Hello all.. this is my first post so I hope it is informative..
I picked up my Limited about 2 months ago and instantly fell in love.. that is up until about 2 weeks ago when the check engine light came on. A short trip to the dealer and they tell me it was a "cam shaft error" which they reset and performed a software update, shouldn't happen again.. I would normally ask more questions but I was running late so I let it go..
All is well for a whole 2 days when the light comes back on again. I am less then happy at this point, so I make a second trip and they tell me that there was an additional error that came up the first trip but they decided to reset it hoping it would go away. It was something to do with the thermostat. They tell me they will have to keep it overnight to test the thermostat when the engine cools down. At least I got a free rental.. note to self do not ever buy a dodge dakota..
I get the call in the morning that there is a problem with the thermostat and it needs to be replaced. This intrigued me as it seemed odd that this would fail so soon. The tech then told me about a known issue that when the thermostats were cast, "some" had a tiny defect which caused the valve to remain open and never close.. He took a few pictures and sent it off to Jeep.. they let him know it's a simple fix with a grinder to remove the excess metal to make the thermostat operate correctly but they would not replace it under warranty, only fix it. Being less than happy with this news I simply left and promised them I wouldn't be coming back to them for service...
So long story short keep an eye on your temperature gauge, and if your car doesn't warm up in a "normal" amount of time you may have a defective thermostat.