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Unread 08-09-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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So, who's got one.....

I was the proud owner of a new '96 Unlimited and back in the day it was a sweet ride. Sold it to my mechanic who gave it to his son in late '06 when I bought my '07 Wrangler Unlimited. My son is about to be driving soon and I'm passing the JK down to him. I'll always keep the JK in the family and hopefully he'll return it in one piece when he graduates high school.

Stopped by the dealer this past weekend and looked at the Overland model. Wow, very impressive to say the least. I plan on picking one up later this year.

For those who have one, what are your overall thoughts? I've been reading all the online write ups from different magazines and most of them seem very favorable. Look forward to hearing what actual owners say and look forward to posting my own questions and thoughts later this year.

RJ

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Unread 08-10-2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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I had to register a new name a while ago, but I've owned a 2004 Wrangler Sport RME that I traded in on my 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I loved both of those jeeps to the max. Friday, I traded in my 2008 sahara on a Laredo X model with the 5.7L V8.

I have to say, I love it. I test drove the V6 and am definitely glad that I asked them to locate a V8 for me. I tow some small boats/jetskis and live in a mountain area, so the extra power is great for hill climbing, etc. I ordered the Inferno Red w/ black leather, offroad package I, towing package VI. The ride is quiet and the sound system is very nice. I have already downloaded a couple of CDs to the hard drive and played off of them without any problems. I took it straight from the dealership to the beach, so I haven't had a chance to see how it performs off-road. Hopefully we can test that out this coming weekend when I get back. I'll add some pictures when i get home.

I would definitely recommend anyone interested in them to go check out the new GC.
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Unread 08-16-2010, 09:09 AM   #3
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Wk Got Mine

Got mine a while ago and have over 8000 miles on her already and just love it.
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Unread 08-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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1100 miles on my black one and loving it. I had a V6 '06 Commander and V6 '08 Liberty, I am really impressed by the power output of the new V6 engine, no complaints at all. I bought chrome covers for both the mirrors and the fog lights recently but haven't installed yet. Bought the base Laredo Model and will have remote start, uconnect installed on Friday. Waiting for K&N to launch an intake system and crutchfield to update their site to install an aftermarket navigation. Lovin' it!
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Unread 08-17-2010, 04:27 AM   #5
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So my wife had a promotion today at work and asked me when I got home, "So when am I getting my Grand Cherokee?" Well maybe next year...
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Unread 09-03-2010, 09:14 PM   #6
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Got mine earlier this week

Blackberry Pearl Limited 4x4 with Frost Beige; HEMI; 730Nav; 20" wheels; tow package IV.

Only have 150 miles so far, but I'm impressed with the vehicle. It is an SUV, and it feels like an SUV, but a very nice one. The cabin is nicely isolated and looks and feels nice without being flashy. The rear seat is comfortable, particularly since it reclines, and the panoramic sunroof is just cool.

The ride is pleasantly compliant for an SUV, particularly at speed. The typical low-speed jiggles are subdued but not absent. The HEMI moves it around effortlessly, and the handling is better than any other SUV I've ever driven, but I'll never mistake it for a sports car. I find the cabin to be plenty roomy. The vehicle just has a solid, well-put together feel to it--no squeaks or rattles so far. I hope it continues to feel this way.

I like the exterior styling and find it immediately recognizable as a GC Jeep. I could do without the extra chrome on the Limited (and Overland) exterior, but find it tasteful as that stuff goes--I wanted the frost beige interior, so I had to go Limited. I could have gone 18" or 20" on the wheels, but 2 things led me to the 20s: 1) greater availability for the build I wanted; and 2) I prefer the matte paint on the 20s to the polish of the 18s. The 20's brand me as a lightweight, but I suspect I'll never need the extra tire height.

In sum, I view the vehicle as a well-executed SUV that is capable off and on road, but hasn't gone too far down the crossover path. This vehicle is my SUV, my van is my van, and I don't care to have a vehicle that attempts to be both. The 2011 GC is both sporty and practical, though not the last word in either. It feels like a high-quality vehicle, and knowing how capable it is makes me feel good. If I don't climb a mountain one day, then it won't be because of my vehicle.

I have a 9-month old son, and I've begun planning the outdoor adventures. The top safety pick helps too.

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Unread 09-04-2010, 03:14 AM   #7
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^very nice write--up BR. glad to read the GC is impressive.

you built your GC just like I would, except I'd go for the Brilliant Black color, other than that, I'd say you got the ultimate 2011 GC.

one thing I am noticing on the 11's is that unless you get the 20" wheels, all the ones I see have Michelin tires....for me thats a deal breaker, its got to be Goodyears on a GC, as you get with the 20's.

i wont get an 11 since its the first year of a big change but i just might grab a 12. built just like yours BR.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 08:27 AM   #8
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^very nice write--up BR. glad to read the GC is impressive.

you built your GC just like I would, except I'd go for the Brilliant Black color, other than that, I'd say you got the ultimate 2011 GC.

one thing I am noticing on the 11's is that unless you get the 20" wheels, all the ones I see have Michelin tires....for me thats a deal breaker, its got to be Goodyears on a GC, as you get with the 20's.

i wont get an 11 since its the first year of a big change but i just might grab a 12. built just like yours BR.

Thanks for the vote of approval. I'm a sucker for dark blue vehicles--got two of them now. The other is almost black.

I'm also a fan of the Forteras. Had 'em on my last SUV and was very pleased. They aren't the softest, but they are quiet and sticky.

I would have waited a little while also--at least the second half of this MY, but I was in need of a vehicle, so I went for it. Hopefully that won't end up being a bad decision. At least the engine and transmission know each other.

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Unread 09-05-2010, 09:35 AM   #9
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Those typical low speed jiggles... I noticed that when I test drove the V8, but did not notice it on the V6. I might just go V6 because of those jiggles. It just didnt feel right to me.
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Unread 09-05-2010, 11:11 PM   #10
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Those typical low speed jiggles... I noticed that when I test drove the V8, but did not notice it on the V6. I might just go V6 because of those jiggles. It just didnt feel right to me.
The V8 and V6 undoubtedly have different suspension parts and tuning because of the weight and size/location of the engines and corresponding drivetrain.

Low speed jiggles are a function of the fact that you can't make a suspension all things to everyone. That is, low speed jiggles are an artifact of either high-speed (think sports car) or off-road capabilities. Having said that, some makers have figured out how to tame them some without losing too much performance better than others.

Were both the V8 and V6 4x4s or 4x2s with similar equipment/packaging (transfer case, tires, tow group, etc.)?

You sure you weren't mistaking the twisting of the vehicle due to engine torque for the jiggles? j/k

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Unread 09-06-2010, 04:50 PM   #11
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Got 10K miles on her and just added new tires, to start going wheeling
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Unread 09-06-2010, 06:29 PM   #12
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Got 10K miles on her and just added new tires, to start going wheeling

I meant to tell you grats on the new wheels and such - it looks great - let us know how the offroad goes - I don't think we have a review by anyone for that yet.

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Unread 09-06-2010, 07:34 PM   #13
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nice wheels. glad i got to see the black rims on a blueberry....i mean blackberry, was not sure how it would look
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Unread 09-06-2010, 11:57 PM   #14
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So...

Has anyone found out what the Maximum Speed is on the 2011 (V8 4x4) ?!?

I know the previous generation had a rev limited that kicked in around 125mph or 5800 Rpm.



I'm just wondering.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 09:11 PM   #15
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Redline and rev limiter are still at 5,800 rpm--so I've read. (The tach shows the redline at 5,800.) The V8 engine/transmission combo is essentially unchanged from last year, so I would guess the top speed still applies. I'm unaware of any gearing changes that would change the top speed, though I can't say for sure--particularly about the axle ratio.

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