Hey all, just switched to the dark side with a new to me 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I had a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe z71, which was my pride and joy. I love that car and the Jeep is going to have to make up for a lot!
I was going to hold off until the summer, but a great deal came around and I ended up biting the bullet early. It's a 2011 Laredo X with 12,000 miles and 4x4. I wanted SelecTerrain and the V8, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
I do, however, have a few questions. I haven't picked up the Jeep yet and took a risk by placing my deposit after only seeing pictures on the internet. I figured that since the Carfax checked out and that it only had 12,000 miles that I would take my chances. I've done my research well enough to know my way around specific models and options, but must admit I was too excited about the car and too presumptious so I didn't ask some of the questions I had!
1. All Laredo X's have push button start and remote start, correct? The angle of the pictures just covers up the ignition, so I couldn't really tell. There also weren't any pictures of the key fobs.
2. I don't think this one has a sunroof. None was advertised but couldn't tell through the pictures. This was an option for the Laredo X, so it shouldn't have one unless ordered, right?
3. What are the best floormats? I had weathertechs in my Tahoe and loved 'em, but they're still pretty pricey. I'm open to other suggestions before I drop $250-300 on mats for the entire car.
4. What sort of information can I see in the EVIC? I've driven one or two and noticed that it displays the speed. My Tahoe had a DIC (similar) but much less fancy, and I know you could change a few vehicle settings in it. Is any of it customizable?
5. On a similar note, are there any other cool settings or customizable things in the car? Like on the UConnect - what user preferences do they offer?
I'm sorry that I'm introducing myself with a slew of meaningless questions! I hate to be "that guy," but just can't wait to pick up my baby and need something to hold me over in the meantime!
First off, welcome! I'll do my best to answer your questions in order:
1. I can't say for sure whether the remote start is optional or standard on the X but I'm fairly certain the push button start is standard. I haven't seen a WK2 yet that didn't have it.
2. Correct, sunroof should be an option unless it was ordered as such.
3. It's speculative what all weather mat is best. Husky, Weather Tech, Rugged Ridge, or stock Mopar slush mats will all do the same basic job, some better than others. IMO it's all up to what you prefer as far as cost, look, etc. There are several threads concerning this in this section.
4. The EVIC also displays fuel economy, trip odometers, digital gauge readouts for oil temp. & pressure, transmission temp., & water temp. It also contains your configurable driver preferences that you can set to your own taste (there are way too many to list, you'll have to play with it)
5. UConnect allows you to pair a Bluetooth capable phone to your truck so you can use it hands free. If your rig is equipped with UConnect you should also have voice recognition controls for the radio & climate control if equipped with the computerized auto climate control. Controls for these items are located on your steering wheel.
Hope this all helps, I'm sure if I missed or need correction on something one of the guys will chime in. Enjoy!
'12 WK2 Laredo "E" - Brilliant Black on Black Int., 3.6L V6
ORA-I, Quadra-Trac II, Mopar Slush Mats, Gibson Axle-Back Exhaust
Welcome to the sunshine. You can download the operators manual and user guide at WK2Jeeps.com, to give you a head start
3) The MOPAR slush mats are good unless you need more carpet covered in the rear. I think early 2011s have two floor mat hooks on the passenger side, later ones have one so you may want to verify what your passenger floor has.
4) There are a wide variety of info available on the EVIC by scrolling through menus, somewhat customizable. Kinda hard to describe here, but the manual covers it in detail .
2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, 2009 Liberty Rocky Mt V6, 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo I6, 1979 CJ7 I6 Quadratrac