Congrats! My wife is really enjoying the 5.7 in her Charger. With 8 speed transmission it does shift nice and really isn't that loud on the freeway, plus she has been getting close to 25MPG (she does all freeway to work). Can't really comment on reliability since she has about 1000 miles on the car.
I didn't realize there was so many trims offered in the Grand Cherokee and didn't know the 5.7 was available. I must have spaced all the other trims past the Trailhawk.
Well I picked it up today.
Some initial thoughts. I like it. The seats are a little firm compared to the WJ but still quite comfortable.
It needs a full buff. Clearly the last owner enjoyed gas station car washes.
The Uconnect system is very speedy with little lags between pushing buttons and having the actions completed.
The Hemi is silky smooth. More than enough passing power, and off the line it is decently quick. Quite a bit faster than the WJ but, obviously, not as quick as the A6.
The cooled seats cool very well. Much more of a cooler seat than ventilated, as it is named. I feel the fan through my northface fleece.
Tires are worse off than I thought, so it seems new A/T tires are a lot closer on the horizon that I had thought/hoped.
Have an appointment this weekend to have the wheels powder coated satin black to begin the blackout transformation. Once I get them back I am going to have my buddy who owns a body shop de-chrome the car and paint everything black. I am just not a big fan of chrome on cars. Plus I think the black playing off the blue will look good.
I had planned to take the running boards off and sell them on CL and as I was grabbing the car at my inventory department, the manager asked me if I wanted to sell them to him without him knowing I didn’t want them. Got exactly what I wanted for them and didn’t have to do anything. Very nice.
I have spent the better part of the afternoon playing around with it and it’s setting and familiarizing myself with it. It’s very simple to use and understand. Although, they have a feature that turns on the heated seat and steering wheel below 40°s. I constantly am hot so obviously didn’t have any interest in this feature. After some internet sleuthing I was able to figure it out.
Overall I am very excited to begin this journey with it
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Looks great! How many miles are on it? Make sure it had the shifter recall done.
I have to admit...despite my experiences with Durango #1, I'm thinking about getting a lightly used Durango Citadel Anodized Edition with a Hemi. I'm not convinced there's a better tow vehicle out there for my particular needs (that isn't German.)
Have been out of town the last few days, while I was out, I had them powder coat the wheels. Running boards were taken off today, and will look into getting the chrome taken off (painted actually) this week.
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I am digging the darker wheels, especially when there is no more chrome.
Edit: Forgot to mention. We took in a 2013 this past weekend with a full set of OEM rubber mats including a trunk liner, saves me some money!
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With the snow on the ground, it was very apparent that I was going to need tires sooner rather than later. Searched through Jeepforum and Jeepgarage for seemingly hours to figure out the largest size I could fit on the QL air suspension. I was about to order 265/65/18s when I happened upon this YT
5 minutes later they were purchased.
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Will be here Monday. Excited to get them thrown on and have some snow.
Edit: Sorry Rabbit, I didnt do it again....
WATCH YOUR PRESSURES LIKE A HAWK. They're extremely sensitive to pressure and once they start wearing funny, they're done. Same for alignment... I would align it just for peace of mind since the rig is used and new to you.
Looks like those are P-rated... you'll still need to recalculate your new tire pressure due to the size chance, but P-rated to P-rated is a little easier to calculate than switching to LT tires. Use the Toyo Load & Inflation tables to calculate that.