I made a gut wrenching decision yesterday and rejected my vehicle. I readily admit that I am too picky but to pay $50 grand and drive it for 200-250,000 miles over 12 yrs or so I expect more than this.
Vehicle specs: ’14 JGC Summit, 4WD, 5.7L, Granite Crystal/Morocco Black, 15 miles on odom, 8/31/13 build date…
This vehicle did not have the rice/sand grains/debris under paint others have complained about. It had a “run” in the base paint coat on the passenger side of the hood. It was quite visible in both sun and shade. I was not willing to let them re-shoot the hood (inside a door jamb, probably would) in their body shop given that this is what will take all our lovely northeast ohio rocks/salt…nothing is better than factory paint and to bust into it on day one was just too much for me.
Window/door seals…driver door window seal was rolled in 2 spots…both rear door window seals had a sloppy hot weld at the bend and this caused them to fit poorly against the door frame although the pic does not show how bad it really looked in person.
Front Park Assist sensors…2 were not flush fitting.
Headlights…condensation on inside of both lenses. What’s going to happen in an Ohio winter when the vehicle is parked with hot lenses and then ice forms on the inside? This scares me.
Rear fender and trim…probably not a problem but to me the trim piece at top of arch wasn’t very secure at joint towards rear (all rivets in place), main bottom of fender behind rear wheels wasn’t exactly floppy but darned close, when I was checking for loose/missing rivets (reported issue) it moved very easily 3 or so inches in and out. Crawled under vehicle and did not see anything obvious except there is no real support for it to attach to. Curious how this would play out in an Ohio winter when those massive snow/ice “bergs” form there. That’s a lot of weight with little support.
Air Conditioner Filter…installed (wasn’t in my ’02)
Fog lights…scratches on both gray body inserts, looks like they are being shoved in on install, sloppy!
Tailgate/taillights/shocks…none of the unacceptable misalignments reported buutt not super straight l-r or in-out, I can definitely see that this is a loosey goosey area for Jeep…the Non-flip (hmmf) glass was shifted to the left (1/8” gap left, ¼” right), shocks dry on outside.
Interior…all ok with speaker rings, console alignment, scratches, etc..
Electronics (as much as I could test at one point in time)…iPhone paired up, mp3 files on SD card played awesome but could not get USB to recognize my stick it just said “Connect Media”, key fob and all interior controls worked normally.
Driving…steering wheel centered, alignment good, no apparent wind noise, BUT, this vehicle had a “harmonic” at 30-40 mph that attenuated through the steering column to the steering wheel. I am very aware that this is one of those infamous “in your head”, could not duplicate, it’s the road/tires deals. Nope, I am a pretty accomplished non-professional mechanic and I trouble shot all those out. Pitch of sound stayed the same no matter what so it’s something “on-board” and not something in contact with the road surface. It’s weird though. I would suspect it is originating somewhere between motor mount, motor to tranny mount or tranny to driveshaft or steering linkage. Front focused and has no grinding/rubbing characteristics or l-r wheel loading differences. Fresh pavement, worn pavement, grooved concrete road…same harmonic! Hrmmmf!
Net, net…the paint flaw did it for me and the drive noise made the decision a no-brainer. The window seals, park sensor, etc I would let dealer fix were it not for the paint and drive noise. I am not a Jeep hater. Why would I consider another JGC after living with an ’02 with all it’s lovely issues? I’m hooked on these da@n things! If you want a reasonably priced (by today’s standards) SUV that drives like a luxury car, hooks up in snow like it’s on Velcro, can go anywhere with a V8 then a JGC is your only real option.
So what am I going to do? Place my order today for another one (later build is better right? Oh, lord help us hooked JGC’ers) through a Texas dealer at 5.5% below invoice PLUS my Conquest $1k cash and Realtor $500 cash and just pray for no fatal paint or drive flaws, all else can be fixed plus I am getting the MaxCare Unlimited Lifetime extended service plan to cover my life as a JGC owner…