I currently have a 2001 Grand Cherokee that has had plenty of capability for me. With the diesel coming out later this year for the 2014s, I decided to stop by the dealership and check things out. As highly rated as it has been since its redesign, and with as happy as I am with mine, AND all that potential of the diesel, it was kind of impossible to resist.
Everything is electronic now. The dash cluster, gear selector, and 4x4. I do tech stuff for a living, and that makes me a bit nervous. I read about the problems that v6 owners had with the QT2 in the sand, that boiled down to software issues stranding them (I'd get QuadraDrive instead). My current GC has Quadra Drive, and if I want 4Lo, I pull the lever, mechanical things happen, and I have it. Am I off base to worry about that? Between the electronics, the airbags in the suspension and the 1st year of a new motor, I actually left the dealership less excited than I was when I got there. :/
I would like to have it for at least 10 years, so solid and reliable is good. I'd also like to have the confidence that things aren't going to go south unexpectedly on me for software reasons. I maintain my vehicles like crazy and typically put less than 10-12k a year on, so it doesn't seem like 10 years would be TOO hard. But there is SO MUCH to break, and with everything so dependent on the computers in it, little failures seem to have the potential to take the whole thing out. Which is bad if you're an hour into a maze of forest roads.
While I was there, I took a look at Wranglers, too (who cross shops them, right?), and was considering that route. Probably a Sahara, though the discount pricing I got through my employer has a Rubicon just $3k more. That is kind of tempting, but I worry that the extra stuff the Rubicon has might be making tradeoffs that aren't right for how I would use it. Given that a WJ has been enough, a Rubicon is obviously overkill. Any Wrangler, really. I DO like that things seem very mechanical on the Wrangler, and there are certainly less things to break (and they are easy to work on, if my buddy's is any indication), but I'm not in love with the interior, particularly the seats. Though they might grow on me.
I just "use" my WJ for getting to places to hike, camping when I can get away from work, etc. Nothing crazy, though I have friends that would really LIKE me to get something more capable so I could do stuff with them. And I have not even tried to go a couple of places to hike or camp, because I wasn't sure my WJ would make it. That said, there is no shortage of places I haven't been, either, so it isn't holding me back and ruining my life or anything.
With the resale on the Wranglers, it seems like it would be tough to go wrong with getting one while I'm waiting to see how reliable the diesel is. Is that a legit line of thinking? Or should I just pour cold water on my Jeep lust for now and wait for the 2015 Wrangler redesign and to see how the diesel WK2 does? My 2001 is still running fine and I don't NEED one . . . but I kinda want one.