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post #1 of 4 Old 05-16-2019, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a used GC

Hi all, I'm in the market for a new (used) SUV in two months and a 2016-2017 GC Limited is my first choice. I'm looking for any pointers, areas of concerns, or questions I should ask, or generally anything I should be aware of going in?

It will be a family car, no off-roading, and could potentially see some mileage from me. Other considerations are the Durango and Explorer of similar age range.

Any advice or warning are appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-16-2019, 01:08 PM
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There have been quite a few tips posted over the years. These are nice Jeeps.

Don't want to repeat the general used care buying advice. Just drive it from cold, don't let them warm it up. Make note of any vibrations, rattles, harsh shifts, or drivability quirks that annoy you as those are hard to resolve satisfactorily. Check that the heated seats and steering wheel is working, if equipped, and run the HVAC though all the modes.

The V8 is a little more durable and easy to work on than the V6, if that matters to you. The air suspension option is nice and functional but can be expensive to repair, same with a leather dash option and any of the the radios for that matter.

As with any recent models, these are complicated computer controlled vehicle that make it tough to repair inexpensively. So consider a MOPAR extended warranty.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-18-2019, 05:04 PM
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+1 on the extended warranty. We’ve already used it on our ‘14 Limited.

Otherwise, everything ColdCase says is great. We have the V6, and while it is down on power compared to the V8, it is still responsive enough (especially with the ECO mode disengaged). I’ve been a Honda guy my whole life, but my wife’s Jeep is making me a believer (especially in the snow). My only other advice? Get rid of the OEM tires as soon as possible. We have the crap-tac-ular Goodyear Forteras, which negate an otherwise fantastic AWD system.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-20-2019, 10:13 AM
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2018 is the first year with Car Play and Android Auto support if that makes a difference to you. In a couple months the 2020's will hit and everything else should see another small drop in prices.

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