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So in a highly technological vehicle, it does not compute vehicle lifetime fuel mileage automatically- we have do that manually. I should have used the additional trip meter for lifetime mileage. Too late now.
I started using an app on my Android phone called Fuel Log from the first fill up. It tracks all kinds of stats including lifetime milage, costs, etc. It takes less than a minute to enter the info at each fill up. I'm sure there is something similar for iPhone. It has nifty graphs and charts as well as stats.
 

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For you guys coming to Houston for one of Mark's deals, let me know if I can be of assistance. I am out and about most days, so I may be able to help with an airport transfer here and there. PM me your schedule and I'll let you know if it's a possibility.

Here are some other hints and suggestions:

Communicate clearly with Mark on what you do and don't want done to your new Jeep. If you want to get out quickly, ask Mark to do the make ready the DAY BEFORE you arrive. He will do everything in his power to satisfy you, but keep in mind the Chrysler computer system is not always up to date on every new unit.

If you want the latest radio software upgrade, bring it with you on a flash drive. If the dealership was not authorized (by computer check) to do the upgrade, you can do it yourself.

If staying at hotel the night before, morning rush can be a nightmare around Houston. If you stay out at the big airport (IAH), expect 45-60 minute commute to the dealership at rush hour (6:00am to 8:30am). If near Hobby, it's not that bad but gets very congested as you near the dealership.

It may be less frustrating to stay close to the dealership the night before. The closest hotel is Crowne Plaza River Oaks, which is about 3/10 mile away. Negotiate the best rate by telling the reservations clerk you are in town to visit major engineering firms, drop the name of the one that rhymes with jacobs.

Don't expect a lot of driving space for a test drive. The area around the dealership is very congested. Depending on time of day, you may have to travel 15 miles to get to open highway.

No matter which direction you will be leaving town, you want to be on the road by 2:00pm, especially on Friday.

Some tollways out of town are EZTag only (no cash lanes), be sure you get in the proper lanes. On I-10 west, there are at least 6 lanes to choose from. From pay to free, sometimes they are all stop and go during rush hour.

If you have a long drive with a passenger, you might want to have a tablet or laptop with the new Jeep PDF manuals loaded. The passenger can learn how to adjust things while you drive.

I would not expect the need, but if you have a CRD and traveling 1000+ miles, purchase a quart of oil to have with you -better safe than sorry.

In the Houston area Shell and Exxon have the best quality diesel. Valero has some of the cheapest gas prices. Buck-EES has the cleanest bathrooms however. If you have never been to Buck-EES, be sure to stop for anything.

There is an app, Rest Area Finder, that provides locations of all interstate rest stops as you travel; it comes in handy for quick stops. For CRD buyers, this especially useful as you will not be stopping for fuel often.

Congrats to all on their NEW JEEP GCS purchased through River Oaks. You will not find an easier auto purchase transaction.

Safe travels...
 

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For you guys coming to Houston for one of Mark's deals, let me know if I can be of assistance. I am out and about most days, so I may be able to help with an airport transfer here and there. PM me your schedule and I'll let you know if it's a possibility.

Here are some other hints and suggestions:

Communicate clearly with Mark on what you do and don't want done to your new Jeep. If you want to get out quickly, ask Mark to do the make ready the DAY BEFORE you arrive. He will do everything in his power to satisfy you, but keep in mind the Chrysler computer system is not always up to date on every new unit.

If you want the latest radio software upgrade, bring it with you on a flash drive. If the dealership was not authorized (by computer check) to do the upgrade, you can do it yourself.

If staying at hotel the night before, morning rush can be a nightmare around Houston. If you stay out at the big airport (IAH), expect 45-60 minute commute to the dealership at rush hour (6:00am to 8:30am). If near Hobby, it's not that bad but gets very congested as you near the dealership.

It may be less frustrating to stay close to the dealership the night before. The closest hotel is Crowne Plaza River Oaks, which is about 3/10 mile away. Negotiate the best rate by telling the reservations clerk you are in town to visit major engineering firms, drop the name of the one that rhymes with jacobs.

Don't expect a lot of driving space for a test drive. The area around the dealership is very congested. Depending on time of day, you may have to travel 15 miles to get to open highway.

No matter which direction you will be leaving town, you want to be on the road by 2:00pm, especially on Friday.

Some tollways out of town are EZTag only (no cash lanes), be sure you get in the proper lanes. On I-10 west, there are at least 6 lanes to choose from. From pay to free, sometimes they are all stop and go during rush hour.

If you have a long drive with a passenger, you might want to have a tablet or laptop with the new Jeep PDF manuals loaded. The passenger can learn how to adjust things while you drive.

I would not expect the need, but if you have a CRD and traveling 1000+ miles, purchase a quart of oil to have with you -better safe than sorry.

In the Houston area Shell and Exxon have the best quality diesel. Valero has some of the cheapest gas prices. Buck-EES has the cleanest bathrooms however. If you have never been to Buck-EES, be sure to stop for anything.

There is an app, Rest Area Finder, that provides locations of all interstate rest stops as you travel; it comes in handy for quick stops. For CRD buyers, this especially useful as you will not be stopping for fuel often.

Congrats to all on their NEW JEEP GCS purchased through River Oaks. You will not find an easier auto purchase transaction.

Safe travels...

Haha -as a local this is a great post. Especially the Buc-ees part
 

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Will send you a PM and would like to take you up on getting to the dealer. I am going to get stuck in rush hour traffic as I don't even get in until 1:30 pm. I am betting I will be stuck in rush hour traffic when I get done with Mark. He will have ample time to have everything done ahead of time since my whip arrives around the 17th-ish and I don't arrive until the afternoon of the 4th.
Appreciate all the advice looking forward to getting this done finally.
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Brainstormer Will send you a PM and would like to take you up on getting to the dealer. I am going to get stuck in rush hour traffic as I don't even get in until 1:30 pm. I am betting I will be stuck in rush hour traffic when I get done with Mark. He will have ample time to have everything done ahead of time since my whip arrives around the 17th-ish and I don't arrive until the afternoon of the 4th. Appreciate all the advice looking forward to getting this done finally. Thanks
Don't take for granted that if they have it on hand that they will get it ready. Mine was the first CRD In Texas, but it sat at the unload yard north of town (Spring) for 4 days over mostly a weekend. I left it with dealer the entire following week because I was busy, but I also wanted them to take their time with the make ready. They started on it when I arrived on Friday at noon. I was there for almost 5 hours.

My point is don't take anything for granted. Be specific and ask detailed questions about what, why, and WHEN. Being a nice guy will not assure timely anything. Be fair but be thorough and put everything in writing. You will find great satisfaction in the delivery of your new Grand Cherokee.
 

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Good advice
Trust me I WILL be contacting Mark ahead of time and make it clear when I arrive I don't wish to wait. I want all the things done which I will call and email to make sure and before I step on the plane call Mark to let him know when I will be there.
I think this is an excellent dealership but the squeaky wheel get the oil so to speak...
 

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Again congrats guys. It is purely the luck of the draw why some make 4 weeks and some like me are 7-8 weeks. I just wanted to pick it up before leaving town. Yep JGC arrives on the 17th I depart on the 16th so there it sits for 2 weeks. Enjoy you guys. Looking to hear your stories on the pick up and impressions on the whip after a few miles...
I guess I must have had the luck of the draw because mine only took about four weeks. Would have been less if it had not set here and there for two and three days getting to Vegas; oh but it still arrived two days early.
 

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Thanks to Brainstormers advise, my wait time was cut from his 3 hours down to just over an hour at the dealer. We were on the road before 10 am. But I gave Mark a very detailed list of my expectations, then called him the day before and reviewed my expectations. Plan on having to fuel it up yourself and bring the receipt back. When you pull out of the dealership, turn right, go a block and there is a Shall diesel station on the left. If I recall correctly, the station right next door does not have diesel. Thanks again Brainstormer for all the help you are giving here.
 

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Good advice
Trust me I WILL be contacting Mark ahead of time and make it clear when I arrive I don't wish to wait. I want all the things done which I will call and email to make sure and before I step on the plane call Mark to let him know when I will be there.
I think this is an excellent dealership but the squeaky wheel get the oil so to speak...

Make sure you if you want the latest uconnect version you ask/tell him about 20 times...because he did not do it on mine. :rolleyes:

I'll be doing the update later today.

I'm loving it so far my only complaints thus:

DEF gauge not working (I have no idea if they actually put in fluid since it reads 0 or 100). :lol:
Mileage being wonky after I put in 20/g on Friday night and it showing as 420 to empty. I'm going to take a longer drive around town today, hopefully then I can see something more realistic
And the uconnect update.
 

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Make sure you if you want the latest uconnect version you ask/tell him about 20 times...because he did not do it on mine. :rolleyes: I'll be doing the update later today. I'm loving it so far my only complaints thus: DEF gauge not working (I have no idea if they actually put in fluid since it reads 0 or 100). :lol: Mileage being wonky after I put in 20/g on Friday night and it showing as 420 to empty. I'm going to take a longer drive around town today, hopefully then I can see something more realistic And the uconnect update.

That wonkiness will go away after a few tanks. Each new tank calculates the range on the last. With mostly mixed driving, mine now averages near 600.
 

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Make sure you if you want the latest uconnect version you ask/tell him about 20 times...because he did not do it on mine. :rolleyes:

I'll be doing the update later today.

I'm loving it so far my only complaints thus:

DEF gauge not working (I have no idea if they actually put in fluid since it reads 0 or 100). :lol:
Mileage being wonky after I put in 20/g on Friday night and it showing as 420 to empty. I'm going to take a longer drive around town today, hopefully then I can see something more realistic
And the uconnect update.
I picked mine up yesterday morning. I think they may not be aware that there is a newer version of uconnect. I did not ask for mine to be updated, but they told me they updated it. It was on the previous version. I just finished updating mine. It was pretty painless.

My DEF gauge reads 100% as long as the engine is running. If it is not it reads 0%. Another weird thing is if the engine is not running the oil life says something like 41003 miles since last reset.

When I filled up, the DTE only went to something like 455 miles. But I also noticed in the trip meter that my vehicle had went 4 miles in 4+hours and the avg eco was 18.1. Apparently they do a lot of idling before they get to us. I think the DTE is calculated off of this and why it starts off so low. When I pulled into my driveway last night, now with 208 miles on the clock, my DTE was reading 430 miles, and the fuel gauge was still a tad over 3/4 tank!

I am loving the Jeep so far.
 

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The UConnect update uses a USB to download?
I can go to the entire thread and will but just checking. No point in asking them to update this when I can do it. But all the other stuff I do hope to have done before I arrive since it will be sitting for days before I get there.
DEF full
Tank full
No drilling of front bumper
Cleaned interior and exterior (I will detail it when I get to Florida)

Plan to shoot Brainstormer a note when I know the whip is at River Oaks and see if he minds dumping me off there from the airport.

Looking for the write ups from you guys when you get more miles. I will be putting about 600 miles on mine in one day so will get some idea of how she is by then...
 

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The UConnect update uses a USB to download?
I can go to the entire thread and will but just checking. No point in asking them to update this when I can do it. But all the other stuff I do hope to have done before I arrive since it will be sitting for days before I get there.
DEF full
Tank full
No drilling of front bumper
Cleaned interior and exterior (I will detail it when I get to Florida)

Plan to shoot Brainstormer a note when I know the whip is at River Oaks and see if he minds dumping me off there from the airport.

Looking for the write ups from you guys when you get more miles. I will be putting about 600 miles on mine in one day so will get some idea of how she is by then...
Yes, you need to download the file and put it on a USB flash drive.

They will not fill the diesel. Apparently they do not have it on site so they tell you to just fill it up yourself and come back and give them the receipt or scan it and send it to them and they will reimburse.
 

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Great thanks for the info.
I am actually in Salem, IL just like you were so it is looking good it will arrive on schedule...
Cheers
 

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Just to rub it in a little (crappy camera phone pic). :D Here's to you getting yours as soon as you're back.
Fun2drive, want me to kick him in the shins for you? Lol j/k I'm just envious, cause I can't even order mine yet. Waiting on this check. :)
 

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Beautiful ride, I am hoping to soon join the club..

Crkwolf have you decided what you plan to order? I know you have been investigating all types of options.
Cheers all...
 

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Beautiful ride, I am hoping to soon join the club.. Crkwolf have you decided what you plan to order? I know you have been investigating all types of options. Cheers all...
Lol I've finally settled on as far as the color = white, interior = light frost and the model = CRD Overland and no CD. What is still not clear is to lease or buy. My husband wants me to lease because of the problems but I'm inclined to buy and be done. He's concerned with the reported problems and if it becomes a big issue we wouldn't be stuck. Lol he's getting a Wrangler and can't decide on the Rubicon or Sahara.
 
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