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post #1 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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ATTN: KK's with a skyslider problem

I am now starting to see another wave of loyal jeep KK owners having winter issues with their sky sliders and wanted to let you know that there are hundreds of jeep owners with the same problems and no resolutions. I will number/bullet point everything I have done with no resolution and then will ask for input.

1. I have contacted Chrysler headquarters, even the president of customer service, for them to tell me out of warranty there is nothing that can be done except to replace it. And then it will most likely break again. And can cost in excess of 5k to replace and then is not warrantied and most dealerships don't want to touch then in the first place.

2. I have contacted attorneys that have told me there is no case unless you want to pay up front for them to battle chryslers corporate lawyers for years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars maybe to loose anyway.

3. I have contacted custom car roof repair experts that can only get a body shop to seal the roof and weld a piece of metal to it .

4. I have contacted media who said Chrysler has other issues that are way bigger then The couple thousand of customers with roof issues.

5. For some reason a class action suit was never filed because I think they were protected under bankruptcy laws from 2008.

6. I have read numerous articles and complaints from past jeep owners who all had the same problems and just ended up selling or trading in their jeeps with skysliders for future unsuspecting customers to deal with, like myself!

Is there anyone who can think of any other resolutions to fix this issue that I have missed? I really don't want to get rid of my jeep just to have another person deal with it that is unaware of this expensive whole in the roof!

Thanks for listening and I hope we can all fix this issue some day inexpensivley. Other than the noisy and leaky roof I actually like the jeep.

Tj

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 10:33 AM
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When a vehicule is out of production,they will not spend $$ to fix a design problem .They will fix with the parts they have in stock and not spend a dime to modify those parts.The only exception I can think of would be a safety recall that they have no choice.Your best bet is to sell it to someone who lives in a desert or something like that
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 01:37 PM
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When a vehicule is out of production,they will not spend $$ to fix a design problem .They will fix with the parts they have in stock and not spend a dime to modify those parts.The only exception I can think of would be a safety recall that they have no choice.Your best bet is to sell it to someone who lives in a desert or something like that
If there is enough pressure they will work on problems on discontinued vehicles. Remember the gas tank/trailer hitch voluntary recall from a few months ago on the early Grand Cherokees? Granted that was a much larger number of affected vehicles.

Supposedly the new Cherokee has the sky slider as a late availability option. If they haven't given up on the concept then they can fix the ones that are out there.

You guys read my thread.. I'm still covered by warranty and they're giving me a hard time. Only owned my Jeep for 4 months.
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post #4 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 01:47 PM
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Safety related things will get fixed otherwise they will be FORCED to do a recall. Sky slider is not quite a safety related item.
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 02:28 PM
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Winter issues? Who uses their skyslider in the winter anyways? I've never had mine open when the temp is below 50 or 60 anyways.
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Winter issues? Who uses their skyslider in the winter anyways? I've never had mine open when the temp is below 50 or 60 anyways.
The snow sitting on them and melting leaks into the tracks. The wind also blows the roof open when strong.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 04:33 PM
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The snow sitting on them and melting leaks into the tracks. The wind also blows the roof open when strong.
Even when it was 2 degrees out, I would go outside and clear the snow off the skyslider to prevent structural damage from all the extra weight. I've yet to have issues with leaking.

Unfortunately, sometimes all the preventative measures in the world cannot overcome a design flaw and/or an improper repair job.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 04:36 PM
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Safety related things will get fixed otherwise they will be FORCED to do a recall. Sky slider is not quite a safety related item.
It is when it's leaking water on electronics, as in the case of mine
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 05:13 PM
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Could also say that its a DROWNING hazard
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-06-2014, 08:04 PM
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Winter issues? Who uses their skyslider in the winter anyways? I've never had mine open when the temp is below 50 or 60 anyways.
You're doing it wrong lol. Depends on the weather, I've had days around 40 and it was open. Some in the 30s. The heat is great in these trucks....

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You're doing it wrong lol. Depends on the weather, I've had days around 40 and it was open. Some in the 30s. The heat is great in these trucks....
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-12-2014, 05:03 PM
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I feel bad for you guys. In theory, this sounded like a great option, but now, nothing but trouble. Unfortunately I don't think you're ever going to get any help from Chrysler. Hell, us with GCs had a safety recall and now have to deal with no 4Lo because of it. Despite the supposed parts to fix it being on what my dealer called "intergalactic backorder" Chrysler refuses to acknowledge that their recall has screwed us. There's not much love from the mothership when our Jeeps start going downhill...

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I feel bad for you guys. In theory, this sounded like a great option, but now, nothing but trouble. Unfortunately I don't think you're ever going to get any help from Chrysler. Hell, us with GCs had a safety recall and now have to deal with no 4Lo because of it. Despite the supposed parts to fix it being on what my dealer called "intergalactic backorder" Chrysler refuses to acknowledge that their recall has screwed us. There's not much love from the mothership when our Jeeps start going downhill...
I had done several months of searching for the perfect KK. After reading countless positive reviews of the skyslider, I decided the fun value was worth the risk. Now, after having it break just a few months after I bought it (only ever using it a handful of times,) I am beginning to wonder about the longevity factor. I had planned on keeping this Jeep for a very long time, but am unsure of how this will pan out.

HOPEFULLY Chrysler comes out with stronger components (maybe aluminum instead of plastic for critical parts) for the inevitable failure that many of us skyslider equipped folks have and will endure (again.)
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-13-2014, 08:58 AM
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I had done several months of searching for the perfect KK. After reading countless positive reviews of the skyslider, I decided the fun value was worth the risk. Now, after having it break just a few months after I bought it (only ever using it a handful of times,) I am beginning to wonder about the longevity factor. I had planned on keeping this Jeep for a very long time, but am unsure of how this will pan out. HOPEFULLY Chrysler comes out with stronger components (maybe aluminum instead of plastic for critical parts) for the inevitable failure that many of us skyslider equipped folks have and will endure (again.)
It is disappointing that Chrysler won't even attempt to try and fix this issue. It will definitely turn off many customers from future Chrysler purchases.

Thinking out of the box, I would say lose the power top and perhaps have a fiberglass like hard top wrangler and make 2 sections with some really good seals that you can manually pop out at your convenience. Just remove the metal retractable tracks if you can and seal the heck out if it and redo the runners. My lib doesn't have a retractible top so just guessing on what could be done.

I was looking at the option when I was purchasing my Lib, but decided against it.

When you get knee-deep in a situation, floor it.
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