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#181 of 488 Breaking in a new 2011 Grand Cherokee
Mar 06, 2011 (12:43 pm)
I just bought a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the V8 HEMI. WOW - It is smooth as silk AND POWERFUL! I traded in a 1995 Ford Explorer so I guess compared to driving a 16 year old Ford SUV - anything would feel better - but this baby is smooth! The last time I bought a new car was in 1988 (it was high time I treated myself).
Not sure if the rules have changed but I remember in the 80's that you had to "break in" in a new car. Vary speeds, change the oil after 1000 mile to clean out any "factory debris", etc. Is this still the case? I asked the dealer and they didn't mention anything - just bring it in after 8000 for oil change and tire rotation.
Thanks in advance for any advice on this.
ps. If anyone is contemplating a new Jeep - this is the model to go with. I test drove the V6 and it felt a little sluggish compared to the V8 - and the gas mileage is about 2 MPG less.
Mar 07, 2011 (7:04 am)
I also have the off-road package with the 18 inch tires. When I did my research before I purchased the GC, I saw they were giving the Latitude Touring Tires. From the time I have own 4x4's, I have always change tires within the first 4 months or before snow season because the car manufactures never give you the right tires. However, in this case, Jeep spelled out the words off-road tire on the sticker and gave us a highway-touring tire. Even Nissan Xterra PRO & off-road trim model comes with BFG Off-road tires, which IMO are ok.
The Latitude's might have worked in Jeep's applications and testing, but for other applications such as the Jeep Jamboree they might not work on some trails. Right now I am waiting for Cooper Tire's new Discoverer A/T 3 off-road tire to be launched. Jeep must recognized that they made an error and find a way to resolve this.
Otherwise, since I got the GC last month with the V6, it is night and day over the Pathfinder. I do find the engine is sluggish at times and I have to ask the dealer to look into this. I also found by using the manual transmission, you get the power by shifting. This is far better than I had on the Pathfinder. If I had more money and money for gas, I would love to have the Hemi.
Best for now.
#184 of 488 Re: Breaking in a new 2011 Grand Cherokee [frankmostek]
Mar 07, 2011 (1:59 pm)
Are you happy with the 5-speed transmission, does it shift smoothly? Heard JEEP will soon have a 6- or 8-speed? Do you feel it when the engine changes from 8 to 4 cylinders and back? Thanks!
#185 of 488 New order status
Mar 07, 2011 (2:04 pm)
I ordered a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland with Hemi on Feb. 15th. Today, dealer told me car is in "D" status and has a VIN Number, but not a build date yet. Does anyone know how long it takes to get a build date once an order is in D status?
Mar 08, 2011 (7:31 pm)
Hello! I just purchased a 2011 JGC Overland two weeks ago. So far so good, except I notice there is a 2-3 second high pitched whine from the radio (Sat and FM) that seems to occur with acceleration and deceleration. Before I go whining to the dealer, anyone else have this issue?
#187 of 488 Re: Radio whine [nolajeep]
Mar 09, 2011 (7:31 am)
No, no whine from mine. Sounds like electrical interference coming tbrough. Did you get the 730n or the 430n radio? 730n was supposed to come with the Overland but mine came.thru with the 430n. I'm trying to get it swapped through Chrysler.
#188 of 488 Re: Radio whine [kgvw]
Mar 09, 2011 (8:37 am)
Geez, wrong entertainment system, wrong tires, ... sounds like the new Chrysler is even worse than the old. That is just plain inexcuseable what they're doing to you folks. You pay $40, $50K and they give you whatever radio and tires are layin around the line? Lawsuit, false advertising, bait and switch, ... this is ridiculous. Probably need to make sure you all got the correct tranny, rear end, anything that's optional needs to be verified.
#189 of 488 Re: Radio whine [nolajeep]
Mar 09, 2011 (3:39 pm)
I just bought mine last Friday - I have not noticed any issues with my radio except the satellite goes out when I pull into the garage which is expected. Let us know what you find out. Good luck! Frank
#190 of 488 Re: Breaking in a new 2011 Grand Cherokee [joeb24]
Mar 09, 2011 (3:45 pm)
yes - very. I actually don't notice anything except a very smooth ride and nice acceleration when I need it. Although compared to my 1995 Ford Explorer I'm probably not asking for much. I'll focus more tomorrow when I get on the highway but so far - this thing is awesome! (And no - I am not getting a commission check from Chrysler.. )