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Hey guys,

I’ve been doing a lot of lurking around here the past couple days and I figured I’d reach out and get some advice.

I’m in the market for a new used SUV and it will be WK2 Grand Cherokee. I’m coming from a Range Rover Supercharged, so I’m exclusively looking at the Overland models. I checked out three already. One was a 2012 with a Hemi, 80k miles, but the rear subframe was a flaky, rusty mess. Obvious someone was using the boat ramp with it. I didn’t even test drive it. Next was a 2014 Overland 3.6 with 85k miles, but it was beat on. No go.

Yesterday I looked at a 1-owner 2014 ED Overland with 92k miles, loaded up with radar cruise. Excellent condition visually but will be going back Monday as the dealer (DCJR dealer) was closing.

It has had R69, V08 recalls completed. It has not had VA7 or W41 performed. There’s also W79 and Z86 outstanding. Parts are not available for Z86 according to Mopar’s site.

Its a new arrival at a local Jeep dealer, the original owner purchased it there. They seem very cagey on their site about mentioning it’s a diesel (maybe because fuel prices, maybe because of the reliability?) If I do end up looking at it, I'm going to play dumb and pull the “Oh jeez, it’s a diesel?… I dunno, I was expecting it to be a 3.6…” line to try and bargain a bit or at least try to work on a better warranty.

From what I've read, GDE tunes (now compliant) are pretty much universally accepted in the community. They reduce soot formation in the intake, limit driving regen cycles which in turn reduces excessive fuel injection during the exhaust stroke which can dilute the oil. EGR control is better which helps reduce carbon being reintroduced into the engine and wearing down the crosshatching on the cylinder walls. EGR coolers can crack and allow coolant to mix with engine oil, which can also mean the end to crank bearings. Am I correct in saying the press-fit timing sprocket issue seems blown way out of proportion from my reading?

I do tow a 3500 pound pop up camper with electric brakes regularly throughout the summer months, and I will be switching jobs to a 90 mile RT commute, all highway. I am up on my maintenance, already have the WK2 service manuals, and do my oil changes at 5k miles religiously, no exception. Would an ED be a good fit for me? Should I take the chance and go for it? Should I only jump in with a substantial warranty? Should I walk away and look for a gas JGC?

I'm curious what you guys think.

Nick
 

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I'm no expert, but I was happy to find a Limited with EcoDIesel (and the full electronics pkg.) because I tow a 5500# camper. My old Jeep had a 5.7 Hemi which did a great job, with lousy mpg. I bought a '14 used from a Honda dealer unaware of the whole Bosch situation. I took it in the day after I bought it for the Check Engine light and found out about the recalls and lawsuits by accident. The dealer sent it to a nearby CJD dealer because Honda has no diesel certified mechanics. I have had all the recalls, reprogrammings, etc done for free by another CJD shop to the point where pretty much the whole emissions control system is new. Without towing, I have gotten 30 mpg on road trips and seldom below 21 in city/commuting type driving.

I am really happy with the diesel's performance and durability. I'm old enough to remember that diesel used to be cheaper than regular and my short term memory is good enough to remember that diesel got pricier only within the last year or two. We are getting out of camping, but I plan on keeping this one for as long as possible.
Bill
 
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