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Old 05-02-2015, 09:08 AM
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

I saw a picture of a red one and thought "that's a really good looking ride".Then I found a red one and bought it.

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Old 05-02-2015, 09:31 AM
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

I had a JGC many years ago and enjoyed it then. When it came time to replace the '06 Highlander Hybrid Limited I had been driving, I wanted a vehicle that was very comfortable and versatile and also capable of safely towing a small horse trailer that I now own for occasional local hauling needs. The JGC was already "very attractive" to me looks-wise and met my overall requirements. To say I'm pleased with my choice would be an understatement...my JGC is the best vehicle I've ever owned. And yes, it hasn't been totally problem free, but anything and everything has been taken care off either via warranty or via my MaxCare lifetime extended service contract.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

I've had 6 Jeeps so far and have been driving them almost exclusively since 93.

I've found them to be slightly better and no worse than all the other brands of vehicles I've owned.

I'm comfortable with the way they drive and handle as well as their quirks throughout the model years.

QDII (as I've had in my 99 and 02) is still hands down the best 4WD system I've used in snow.

I've had no issues with the sales and service I've received from my dealer over the years.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

For me, in 2011 I saw the new design and was like WOW. I got interested, but wanted the 8sp. I also liked the fact that it was made in Detroit. I waited for the 2014 with the 8sp, did not like the redesigned front end, but purchased a 2014 Limited in June of 2013. I want a Loredo but could not get the large touchscreen/ 18" wheel option package. I ran out of patience and got a Limited.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

For me, it was down to the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Explorer.

I was actually looking more toward the Explorer due to having driven them in the past as news vehicles and liking them. A few things put me in the Jeep camp, though:

- The new Explorer looks like a minivan. It's like a Ford Edge with 4 wheel drive. A four wheel drive vehicle should look like it can handle itself. Despite all the chrome, the JGC still looks tough.

- U-Haul still has a grudge against the Explorer. You can't rent a trailer from them for one, and they're pretty much the only game in town for moving trailers. If I had the room, I'd own a trailer for those occasional times I need to move something large. As it is, renting is the only real option. U-Haul won't rent one for a Wrangler or Subaru Samurai, either, due to past histories of rollovers.

- The Explorer is no longer a true 4x4. There's no low range gear and appears no option to step up to one. You have mud, sand and snow modes, but no rock crawler gear range. It's 4-high only. In short, it's like if Jeep cut off everything above the Laredo trim line and no longer offered models with real off road capabilities.

- Fuel economy: the JGC gets better gas mileage than the Explorer.

- The Cherry Red is an awesome looking color. The Explorer doesn't have a color that I really fell in love with like that JGC red.

Honestly, the only thing I wish the Jeep had that the Explorer has is the foot-activated lift gate. That's genius.

It would have been nice to have a fold-away third row standard like the Explorer does, but I really don't need it. It would just be a bonus for family get-togethers.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

1. Wanted a "Swiss army knife" type of vehicle with comfort, a good road presence and a DIESEL motor!
2. We live in Texas and wifey's Subaru (smaller Swiss Army Knife vehicle) didn't cut it in ranch country. Might have worked better in Austin though !
3. Availability of a local Jeep dealer.........although we didn't buy from them.

Haven't regretted the purchase in just over a year and 18000 miles on the clock. Tows our trailer just fine, runs like a fine Swiss watch......and looks just as handsome !
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

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1. Wanted a "Swiss army knife" type of vehicle with comfort, a good road presence and a DIESEL motor!
2. We live in Texas and wifey's Subaru (smaller Swiss Army Knife vehicle) didn't cut it in ranch country. Might have worked better in Austin though !
3. Availability of a local Jeep dealer.........although we didn't buy from them.

Haven't regretted the purchase in just over a year and 18000 miles on the clock. Tows our trailer just fine, runs like a fine Swiss watch......and looks just as handsome !
My wife's car is a Subaru Forester. Awesome rig...especially with the turbo...lots of zoom power. Very good in snow with decent rubber on it, but I do find it a tad cramped at times
I'm 6'2" so not a lot of extra room and also a bit narrow.
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I've been driving a Grand Cherokee since 96, this is our 5th now. Don't think I would know how to or would want to buy something different.

We go offroad a lot, most of those times would be WAY offroad. Not too many other suv's could play where we do. We travel a lot so comfort is important. Plus we need a way to carry our toys with us wherever we go.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

V8 was a must with me, mid size SUV, sunroof, I'm a big guy so I need room, wife is picky, styling, interior comfort.

It was this or a Land Rover LR4. Bad experience with this Jeep but I think all my glitches are from a first year model.

I'll say I never had one problem with the HEMI, 99% was always weird electronic glitches.

Kinda concerned about getting another Jeep after this lease ends but we'll see.
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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

Had a Tahoe but wanted something smaller that would easily fit in garage and airport parking. Considered an Explorer but once I drove the Overland it was an easy decision.


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Re: Why did you choose Grand Cherokee

Came from an Acura MDX. Good vehicle but a bit of a "mom" ride. Narrowed my choices down to a RAM 1500 or the Jeep. Went with the Jeep because I need a truck maybe 6 or 10 times a year and I need a vehicle every day, just thought the Jeep would be better for everyday.
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