You may have (probably didn't) see my introduction thread where I said I was considering a new Grand Cherokee. Well, after much deliberation I am no longer considering a purchase........because I just did purchase one! Sorry for the theatrics, I'm just excited.
Sorry no pics yet, too tired, but here's what I got:
2012 JGC Limited 4x4 V8, white with "frost beige" interior
Luxury Group II
Adaptive Cruise Control
730N RHR Nav
Off-Road Adventure I
Power sunroof (the lame one, not the cool dual-pane)
Final negotiated price of the car was $40,100 after rebate but before tax, license, etc. I hustled the dealer into paying above Blue Book value for my old car by telling them I had a better offer from CarMax (lie
) so the trade-in equity was a hair over $6k. Final lease payment came to $455/mo for 36 mo with 15k miles/year and $21,700 residual value.
That's probably not a stellar monthly payment, but I have "below-average" credit due to some problems last year. Also our wonderful 8.75% sales tax here in CA. But I feel like I negotiated like a pro. Or at least a non-idiot. I held their feet to the fire over the fact that they told me on the phone that they had a Limited V8 4x4 in mineral grey when in fact they didn't. Then again, nobody else in So Cal has that car in that color either. I didn't tell them that white was my 2nd favorite color, although truthfully I would have REALLY preferred a black interior. According to TrueCar, factory invoice for my configuration is $42,200 without rebate, so 1100 under invoice isn't too shabby.
I really wanted a Limited because I can't stand the thin veneer covering on the Overland steering wheels. I love leather-wrapped wheels, and the finish on the veneer did not make my hands happy at all. Also I didn't want to deal with any potential problems with the air suspension that is mandatory on 4x4 Overlands. Yeah I know plenty of people haven't had any problems yet, but whatever it's not for me. So it turns out that the production of Limiteds is, well, limited. Judging by my extensive searching of dealer inventories, I'd say that 50% of the Grand Cherokees were Laredos, 40% Overlands, and 10% Limiteds. Maybe everybody buys the hell out of the Limiteds, I don't know, but dealers barely had any, let alone in 4x4 drive AND with a V8.
So I settled for white. Mineral grey looks so badass, and I'm jealous of everybody who has that color, but the white has really grown on me and I'm rather fond of my "shiny white stallion". And glad to have found this forum!