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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    Hello all. 1st off I want to congratulate everybody on their new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The positive press this Jeep has gotten is incredible. It is sharp and rugged looking and the interior is beautiful.

    My current daily driver is a 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH that has over 134,000 miles. I'm still in love with how my car drives after almost 9 years (purchased new in April 2002 as a leftover). I bought it when I was 26. I'm now almost 35 & have a family. I recently moved to Connecticut (Stamford) and the difference between how the roads are plowed between CT & NY is staggering. My 4 snow tires and 5 speed manual transmission got me to work yesterday, but my Prelude's touch more than 5" of ground clearance almost got me into a lot of trouble. I had to go North on the Merrit Parkway instead of South because the entrance ramp wasn't plowed, then couldn't get off to turn around until Norwalk because the exit ramps weren't plowed. My Prelude did excellent, especially since I found out late last night that Governor Malloy told people "If you don't have four wheel drive & good tires, you are going to get stuck, so stay off the roads."

    Now I understand that the Blizzard we had the day after Christmas and yesterday's 14" of snow are not the norm and at most we get maybe 10 snowstorms the whole year. My snow tires have done well by me for the last number of years, so I'm not running out to buy an SUV just for the four wheel drive. As a homeowner & parent I feel the need to own a vehicle with more interior space & cargo room (For those of you who are curious, my wife drives a 2010 Acura TSX).

    This brings me to my point. Sometime in the next 6 months to a year, I'm going to attempt to sell my BELOVED Prelude & purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Of course I have to DRIVE it first. It looks sharp in red with the black interior. For $1495, I want the HEMI. Luxury group II, Blind Spot detection, and I'm sure leaving something out, but my built MSRP was a little over $45,000.

    I'm definitely in NO RUSH to get the car. The middle of January is NOT the time to sell a 2 door sports coupe. But when the time is right, I'm going to try and strike while the iron is melting (if gas prices go sky high over the summer). I really wanty to wait for the 8 speed automatic because I'm sure it will do wonders for both the car's acceleration & fuel economy numbers. So I'll be lurking and posting here for a while.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • prigglypriggly Posts: 643
    edited January 2011
    The 2011 JGC is a superb vehicle which is beating all the competition regardless of cost.

    It marks the beginning of a new era for Chrysler and Jeep.

    There is truly nothing like it and I can hardly wait to get mine. Camel leather with white exterior and all the bells and whistles except the blind spot detection system which I did not feel I needed pariicularlyl

    HEMI of course!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    Is a fantastic invention IMO. Because of styling trends in recent years with most vehicles having "high beltlines," thick C Pillars, & manufactures trying to make their SUVs "less boxy," terrible blind spots have been created where they never existed before. Go sit in an E30 (1984-1991) BMW 3 series. The view around the car is truly panoramic. My Dad has it on his 2010 Tahoe & Mom has it on her 2011 Cayenne. It is just another very useful tool.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    Can anybody explain better the Jeep's 4WD systems? Is the Limited w/ HEMI (Quadra Drive II?) always in 4 wheel drive or can it be put into 2WD?

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to posting more in the coming months.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • jjp550jjp550 Posts: 3
    They took care of the problem needed a computer update from Chrysler
  • jjp550jjp550 Posts: 3
    Very pleased with the jeep now,runs nice Jeep gets a thumbs up from me now
  • kgvwkgvw Posts: 29
    I finally received my new 2011 GC Overland with the Off Road pkg. With this pkg you get 18" rim & tires. According to the window.sticker the tires should be On Off Road tires. The tire that came.on it are plain jane Michelin all season radial touring tires. I went to the Chrysler Jeep website and did the Build your own and that says the same thing... on off road tires. Chrysler says the tires that came on the Jeep are the normal ones supplied with pkg, I say they're wrong, it should be the on off roads just as it says on the window.sticker.
    I'm curious if anyone else has had this come up.
    Thanks for any input anyone has.
  • rrhoadrrhoad Posts: 3
    I am ordering an Overland with Mineral Gray Exterior. My wife is very partial to the Black interior, I am somewhat indifferent. The sales person strongly recommends the Frost Beige. Any thoughts? Maybe this could be a poll of sorts. What do any of you prefer or think would look good with the Mineral Gray exterior? Incidently, I called Jeep Corporate regarding another issue and they state that the Saddle interior currently can only be ordered with the Overland Summit.

    Thanks
  • I just bought an Overland, White clearcoat with Frost Beige, 18" Chrome wheels with Michelin white lettered tires (I have the trail rated package), it is a winner. I have people comming up to me all the time commenting on it. The nice thing is there are not a lot of white ones on the road so you stand out from the rest of the Cherokees The thing I dont like about dark interiors is they look dirty all the time because of dust, etc and they are hot in the summer. As long as you have a good leather cleaner the lighter coloured interiors are the best. The grey coloured leather dash with the stitching looks really rich. I think if you get to sit in one you will know what I am talking about. Good luck.

    GB
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    I've always especially been partial to black interiors because they show the least amount of dirt (especially the floormats) and are the easiest to clean. Some of the lighter color interiors (in general, not just JEEP) get blue jeans rubbing off on them.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • I also purchased 2011 Jeep GC V6 in September 2010....The 'check engine light' came on for the first time on Jan. 11th/2011 after hearing a one second rattling sound coming from the engine compartment..... and then I couldn't get the Jeep to accelerate past 60 km/hr.....shutting the engine off and restarting got it to run normally again.......dealer told me that it was an "UNKNOWN ERROR CODE" when they scanned it and the check engine light coming on would cause the computer to go into a "torque request denied" state when I pressed on the accelerator pedal!!! Dealer suggested that I turn the engine off and on again if the problem reoccurred!!! I didn't pay $50,000 to do this! JEEP NEEDS TO GET A SOLUTION NOW!!!

    A second instance of the 'check engine light' coming on occurred a few days later on Jan. 14th/2011. This time I went to another dealership which scanned the error codes.....and this time they told me that the error code was a faulty "valve timing sensor". They ordered the part and I should have it installed on Jan. 21st....so I hope this fixes this problem!! WE'LL SEE!!

    Another complaint that I had that still exists (even after complaining to both dealerships) is that when pressing gently on the accelerator from a stopped position,....there is frequently a slight hesitation followed by a surge in acceleration. THIS IS DEFINITELY UNACCEPTABLE and Jeep needs to find a solution FAST !!!
  • I have a 2011 Jeep GC V6....and....I also am disappointed in a frequently occurring, noticeable hesitation followed by a surge when accelerating from a stop! The dealer has to date (Jan. 18th/2011) no solution to this problem!!! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!....JEEP NEEDS TO FIND A SOLUTION FAST!!!
  • I also have just recently taken delivery of my Trail Rated Overland with the Off Road Package. It also came with the cheap mud and snow tires rather than the On & Off road tire described in all the material I had received from Chysler. (Along with miss-installed carpet with a hole, a poorly made steering wheel, and a radio that does not include all of the satellite radio programming.) My dealer is slow balling me on the tire situation.

    I was "very" excited about this new vehicle, and traded in an excellant ride to have it. I bought the "America, we will do better..." line.

    I am extremely disappointed in the condition of this "specially made for..." vehicle, and the casual attitude taken by the dealer. It's the same business as usual that gave the foreign auto makers the following they have.

    And I am not taking those "bait & switch" tires into the desert, or any where else offroad, which was the whole point of getting this vehicle. Since MicheIin spells it out so clearly in their product information, I think any government regulator or court official will easily see the difference between tires advertised for highway use and tires that are for On & Off road use.
  • Don't get black. Every dust speck shows and dirt/ debris on the carpets stand out. I have black on black and it looks great clean, until it doesn't.
  • dvp16dvp16 Posts: 15
    If you google 2011 cherokee tech service you should be able to find the service notes on the V6. There are already quite a few on the 2011. New model/engines are best purchased a year after they come out so the bugs are worked out. That is the main reason I went with the hemi.
  • dvp16dvp16 Posts: 15
    Agree, I have a the 18 inch wheels and the sticker says on/off road tires and I got the plain jane tires. I was reading on tire rack on that model tire in the reviews and a 2011 cherokee owner had already replaced his after his slid through an intersection in the snow. I am having the same problem, the tires do not shed snow it sticks to them. I really do not think we should all have to go buy tires because chrysler slapped on whatever was in the warehouse on some build days. Maybe someone on here is an attorney and can file a class action for us!

    I think chrysler went in the right direction with this vehicle, but as in the past their dealers attitudes and the company's the customer is wrong bull will still do them in at the end.
  • dvp16dvp16 Posts: 15
    QD II is always in 4 wheel drive but engages when necessary as I understand it. It is computer controlled and works with the ESC hence the settings for auto or snow etc. There is an update for the electronic stability control to make it more sensitive if you want for vehicles manufactured before 12/30/10. Contact your dealer about service bulletin 02-004-10 to get the ESC re programmed with the update. There are some videos on you tube of factory reps driving the vehicle off road and it explains how the system works off road etc. Just search 2011 cherokee on you tube.
  • kgvwkgvw Posts: 29
    After going up the Chrysler service ladder I.was told I've gone as far as I can with them. Now I have to speak with the district MGR for.this area. Of course I've got to get his name & number fm the dealership. I'm sure I won't get too far but I'll keep u posted.
  • Good luck with your efforts. Last Thursday my service rep. called to say they were going to make it right. He said he would check for the final details and call me that afternoon with the solution. I'm still waiting.

    I have read of others with the same complaint, so would not be surprised if this leads to a court case. Would like to just have Chysler do the right thing by us without all the BS.
  • dvp16dvp16 Posts: 15
    I was discussing the tires with an attorney today. As an alternative he suggested filing a complaint with the state attorney general. So depending on how your state attorney general operates you may want to consider that.
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