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Unread 04-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Is the GC 2013-14 4WD drive train reliable ?

Is the GC 2013-14 4WD drive train reliable ?

Is there any common problem with this 4wd train ?

I am thinking of getting a jeep since I have to travel in the snow.

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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Which one? There is more than one 4x4 system, if that is what you are referring to.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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Is the GC 2013-14 4WD drive train reliable ? Yes

Is there any common problem with this 4wd train ? No

I am thinking of getting a jeep since I have to travel in the snow.
They are great in the snow.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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I don't know about driving in the snow, it hasn't snowed enough where I live. But, there have been issues with some people driving on sand where the 4wd fails completely. Me included.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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1. awesome in snow, I have has both QT1 and QT2. Best snow vehicle I've ever had (and I've has subaru's etc)

2. It has been a reliable system, there are reports here re: sand issues for some (though others report no issues).

If you want simple great 4wd get QT1 in the laredo. QT2 gets you a snow mode but more stuff to worry about I suppose

In general, the wk2 is a solid reliable ride
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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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1. awesome in snow, I have has both QT1 and QT2. Best snow vehicle I've ever had (and I've has subaru's etc)

2. It has been a reliable system, there are reports here re: sand issues for some (though others report no issues).

If you want simple great 4wd get QT1 in the laredo. QT2 gets you a snow mode but more stuff to worry about I suppose

In general, the wk2 is a solid reliable ride
What about the rear driveshaft issues? And the lack of replacements back over the winter?
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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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What about the rear driveshaft issues? And the lack of replacements back over the winter?
You seem to know a lot about it, please elobarate, what is the percentage of issues? The OP asks about '13-14 models, do they have this issue?

Consumer reports is pretty stingy with "recommend" ratings on US cars/SUVs and the WK2 has one. My '11 laredo was fantastic, esp in the snow.

Seems like these days toyota and honda have more recalls than the US guys.

These forums also tend to magnify a problem. You only need a few vocal folks on here to be convinced your wk2 is about to spontaneously combust.
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Is the GC 2013-14 4WD drive train reliable ?

Is there any common problem with this 4wd train ?

I am thinking of getting a jeep since I have to travel in the snow.
With the exception of the transmission, its the same drivetrain in use since 2011, they've produced hundreds of thousands of these and only a few have any problems.

The transfer case is used in a number of Chrysler and GM vehicles since 2008, which is a minor revision of those in use since 2000 or so. They are light duty truck class cases and as long as you don't abuse them, they will provide long trouble free service. The Mercedes axles are also used in their new SUV.

There have been a couple software and bus communication glitches that a few have reported but nothing trending as far as mechanical as far as I know. These show up in sand only.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
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Rear driveshaft

Failed the beginning of Jan 2013 with 11K miles on it. I was told the part was expected in at my dealership around March 25, 2013. I few days later I got call that the part had arrived???? I am guessing one was taken from a GC on the lot. I am guessing that the original parts due date 6 weeks after taking my GC was a result of other similar failures. I got the impression that this wasn't an unusual or occurence.
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I am referring to all quadra track I & II version. I am contemplating buying the new jeep; however, I am hesitant to buy jeep.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:41 PM   #11
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does it need replacement parts every 20000km ?
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Unread 04-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #12
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No, more like 350000km
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #13
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I am referring to all quadra track I & II version. I am contemplating buying the new jeep; however, I am hesitant to buy jeep.
Jeep has come a long way in terms of quality and reliability, with the 2011+ WK2's essentially being the flagship. I was an exclusively japanese buyer and worried about quality. With any brand, on any owners forum you will find people with issues b/c this is where they come for answers. It is called a selection bias I believe. The big picture is that the wk2 is a great vehicle that will beat the snot out of its competition in the market IMHO.

What are you cross-shopping?

If you want to increase your chances of trouble free / low maintenance then get a v6 and QT1. That being said the v8 and QT2 are fine set ups, just more 'stuff' to worry about i suppose.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #14
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do you guys negotiate with dealer to get a lower price? I notice GC is more expensive than Toyota highlander.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #15
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Dunno how it may work in Canada, but in the US there are dealers that are selling 2014s $1500+ under invoice. You can find invoice prices, along with all the vehicle variations, on sites like wk2jeeps.com . There is a prices paid thread about here somewhere...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/...5/index58.html
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