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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee



  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    The fact of the matter is that the JGC is NOT overpriced, the dollar is UNDERPRICED and getting worse weekly, thanks to Obama and friends Geithner and Bernanke. Did you know the dollar lost 7% last week alone?

    And as far as BMW is concerned, their prices are even worse. $10,000 MORE for the new X3 compared to the Overland. Got to pay those high German pensions, ya know.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    The tranny does not have "added gears" as far as I know, just the conventional five.

    What happens is that when the HEMI is not under load, it reduces to 4 cylinders from 8 and this results in added fuel economy. I have the same thing on my 2006 Chevy Impala SS and it works seamlessly an beautifully, not to mention effectively.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Yes, by all means trade it in (to a willing buyer, of which there will be many). We are all getting tired of your moaning and bitching about the car which is a perfectly fine vehicle.

    I drove six (6) before ordering mine and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the seats, in fact, they were high-end.

    You must know little about cars because you think it is abnormal to hear a "thump thump" with the windows down. ALL cars do that.

    You have an obvious bias against the car so go get yourself a quality-lessening Toyota and be satisfied.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 DenverPosts: 1,081
    I drove an Overland V6 over the weekend, nice vehicle but it was lacking some power. It was adequate but by no means what I would expect from a $42,000 vehicle. It was quieter than my 2008 4Runner, ride was comparable. The main negative was a Check Engine light that was on, I was actually surprised the salesman brought it around to drive with the light on, but when I mentioned it he said, "Oh as long as it's not flashing we're OK." I remarked how it wasn't really comforting for a brand new vehicle with 21 miles on it to have the light on and he said it was just because the gas cap wasn't tight. He may have been right but it didn't instill confidence.

    The final killer was the residual on the lease rates, at 43% the lease was near $750 per month, and while it's a nice vehicle, you can get a lot more for your money at that price. I'm hoping the 8 speed transmission makes its way into the 2012 and helps with the power issue, but that probably won't be enough to get me into one.

    I wish the residuals were better and the Check Engine light hadn't been on, if so I'd probably be leasing one today.
  • Yes, I agree with you, re: steering wheel.
  • jjp550jjp550 Posts: 3
    I bought a2011 v6 with check engine light on and they said nothing to worry about probably gas cap , now they dont know what to do to fix it I'm waiting to get it fixed
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    I regret you who have test-driven the V-6 have had problems. I would not have driven the 6 either. The gold in this engine is in the HEMI. It is a GREAT engine and I cannot wait for mine to get here!

    In the proper configuration it really is a superior vehicle. Forget the six, it is not the engine to have. It is only there because of the government. Get the V8 and be very happy!
  • jpp5862jpp5862 DenverPosts: 1,081
    Yeah, I didn't find it very comforting, I'm really still surprised the sales guy brought it around, he drove it up front for me, you'd think he would notice that and get another one.

    Hope they're able to get yours fixed soon, that's another reason I want to lease, quality is still suspect to me on the Jeep. If it starts having problems I want it to be under warranty and I want to be able to give it back at the end and not have to worry about it.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 DenverPosts: 1,081
    I don't need the HEMI, I'll never tow anything with the vehicle and the 6 had enough power for me for daily driving. For me it's not worth the extra $2 grand and the decreased mileage to have the HEMI. Kind of like someone in FL buying 4WD, why pay for it if you don't want or need it.
  • I purchased a new 2011 JGC Laredo in November. On Friday the check engine light came on. I brought it back to the dealership and they told me the problem had to do with the 'cold start indicator'. They ran some tests and are waiting to hear back from Chrysler on how to proceed. They did say that they have heard about this problem on other 2011 JGC. Has anybody else heard about this?
    I am hoping it is not a major issue, because so far I love this car!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,334
    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 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    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: 11,334
    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 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,334
    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 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,334
    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 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • 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 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. 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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