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New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

I got my new 2011 Overland on Monday afternoon. Only have 85 miles on it so far...but wanted to comment on a few things of interest.

1. Like so many other reviews I am quite impressed with the ride and the fit and finish and overall quality. Everything works...so far...so good.

2. Adaptive Cruise and Blind Spot montior. The blind spot monitor triangle lights each time a vehicle gets into the left or right blind spot. Not a huge area....and sometimes I wish it were larger (not sure if you could "set" the area) but I am learning to like it ALLOT. Put on your blinker....and the beeper further warns me. So, far the Adaptive Cruise seems like the best thing since sliced bread. Slows and brakes my vehicle to shadow the lead vehicle. I am uncertain what will happen with a stopped vehicle....but it sure slows mine down dramatically when following another up to a stop sign. I have not yet had the guts to let it take me to a stop in this situation. Seems just a bit dicey...and I have not yet read the material on the ACC. From my experiences so far...I would buy it again in a heartbeat. AND....my lower insurance premium will likely save me a good portion of its cost.

3. Ball Hitch. Compared to other SUV's I have driven, this one is going to require a much bigger drop in the ball mount. In the pic it shows my old 2" drop vs another 4" drop required to hook the trailer (compared to my old Acadia). I think this is a bit excessive and weakens my heavy duty towing set up IMO. Anyone else bought a ball mount with this kinda drop yet? The back up camera is gonna be slick for hooking up.

4. I wish the JGC had more center counsil, glove box room, and micl storage areas. I pack lots of gadgets and while this vehicle is "OK"....it doesn't compare to my last vehicle (the Acadia).....and I think they coulda done better. I keep searching for small areas to tuck my odds and ends. Currently I am considering some kind of plastic tub to slip under the rear seats for storing my stuff. (Maybe some velcro on the bottoms ?)

5. I had to get to a shed that had not been plowed out. The snow was not that difficult to drive through....but I had to get through a snow-packed windrow. I raised the vehicle to full height and it was pretty slick going through an otherwise big snow bank. Contrary to what I read on the Michelin 18" latitudes....I think they seem to grip just fine for my purposes.

Pics below.....I LIKE my new ride ALOT (and love the Hemi).
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

congrats! I love that second pic, got any more?
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Forgot to add a few other pics. I have flaps installed on mine....for the (few) other flap lovers out there.

I have some more pics but did not download all of them yet.

The last pic shows my deer antlers on my old ride. (you gotta be there...grin).
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Hows the gap when using adaptive cruise? My Merc has distronic but the following distance it too great...everybody just cuts in front of you on the freeway so I have used it exactly once in traffic.
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

I really don't have any highway or high-speed experience with it yet. There have been so many things to learn about....that the ACC had to wait. So far....it seems that in 30 to 45 mph traffic it is just "about right" to NOT let anyone slip in between.

I really need to do some driving.....maybe tonight.
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Congrats on your new Overland foggy! It is nice to hear a positive review of the ACC. I have been on the fence and so many on here think it is a waste. But I love technology and think I will get it.
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Deer antlers are what makes that picture
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Congrats dude! It looks sweet in the snow
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

Pictures are awesome!! Don't worry about the drops I always use big drops. My Ram I have a 10" drop and pull 5,000+ with it. I use a 4" drop with my GC
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Re: New Overland with Adaptive Cruise Package

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Hows the gap when using adaptive cruise? My Merc has distronic but the following distance it too great...everybody just cuts in front of you on the freeway so I have used it exactly once in traffic.

Just got back from a short hiway trip. I set the ACC to the farthest setting and followed a semi rig down the highway for about 15 miles (pretty aggressive 18 wheeler - perfect for test). Set my cruise at 65...and the semi likely averaged 60 with lots of slow downs / speed ups. I felt that with the farthest setting it was about my normal / safe mode following distance. I did not try the middle setting or close setting....as I was content with what I had. I can see that in heavy traffic I may want to use a closer setting to prevent cars slipping between....but this was good for 2 lanes and safe following.

ACC IS ADDICTIVE. You really dont need to touch the gas or the brakes....just steer and keep your eyes peeled - like normal. Takes lots of the strain out of driving. Change lanes and you speed up to pass.

I "forced" a close call (like what could happen if you were looking down at the EVIC or your cell phone, etc)...and my warning tone came on and my vehicle braked hard enough to get my IMMEDIATE attention which would likely get me to jump on the binders. Fantastic!

If these features save me even one fender bender (or possibly somebody's life) the expense is WELL worth it.

As I said...I know its expensive...but, with what I know now....I would buy ACC and the "package" again in a heartbeat.
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Pictures are awesome!! Don't worry about the drops I always use big drops. My Ram I have a 10" drop and pull 5,000+ with it. I use a 4" drop with my GC

Yeah....I'm not too worried about the drop....but I think I need a 5.5" and I want the 10,000 lb HD FORGED ball mount (cause I WILL pull the limits of 7200 lbs, and I want to be safe and legal). 7200 lbs is lots of leverage on my hitch with that drop.

That ball mount is gonna cost and its gonna be heavy....and it'll be hard to store in a vehicle that doesn't have the greatest storage space. It's not a huge thing....but it all costs and such.
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Deer antlers are what makes that picture

The picture really does not do those antlers justice. They really stand out on my vehicle.....and I get lots of laughs from everyone we passed while going to "deer camp". Lotsa fun with them.
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