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rover 10-20-2010 06:17 AM

2011 JGC commentary
 
Hello to all,

Just hit 1,000 miles on my Overland and I have a few observations. First, I have had a slew of Jeeps over the years starting with a CJ-7 in Colorado those many years ago, then nothing until the JGC in 99. The 99 was my first look at somewhat luxury in a Jeep... fun to drive and more sedan like than 4 x 4. Next, had the Liberty with the diesel engine for quite awhile and it was the little Jeep that could. Towed behind a RV, pulled a maxed out snowmobile trailer going to Canada with two large Diesel trucks as escorts. Of course it was really maxed out on that trip, but still got mileage in the high teens. Next, a Hemi JGC for a couple of years and that was a real screamer and also did everything I asked of it from behind another RV to pulling trailers. Unlimited X was before the new Overland and we/my son & I raised that Jeep up to take us offroad. Never will forget going out with a local Land Rover group and the Jeep was the show off for that day as we could uncouple the front and the ability to go over big rocks was awesome. That Jeep also could tow the snowmobile/atv trailer, but was on the edge with its short wheelbase. After reading, test driving and absorbing all of the info on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I started to pursue a purchase. Took delivery about three weeks ago and I can say without any equivocation, Jeep really got this luxury or higher end SUV right. Have pulled that same snowmobile/atv trailer, pulled the boat out of the water for winter, driven on back roads, highways and I find the technology and comfort to be something that I could not imagine years ago. Even before purchase, I drove quite a roundup of SUVs in the market. The ML 350 was about as close as I could get to the handling of the Jeep GC. I did like the Audi Q5, but it could not pull the trailers.... did I mention I have also towed a 4500 lb. Airstream with this new Jeep. Yes, you know it is back there, but the air suspension which levels the two is amazing and the addition of a brake controller makes the setup very good. So, as we all know, there are a variety of choices in the market place and a strong selection of good products, but as I said to my wife who also likes to drive it.... we are buying American, the V6 does better with the gas mileage, and the heated steering wheel is extreme. Oh yeah, we visited with my wife's 88 year old mother and the lowering of the suspension was great so she could get in and out easy.
If you lasted this long, thanks for reading and I hope all enjoy the day!

Rover

Jim Hef 10-20-2010 09:38 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
You'll need to post some pics of the Airstream behind the GC!

moosehead 10-20-2010 09:44 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rover (Post 287715)
Hello to all,

Just hit 1,000 miles on my Overland and I have a few observations. First, I have had a slew of Jeeps over the years starting with a CJ-7 in Colorado those many years ago, then nothing until the JGC in 99.

The 99 was my first look at somewhat luxury in a Jeep... fun to drive and more sedan like than 4 x 4. Next, had the Liberty with the diesel engine for quite awhile and it was the little Jeep that could. Towed behind a RV, pulled a maxed out snowmobile trailer going to Canada with two large Diesel trucks as escorts. Of course it was really maxed out on that trip, but still got mileage in the high teens.

Next, a Hemi JGC for a couple of years and that was a real screamer and also did everything I asked of it from behind another RV to pulling trailers. Unlimited X was before the new Overland and we/my son & I raised that Jeep up to take us offroad. Never will forget going out with a local Land Rover group and the Jeep was the show off for that day as we could uncouple the front and the ability to go over big rocks was awesome. That Jeep also could tow the snowmobile/atv trailer, but was on the edge with its short wheelbase.

After reading, test driving and absorbing all of the info on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I started to pursue a purchase. Took delivery about three weeks ago and I can say without any equivocation, Jeep really got this luxury or higher end SUV right. Have pulled that same snowmobile/atv trailer, pulled the boat out of the water for winter, driven on back roads, highways and I find the technology and comfort to be something that I could not imagine years ago.

Even before purchase, I drove quite a roundup of SUVs in the market. The ML 350 was about as close as I could get to the handling of the Jeep GC. I did like the Audi Q5, but it could not pull the trailers.... did I mention I have also towed a 4500 lb. Airstream with this new Jeep. Yes, you know it is back there, but the air suspension which levels the two is amazing and the addition of a brake controller makes the setup very good.

So, as we all know, there are a variety of choices in the market place and a strong selection of good products, but as I said to my wife who also likes to drive it.... we are buying American, the V6 does better with the gas mileage, and the heated steering wheel is extreme.

Oh yeah, we visited with my wife's 88 year old mother and the lowering of the suspension was great so she could get in and out easy.
If you lasted this long, thanks for reading and I hope all enjoy the day!

Rover

Please excuse the above edits into paragraphs Rover. Your post has some good feedback, but my eyes were bleeding.

+1 let's see the JGC mating with the airstream up on berthoud pass or trail ridge.

Mogul 10-20-2010 09:50 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
Rover. It sounds like you got the Overland with the V6, is that right? If so, can you comment a little more about how the V6 does in towing?

Technosavant 10-20-2010 10:43 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
I'd also be interested in knowing how the V-6 does when hauling around a 4500 pound trailer. I'd expect it to be rather lethargic, especially on hills. More info, please.

DJ BoNiOmArIo 10-20-2010 10:53 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
nice insight Rover

jonesark 10-20-2010 02:21 PM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
great post.....thanks for your input...let see some pics with that airstream.

rover 10-21-2010 10:41 AM

Re: 2011 JGC commentary
 
Yes,

So far no real big trips with the Overland and the Airstream. After all of these different combinations of Jeeps, my logic on the V6 was that I pull the Airstream trailer less than 20% of the time. We/family did have the 4.7 V8 in a Dodge RAM pickup and that seemed to do OK with trailers and the like. If I am not mistaken, that motor was about the same in H.P. and torque. As a long time RV starting with truck campers, class C's and a couple of class A's, I would expect the V6 to be high revving up a steep grade as any of my non Diesels motors always rev higher with more work. I will try to take some pictures of the Airstream/JGC setup, but the season is very short and not sure will have time this winter for a southern road trip.

Rover


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