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Old 08-09-2013, 09:48 AM
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

IMO all SUVs and pickup trucks should be 4x4 or have AWD.

One should get a car if you only want FWD or RWD.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:07 AM
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

You *should* be ok. Just take it easy and be super mindful of the puddles on the concrete highways. RWD only cars get a bit dodgey on those types of surfaces with standing water.

For snow, invest in good tires, a set of chains and a few bags of cat litter to toss in the back.

However, here's where you will get burned. When you go to trade that rig in, you will get hammered pretty hard. Trading a 4x2 Jeep in any Northern state or a state with mountains is rough, to put it politely.

So, my advice, drive it until the wheels fall off, else you are in for a bad trading experience (unless your dealer is willing to work something out this early in the buying experience).
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

I really like have 4X4. Adds extra traction when you need it, especially up in the mountains here in Colorado. Your Jeep is a heavy truck so when you're driving in icy conditions it is nice to have all your wheels "searching" for traction. At least that is how I think of it.
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

So what is this dudes choice?
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:43 PM
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I want to start off by saying thank you to evrybody who responded to this post, when I posted the question didnt think anyone was going to reply or say anything of use, but I appreciate all the help. I havent been able to reply its been a busy week, I have made the decision to keep this jeep I am disappointed I didnt opt for the 4x4 but for now im going to live with it...its still a beautiful car I love the way it looks outside and inside and wanted a big car for a while. I will reply to the comments as soon as I can get on my computer, but again thank you everyone for the help
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:06 PM
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

Used to pull a lot of people out of an ice bowl parking lot in Flint with a Pontiac station wagon with posi. Traction control can do much the same.

I have a 2wd v6 and almost perfect weight distro, if a diesel or a Hemi I'd agree with a 4x4 but personally bought for trips and hauling, not going up the side of a cliff.

The '12 GC is a replacement for a Pontiac TranSport and so far has done everything I have wanted and more plus it has a 2" Class IV hitch receiver, not a 1.25". Add a trailer and it just helps the traction. Would I buy another 2WD ? Probably, for me it is a on-road car, not off. If anything I'd like to lower it about 2".

Amazing thing about the heep is how many diverse people it appeals to. No wonder CJF sells so many.
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

I live in California where the need for 4X4 shouldn't be necessary, but I will be taking this up the mountain and on trails where I can put it to use. I didn't feel comfortable getting a Jeep without the 4X4 ability, but I'm sure the 4X2 will handle the situations you will run into without too many issues.
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

In short, yes you should have gotten 4x4.

IMO you might consider taking the trade hit now as it will likely be less costly than an accident in snow country. Most of the meangful ski mountains in the PNW get substantial, wet snowfall.

Baker averages 645" of snow annually, Stephens Pass gets 450". That is more than Colorao's major ski areas and similar, if not greater, than Utah's Wasatch.
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Re: Wondering if I should of just of gotten the 4x4

I bought a 2014 JGC 3 weeks ago and opted for the 4x4, I didn't even look at the 4x2 models. I live in MA and travel to New Brunswick, Canada for Christmas, summer vacation, etc. so having 4x4 comes in handy when driving in the snow, heavy rain, and launching a boat from a dirt/rock shoreline.

Over the years, I have only had one RWD car. I had to buy sand bags to put over each wheel for traction during the winter. I'm guessing that this would also be a good idea for the Jeep. In addition, if you plan to drive in ski country a lot, then you might want to consider investing in either a set of winter tires or a set of all-terrain tires with a snowflake symbol (I went with Hancock DynaPro ATM RF10 tires).
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You would take somewhat of a hit on the trade. When I traded my 2012 GC for the 14 it was only a year old with 13K miles and I came out ok in the deal. The grand Cherokees have been holding their value pretty good. If you went back and talked to the dealer you bought from they might be able to work a deal to help you out.
Uma hold onto it for a year at least ill see how I feel about the rwd after im done with winter, so im gona try not to do any mods or so and pay off as much extra as I can and that way I wont take a big hit on a trade
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I'm not real familiar with Federal Way, but I'm assuming you've got a bunch of hills around you like the rest of the Seattle area? Does the entire city shut down if there's even one inch of snow on the ground? If yes, you're gonna miss the 4x4 on those rare days when you get snowed in. On the other hand, it only happens once or so a year...usually.

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Quite a bit of hills its in the middle of tacoma and seattle,but for the 13 years ive lived here we get maybe one day of snow a year so not really worried avout getting stuck but figured that one day would be a blast to go out and druve around
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The 4x4 would be nice. But rear wheel drive cars (and station wagons) have been getting people to the slopes long before you were born. And, as poor as you may think it is today, they didn't clear the roads as well 'back in the day'.

If you can swap without taking a big hit, why not? But don't break the bank to do it.

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Ima give it a pass once this year and see how I feel about it...taken a bunch of fwd cars from minivan to a traverse but never a rwd and I am a little skeptical or worried I guess....I might end up needing one of you 4x4ers to pull me out lol
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