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2005/2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee & Wagoneer

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  • onemanoneman Posts: 1
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  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    Jeep GC Limited, on a hot day in Atlanta, almost no wind to speak of, and at 65 mph on the freeway, I could barely keep the vehicle in lane as I was fighting the 65 mph wind that I was creating by driving...why is this vehicle so popular if ordinary freeway driving is so difficult???...right after the GC test drive, I then drove a Durnago, with no problem staying in lane...I realize the Durango weighs more, but the GC is still the weight of an average vehicle, not, say, a Ford Fiesta or a Mini-Cooper...
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I've had the same experience driving my bosses fairly new JGC on the highway. I was driving once on a windy day and it was pretty tough staying in my lane. Sadly, my Mazda B4000, which is also a 4x4 and is built on an ancient chassis tracks much better than his fancy and much more expensive Jeep.

    My understanding is that the excuse is Jeep accepts wander on the highway in order to avoid the steering wheel whipping when you hit an obstacle off road. While I actually do occasionally drive off road, I would much rather have a car that steers well on the highway and be careful to not slam into something when I am off the pavement. I hope this is changed for the '05 version.
  • duxfan3duxfan3 Posts: 3
    Bringing this thread back on topic.....

    The 2005 GC is on the way to dealerships. I commute between Toledo and Detroit daily, and the southbound car carriers are full of the new GC, bringing them out of Detroit.

    Yes bumpers are painted on all models. The Laredos have black rub strips on the side, the Limiteds have painted rub strips with a chrome inlay. My local dealer in Toledo (Yark Jeep) is either hiding the '05's, or haven't gotten any in yet. My hunch is that they are hiding them, since Yark is one of the largest Jeep dealers in the country (how hard can it be to sell Jeeps in Jeep City USA?). No matter what they'll be in the showroom shortly!
  • tloke1tloke1 Posts: 185
    The new Jeeps won't hit dealers until the end of September, at the very soonest. The official release date is in mid-October. Until then they are undergoing quality control inspection and will not be released to dealers.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    He said they are planning a preview event in mid October.
  • duxfan3duxfan3 Posts: 3
    Sorry tloke1, but I'm seeing the new GC's leaving Detroit every day now. I was driving 75 north from Toledo this morning, and a truckload of them passed me going south. In this area it's very commom to see production mules, and early production models on the highway doing some final testing. That's not the case with these truckloads of GC's. Unless these vehicles are being shipped elsewhere for quality checks, or have failed and are being shipped to be destroyed, these are finished models that I'm seeing on the trucks. And they look great!
  • tloke1tloke1 Posts: 185
    The new GC's may be leaving the factory, but they are absolutely positively NOT headed to dealers, I can assure you of that. October 14th is the official release date, some dealers may get a few units a week or two before that date but no dealer will see them for at least another 6 weeks. Some units are being shipped to California this week for Camp Jeep which starts the week after. They will be for demo driving purposes only and will be destroyed after the show.
  • dwrestledwrestle Posts: 72
    They are just gonna destroy Jeeps WHY!!!! just give them away, what a waste of stuff.
  • Does it make sense to lease a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee in August when the new models are due out in Sept? I feel like I am losing 1 year of
    value on the vehicle even thought its a new car.

    The quoted lease payment I got was for 24 month lease(15K miles/year) with no money down-The payment was $339/month which includes sales tax. The residual is $15,545. MSRP is $30,495.
    There are about $6,250 in rebates available

    Is this a good deal?

    Thanks
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,899
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  • arizonajoearizonajoe Posts: 123
    The new Grand Cherokee looks awesome. Seems like the competition is responding to the higher HP bar. Toyota is revising its stalwart 4.7L V8 for '05, bumping HP to 282 and torque to 325 across all models: 4Runner, Tundra, Sequoia, etc.

    Can anyone confirm that the new GC will _not_ require premium unleaded in any of its engines? I hate the absurd requirement to put premium in a gas-guzzling SUV.
  • tloke1tloke1 Posts: 185
    Regular unleaded, 87 octane is recommended or acceptable for all 3 engines (3.7/4.7/5.7). Mid-grade, 89 octane is suggested for maximum performance on the 5.7 Hemi. Premium fuel is specifically NOT recommended for any of the engines.
  • roweljrowelj Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if the 2005 Jeep will have an upgraded A/C system that includes filtration of the cabin air? It's great to see the improvements in the ride and handling that will be in the new model. I've had several Jeeps and currently own a 2002 JGC, but I now want something with a more comfortable ride without going to the luxury SUVs. Thanks!
  • tloke1tloke1 Posts: 185
    The '05 model uses the same exact filter that the 1999-2004 models used, called the "Cabin air filter".
  • arizonajoearizonajoe Posts: 123
    From AutoWeek:

    "DETROIT - The Chrysler group is cutting the sticker price of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    The price of the base 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 is $26,775, including destination charge, the company is expected to announce today, Aug. 16. That is a price cut of more than $2,000 from comparably equipped 2004 models, the company says.

    Prices of other 2005 Grand Cherokee models are the Laredo 4x4, $28,745; Limited 4x2, $32,100; and Limited 4x4, $34,690. All prices include destination charges."
  • lb3lb3 Posts: 1
    I live in Australia, and my folks drive a current JGC. Its not my kind of car, but I do have a soft spot for the thing and for Jeeps in general. I find the new 05 model a little underwhelming. Actually, From the shoulder line up, it could be a Range Rover, and the general proportions are very... universal-SUV. I know that somewhere, some purist at Daimler Chyrsler wanted to return to the parallel grille bars and pay homage to the headlights of the early Jeep models, but whatever happened to progress? To me, the front end of the 05 just ended up looking, well, a bit silly. The 99 shape is still one of the most expressive and distinctive SUV's out there. For me, that would make for a more pleasing basis of tradition than forcing 60 year old cues onto a modern design. Don't get me wrong, the 05 isn't a bad looking thing, but Jeep seems to be losing its 'Jeepness'. Without those seven slots, it could be anything.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,899
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