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post #1 of 24 Old 02-19-2021, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep - made the right call

Wanted to share a happy Jeep story: For the last ten years or so I drove a BMW M3 and M4, and they were great. Around the end of last year though, started getting itchy for something a) different and b) more capable in some of the extremes that 2020 delivered. So around the end of December, we bought a GC Trailhawk.

Only six weeks later, it's already been in two once-in-a-decade snowstorms in Texas, traveled hundreds of miles over icy roads, and over the past week has been rescuing people and ferrying supplies around our snowpocalypse, made more interesting by the lack of infrastructure. So just wanted to say I'm glad we're now part of the Jeep family, and love the GC already; clearly the Jeep tribe is on to something

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post #2 of 24 Old 02-19-2021, 10:33 AM
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Hi from Florida and congrats on your new wheels. Looking good! How awesome that you have been putting it to such good use already.
Now what is all that white stuff in your pics?? JK, 86˚ here right now but expecting a cold front coming through this weekend. (70ís, brrr
Iíve been researching for months and am looking to get into a 2021 GC Trailhawk. First Jeep for me, getting excited! The current model is tried and true, and good looking too, IMHO. Looks like I will be placing a factory order shortly to get exactly what I want, while they are still available. Did you get the V6 or the V8?
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V8 - V6 is supposed to be great too, but wanted the extra power and torque. It's been great, and 20 mpg on the highway at 75 or so.

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Congratulations and enjoy...I waited a year and a half after I got my GCTrailhawk before i got some snow to drive through.. but still, find myself behind ford econoline vans "drifting" even on the straightaway...lol....
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V8 - V6 is supposed to be great too, but wanted the extra power and torque. It's been great, and 20 mpg on the highway at 75 or so.

Cheers
Great choice, thatís what Iím getting. Not a need, just a want and why not, who knows how long that sweet Hemi will be available😃
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post #6 of 24 Old 02-19-2021, 03:50 PM
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Me too

For years I drove tuned BMW 335s and finally an Audi S4 before buying my 2020 GC Trailhawk. Absolutely love the Jeep. The build quality is every bit as good as the BMW and Audi. Its quiet and handles really well even with Wranglers on it. The safety suite is great and I love the laser cruise. The same thing from Audi or BMW wold cost 50% more. I settled on the V8 to have the extra power and towing.

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Wanted to share a happy Jeep story: For the last ten years or so I drove a BMW M3 and M4, and they were great. Around the end of last year though, started getting itchy for something a) different and b) more capable in some of the extremes that 2020 delivered. So around the end of December, we bought a GC Trailhawk.

Only six weeks later, it's already been in two once-in-a-decade snowstorms in Texas, traveled hundreds of miles over icy roads, and over the past week has been rescuing people and ferrying supplies around our snowpocalypse, made more interesting by the lack of infrastructure. So just wanted to say I'm glad we're now part of the Jeep family, and love the GC already; clearly the Jeep tribe is on to something
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When my daughter was born, my wife drove a Honda Civic, I drove a Ford sedan. We were in the Civic on the highway in traffic a couple weeks later with the baby, stopped right next to an 18-wheeler with tires above the door. That’s when I said “we need a bigger safer vehicle!”

We bought the ‘94 Laredo ZJ i6 4x4 for my wife and I was able to get through the work day without worrying. 1994 was a big snow year and we celebrated having the Jeep.

2 years later, after a job change, I had to buy a car for biz travel. I checked out the Ford Splorer and didn’t like it. So the ‘96 ZJ V8 joined the family. 96/97 winter saw a record-breaking snowfall and we both celebrated our Jeepiness which allowed us to get to and from in-laws when power went out in the frequent blizzards, and thru unplowed roads, me to customers 100s of miles away, and now with our newborn son. I fell in love with getting to places (the beach) where other vehicles could not go.

Both kids grew up in these vehicles and got their driver’s licenses in them. When rust (New England road salt) ate the cars, both kids were depressed to see them go to more patient owners. (The now-X-wife didn’t care.).

25 years later, after dabbling in other vehicles, throwing away so much money on inferior and less reliable 4x4 tech, I went back to the competent WK2 Grand Cherokee 5.7L V8 4x4 Overland in 2017 and have never doubted my decision. It just works.
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Congrats on the Jeep! I replaced my 2019 Summit (hemi) for a 2020 Trailhawk (V6). While I will tell you that I enjoyed the hemi, I don't really miss it. But I don't tow anything either. Here in San Antonio it definitely got out to use this week. I pulled up to an E350 stick on an icy hill and asked him if he needed help. He said help was on the way so I rolled up my window and gently rolled up the hill. My gut tells me he left I went straight to the Jeep dealership.

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post #9 of 24 Old 02-19-2021, 11:03 PM
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Its always nice when you return from a business trip after/during a blizzard to the WK2 waiting in an uncovered airport parking lot. While others are shoveling out or waiting for a tow, I just brush off the show and drive off

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory;
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When my daughter was born, my wife drove a Honda Civic, I drove a Ford sedan. We were in the Civic on the highway in traffic a couple weeks later with the baby, stopped right next to an 18-wheeler with tires above the door. Thatís when I said ďwe need a bigger safer vehicle!Ē

We bought the Ď94 Laredo ZJ i6 4x4 for my wife and I was able to get through the work day without worrying. 1994 was a big snow year and we celebrated having the Jeep.

2 years later, after a job change, I had to buy a car for biz travel. I checked out the Ford Splorer and didnít like it. So the Ď96 ZJ V8 joined the family. 96/97 winter saw a record-breaking snowfall and we both celebrated our Jeepiness which allowed us to get to and from in-laws when power went out in the frequent blizzards, and thru unplowed roads, me to customers 100s of miles away, and now with our newborn son. I fell in love with getting to places (the beach) where other vehicles could not go.

Both kids grew up in these vehicles and got their driverís licenses in them. When rust (New England road salt) ate the cars, both kids were depressed to see them go to more patient owners. (The now-X-wife didnít care.).

25 years later, after dabbling in other vehicles, throwing away so much money on inferior and less reliable 4x4 tech, I went back to the competent WK2 Grand Cherokee 5.7L V8 4x4 Overland in 2017 and have never doubted my decision. It just works.
Love that story! My daughter was born in that 96 blizzard Jan 6..we got i think 36"+ of snow, and nobody could get in and out of hospital. But I had a son w/ my brother to deal with, and I had my first Jeep-- a black 93 JGC Limited. I could drive to within walking distance of my house, where no plows had run yet, packed a bag, transferred my son to my aunts house, then back to the hospital for a couple nights. Cops pulled me over, as driving was prohibited...I showed my hospital wrist band and explained...he smiled and waved me on. On the 7th, the Eagles were in Dallas, so i settled in the room w/ my wife and new daughter (and half a case of sam adams ). I forgot the game result, so I looked it up...birds were slaughtered. Didn't notice.
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When I was looking for a ride, I was debating between a Ford Explorer and a WK2. I liked the WK2 a bit more. I am a Ford fan. However, I am happy with my choice of a WK2.

The heated seats and steering wheel are nice. Going anywhere I want is also a huge plus.
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Hell yeah! We drive right by everyone else while they scratch their head and ask themselves why they didn't buy a GC.

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It's also the ultimate compliment when people call you and ask if you can bring your Jeep to come pick them up because the weather is bad.

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V8 - V6 is supposed to be great too, but wanted the extra power and torque. It's been great, and 20 mpg on the highway at 75 or so.

Cheers
If you think it does well now, when those are gone or sooner if your budget allows, a bigger/better set of tires will blow your mind. The only downside is there's no room left for chains but I've never needed them anyway.
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