I guess that it is good that the WK2 is not having technical problems yet.
I did hear that Edmunds was testing the Overland WK2, and they ended up stranded due to power steering and had to be towed. Sounds messy and not a good marketing tool for future sales. I almost wonder if rating agencies are in bed with imports or if the rating agencies have that nasty SUV hatred bias. I would hate it if there were sabotage happening.
I am guessing that they just got one with a defective pump or not torqued down. Those type of things show up early and are covered by warranty, but they surely do not help in the JD Powers rating and do not leave the new owner with great purchase satisfaction.
I will note that it was the V6, and that is a new item. New offerings are potentially known to have growing pains. I would go with the 5.7L anyway if it were me.
Kentman, were you the first poster in the WK2 section?
I do not know about first, but I was curious to hear more talk about the next generation. The talk was slow, but it seems to be picking up now.
I do not trust the auto press to get raw useful information about Jeep. I had seen one negative data point, and I was worried about more auto press people bashing the next Grand. It is good to come on here and hear from real owners that do not have an import bias.
Someone at my office now has a black Overland, and it looks pretty nice. I have seen a silver Laredo in the work parking lot also. More are showing up on the streets around here. The auto press is also starting to warm up to the WK2, which is refreshing for once.
Nearly every auto review that I've read has been very positive toward our new GC's. The only common gripe I hear is the use of the old 5-speed transmission rather than at least a 6-speed unit. The auto press loves this new GC and so do we. I'm thinking about getting a second one when the ZF 8-speed comes out next year, a V6Laredo 4x4.
As you can see, MT pretty much hates anything domestic, or at least one would get honors one year. 2011 was a perfect year for MT to pick domestic. The 2011 Cayenne is a luxurious entry, but I find its exterior styling to be worse than the prior generation. I would not have given the Cayenne the nod.
There is still a strong import bias in the motor media. The initial reviews were coming out luke warm on the Grand, and I was worried that rest would just pile on again. That has not turned out to be the case, thankfully.