Diesel WK: The first 13,000 miles
Hi all, thought you might like to hear my impressions after putting 13,000 miles on my '07 CRD Grand Cherokee Limited. It's been a real love-hate relationship! We'll start with the bad: In the morning, the second day I had the car, it would not start. About 5 cycles of glowing/cranking over about a 5 minute period, it would not fire at all. Finally on the 6th try, it started right up and the starting problem never repeated. I have had it stall 3 times to date, and 3 dealer visits yielded "No problem found" (If anybody else has had the stalling problems, please let me know.) Twice was as I was getting ready to pull out into traffic after a cold start, and once was after a 20 minute drive, sitting in the parking lot cooling down the turbo. Thank God the stalling hasn't happened while I was on the highway in traffic going 70MPH or something!
Other things that have gone wrong - poor satellite radio reception even after the "reflash". Auto up windows bounce down on both sides. Transmission flairs under certain circumstances when cold (TSB on this I think). TPMS error messages "Service Tire Press System" ("no problem found")
I am really disappointed with the dealer service. 2 dealers love to say "no problem found" to everything I bring up. The treatment at a Jeep dealer is nothing like what I am used to at Mercedes/Audi dealers, even on older cars. One of the two I went to was a bit nicer to me, but still could not fix anything.
The good (I know it pales in comparison, but..) I love the ride and drive of the CRD Grand. It is very comfortable on a long trip and handles very well. Fuel mileage for me is consistently 23-24 MPG in 90% highway driving. The EVIC reports this average as 20.9, so it is quite a bit lower than actual. The kick in the pants when the turbo spools up is great. The ESP works well and is well balanced (took a turn a too bit fast on a gravel road, and it politely nudged me back in line). Also experienced the ESP light at 70 MPH when I hit some pretty deep standing water on the highway. Couldn't even feel a thing in the steering wheel. The interior has always been quiet and rattle free over bumps. Also, I think the engine will hold up like the legendary mercedes engines of the past, if it is treated properly.
That being said, the problems and lack of service keep me from recommending it to others. I practically had to fight the dealership to get them to put the correct oil in my Jeep, much less *attempt* to fix anything.
Forgive me if there is another thread on this same topic, but I would love to hear other long term inpressions.