HP than the 4.6L V8 in your Mustang.
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Re: My First Jeep

Stock yes...

Its far from stock though hahaha! Chipped and just about every bolt on mod you can do really it also doesn't weigh nearly as much as the Grand Cherokee. Nevertheless do you find the V6 puts out enough power and tourque to get you by as a daily driver?
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Re: My First Jeep

I have had both, the 14 summit with a hemi and now my V6 altitude. Go for the V6 I am getting 20mpg on my city/highway commute. I was lucky to get 12.9 out of the hemi on the same route. Also I really don't feel a power difference normal driving. Of course it doesn't have the initial oomph when you nail it like the hemi. But even the hemi is a pig, you want a fast jeep you buy an srt.

I traded in my 2014 track pack mustang gt 5.0 for my v6 altitude. No regrets.
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Every prior GC I've had has had a V8. This is my first V6. I've been pleasantly surprised by the power it puts out. I don't regret buying it.
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Re: My First Jeep

I have the six. It has more than enough power for the average driver who isn't towing. I average 22 mpg with mine.
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If it were not for my towing needs, I would have been very happy with the V6...my test drive was in a V6 and I was pleasantly surprised at the power. And that was before the 8-speed transmission came to be and kicked things up a notch.
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Re: My First Jeep

If you are seriously considering one, I'd start looking for a Jeep specialist willing to answer a few stupid questions... and make sure you get a full mechanical inspection to include underneath.

To be fair, Jeep quality and service life is highly variable. Some folks run the wheels off and never have any major problems whatever. Others are not so lucky.
The variability seems a tad higher than on other brands--however pretty much any problem can be resolved by tossing a bit of money at it.

You want one that has been well maintained. A bit of scrape marks on the skid plates, etc. is no big deal--thats what they are there for. Some places will change out the obvious fluids and such to make them look better... but you can usually spot one that has had very poor care by looking at stuff like the radiator hoses, the transmission cooler hoses, sometimes the transmission fluids, definitely a check of the transfer case and axles, rusted out shocks, poorly mounted or bunged up exhaust, underhood that looks like a frat party, etc.

Careful, once you get one, they can become something like the mutt who craps on your carpet.
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Just under 49,000 miles (that's 83,000,000 km, I think!) and no problems.
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Re: My First Jeep

Hey Guys,

Thanks for all of your input! Some really great responses.

I do have a few follow up questions. I noticed some of you have the 2014 Grand Cherokees and as I mentioned I would probably be looking at picking up an 11-13. Would the V6 Pentastar engine and transmission still provide good enough power. I have to say, I am pleased to hear that from most responses it seems pretty unanimous that it does have enough power but I just wanted to clarify that one point.

Additionally, I would like some more feedback on reliability for grand cherokee's with about 50,000-80,000km on it. I'm more concerned with major issues. I have the ability to fix most things that don't require special tools.

I also appreciate the suggestion about speaking with a jeep specialist when purchasing one but I'm super cynical when it comes to dealers I'm afraid they'll just tell me what I want to hear.

Keep the input coming if you guys don't mind. I'd like to hear some more feedback from current owners.

Thanks again.

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Re: My First Jeep

FYI - I have a 2013 with a V8. No way would I personally consider a V6. In fact, if there was a turbocharged V8 option I would be tempted. If you have a Mustang then you probably love to go fast. The V6 is adequate. The V8 is on the slow end of fast. I drive in sports mode much of the time even with the V8.

Many will tell you that the transmission on the 2014 helps the V6. I would retort that it also helps the V8. But as with all things in life, it is a preference and priorities issue.
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Re: My First Jeep

Thanks devilsadvocate for your input. You lead me to another question. To the best of my understanding, all 2011-2013 Grand Cherokees have the knob to select snow, sand etc. Do they also all have a sport mode? Is there by any chance an economy mode setting too (especially in the V8 lol)?

I would also like some more input from everyone on reliability? Any major issues with this model grand cherokee? I don't want to keep harping on this and if there are no problems believe me that's great news but I'm just trying to avoid having a car payment and then having to pay for repairs also. My 2004 mustang didn't cost me any repairs except for brake pads and other common maintenance items until the year I paid it off and then things started going. 5 years of no major issues (i bought the 04 mustang in 08 with 74,000 km) seemed pretty good to me. Could I expect the same results from a Grand Cherokee?
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