I brought the Jeep home last night. I used the skyslider several times both at the dealer and then at home. It seems to be functioning (for now.) The new headliner is clean. They also buffed out the scratches that they put in the paint near the roof.
I'll admit, after 27 days of not having it, I am glad to have it back. It rides like a dream compared to the 2013 Jeep Compass FWD base model rental that I've been buzzing around in for the last month.
I truly don't know where to go from here. I had big plans for this Jeep.. Pay it off in under 3 years, lift it, mod the crap out of it, and then keep it for 10+ years.. I literally have a stack of parts that I bought myself over the holidays that need to go on it still (JK Moabs, ATH Recovery System, Drake Shift Knob, etc.)
I feel like I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't. If I get out of this, I lose $3-4,000 right off the bat due to resale. And if I get into what I want (a new JKU Sahara or similar,) I am financing at least another $15,000 or more. That kinda puts a damper on my paid off timeline.
I would love for Jeep to come up with some kind of replacement for the skyslider assembly. The design just seems prone to failure. If I had bought this Jeep ten years from now for dirt cheap, I'd have no problem retrofitting some kind of semi-permanent roof onto it (think of the new Renegade with the two removable panels.)
As always, I will keep you updated. Hopefully my next update to this thread is either "Just used my skyslider all summer and it worked flawlessly", and not "Well, it broke again."
I've never heard of a shop/dealer keeping a vehicle that long. Give us some good news next time!
Neither have I. Hopefully thats the last of that.