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Unread 08-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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2yrs and 22k miles later...

My 2011 GC Lardeo (V-6/Trail rated/tow pkg) has been great. I'm impressed with the mpg's these V-6 GC's get. I've been averaging 18/22, and I drive with little thought about conserving gas. The Laredo has had no issues (knocking on wood) and is a pleasure on long trips. I have been running Mobil1 since the first change at 3500 miles, other than that---I replaced 1 air filter so far. The vehicle is using NO oil, as my last oil change (I went a little long at 11000 miles..ooops) showed the dipstick at full; I was very pleased about that. I drive the Laredo almost exclusively in "Sport" mode, as it shifts too early for my taste in "Auto."

The engine remains smooooth and quiet, and with the exception of the occassional "dead spot" in the throttle--I'm very happy. One of these days I'll have the software checked, but it happens so rarely I don't think much about it. The other complaint is ergonomic related, I suffer from the difficult to see gauge panel during daytime driving--and the speedo increments are wierd.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Unread 08-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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I love my 2011 Laredo X. Super stereo, leather heated, etc. No problems at all (just needed a software update to get the Uconnect to work with my iPhone 4 which was covered under warranty) and it is soooo comfortable for my 5'11" height and bad back. No problems with panel visibility for me. (Maybe try adjusting your stealing wheel and seats a bit?)

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Unread 08-12-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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I tried numerous combinations; I'm also 5'11", about 170lbs. The speedo needle is extremely difficult to see during daylight, so I only use the digital EVIC speedo. Too bad the gauges aren't done more like my wifes 2013 Ram 2500.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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I'm 6'2 and I can see the panel.

Problem solved:

Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...iew.free&hl=en

Buy:http://www.amazon.com/Arkon-14-Inch-...unt+cell+phone

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Unread 08-12-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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Oh. I guess I only look at the EVIC lol. It's right there in the middle and I can't think that I ever tried to look at the "dials". Hmmm. Will make a point of looking at the dials next time to see if they're "blocked" for me. Don't think I'll care though cuz I like the EVIC.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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In the year 2013, we should have a pretty good grasp on speedometer placement/design (good car ergonomics in general), since it's likely the most used gauge. The combination of glare/darn near invisable speedo needle is the bigger problem.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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bought ours in Feb '12 now at 21K miles and love it. Will be holding on to this one until it dies.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 09:21 AM   #8
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My 2011 GC Lardeo (V-6/Trail rated/tow pkg) has been great. I'm impressed with the mpg's these V-6 GC's get. I've been averaging 18/22, and I drive with little thought about conserving gas. The Laredo has had no issues (knocking on wood) and is a pleasure on long trips. I have been running Mobil1 since the first change at 3500 miles, other than that---I replaced 1 air filter so far. The vehicle is using NO oil, as my last oil change (I went a little long at 11000 miles..ooops) showed the dipstick at full; I was very pleased about that. I drive the Laredo almost exclusively in "Sport" mode, as it shifts too early for my taste in "Auto."

The engine remains smooooth and quiet, and with the exception of the occassional "dead spot" in the throttle--I'm very happy. One of these days I'll have the software checked, but it happens so rarely I don't think much about it. The other complaint is ergonomic related, I suffer from the difficult to see gauge panel during daytime driving--and the speedo increments are wierd.

4 out of 5 stars.
I know a lot of people on this forum do there own brake servicing.

Just wanted to ask if you had any brake servicing done.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #9
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We bought ours in Dec 11. We just broke 20k. It had it's first issue at 19.5k. We had an intermittent CEL. It would only come on during long weekend drives, and nothing seemed wrong. I don't recall the actual code, but the trouble was "torque converter solenoid". We took it in and the dealer pulled the tranny, and replaced the torque converter under warranty. It was in the shop for a week, and we drove a pathetic '10 base Liberty donor. I would have rather had anything else on their lot: Compass, Patriot, Dart, etc. We also wanted them to replace the clunky rear shocks. It doesn't appear they performed any action on that problem. Other than that, we are quite happy. It's the perfect, safe vehicle for the wifey to haul the kids around. The poor Alpine SQ, and too-high gearing would be my main complaints.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 09:45 AM   #10
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I know a lot of people on this forum do there own brake servicing.

Just wanted to ask if you had any brake servicing done.

Thanks
I haven't needed any brake service. Brakes tend to last me a very long time.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Congrats!

I just hit one year and 20K miles...and zero complaints or problems. Love my JGC!
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #12
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I haven't needed any brake service. Brakes tend to last me a very long time.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #13
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Regarding placement of dials (I use the EVIC), I checked whether I could see my dials and I could see them both no problem while driving. I'm 5'11" and slim if that makes any difference.

Also, the other day after some big trucks passed in the opposite lane on a two lane highway, I had to swerve hard to avoid an idiot who decided to pull a u-turn from instead of just backing out of a driveway. He was blind to me because of the large trucks and i couldn't see him till the last second for the same reason. My JGC handled the quick jerk right then back left like a pro. I think it's called the moose maneuver? My horn worked real well too.

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Unread 08-18-2013, 09:54 AM   #14
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Regarding placement of dials (I use the EVIC), I checked whether I could see my dials and I could see them both no problem while driving. I'm 5'11" and slim if that makes any difference.

Also, the other day after some big trucks passed in the opposite lane on a two lane highway, I had to swerve hard to avoid an idiot who decided to pull a u-turn from instead of just backing out of a driveway. He was blind to me because of the large trucks and i couldn't see him till the last second for the same reason. My JGC handled the quick jerk right then back left like a pro. I think it's called the moose maneuver? My horn worked real well too.

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I had to do that a couple Sundays ago. Car on the right of me tried to come into my lane. Like he couldn't see the giant red Jeep beside his kia rio. I jerked the wheel like you did, think I skidded a front tire because it smelled like burnt rubber for the next few miles. Some people.....

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Unread 08-19-2013, 10:32 AM   #15
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Have to say the same... 1 year and 20,000 miles and we love our grand cherokee. We got her the 2012 Overland with every option aside from the Hemi (not my car and she wanted better fuel economy...) It's been a great car and, aside from being slower than a snail with a back-ache, has treated us well. Also running Mobile 1 full Syn. since 1st oil change at 3K. I keep the intervals at 7-10K miles and haven't burned a drop either.
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