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I really like the 2014 Summit. I have to say that the 2013 looked better but the 2014 still is nice. But why did they do it?..... Why did they put those cheap plastic body moldings over the wheel wells? They don't even fit flat to surface. Reminds me of an old cheap GM trick. Anyone else notice this? Thoughts?
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Buy an Overland maybe?
 

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I really like the 2014 Summit. I have to say that the 2013 looked better but the 2014 still is nice. But why did they do it?..... Why did they put those cheap plastic body moldings over the wheel wells? They don't even fit flat to surface. Reminds me of an old cheap GM trick. Anyone else notice this? Thoughts?
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I like it better than the overland and other models. On those models I don't like how that black plastic stands out specially on cars other than black. To me that looks cheap.

On the summit, (which I took delivery this past Saturday), it looks like the SRT's. Which I happen to really like as well.
 

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I like the painted uniform look of the wheel well mouldings and that's one of the reasons I ordered a new Summit to replace my 2012 Overland which has the cheap looking black wheel well mouldings. The painted pieces, I think give the Summit a more upscale look, and that's what Jeep wanted to do with the Summit.

But as another said, just get an Overland.
 

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They use the plastic bits so you don't have scratches and chips in the paint in those areas. Ever seen what rocks do to painted rockers at highway speeds? Or what a brush against a tree does?

The plastic bits keep you from crying about how messed up the car looks. If you do get a vehicle with those areas painted I'd HIGHLY recommend getting those areas protective vinyl'd.
 

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I actually prefer the black plastic. It will hold up to sand and stones better than the painted surfaces. If I pick up a WK2, it will probably be an Overland, but I would be swapping in the black trim and installing the Trailhawk I rock rails. Yeah, I am one of te weird ones who like the rugged outsides and upscale interiors.
 

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Me just personally, I think the Overland looks like the more expensive model on the outside than the Summit. That's just me though. I know when i was originally looking, I was only looking at the Summit and almost ended up buying a 2013 just because I thought the rims, over the top amount of chrome, MDX style rear, and less aggressive front just didn't look very good at all. To me, it looks like a truck that is trying to borrow from 3-4 different trucks and make it a Jeep. I don't think it works.

It's a shame too because I really wanted a brown interior and the sound system had me really intrigued. After I saw the Overland though, I fell right in love. Looked exactly what the Summit should have looked like in my opinion.
 

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I like the color matched so much better, and will probably purchase a 2014 unless something better shows up. I didn't even consider the 2011-2013 because I hated the black plastics, and we knew they would be reworking the wk2.
 

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This will sound weird but I actually thought they did a good job with the black plastic wheel wells on the 2013 vintage. It looked like it should protect against rocks like a jeep would need. My original owner 97 TSi V8 (189K miles) does not have wheel well protection on the top of the well and has done rather nicely without chips. I may try to get an overland but I want to get it with the chrome ("bright") grill which I like a lot on the summit. We will probably get a Summit if we can get the skid plates added without having to go down to the 18" wheels and if the backseat dvd player ever comes out. I just think that they should have done a better job on the fit and finish when applying the cheap plastic. If it was all sheet-metal it would have looked much better. Best to have left off the plastic. Anyone know if the rear dvd will really come out and if it will take until July? I wonder how that will be mounted with the sun roof? Thanks for the feedback. It is welcome and fun reading. Would like to hear more comments.
 

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I saw a Summit at the dealer yesterday when I went to get a new rear wiper blade for the Jeep.

I don't get it...I think the Overland is much more attractive...try as I might though I just dislike the front end on all of them.
 

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I guess its a good thing I went with the Summit since I don't like the way the chrome tow hooks stick out like a sore thumb on the Overland. If they painted them black, to me, the front end might look better.
 

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You can get black ones no problem
 

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I had a 2010 Limited on which the wheel well trim was part of the quarter panels. It looked nice until someone (who looks just like me) sideswiped a tree and scratched it up pretty good. I was very happy to get the black trim with the 2013. If "someone" does something like that again, it'll be an easier fix.
 

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I really like the 2014 Summit. I have to say that the 2013 looked better but the 2014 still is nice. But why did they do it?..... Why did they put those cheap plastic body moldings over the wheel wells? They don't even fit flat to surface. Reminds me of an old cheap GM trick. Anyone else notice this? Thoughts?
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You must hate the SRT8 too then, for both years.
 

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I really like the 2014 Summit. I have to say that the 2013 looked better but the 2014 still is nice. But why did they do it?..... Why did they put those cheap plastic body moldings over the wheel wells? They don't even fit flat to surface. Reminds me of an old cheap GM trick. Anyone else notice this? Thoughts?
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Fit flat ?? - I actually like them , more upscale, a little SRT styling and you'll find Merc/BMW's and Landrovers all do the same with their moldings. The Summit is more focused on the luxury SUV buyer and those who own a Summit will unlikely take it off-road in the desert. I for one use it as my daily driver 100+ miles along with pulling my boat and trailer. Sounds like your mind is made up..
 
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