Well, as luck would have it, the dealership found a '14 GC Limited with diesel and all the other options we ordered, except for the block heater and the color. This one was the Black Forest Green and the salesman said this color is for this year only. I thought the color was very sharp. Another dealership had it, said they couldn't sell it, and wanted to trade it for an equally optioned V6 that they could sell immediately. So we had a test drive last night and I must say - That is an awesome machine.
The engine is much quieter than my '10 VW Jetta TDI. Standing outside the vehicle, the diesel sound is eminent, but not loud at all. Inside, you can hear the diesel sound, but it is much quieter than outside.
The ride was quite nice. I'm not used to a large vehicle after driving my VW for 2 yrs, but I could get used to this.
My wife drove it off the lot and got onto the freeway. She cruised at about 65 - 70 and it handled fine. The mileage wasn't that impressive going down the freeway, but after we got off and switched drivers, I noticed the Eco light on and turned it off. That made an immediate improvement to mileage.
I drove back to the dealership on secondary roads. At one point, I stopped on snow/ice covered lane and jumped on it to see how it would handle those conditions. Not a single slip. The vehicle simply dug in and took off. My wife hates it when I do things like that. She normally grabs the door handle and starts screaming at me. To my surprise, she said she hated it when I do that, but she guessed I had to just to see how it handled.
I averaged 55 mph on secondary roads and got mid to high 30's for mileage. And that was without trying hard.
When we first got into the vehicle and my wife started it, she noticed not seeing the glow plug light and questioned it. I didn't have any answers for her, but later that night she looked online and found these engines have ceramic glow plugs that heat up very fast. So fast that the glow plug light doesn't even come on. At least on this one it didn't show.
I am very impressed with this vehicle/engine/drivetrain. If I didn't owe so much on my Jetta, I'd trade it in for this one and let my wife wait for hers to come in. After driving it, my wife said she would be able to live with the diesel, even though she still wanted the Hemi.
The salesman said they can put the block heater on if that made a difference. Aprox. $100 for the heater and about 2.5 hrs of labor. If we decide to take this one instead of waiting for hers to come in, they would need to install the heater without the labor charge, but I doubt they would go for that. The salesman is supposed to call us later about pricing and stuff, but I'm still thinking we will wait for the one we ordered.
If any of you are on the fence whether or not to go diesel, believe me, IMHO it's worth it.