New Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011 onwards

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Looking at a new tow vehicle to replace my 2005 Pajero. We want to buy a van that has a ball weight of 210kg empty and over 2500kg empty so the Pajero will not do the job legally. A new Paj will not cut the mustard either. Been looking at different tow vehicles. The Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee looks good . Has any body bought one that could give their opinion.
Scoof. :-)
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Reply By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 00:17

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 00:17
I own an earlier model. For warts and all advice go to ausjeepoffroad.com. Plenty of info there and it is a pretty friendly place. It's known as WK2 and the summary is it is powerful, economical and great to drive. Downsides are there can be electrical gremlins. There are sensors coming out the wazoo as in all new cars. There is also a problem with said sensors causing the 4wd system to fail on sand embarrassing quite a few owners. Personally I don't like the position of the parking brake as a foot pedal bumping against my left leg. As a Jeep owner I can say that the brand can be problematical. I really like mine so I will put up with a bit of nonsense from the car because I like it. By nonsense I mean little screwball things that happen to Jeeps like phantom warning lights, fans that stop working every now and then and air con systems that blow hot when they are supposed to be cold unless you twiddle the dials correctly....that sort of crap. Jeeps are great off road standard and all the crd Jeeps are more economical and powerful than a lot of Jap models. I think they look a whole lot better as well. Spares are also harder to come by in Aus but plentiful in the US via the net. If I was buying new I wouldn't worry because of the warranty, but I would extend it out to 5 years. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 22:16

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 22:16
hi mike
the sand driving problem has a fix by way of a cpu add on
you may have missed
thread 98446 which was a follow up to thread 98034
98446 was the result of the 4wd editor contacting jeep australia about the sand driving problem that many new jeep owners were experiencing
cheers
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 23:21

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 23:21
The issue is still current and I have been following it with interest on the Jeep forums

http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/showthread.php?t=118589

There are still dealers claiming ignorance. There hasn't been a recall to flash the computer, you have to ask for it. They must assume not many go off road?
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:45

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:45
hi mike
thanks for the update yes ignorance is bliss and saves money but does harm to sales in the long run and their reputation
but it doesnt seem to be the company focus
they'd rather let the customer find out for themselves and get stuck expensively in sand and have to be retrieved maybe customers should reverse the slogan to -----hold back 'til they fix it
cheers
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 06:53

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 06:53
There is also a heap of reading here if you have the time. Bob
http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17882
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:16

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:16
Having 2 Jeeps , a Grand and a KJ , would never go back to an overpriced Tojo , like most vehicles Jeeps are by no means "perfect" but are a lot more reliable than most peoples perceptions , Any diesel Grand Cherokee 05 on will do the job that your after , ,, spare parts are not an issue as everything can be sourced via the net and are actually not often required [unlike Toyota who deem it necessary to have dealers shelves stocked with spare parts for their UNBREAKABLE Toyotas in every 1pub town Australia wide] ,,,, I tow a float with 4 racehorses on a regular basis with my Grand ,, never a problem and at less than 2/thirds of the fuel of a friends Tojo v8 diesel.
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Follow Up By: Scoof - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 17:15

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 17:15
Thanks for all the replies I will head off to a dealer and have a look and a test drive. Not a bad looking vehicle from the outside
Cheers
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Reply By: happytravelers - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 22:06
I'm a Jeep mechanic, the new Grand Cherokees are a huge improvement on all the previous models and very well priced considering all the standard features. Reliability is also vastly improved over the previous models. Certainly worth a look.
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Follow Up By: Scoof - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:28

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:28
Great to here from a Jeep mechanic , give's me a bit of confidence in the product.
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Reply By: Member - Robert W (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 08:59

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 08:59
Hi, I have the base model diesel with air suspension & other options (extra's). Only done 2000 klms as I have been away at work. Very happy with it, heaps of power and drives beautifully, $60k all up.
Looking for a caravan now !
Place order to del was 6 months! for Jeep.
Regards
Bob
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Follow Up By: Scoof - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:26

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:26
Thanks going down this weekend to have a look.
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