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Here's some sharp looking Land Rovers doing what they do best.

Talk about initial cost... my brother is the General Mgr at a large Honda/Acura dealership, took in a '12 Range Rover Autobiography the other day. Orig MSRP was $140K, trade value $41K. It has 41K miles.

That's gotta sting.

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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

For me, it came down to the fact that I drive a huge amount (25k miles/year), needed a car that could do everything well (handle snow, rain, occasional flooding and go really fast since I drive like a madman). I have only one car - no sports car for when I drive fast or Wrangler for if I want to go to a remove ski hill or trail. I had a laundry list of desired features - including things like a V8 or turbo V6, real 4WD, height adjustable air suspension, adaptive cruise, etc. Also, it can't be too small or too big. So that eliminated basically every Japanese car and other American cars. Options came down to the JGC or several luxury European cars (MB M Class, Audi Q5/Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover vehicles).

I had Euro luxury brand vehicles before, so while I was open to it, the primary issue was less the initial purchase cost but more the repair costs. I've found that basic maintenance cost multiple what it did for a Jeep, and repair costs basically result in you giving up on the vehicle significantly earlier than you would for the Jeep. Given the miles I put on, that would mean that I'm paying a ton for a vehicle that wouldn't last long. Add in the Maxcare Lifetime warranty option for the Jeep and it was a no-brainer. An additional real issue is that none of the other alternative had a "killer feature" that made me convinced that I should pay the extra cash. Sure, service is better, but you pay a lot for that. Sure, some were faster (which, I do care about), but not to the extent that it was a night and day difference.

That said, I'm going to be honest - I'm looking for my next car not to be a Jeep, if possible. The service is just awful, the quality is distinctly mid-range, meaning that things will go wrong and you'll be dealing with a service department that treats you like you're driving a $15k vehicle instead of a $50k vehicle. Many problems you just learn to live with, like various rattles and such just because you don't want to go through another service fiasco. But there is no perfect car out there right now, at least for me. Right now, my #1 choice is a Tesla P85D (autonomous driving is an absolute killer feature for me), which means giving up on anything offroad, which is a sacrifice I might have to make. My only real qualm is that I need the garage I park in to agree to a deal with respect to charging it.
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Talk about initial cost... my brother is the General Mgr at a large Honda/Acura dealership, took in a '12 Range Rover Autobiography the other day. Orig MSRP was $140K, trade value $41K. It has 41K miles.

That's gotta sting.
On the other hand, if you really want a luxury Euro vehicle it isn't hard to find one for cheap on the resale market. You just realize from the outset that buying one new is really stupid. But there's a reason for that - the reliability issues + insane cost of repairs/service.
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On the other hand, if you really want a luxury Euro vehicle it isn't hard to find one for cheap on the resale market. You just realize from the outset that buying one new is really stupid. But there's a reason for that - the reliability issues + insane cost of repairs/service.

Actually my brother and I discussed him buying the RR... he decided that for the same money he could have a brand new MDX, excellent reliability, less depreciation and maintenance costs to boot.
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Actually my brother and I discussed him buying the RR... he decided that for the same money he could have a brand new MDX, excellent reliability, less depreciation and maintenance costs to boot.
They're very different vehicles though. MDXs, Lexus RXs, etc. are normal, reliable vehicles. But they aren't exciting at all for people that want their SUVs to be fast but also be real SUVs off the pavement. They're neither. They are purely point A to point B going around the speed limit vehicles. For me that has zero appeal and from that POV a properly equipped JGC is a much more interesting vehicle.
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They're very different vehicles though. MDXs, Lexus RXs, etc. are normal, reliable vehicles. But they aren't exciting at all for people that want their SUVs to be fast but also be real SUVs off the pavement. They're neither. They are purely point A to point B going around the speed limit vehicles. For me that has zero appeal and from that POV a properly equipped JGC is a much more interesting vehicle.
I don't necessarily disagree with your point... however I'd wager lunch that the RR never saw anything more off road than a gravel driveway.
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I don't necessarily disagree with your point... however I'd wager lunch that the RR never saw anything more off road than a gravel driveway.
Sure, just like many sports cars barely exceed the speed limit. These are the best cars to buy used so that YOU can utilize them they way they were meant to be.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

I chose the JGC because I have an 01 limited that I've put more than 200,000 miles on over the last 10 years and it's been great. Very few problems, great interior and it is a joy to drive in the snow. Just bought a used 14 limited a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Hope it lasts just as long.
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I bought a GC because with Bilstein 5100s it has almost as much suspension travel and a land rover range rover.

Also Weighs less and gets better MPG.
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I bought it to keep my Scrambler company. Growing up, we always had Jeeps, so when I moved back to snow country it was a natural choice. In some ways, I'd rather have a 4 door Wrangler, but I put on too many miles and want to be able to walk after hours at the wheel. I'll keep the Scrambler as the offroad toy.
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I've only owned imports for many, many years.. Lexus, Audi, Infiniti FX35, Fx35 and FX37. I need the cargo space, comfort, tech as I drive about 18k miles yearly and must love my car. Then, I rented a few Grand Cherokee Limited models from National over the past two years and was totally blown away with it. I didn't know Jeep could be so nice a vehicle. I hated all the chrome, though, and discovered the High Altitude. WOW! Although I thought $50k was a bit high for a Jeep, a comparably equipped Infinity would be pushing 60. The Infiniti factory warranty is 4 year/60,000 miles. If, during my first year with my High Altitude, I determine I will keep it, I will add the Mopar Max extended warranty to take care of that issue. Even though I'm in south Florida, I opted for the 4x4 to have the adjustable air suspension, to ease getting in and out for my wife, and even for me, and the improved handling. I wasn't so concerned with fuel economy as I got the same crummy mileage with the Infiniti. The tech in the Jeep is about the best I've seen. There is no better GPS than Garmin and the 8" display is great. So far, I am loving this car. If I accidentally find myself off road....Hey, its a Jeep! After 4 months and 5800 miles, no regrets. The dealer, Schumacher Jeep in Delray Beach seems fine and promises me a loaner for any service beyond an oil change. The handling is not quite as tight as Infiniti, its about 1,000 lbs heavier and actually more comfortable. If it still feels this way after a bit more time and distance, I'll be hooked on the Grand Cherokee.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

First of all,we have trusted the Jeep brand,as a family,since the late 50's(still have my grandfathers 1963 Wagoneer in the garage),but my choice of JGC,I find it a smooth ride,quiet in the cabin can listen to music,chat etc with no noise,I find,being 6'3"and 270lbs,the driving position is VERY comfortable,as is front and rear passenger(for me,can't speak for other owners)plenty of room for luggage or cargo,room for my two German Shepherds.Fit and finish to me,is pleasing to the eye,wears well(speaking of my 2011 JGC),only have 1300 miles on my 2015 so couldn't honestly say on a long haul trip,but is equally as comfortable as my 2011 so far,I just find its a well made truck(to me) and haven't had ANY problems with the 2011 and only a minor irritation with the touchscreen on the 2015,that seems to be fine now,$ for $ I think I made a good choice compared to comparably priced SUV's and those priced a few thousand $$$ higher,I trust my Jeeps never to leave me stranded and to cope with any road conditions and safely get me and my loved ones safely from A to B.
Can't change someone's final choice of vehicle,just offer an opinion and I have been very happy with mine.
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