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.
2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, 2009 Liberty Rocky Mt V6, 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo I6, 1979 CJ7 I6 Quadratrac
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.
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.
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...