Keep in mind that the reason many people visit a forum is to check on input for issues, and voice complains and problems. So you have a disproportionate number of bad comments in a forum. If you make your decisions based on input from this forum, you will be easily led astray. Take all comments and feedback with a grain of salt. After all, if it is on the Internet - it has to be correct, right?
We have quite a few GC's in our fleet, and overall, have less problems with them than other SUV's. Keep in mind that people tend to beat on fleet cars.
GC's are very popular in the winter, or year-around for longer trips by multiple people. I get positive feedback on them all the time (vs the Ford, GM, Mazda Kia and Hyundai SUV's).
Again, if it makes you feel comfortable and sleep better at night - by all means spend the money for the extended warranty. Every brand, even the premium ones, have lemons from time to time. Perfection does not exist.
Again, I hear what you're saying & I agree. Since I was looking for a new vehicle, I came to this forum to learn more about the GC & get feedback from owners. Frankly, I've never been a big fan of Chrysler products, but I've always liked the looks of the GC & especially the WK2. And I drive SUVs, so the GC was definitely on my list. (actually at the top)
Now I have to say, the more I read about problems here, the more I was having doubts about going with the Jeep. But I did in fact keep a open mind on things, as I knew there must be plenty of happy Jeep owners out there who don't come here. And there's plenty of happy, trouble free owners who do. And I know if you go to any other car forum, you'll see the same thing with threads about problems owners are having. So I kept things in perspective & bottom line, bought a new GC. And so far, so good. No problems (except for the scratch through the paint I found in the hood the day after delivery
) & I'm really glad I went with it. It is a great vehicle.
As I said before, I've never bought extended warranties on anything. I always stayed with reliable brand names that have a good track record (be it tools, vehicles, appliances, electronics, etc) & that's served me well over the years. No need for that extended warranty....waste of money.
However, getting back to the OP in this thread, he's buying a used vehicle that he may or may not know it's past history in terms of maintenance. And he obviously won't know how the car was driven by the past owner. So there is a certain degree of the unknown he's dealing with. So getting back to his?. Is it is worth getting the extended warranty with this used vehicle? In this instance (for me anyway) I think it would be. And it likely goes back to my bias against Chrysler products as a whole. I heard enough horror stories over the years from friends or relatives that always made me steer clear of them. So in my mind, Chrysler never fit in that category of reliabilty I look for. Hopefully this new Jeep will change that. We'll see.
Let's face it, it's a gamble that the OP has to decide on based on a lot of factors that only pertain to him. And as we all know, any time you gamble, some times you win & some times you lose.