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Old 11-11-2015, 07:09 PM   #15
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9 happy months now with our '15 JGC Overland. We've dragged it half way across the country and back, taken it up and down some pretty hairy trails and plenty of normal driving. This is one fantastic vehicle and so far no problems at all .
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:10 AM   #16
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We have a 14 Grand Cherokee diesel that was major problem in the beginning. We LOVED the car, but the Check Engine light would come on two or three times per week, and my code reader would not pick up any codes, and I could only rarely reset the light. The dealer couldn't get any codes either.

It was in the shop three times, the final time for almost one month. Luckily, we got a free rental the entire time, even though the dealer had a sign up saying "5 days max".

It eventually needed a new DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) Injector. It was apparently squirting too little DEF and tripping a sensor.

Once they replaced that $4000 part (I think it was that expensive!) it has been running flawlessly. Actually, it ran flawlessly before, except for that light coming on. We saw no other symptoms when the light came on.

We use it to tow our 24 footer, and a boat on alternating weekends, and it pulls nicely.

We would buy another if we ever had to.

Can't speak on the non-Grand Cherokees...never messed with them.
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We use a 2015 Trailhawk as our toad. Never had any issues with it, either being towed or driven on and off road. There are 4 others here at our campground (snow birds); 3 2014's and one other 2015. All report trouble free usage. The only thing that we felt took some getting used to is the engine cutting off at stop lights, stop signs, etc. That is the design of the 3.2L Stop N' Go engine. I still haven't figured out, exactly what combination of environmental factors are needed for it to "Stop" the engine...it will turn itself off at one stop light, only to stay on at the next. Now that we've driven it for a while, we don't even notice it. Nimble handling, great power, nice manners both on pavement and off and superb mileage. We'll keep ours.

As for Consumer Reports? We used to subscribe, but, over the years found that their "testing" didn't always yield, what to us, was reliable data. We found we got good usage of their low rated products and poor usage from the their highest rated. As for those user based "reliability" ratings, I think they are negatively weighted, just as internet forums are. If you looked at this forum, for example, you would scratch your head and wonder why anyone would ever consider purchasing an RV, of any type or brand. I remember, when we were subscribers, getting their annual "survey"...it was very long and somewhat tedious. If we weren't having some major issues with an item on it, the survey got circular filed. Just like forums, the ones with issues reply, those without, not so much. That in itself weights the ratings. We stopped subscribing years ago based on our "self testing vs their testing". No they don't take advertising and thus don't have that pressure in their evaluations, but, there are many other factors that can skew statistical results; it is all in how you interpret the data.
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We have an 05 GC limited. Purchased new. The only recall on it was the transfer case neutral. Dealer did the recall and it has been flawless since.
It has been a very reliable and enjoyable car to own and drive. We do not
tow it. We use a used Liberty for that. The Liberty has been very good as well.
Regarding Consumer Reports; I have found them to be quite biased on their vehicle evaluations always giving the edge to the foreign vehicles and having little good to say about most American made automobiles. Due to that on going bias I no longer read the magazine.
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