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post #1 of 10 Old 11-03-2019, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wk from WJ to WK2

Well, the WJ has served me well but I am now on the hunt to replace it with a WK2 under $16,000 which seems to have me in the 2011 to 2013 year range.

Are there any issues with these that I need to be aware of or things to ask about/look for when contacting sellers?


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post #2 of 10 Old 11-04-2019, 07:51 AM
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The V6s in those years were hampered by the Mercedes NAG transmission, durable but not inspiring. Make sure you don't mind the performance.

Ask if all the recalls were done. A few V6s had issues with valve guides. Power steering boots sometimes are filled with leaking oil. V8 water pumps can be weak. V6 alternators can be weak. Original batteries are due for replacement, these are AGM type. Corrosion can develop in electrical connectors and grounds. The TIPM has been a problem area for some. Look for those that have been garaged.

If it rattles or clunks or vibrates or drives with a annoying quirk, these are hard to find and fix.

Happy Hunting.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-04-2019, 09:10 AM
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Hey EBlade, just like you my WJ was pretty solid and took me past the 3rd generation to a 2016.

I’m taking delivery of a new 2019 this week and deciding on extended warranty.

Similar thought process as you in terms of considering what really goes wrong with this version and reconciling the extra cost of extended warranty (much higher in Canada!).

Adding to CC’s post, it appears that the Quadra Lift air suspension is something that becomes troublesome as they get older.

CC really knows these vehicles and can tell you what to look and listen for if you’re looking at GC’s with this feature - my 2016 was regular spring coils & shocks, the new one will have the air suspension.

Wishing you successful hunting on the new one!

19 WK2 5.7 High Altitude current, gone:
16 WK2 3.6 Limited
03 WJ 4.7 HO Limited
94 ZJ 5.2 Laredo

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-04-2019, 12:03 PM
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By the way, if you love that tailgate flipper glass, it was dumped in the 2014 model year.

I was born with nuttin' and I still have most of it.
Current: 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, 2009 Liberty Rocky Mt V6
Previous: 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo I6, 1979 CJ7 I6 Quadratrac
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-04-2019, 12:39 PM
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I miss that easy access to back for sure. Literally a handy feature.

19 WK2 5.7 High Altitude current, gone:
16 WK2 3.6 Limited
03 WJ 4.7 HO Limited
94 ZJ 5.2 Laredo
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-04-2019, 09:24 PM
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I did a similar upgrade a couple of years ago. Well, actually still have my 2000 WJ with 249K miles....bought it new. Took me a while to pull the trigger, but love my 2017 TH with Hemi.

I will say that in some cases, the WJ instills more confidence. Like on snowy, slick roads....but it may be somewhat tire related. Will know shortly as I need new tires on the TH.
I will say that the ABS on the TH is much more intrusive on snow/ice....to the point that its a detriment and I'd rather it not activate. Tires again, not sure. But plenty of times I've wished I could disable ABS.

Since the WJ needs a front end and suspension rebuild anyway, time to lift it a bit and make it into something new.

And I to miss the flipper glass!
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-05-2019, 10:18 AM
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In looking at a 2011/12 V6 you should check if it has had the cylinder head fix TSB 18-007-12. This affected many early Penstar engines and involves swapping one of the cylinder heads. Jeep did offer extended warranty coverage but its not something you want to dealing with.

The older models seem to suffer from wear and tear on some interior parts. The fake chrome around the center console cup holders has a tendency peel and you will often find wear on the center armrest where the drivers elbow rests. Obviously only cosmetic but not cheap if you want to fix.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-08-2019, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the delay. Some great info here and well appreciated. I've been reading them as they come in while continuing to search for something...and not feeling so great now about leaving a WJ that I know and that has served me so well, lol.

Mogul - the best thing I ever did for the WJ's front end, and my sanity, as install the Rock-Link LA kit. From 2 up to 4 inches, down to 2" then back up to 3"; I battled DW on and off for too many years. No more.
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I definitely won't be going newer than 2013 then if that still has that back window, and I like the reliability of springs better than what I'm hearing buying into issues air ride might bring. Thanks, CC.

In the WJ's, the V8 had better gas mileage and pulling capability while the 4.0 was rock solid and easy to work on. And, going into higher models with dual climate came with the guarantee of A/C blend door issues. Are there any major concerns like this with the WK3's? What about the single vs dual panoramic sun roofs? Are both safe or...?

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-08-2019, 01:43 PM
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All WK2s have the same basic HVAC with blend doors, so it doesn’t matter. The higher line ones have automatic temperature control, but the HVAC box is the same.

The V8 is a much simpler engine than the V6. Seems to be just about as may sun roof issues regardless of sunroof, issues are rare.

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Current: 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, 2009 Liberty Rocky Mt V6
Previous: 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo I6, 1979 CJ7 I6 Quadratrac
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-12-2019, 11:19 AM
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I'll be in the market for a WK# in the coming years as well. Coming from having had 3 WJs.
I'll probably keep the WJ with the lowest mileage and add a WK of some sort.
Been doing my reading on these WKs.

Questions I've not found answers to:
Does the SRT version also have the problematic leather dash by default?
Does the SRT also have the cylinder disengagement feature?

Thanks!

'04 Freedom Edition HO & '04 Overland HO (previous '00 Laredo 4.7)
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