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Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 10-25-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Posted By talltale
Re: Almost one year of ownership

I picked up my CRD Nov 25th last year. Today the odometer turned over 29,000 miles. I've used it to tow my 6600 lb Airstream over 5000 of those miles. It's started without hesitation at -22 F and...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 10-10-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,635
Posted By talltale
Re: 2015 Deliveries?

Skittle Farting Unicorn. The mythical creature some of us waited for over a year for before it finally became a reality - a 2014 JGC Ecodiesel.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 09-17-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,088
Posted By talltale
Re: Fueling Issue. Got Me Twice Now.

As you can see, I was a casualty of the large nozzle the first time I tried to use it.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 08-25-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,613
Posted By talltale
Re: First Tow with Diesel

The CRD thermostat doesn't fully open until the coolant temp reaches 225 F according to the CRD mx manual.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 07-16-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 36,239
Posted By talltale
Re: DEF INJECTOR and Harness protection group buy

I installed mine yesterday without any problems. The furnished hardware worked just fine. It's a good thing the pre-drilled holes are as large as they are as I had to do a little jockeying to get...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 07-07-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,935
Posted By talltale
Re: What does your dealer charge for an oil change?

I just passed the 20,000 mile mark and here are my numbers in round figures:
- No towing: 16,000 miles/28 mpg avg = 571 gal x $3.95 per gal = $2257
- Towing: 4,000 miles/18 mpg avg = 222 gal x...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 07-03-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,935
Posted By talltale
Re: What does your dealer charge for an oil change?

I just had my dealer do my 20,000 mile check...

1) Top off DEF - no charge
2) Front and Rear Diff Service (I do a lot of off-roading/heavy towing) - $262
3) Rotate tires - $10
4) Engine...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 06-07-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By talltale
Re: EVIC Regen/service electronic throttle msg

Snuke, thanks for the reading list. Most of it I was already familiar with thanks to this forum. I thought it worthwhile to pass on to folks apparently the PCM can call for an "active" regen...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 06-06-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By talltale
EVIC Regen/service electronic throttle msg

After 17,000 miles I finally got the "filter almost plugged " warning immediately followed by the "service your electronic throttle warning". Funny thing is I got the warnings just after a fuel stop...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-27-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By talltale
Re: Dealer Engine Oil Question

Here's the info from the Mopar Chemicals Catalog on the oil they used along with the Mopar part # on my dealer oil changes:

PennZoil ultra l 5w-30
full synthetic
Approved for 3.0L CRD (WK) and...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-20-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 36,239
Posted By talltale
Re: DEF INJECTOR and Harness protection group buy

Deposit sent. Thank you for your efforts.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-12-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 36,239
Posted By talltale
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-26-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,274
Posted By talltale
Re: 2014 diesel filler size

Stinker station, Hwy 93, Ely, Nevada. Unfortunately, I found it:)
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-24-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,274
Posted By talltale
Re: 2014 diesel filler size

I know this is an old thread, but it finally happened to me. I pulled up to a Diesel pump that had the large nozzle. It fit in the first opening,but didn't go as far in as the small nozzle I...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-22-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,767
Posted By talltale
Re: Towing Review//Engine Heat

I just completed another trip (see my post #28 this thread) and thought I'd share my experiences/results:

Sandpoint, ID to Las Vegas via Hwy200 and 93 (lots of winding roads, hills, mountain...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-11-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 26,415
Posted By talltale
Re: First oil change some info and comments

Had my 2nd oil and filter change done at my dealership today with 11,500 miles on the odometer. The first one was free. This one was $99.50 (10.00 labor, 36.00 filter, 52.00 oil, 1.50 shop...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-31-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 445
Posted By talltale
Normal operating range engine temps

I just came across this in the Chrysler Academy's text on the VM 3.0 engine:

"...the coolant thermostat starts to open at 208 F and is fully open at 225 F. ..."

This motor definitely runs...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 03-18-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,844
Posted By talltale
Re: Drove a 2014 Toyota Highlander today, my thoughts vs the WK2

I've owned a 2006 Highlander and a 2009 Highlander Hybrid. I had to replace the factory tires on both vehicles at 20,000 miles. I had problems with stuck brake calipers on each requiring brake jobs...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 03-18-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By talltale
Re: Sirrius radio reception

I had great sirius satellite reception with my 2011 Overland. Driving the same commute route with my new 2014, not so much. I had the TSB completed last month, no change with the new shark fin...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-02-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By talltale
Re: Max you guys have towed?

Here's a brief recap of my first towing experience with my Overland 4x4 CRD:

- towed a 25' Airstream from Las Vegas to Pasadena and back.
--GAWR Front Actual 3140 lb
--GAWR Rear Actual 3700 lb...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-02-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 1,360
Views: 116,313
Posted By talltale
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I talked to a local CRD owner today who just received his oil change message with 1800 miles on the odometer. He has been doing only cold weather very short daily commutes since he purchased the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 02-11-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,057
Posted By talltale
Re: Info if you are at -17 and have the block heater plugged in

Hmmm, I live off-grid at "the cabin in the woods" and have never had to use a block heater to start my 2004 Duramax, Kubota tractor, or my new CRD. Last Thursday I used the remote start to warm up...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 02-10-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,034
Posted By talltale
Re: Transmission & Oil Temperatures

While towing my 6600 lb trailer my transmission runs at 195-205. My engine oil temp has run as high as 257 while towing the trailer up a 12 mile long 6% grade at 50 mph with an OAT of 60F. There...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-22-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,958
Posted By talltale
Re: What are you towing?

I really wouldn't worry about the transmission oil temp. The ZF German built 8 speed unit is a great transmission. My oil temp hovered right at 195. The VM 3.0 is another matter. Some say don't...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-21-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,958
Posted By talltale
Re: What are you towing?

Here's a brief recap of my first towing experience with my diesel Grand Cherokee:

- towed a 25' Airstream from Las Vegas to Pasadena and back.
--GAWR Front Actual 3140 lb
--GAWR Rear Actual 3700...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-17-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,946
Posted By talltale
Re: Miles per Gallon

After 5900 miles my best milage, 32 mpg averaging 60mph all highway.
My worst, 19 mpg towing a 6600 lb Airstream from Las Vegas to Pasadena and back. My overall average, 26 mpg using winter blend...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-17-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 26,415
Posted By talltale
Re: First oil change some info and comments

My dealer just completed my first oil and filter change (no charge).
Here's the info from the Mopar Chemicals Catalog on the oil they used along with the Mopar part #:

PennZoil ultra l 5w-30...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-08-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 26,415
Posted By talltale
Re: First oil change some info and comments

I now have 5500 miles on my CRD. Even though the EVIC is showing 42% life remaining I decided to schedule an oil and filter change next week along with a TSB to replace my Uconnect antenna. My...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-08-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,138
Posted By talltale
Re: Engine braking

I've used engine braking a lot, both with and without the trailer attached. I use the paddle shifters to to downshift. I have noticed at times I get a considerable amount of white smoke after a...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 01-06-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,855
Posted By talltale
Re: UConnect issues with SD card and Audio from Bluetooth

This has started happening to me. The system worked fine for over 50 hours of use and then started randomly malfunctioning on a long road trip. I'm using a properly formatted 16GB SD card. I also...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-06-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By talltale
Re: Whats your take on the trans with this diesel?

Okay, I now have 5400 miles on my CRD. I just completed a 3500 mile trip which involved just about every driving situation to include towing a 6600 lb trailer. My impressions follow:

Heavy...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-04-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,767
Posted By talltale
Re: Towing Review//Engine Heat

I like to keep my engine oil temp in the range of 210 to 250 F. I'm under the impression for most modern oils thermal breakdown starts at around 275 F. I'll be the first to admit I'm no oil expert....
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-03-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,767
Posted By talltale
Re: Towing Review//Engine Heat

I also would like to know what's considered "normal" for this engine. I have nothing to compare it with other than my 2004 Duramax p/u. The Duramax temps also would begin to climb if I pushed it...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-03-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,767
Posted By talltale
Re: Towing Review//Engine Heat

A brief recap of my first towing experience with my CRD:

- towed a 25' Airstream from Las Vegas to Pasadena and back.
--GAWR Front Actual 3140 lb
--GAWR Rear Actual 3700 lb
--Trailer 6600...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-21-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,360
Views: 116,313
Posted By talltale
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Just to add another data point:

I now have 2000 miles on the Jeep. I checked the oil level after the jeep had set for an hour and the dipstick showed full. I then checked it at the gas...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-14-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,408
Posted By talltale
Re: That smell ...

I also occasionally get the "burnt plastic" smell. It seems pretty random, but when I do get it, it's pretty strong. I parked after one especially strong odor session and did a sniffing...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-13-2013, 01:37 AM
Replies: 1,360
Views: 116,313
Posted By talltale
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Mine was built 28 Sept. and the Auto function is working just fine. The vehicle warms up quickly and stabilizes at the temp. I have set.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-11-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1,360
Views: 116,313
Posted By talltale
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I'm averaging 28 mpg with the CRD. Doing exactly the same type of driving with my 2011 GC Hemi I averaged 18mpg. Averaging over 20,000 miles per year plus the refinements the 2014 has (better...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-11-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,360
Views: 116,313
Posted By talltale
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I now have a little over 1200 miles on my Jeep. My first tank of fuel I averaged 28 mpg (the low fuel warning light illuminated just before I refueled with 22 gal.)
The second and third refueling...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-06-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,656
Posted By talltale
Re: Cold start advise?

I've been using Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane Boost Arctic Formula for the past 11 years for cold wx ops.
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