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post #1 of 21 Old 03-23-2020, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is it good to buy appearance package model

I was planning to buy a 2019 Grand Cherokee Altitude which is an appearance package for the Grand Cherokee Laredo. I wanted black alloys and heated seat options so thats why was in favor of Grand Cherokee Altitude. But not sure if it is okay to buy appearance package model?

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-23-2020, 08:57 PM
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Sure, why not?
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While they upgrade 2019 Grand cherokee laredo to Altitude, does that cause any performance changes as well. I am not sure as I have never dealt with appearance package model.
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The altitude is a bit more than appearance as it also includes:

20- INCH WHEELS
UCONNECT® 4C NAV MUTIMEDIA CENTER AND NEW FLUSH-MOUNTED TOUCHSCREEN (with GPS NAV)
SECURITY AND CONVENIENCE GROUP
POWER LIFTGATE
SECURITY ALARM
REMOTE START SYSTEM
HEATED AND POWER DRIVERS AND PASSENGER SEATs
STEERING WHEEL MOUNTED RADIO CONTROLS.

There are no performance differences, just some styling. The Altitude has been a popular package here, nothing wrong with it.

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If you just want heated seats get a Laredo e with all weather package, it’s like 1000 dollar add on but way cheaper than getting a higher trim level.

Then you can get aftermarket rims if you want.


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@ColdCase @PwnCall thanks for your replies.
The appearance package has following description:
This Jeep Grand Cherokee Features the Following Options
ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT UPG I W/ESS (STD), ENGINE BLOCK HEATER, DIAMOND BLACK CRYSTAL PEARLCOAT, BLACK, BLACK SUEDE SEATS W/BLACK STITCHING, Wheels: 20 x 8.0 Gloss Black Aluminum, Valet Function, Trip Computer, Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic (850RE), Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control, Tracker System.

Also, the carfax detail provided on dealership site is:

Last CARFAX reading reported on 11/26/2019: 14,219 miles
Today's Date: March 24, 2020



Type of Coverage: Original Warranty: Estimated Remaining Coverage:
Basic 36 months or 36,000 miles 25 months or 21,781 miles
Drivetrain 60 months or 60,000 miles 49 months or 45,781 miles
Emissions 96 months or 80,000 miles 85 months or 65,781 miles
Corrosion 36 months or unlimited mileage 25 months or unlimited mileage
Transferable Transferable, no deductible. Same
Roadside Assistance No data reported to CARFAX
Safety belt & inflatable restraint No data reported to CARFAX
Specific Components No data reported to CARFAX
Notes: Emissions: Manufacturer covers emissions components under basic warranty. Emissions coverage may vary by state. Refer to owners manual for specific details. Transferable: Transferable, no deductible. Roadside Assistance: Administered by Cross Country. Specific Components: Wear items covered 1/12,000. Diesel: 5/100,000 no deductible.
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Depend if you want all those extra features with that, the all weather package comes with QDII as well so you get the select terrain knob and a true awd/4x4 vehicle.
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Depend if you want all those extra features with that, the all weather package comes with QDII as well so you get the select terrain knob and a true awd/4x4 vehicle.
Not trying to be a jerk, but you do not get QDII with the All Weather Package. You get QTII (Quadra-Trac II). The rest of your comment is correct. QDII (Quadra-Drive II) is, unless this was different in the past, only available on Limited and up trims.

Had the QTII on my wife's previous 2014 JGC, no complaints. The All Weather Package (or whatever package gets you the QTII or better) is definitely worth it if you live anywhere near a state that has a real winter. QTI is fine, and will work (basically an AWD system), but QTII is a more advanced AWD system, in my opinion. Nice to be able to switch it to get more traction in snow when we needed it (versus the regular "Auto" mode).

As we got our 2018 TH at the tail end of the 2019-2020 winter, haven't really tested the QDII system yet myself. We'll see come the 2020-2021 winter how she handles.
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@ColdCase @PwnCall thanks for your replies.
The appearance package has following description:
This Jeep Grand Cherokee Features the Following Options
ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT UPG I W/ESS (STD), ENGINE BLOCK HEATER, DIAMOND BLACK CRYSTAL PEARLCOAT, BLACK, BLACK SUEDE SEATS W/BLACK STITCHING, Wheels: 20 x 8.0 Gloss Black Aluminum, Valet Function, Trip Computer, Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic (850RE), Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control, Tracker System.
These descriptions are summaries, they don't include everything in a package. It can get complicated but Edmunds and KBB typically have good descriptions of what is in an option package for a specific model year in a more human readable form.

The Altitude package may be the least expensive way to get the wheels you want.

The Laredos can have two different 4WD systems, both work just fine. The base is an AWD type, optional on some packages is a more traditional 4WD type with a low range. If you are seriously into off road, then you will want a package with QTII, which is the more traditional 4WD system. Most Grand Cherokees are built with the base system and it functions well, but the kind of tires you put on makes a significant difference in foul weather.

If you like the Jeep, test drive it, buy it and have many miles of smiles. The details we get wrapped around here are in the noise for the average owner.

You are buying used, and appearance packaged typically get devalued (unless its rare and desirable). So you are probably getting the style you want for very little more cash than a base Laredo. Don't fret it.
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These descriptions are summaries, they don't include everything in a package. It can get complicated but Edmunds and KBB typically have good descriptions of what is in an option package for a specific model year in a more human readable form.
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Had the QTII on my wife's previous 2014 JGC, no complaints. The All Weather Package (or whatever package gets you the QTII or better) is definitely worth it if you live anywhere near a state that has a real winter. QTI is fine, and will work (basically an AWD system), but QTII is a more advanced AWD system, in my opinion. Nice to be able to switch it to get more traction in snow when we needed it (versus the regular "Auto" mode).
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Depend if you want all those extra features with that, the all weather package comes with QDII as well so you get the select terrain knob and a true awd/4x4 vehicle.
Thanks for your feedback.
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Since I have less than 10 posts, is there any way I can share the links of the vehicles from dealership (2019 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE ALTITUDE - appearance package for the Grand Cherokee Laredo and 2019 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED) so that you guys can have a close look?
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I always get QTII and QDII confused, why didn’t they just do them all QDI, QDII, and QDIII would have been less confusing lol.
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QD is a marketing term held over from previous models. There used to be quite a bit of difference between a QD and QT transfer cases and in performance. Now days they offer two transfer cases, QTI and QTII. QD is a ELSD rear added to QTII, not a whole lot of difference. But instead of QTIII, marketing wanted to keep QD around as it sells Jeeps.

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Here is the link of the car and its carfax. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
https://www.bloomingtonchryslerjeep....rjfag7kc692942
https://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistor...575.1584994616
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Looks nice. If you care, it was a rental in Alaska. 14,000 miles in 6 months means it was rented often. There are other Altitudes advertised for about a $thousand less with less miles, so the price may be just OK. There seems to be room to haggle.
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Looks nice. If you care, it was a rental in Alaska. 14,000 miles in 6 months means it was rented often. There are other Altitudes advertised for about a $thousand less with less miles, so the price may be just OK. There seems to be room to haggle.
I agree with ColdCase, I'd see if they can budge a bit on the price tag.

I know they have a sort-of window sticker on the dealership website there, but here's what the original OEM one looked like...
https://www.chrysler.com/hostd/windo...RJFAG7KC692942

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