Originally Posted by Dan JGC
New tranny, new center console electronics.....wasn't the tranny a proven one in other vehicles and the center console electronics used for year(s) before in other Chrysler products. New lights in higher trim levels. Other than some other cosmetic changes I just don't see it......my 2011 Summit came with all the bells and whistles so those should have just been refined. No offense --- and you know I LOVE JEEPS (this will be my 6th GC and I also owned a Wrangler) --- but come on, this was a mid-model refresh and nothing super major at all. There are not any new bells or whistles to complicate matters (except maybe the ecodiesel). Enlighten me please...and I say this with all seriousness as I want to learn more (no sarcasm).
Did you build them?
There's a lot more changes under the skin.
Even some of the body panels changed, dude. Those new electronics required new equipment on the floor, new parts required "getting used to", some jobs on the line no longer exist, some new ones were created, the new Summit fascia required its own new wheelhouse liner, I could go on and on and on...
As a matter of fact, so much changed on the 2014 that the job I used to do on the line, I don't even know how to do anymore.
What's that tell ya? Tee hehehehehe.
Vehicle assembly is a heck of a lot more complicated than you may think.
I didn't think it was complicated myself either... until I started building them. Just looking at the build sheet can be confusing!
I work in logistics now, and when we switched to the 2014s, even *my* job is no longer the same!