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Hello,

I am looking into getting a used diesel grand Cherokee (2016-2019) preferably 4*4. I love the idea of its fuel economy and towing ability.

What issues, if any should I be wary of? What can I do to make sure that I don't buy a Jeep with issues? When I inquired about one the guy said it had an extended 1 year warranty because of some lemon law issue. Which, needless to say, was concerning.

All your input and advice is very much appreciated.

Many thanks,

J.R.
 

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I have a 2014 that I bought brand new. I do love the fuel economy and the power it has. But it has not been without problems.

What you need to look for:
* Have all the recalls been performed? (There are several over the years).
* Has the AEM been installed (that’s the emissions lawsuit stuff) and have any subsequent issues been addressed? I had many parts replaced after this was done (but all covered by warranty).
* Has all the scheduled maintenance been done on time?
* Does your local dealer know how to maintain it?

Every time I have had my vehicle in the shop, they’ve needed it for a week or more. The last time I was in for service after the AEM, for the fourth return visit due to a recurring Check Engine light issue, the service advisor there told me to replace it with a gasoline one that everyone knows how to work on.

That being said, after the latest round of work done this past summer, after getting through the issues after the AEM, it has been running fine, including a 1500 mile road trip.

Definitely make sure you understand the terms of the extended warranty provided by the lawsuit, but make sure the vehicle you are considering has it. (If the person who owned it did not have the AEM installed, the warranty is not in effect).
 

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I own a 2014 GC Diesel (175K) & a "cooler" hose just went. Oil went into the coolant system b/c of ruptured hose, everything will have to be flushed, estimated cost to fix $6,300. I took great care of my jeep however, I would not purchase this diesel jeep again. I feel like Chrylser searched for "something" not covered under the warranty recall (I had the AEM installed) until they found the "problem."

Check engine light kept coming on after the AEM install, took to dealership but they didn't understand why & reset the check engine light. I'm not a Motörhead/car guy however, I take care of my things/cars. I expected to get 300K+ miles out of this vehicle. If I were anyone w/ this jeep getting up there in mileage, I would trade it in before sh*t hits the fan, they have your jeep @ the dealership and you are stuck debating wholesaling it for pennies while you don't have a car to drive. I have had numerous issues over the years with this Jeep, don't buy it.
 

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Have you considered a used late model Touareg? I feel like those have had fewer issues overall than the EcoDiesels. I would have probably gone with or switched to a Touareg had I not wanted air suspension and Apple CarPlay.

If you go with the Jeep, you basically have to do engine and transmission tunes to end up with a tolerable driving experience. So be prepared for that. I'd recommend finding a 2018, as those should come with a lot of the recalls done, including the emissions recall, they come with CarPlay/Android Auto stock and they have a few additional safety features on the higher trim levels.

If you don't care about CarPlay or the added safety features, an earlier model would be fine. Just check their VINs on the Mopar recall site to see what has and hasn't been performed.

I have a 2014 with 55k miles and have overall been very happy. I haven't experienced the same issues some have (although my mileage is probably on the lower side).

That said, my next SUV will probably not be a diesel, unless the 2021+ JGC gets the new ecodiesel and time has shown that similar issues have not arisen.
 

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Overall I enjoy my jeep, but I don't think I would buy another one. One thing that Ive found if something does go wrong there isn't a ton on info on them since there weren't a lot made.
 

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No complaints here, rough country lift, 18” Moto metal wheels stock tires, 17,000 miles 2018


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Yes I do still own my diesel GC. No, I would not buy another one. In fact, in a few months I'm going to replace it with a V8 gasoline GC.
And I did, last month, replace my '14 diesel with a '20 V8 gasoline GC. I do miss the fuel economy, but I don't for a moment miss all the diesel issues.
 

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I'm looking into purchasing a new 2018 Grand Cherokee Limited EcoDiesel. Are the 2018s problematic? What should I look for on the 2018 vs. what is posted above? Should I steer clear of the diesel? I love the idea of the gas mileage, torque, and longevity typically associated with Diesel engines. Any feedback is appreciated. I've had two Cherokees but this will be my first Grand Cherokee.
 

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No complaints here, rough country lift, 18” Moto metal wheels stock tires, 17,000 miles 2018


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This is pretty awesome! So you haven't had any issues with your's? I'm looking into a 2018 GC Ecodiesel as well.
 
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