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Old 02-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #1
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Does anyone have any experience with the Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a 19’? According to auto show reports, they will apparently include a diesel option this year.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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I towed with a Jeep Liberty CRD and found that the powertrain was powerful enough but the suspension was too soft, had to use air bags. You may need to use a w/d set up with tongue weight around 350#. Also not sure if the rear hatch is lift up or a swing, with my Jeep is was a swing and unable to open while hitched.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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I just found this review of the Jeep with air suspension pulling a SOB trailer, seems like a good tow vehicle, this was not a diesel but the suspension was my concern.
The New Lance 2185 Travel Trailer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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If I was looking for a new tow, that new Jeep with the diesel would be at the top of my list. My brother bought one last year and loves it, and only wishes he had of know the diesel was going to be offered, and he would have likely waited.

Not positive, but I think the rear end might be beefed up a bit. I know when Honda changed up the design of the Pilot in '09, the new model came equipped for towing with an integral hitch and a stiffer rear end.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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I strongly considered the Grand Cherokee last year when I bought the Honda Pilot. It was hard to see what you were getting for the increased cost though. Some friends have bought a Grand Cherokee for a TV and have been disappointed but they didn't get the Hemi. Poor them.

I hope they offer the Diesel in the Overland Grand Cherokee. My guess is that it will be about $45k. I have waited for a diesel SUV TV to be available in the US.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:53 AM   #6
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I also considered the Jeep, and was disappointed that, at the time, the diesel was not available. I loved the Cherokee, but was nervous about a new model. In the end, I went with the time-tested Toyota. Other than fit and finish issues, no problems yet!
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:51 AM   #7
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I think fit and finish issues are the bane of many new vehicles. While the performance of them is very good, they seem to cheap out on the finish to cut costs. Not like some older vehicles, that used a lot of chromed metal instead of plastic.
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Since they started assembling in the U.S.A most former imports have had a fit and finish issues. To satisfy the So called big 3. They must have a % of Assenbly labours Hrs in North America. I've used Toyota since 1976 and there is no comparison to to days standards. Just like the Diesel engines. Go anywhere in the world other than U.S.A and Can. and they all have diesel options.
The big 3 rule North America... And of course the oil companies have a say as well.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi

We bought the Jeep in Aug 2010 and picked up our 19 in October of 2010. In 40,000 miles (half towing) we had one small pin break in one door and that's all the repairs. In fact last summer at 30,000 miles I tried to trade in for an Identical one with zero miles, but they wouldn't see it my way so I bought new tires and added ext. warranty for years to come. I would like to try the diesel but with the hemi I have near as much torque, cheaper gas and my mileage is very good for 5300#. 20 to 22 highway at 70 to 75 mph not towing and 15 to 16 towing the 19 at 65 to 70 mph. I feel safe with the weight, brakes and tires. I change the mobil 1 oil at 5000 miles now as the parts that shut down 4 cylinders when not needed uses oil pressure, preferably clean oil. The fit and finish is outstanding to the point it influenced us to buy another fiat product, the 500 for around town and it's also a great choice for someone who has built or rebuilt many cars and is very critical of every detail. I highly recommend the Jeep with any engine that has lots of torque. I do use a WDH to help the ride and maybe reduce bounce.
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The article didn't say but does anyone know if the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension levels automatically when they hook up a trailer or is it a manual adjustment in the center console? I did't think just the real air bags could be adjusted manual independent from the front bags, FYI I don't own one.
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