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Does anyone have the 2016 WK2 on here.

Was just at the car show. Checked out the new shifter .

The trigger/switch on the head seemed flimsy.

Does anyone know if it becomes more sturdy with the truck is running? .

This seems like a complicated fix as well.

I see problems ahead with shifter .

Not sure why it has to be so complicated.

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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

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How tall are you? I'm 6'3" and I don't have that problem.
I'm 6'3" and I do. It's only while getting myself adjusted on the seat. But the T-handle does seem to be closer than I'd like.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:26 PM
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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

On the one hand, I think this is absolutely absurd, you can get used to the shifter after about 5 min of using it. My fiancee, who is not tech or car inclined at ALL learned and got used to it after I showed it to her and a half hour of practice, and now she never has an issue, ever.

OTOH, FCA wants to sell a LOT of these, and let's face it, the majority is to the average consumer buying a cheap Laredo who isn't into cars all that much and has probably never been on a forum. And the issue with the shifter is not when you get used to it, but the test drive. Most people, if they don't "get it" right away, will be scared away from the car.

So, basically I think they did the redesign because it hurts initial sales. Had the actual experience with my assistant, who really wanted an Overland, fell in love with them, and then decided to buy a Lexus RX because she was afraid she'd never get used to the shifter...
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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

My only complaint is that my shifter will physically be moved to the correct position, yet fail to register the gear change. It's not common, but it's definitely software related.

As far as my vehicle rolling away? The moment I pull into a space or intend to leave the vehicle, the first thing I do is engage the parking brake. Once again, please take a look at the dodge charger's shifter. That's what needs to be in the Jeep.


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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

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Special instructions wouldn't be required, just as I had none. All that's required is a bit of common sense. While it is obvious that the shifter is/was not we're used to, all it takes is to pay attention to what you are doing.
I would a agree, you now have to pay attention where all previous Grand Cherokees you did not.
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I like 14-15 shifter, got used to it really quick but thats just me. The only one you truly didn't have to pay attention to in my mind was the gated WK shifter. The ZJ and WJ shifters were in a straight line so you needed to see what gear you were in occasionally however those two gave more feedback when shifting than 14-15.
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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

I don't mind it. I like the simplicity and clean feel of a non moving part. Bmw and other have been doing this for year and no one complains.

Let's be honest. The confusion is from pure laziness. The shift knob illuminates to what gear you are in. Also the dash shows he gear you are in as well.

If you are that concerned about knowing if you are in the proper gear or not spend literally a blink of an eye and visually look.


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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

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I don't mind it. I like the simplicity and clean feel of a non moving part. Bmw and other have been doing this for year and no one complains.

Let's be honest. The confusion is from pure laziness. The shift knob illuminates to what gear you are in. Also the dash shows he gear you are in as well.

If you are that concerned about knowing if you are in the proper gear or not spend literally a blink of an eye and visually look.


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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

I suppose this argument can go on forever. Everyone has their preferences. After driving my '14 for 3 years, when I drive something else, like my wife's Compass, or friend's Buick, their shifters feel clunky, and I'm glad to get back to mine. That's my personal preference.
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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

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I don't mind it. I like the simplicity and clean feel of a non moving part. Bmw and other have been doing this for year and no one complains.

Let's be honest. The confusion is from pure laziness. The shift knob illuminates to what gear you are in. Also the dash shows he gear you are in as well.

If you are that concerned about knowing if you are in the proper gear or not spend literally a blink of an eye and visually look.
I've never been confused or unsure about which gear I'm in. I actually don't understand how folks can not know if they are in PARK.

My main problem with this shifter is the transition from DRIVE to REVERSE.

If you use too much force, you may end up in PARK.
If you use too little force, you may end up in NEUTRAL.

If you're trying to do this transition urgently or in an emergency (like to avoid a possible collision), then it is VERY EASY to potentially end up in the wrong gear. In fact, the user "antsjeep" wrote about an accident that resulted in damage to his WK2 because of this exact issue.



It is a POOR DESIGN.
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Re: New '16 shifter - fit in a '14?

Like the shifter in my 14. Rare that I go into the wrong gear, but on occasion, I do go into the wrong gear - not a big thing, as I always verify my gear in the dash. I liked the fact the shifter did not move much, and am concerned about how much the new shifter moves. I do like the look of the new shifter over the T-handle, but am not too fond of the faux leather around the base - to me, this is a throw back look of the 80's. Not happy about the sport mode going to the dash, as I often would change to sport mode on the fly. On thing I am really surprised is that no one has commented that with the sport mode going to the dash, a button was removed - the button to disable the forward collision. Not surprised, as I never disabled it in the first place. I personally am going from the 2014 into the 2016. New ride should be here in about 3 weeks. No big change, exact same model, color, and engine. Jeep is buying it back due to a bunch of issues I had with the Jeep. Needless to say, Jeep is really stepping up to the plate with the replacement, so I have nothing but good things to say at this point.
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