So VW lied and now they're buying back my beloved Touareg TDI. I'd be a fool not to do it. The offers appear to be very generous. I drove a BMW X5 diesel and it was nice but smallish and they're SO flicking expensive. I thenfound a 2015 summit in pretty good condition and went to a dealer to look at it. I really liked the summit and loved the features and ride. However here near Annapolis, MD. There are hardly any. I found a few on Cars.com north of Philly.
Has anyone had any issues? The 2015 I test drove had the weird shifter. Is there a trick to learning how to use it? I do tow a large 4300 lb pop up so it should do well with that.
What type of warranty do I get if it's not a certified car. There seem to be few, if any certified used GC's. any suggestions on how to find a 2015 or 2016 GC diesel?
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First off, that shifter you are talking about is a recall item. They moved back to the regular shifter and it is in all 2016 models. The dealer should be able to do that recall even if you bought it private sale. I have both a 2015 VW TDI Passat and a 2016 Summit EcoDiesel. I not taking the buyback from VW, just the settlement. It's a 2.0 Gen 3 TDI engine and the fix is a simple chip reprogram, no work or extra parts like the 1st and 2nd Gens are expected to get and no mileage drop. I just can't find a comparable 53 mpg equivalent! Back to the JGC...to compare I also have a 2006 5.7 Hemi GC and it got about 8 mpg pulling my 23' boat, around town without towing about 12-15 mpg on a good day.
Bought the 2016 GC Summit last summer and never looked back! Thing is amazing, torque is awesome. It pulls the boat even better than the 5.7 Hemi power did and the load leveling suspension makes it feel like you have nothing behind you. I recently pulled the boat from DC to FL Keys in April for "spring break" and averaged 17mpg there and back...over 2500 miles towed! Around town and back and forth to work I average 27-29 mpg/31-32mpg if I nurse the hell out of the accelerator. It hasn't dropped below 25mpg for a normal driving condition yet! I can't speak for the 2015 model as I waited for Jeep to work out the "kinks" in the earlier models before pulling the trigger on this one. It has gone 25K with nothing significant to report.
As for the entertainment and other things the Summit package is way over the top of what you would compare to VW SEL package. It is more like the M5 package from BMW without the stupid (and expensive) fat tires all around. But that's what makes it a $50+K vehicle. As a multi-diesel vehicle owner i'm pretty darn happy with the Jeep.