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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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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?
Favorite things/experience about yours
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.
 

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I towed my 24' all aluminum enclosed car trailer I bought new last October from the manufacturer in Nappanee, Indiana, to Southern California. Empty weight was 4,400 pounds. On the trip to get it I averaged a best of 33 mpg coming out of Denver. On the trip back towing it ranged from 14-18 depending on winds and grades. My impression was the JGC wheelbase is a little short for longer trailers like mine in the wind or passing motorhomes. Got a little unruly. I had a "Equalizer" load leveling hitch with sway control on it. Shorter/lower profile trailers should be no problem. The ecodiesel never flinched. I actually got a speeding ticket coming back to So Cal. Torque is awesome.
 

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Im in a similar situation to you and joseph, I had a 2014 passat TDI and was crazy not the take the buyback. I will miss the MPG but I had already amassed over 80k on the car. Had thoughts of keeping it through the end of the buyback period but started to get nervous of either mechanical issues or some type of crack up that would total the vehicle and give me a fraction of what i would have received otherwise. I stumbled across a garage kept 2014 summit diesel with 15K for $33K at a gas station whilst running on diesel vapors looking for fuel for the TDI and started talking to the guy when I saw he was pumping diesel into it. Turned out he was looking to sell it. Gave him my number, did some research on the vehicle and ended up buying it. Just traded in my TDI last week. So far have no regrets 2k miles into it. Have it down on the beach in the OBX this weekend and having a blast. Getting about 30 MPG highway. Not the 43-51 I was getting with the TDI but not shabby either. Most of my miles are highway (25-35k/yr) so I think this will be a good do all vehicle. The shifter is a bit messed up although I am getting used to it. I worry if i need to do something in a pinch I wont be able to react properly (ie back up at an intersection). I was watching on autotrader and there was very few in our area and they want a lot for them when I could find them.

I have to say my favority oddity is the night before I was going to sell the TDI back, the news headlines on my phone as i was laying in bed were that FCA was being sued by EPA for cheating on emissions.....Ha! here we go again. If its like last time maybe another three years with the vehicle and I move on again??? Who knows.... So far I am very happy to be back into a more trucklike vehicle. I had purchased a loaded fusion hybrid originally as a replacement for the TDI but was just not happy with it and after an unsuccessful attempt for 6 months of selling it on autotrader sold it to a dealer at a significant loss.

You should still have a powertrain warranty on it even if the 3/36 is up correct? The guy I purchased it from sold me his 70K bumper/bumper for 1k$ so that gave me the comfort level I needed to jump. I think if you find one at a good price you jump on it as there do seem to be few around. The little I have driven it it is an awesome vehicle. Feels very solid and much more upscale than the TDI SE I had.
 

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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?
Favorite things/experience about yours
I bought my diesel in annapolis..
 

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My buyback is inJuly, in Annapolis for the VW.
Right now lansdale Chrysler has multiple used ecodiesel summits for sale so I will likely drive up there with my wife and see what they're willing to bargain on. I'm. Thinking I should get away for just under $40k for. 2015 with 20k miles

I'm excited about this and sad. The Touareg has been an awesom vehicle. Lansdale also has a certified 2016 but its ad price is almost $5k higher. With about the same mileage. Is the guarantee no maintenance on the certified used worth that much more. Anyone have insight on Lansdale jeep?
 

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It will be a drive for you, but Brown-Daub up in Easton PA has a beautiful fully optioned Overland. It's got just about every option, so it's as close to a Summit as you can get. I was going to buy it, but the Mrs and I can't seem to agree on what to get and how much to spend. Roc was the sales guy I was working with, I'd recommend him.
 

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Cerebus - I bought that 2016 Overland on Sept 30th. I waited until the last day of the quarter to put a little more pressure on the dealer. I am familiar with Diesels 17 years of VW TDIs, so it was an easy decision for me. The other nice thing is that this was a titled by the dealer as the first owner. Everything about it was brand new. Headphones, remotes, cords cables All still factory packaged and sitting in the wheel-well. I have about 4K miles on it in the past 2.5 weeks and never looked back. I had gone back and forth between a Mercedes Diesel SUV and a GC-Gas - then I saw the GC Diesel and knew exactly what I needed to drive for the next 20 years.
 

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The day before my VW buyback in July virtually every Jeep GC diesel disappeared. I was distraught but that say a 2016 high altitude overland diesel with upgraded stereo appeared. I bought it that evening. I love it. Great tow vehicle. Even better that the Touareg because of the air suspension. No regrets so far.
 
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