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Re: which would you pick?

I really like the diesel motor, just not the initial cost you have to swallow to get it. I like that I know I will get above EPA numbers instead of barely getting them with the gas v6

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Oh that changed..... good to know! I stopped checking out grand cherokee ' s and started checking out the cherokee trailhawk. But then the dealers were reducing the prices on GC's into reasonable territory
I'd still build/price the one you want at jeep and then ask for a quote from the best servicing dealer you'd be using. If there's one in the area that matches but they don't have it, most dealers will trade with each other.

I'd personally pick the OR-2, air suspension and all if I absolutely had to make that choice, but have learned to like the Adv Tech package far more than I expected to.

Or, you can wait a tad and be one of the first to get a '15 order on the books and come back and brag about it...
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I really like the diesel motor, just not the initial cost you have to swallow to get it. I like that I know I will get above EPA numbers instead of barely getting them with the gas v6
The fuel savings are offset by the DEF and the nasty habit of diesel being as high or higher than premium in some areas. You miss the spark plug changes of the Hemi, where the V6 towing capability just isn't the same as the diesel or Hemi.

Both the hemi and diesel have the same beefier transmission and rear end.
The diesel is arguably better at low speed towing, the hemi is arguably better at high speed towing.
The diesel does tend to run out of grunt toward the upper end of western speed limits where the hemi is just getting its second wind if you plan on cross country cruises.
I'd even argue that above 70 or so, the V6 is a tad better than the diesel.

... unless your dealer is offering huge memorial day savings on an SRT... heh heh.
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Re: which would you pick?

Order exactly what you want. That's what I'm gonna be doing in the fall. Want to get exactly what I want, nothing more nothing less.

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Re: which would you pick?

I personally would not select the diesel because of the high cost of entry. I don't tow, so the only reason to choose the diesel would be fuel economy, and at a $4k premium over the V6 the break even is longer than 100k miles when you factor in the DEF and the cost of diesel per gallon as lstowell mentioned. Anyways...I'm not going to have the Jeep for more than 50k miles let alone 100k so its a no brainer for me.
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Re: which would you pick?

Order what you want for sure, don't settle. But I'd say test drive all 3 different motor options. If you don't tow, the V6 is plenty of power. And on flat land at highway speeds, gets great gas mileage. Saving money on the initial cost of the vehicle allows for more aftermarket parts when that bug bites you. No regrets here with getting the ORA2 vs the advanced tech package.


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Re: which would you pick?

In the absence of ordering, the advanced tech is so worth it. Would never buy another vehicle without it. The air suspension is nice, but I could live without it.
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I would definitely say order your dream WK2. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going for a Red Limited 4x4, 8.4AN, ORA2, Hemi, Body Color Mirrors, black interior, and a normal sunroof. I will also be ordering rock rails and exhaust to be put on at Jeep's factory custom shop.
How do you get body color mirrors? Are you getting body color door handles?

Is it a special option or are you just ordering laredo mirrors and putting it on after the fact
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Re: which would you pick?

The mirrors are an option on Limiteds and I will be swapping door handles.
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Re: which would you pick?

Forget all of that.. I would check the build date before I purchased off the lot. If it was built between 1 Mar 14 and 20 April 14 it is likely to have the cv boot failure issue.. But like others have said, you can't wrong placing an order, you still got a couple of days.


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Re: which would you pick?

In my humble opinion, I would have zero problem with buying a GC that has the CV boot clamp issue (you won't know until it fails anyway). They replace the two half axle shafts and it is fixed. Sure, having to get an issue fixed is a hassle, but it is easily diagnosed and repaired. I would want the most recent build possible.

For me, the blind spot detection and other tech safety features are worth every penny if you regularly drive in heavy and crazy traffic (Miami).

Obviously if you're a heavy off roader, the off road package and air suspension would be the priority.

In the end, I'd say just order through the DC buyers group where you get what you want at a great no haggle price.
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Re: which would you pick?

I already posted this in the 3.0-section but in case somebody missed it:

Leasing a Diesel is now cheaper than the HEMI - about $20/month on equally equipped models.
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