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Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Postby jss06 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:43 am

My 2014 Cherokee started having issues last week for the 3rd time. Luckily it is still under warranty so I dropped it at the shop and started looking for a replacement. Signed the paperwork on this Tuesday:

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2015 Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 with tow package. Need to add front tow hooks and skid plates to make it off-road worthy.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:08 pm

:o Ohhh! That's too pretty to take off road! ;)
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby Woodbutcher » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:36 am

Nice looking car. Hope you have better results with this one. It is frustrating to have problems with a new car.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby Gold5one » Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:22 pm

I try and buy the simplest car I can now- my 2014 Dodge Caravan has the AVP package- no extra options-
I retired from Chrysler in 2009-- my last job was at the Kokomo transmission plant. The 62TE transmission was new when I left ( the transmission in my minivan)- it's now the oldest one- being phased out by the 9 speed that was in your Cherokee. This race for more gears will ultimately mean that transmissions will become too expensive to rebuild- and based on the value of a 150,000 mile 10 year old Jeep in 2024, people won't spend $4000 for a rebuild, so the vehicles will go to a salvage yard 10 years early. Perhaps this is their plan anyway-
Hopefully, a RWD Jeep will be more reliable-
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby tony.latham » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:17 am

What problems did you have with the 2014?
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby jss06 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:48 am

tony.latham wrote:What problems did you have with the 2014?


In the 24 months since I purchased it there have been 3 major issues:
1) Around 3K miles the trans shifted into neutral cruising at 70 MPH twice in 2 days. The first Trans software patch fixed that and it never returned. I always had a rough shift problem from 2nd to 3rd. The multitude of software updates was never able to correct it.

2) At 22K miles the Oil filter housing cracked on the engine. Oil ran down the engine block and all over the underside including the exhaust. I found out when I noticed smoke coming from under the car.

3) Last week (35K miles) I started hearing a popping noise from the rear and could feel it while accelerating. This was the final nail. I decided to trade it in. I spoke to the service adviser who called to congratulate me on the new grand. He told me they had to order an entire new rear end assembly including the half shafts.

On top of this there have been a number of small issues that have been taken care of but all required a trip to the dealer.

They are actually still investigating a loud whine that was happening while accelerating through 2500 RPM in second and third that has been ongoing since 19K miles. This will probably require a rebuild or replacement of the transmission. Hopefully the next owner will have a trouble free vehicle by the time they are finished.

I absolutely love the KL but I don't need a vehicle that requires so much maintenance just to keep it on the road.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby Padilen » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:51 am

I had a KK with no issues, but most people didn't like them. Bad on gas not a real Jeep, not many options, dated styling, motor and drive train etc. So they changed them to be competitive. Now people love them even with issues. I'm confused.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby tony.latham » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:17 am

I think I'll stick to my 2007 Tacoma. 130,000 miles and the dealer hasn't seen it since the day I drove it off the lot. I've replaced the battery, tires, and one parking bulb. Great mileage if I keep it under 60.

My next rig? A newer Tacoma. Probably a 2017.

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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby dales133 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:09 pm

Jeeps have fallen out of favour over here due to similar reasons.
Im with tony and will stick with toyota.
My 94 landcrusiers cost me a clutch and nothing more in 6 years.
I dont plan on selling it anytime soon.
Id rather spend a couple of grand a year on reconditioning the driveline and stick to old school technology.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby Padilen » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:00 pm

I'd planned on my KK being my last vehicle . My plans changed, I'm just hoping I have 6 or more trouble free years with its replacement.
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby dales133 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:13 pm

Hope you do!
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Re: Just picked up a new tow vehicle 2015 Jeep Grand Cheroke

Postby Padilen » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:18 pm

Thank you
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