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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel, SUV
#1 of 55 Grand Cherokee CRD diesel
Apr 20, 2007 (3:14 pm)
Anyone with an owners report on this new vehicle?
It's ridiculously gutsy from a standing start, even with the relatively heavy Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive underfoot. It's no surprise, because the engine puts out 376 pounds-feet of torque at 1,600-2,800 rpm, as well as 215 horsepower at 3,800 rpm. What makes this engine stand out, though, is how quiet and smooth it is. It's definitely the most refined diesel engine I've ever driven in a car — or light truck, as the case may be.
The 3.0-liter V-6, which has been used in the Grand Cherokee overseas, is a Mercedes engine that is arguably the most advanced small diesel made. When you start — and particularly when you stop — the engine there's no vibration that shouts "diesel."
The new engine is the foundation of Mercedes' Bluetec system, which promises record-low emissions when operated on low-sulfur fuel. The Grand Cherokee CRD isn't currently Bluetec, though it does include a particulate trap to catch all that diesel soot we Americans object to. One could say the car is diesel-ready, in a sense. When low-sulfur fuel hits the pumps here within the next year, Jeep can begin to sell Bluetec versions that make the engine as clean as possible.
Expect to see the Grand Cherokee CRD in early 2007, except in non-diesel friendly states like California.
Jeep GC Diesel
#2 of 55 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD diesel [gagrice]
Oct 09, 2007 (4:45 pm)
I have a 2007 GC CRD and love it. If you are a Jeep guy, then you know mpg is hard to get, my last 5.2l GC got 13-15. This one gets 22 and hasn't been on the highway yet for any distance. The Nav system is very cool, my TDI friends are jealous of how quite it is.
#3 of 55 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD diesel [philcraig]
Oct 09, 2007 (4:50 pm)
Welcome to the forum.
Glad to hear you like your GC. Keep us posted on mileage and overall driving experience.
#4 of 55 4000 mile evaluation
Nov 11, 2007 (7:41 am)
I thought I'd give my 2 cents on this vehicle. I've owned it for 3 months now and am very impressed with it so far. Mileage has increased steadily to the point I'm getting 22 in the city and 25 on the highway. It is definitely in it's element on the highway with great brakes and ample power. What impresses me most is the ride though. You must be careful or you'll find yourself driving way over the limit. The engine can't be praised enough. It definitely makes this vehicle.
There are some downfalls that I'll bring to your attention as well. Oil changes at the dealership crowd 200 dollars Canadian. They're only required every 6000 miles but still. I find the dash cheap and " to plastic" for my liking and there is a poor standard warranty. You need an extended warranty to get proper coverage.
I considered this vehicle long and hard before I went ahead and purchased it, but have no regrets whatsoever.
#5 of 55 Re: 4000 mile evaluation [kuntao]
Nov 12, 2007 (3:34 am)
Oil changes at the dealership crowd 200 dollars Canadian.
Since this is a Mercedes engine, are you absolutely required to get your oil changed at the dealership to preserve your warrantee? Also, what speed do you generally drive on the highway to get 25 MPG?
#6 of 55 response
Dec 29, 2007 (7:45 am)
Sorry about the late response. The extended warranty covers everything except brake pads for 5 years so I'm unsure about any mandatory requirements. The cost of the warranty nearly covered the oil changes alone so I felt it very worthwhile.
As far as speeds, I drive above posted limits and pay no attention to trying to conserve. That would probably mean at least 120k or 70 miles an hour.
I have noticed fuel consumption increased since the colder temperatures arrived. That is usually the norm for all vehicles and it was only a mile or so per gal.
It is in all aspects very good in the freezing rain and snow with no problem starting in the cold weather.
Very pleased with the vehicle so far
#7 of 55 Re: response [kuntao]
Jan 03, 2008 (3:28 am)
Well,I finally just bought one of these fine vehicles.I test drove many,many vehicles from crossovers to trucks.This was the best.It felt sturdy and was /is very comfortable to drive.It was the actual engine I was sold on.
I only have 420km on it,and still have just under half a tank of gas left.The torque is awsome,and braking exceptional.No problems so far,although there was a small crease in the leather drivers seat,and a small thread of stitching hanging from the leather wrapped wheel,minor stuff.I hope to get many years from this truck.
#8 of 55 Owner 2008 Jeep GC Overland diesel
Feb 02, 2008 (2:04 pm)
I am the proud owner of a 2008 Jeep GC Overland diesel. I love this vehicle. I find the seats very comfortable, the ride is great and the engine is fantastic--both for city and highway driving.
Passing is no problem and gas mileage is terrific (meeting and sometimes exceeding sticker values). I also love all of the tech stuff---uconnect phone, mygig, nav, and so on. Even has heated seats for the backseat.
Compared to the 06 hemi I had...I'll take this one....and spend more time on the road rather than putting in gas...
I wish they would have kept the automatic fold-in for the mirrors (as I had on the 06 GC)...that is handy for parking in a narrow garage...
The only minor negative point I might make about the engine is the slight hesitation that sometime occurs when the engine is shifting into turbo mode....
Would I buy another one....absolutely.....
perhaps even a 2009...with the rumoured bluetec Cummins diesel...don't know which engine would be better?? Cummins vs Mercedes??
#9 of 55 What kind of
Feb 03, 2008 (6:46 pm)
gas mileage numbers are you getting???
#10 of 55 Re: What kind of [marsha7]
Feb 08, 2008 (2:24 pm)
Gas mileage (Canadian miles per gallon) 24 city 31hwy....which I believe works out to 17/22 U.S. figures