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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 10:09 AM
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The TH is my 43rd 4-wheel vehicle since 1964 and my 5th new Jeep. I have had 2 1/2 trouble free years and absolutely love this ride.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 10:36 AM
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I would suggest you read several pages on this forum and look at some of the good and not so good reports. If you have always been afraid of Chrysler products, you should really study this forum and maybe even rent one for a day and not just take a drive around the block and then decide. The 2017's are now in the 4th year of their production and most of the early problems (especially transmissions) have been eliminated in the 2017. The 2017 also comes with the HIDs and have great lighting at night now. I always suggest getting the v-6 and cold weather package, tow group, and whatever else you may want. I like the safety tech package too that gives you rear park assist and blind spot and cross path detection. I have never had the technology package just because my budget has to stop somewhere. I personally don't get the panoramic sun roofs for three reasons--(1) lot of money I like using somewhere else on the vehicle, (2) some have had problems with leaks and creaks-not too many--but some reports (3) my personal opinion is that it weakens the safety of the vehicle-(just my opinion and not telling you to get one or not). Obviously, I think the KLs are great vehicles, but just advising to check them out especially if your going to take a 3 year lease.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 02:26 PM
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I have the 2015 TH, purchased almost 2 years ago. It is an April 2015 build. I had one very minor hiccup with the tranny in Oct 2015, and it was fixed with a software flash the next day.

No other issues and I'm about to turn over 45,500 miles. I love driving this TH. We live north of Chicago, and we've been to PA several times, a week in Maine, a week in AZ, several trips to Nashville and lots more places in between.

No major off-roading, but we had fun on some of the back roads of northeast AZ, which were sandy and rocky. And we hit the 4WD trail at Great Sands Dunes National Monument. Neither one taxed the TH at all. Left it in Auto the whole time.

YMMV but I think you can have some fun with the TH.
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I was also thinking about the same thing because I do expect a few job offers from snowy areas like auburn hills MI, or even Denver. So if I do get a job at either one of the places mentioned, then I would require to have something 4WD or AWD as my current GMC is only FWD. I saw the TH and looks badass but I just don't know what would be like to actually living with one.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 08:43 PM
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For what it's worth, I have a 2015 (bought in January of 2016) Trailhawk. The forums scared me a little with issues but I love my TH... I'm at 16,500 miles and no issues (except my rear seat squeaked, which was fixed and my rotors warped prematurely BUT it sat on the lot through a Michigan winter - Dealer fixed both not a penny out of pocket).

I usually get bored with cars after a while but I don't see myself getting bored with the TH, it's great. It's literally a perfect medium between a wrangler and a Grand Cherokee.

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I'm going to be contrarian a bit... First, there's a lot of good advice so far, so take what i'm about to say with a grain of salt.

1: You already have a Taco. I don't know what model, or if that's a lease as well, so there is that. If I had a Taco, it would be one of the 4 door TRD Off-road versions, and I wouldn't have my Trailhawk, simply because the Tacoma is a very capable and proven off road vehicle, and if I already had a Tacoma, I wouldn't have needed/wanted another 4x4.

2: If you have any desire at all to go off road, a lease is probably not going to work for you. I don't think they'd appreciate leasing something you're taking off the pavement. IMO, leasing something you intend to off road is just not a good idea at all.

3: As was mentioned before, there's very little aftermarket for the Cherokee KL. It's growing, but still quite limited, and if you have a leased vehicle, you're probably not going to be doing much to it anyway. Nothing that involves drilling holes, lifts, cutting the bumper for a winch (the RRO winch bumper), cutting pinch welds, or any of the other things that require physical alteration.

4: If you're not going to be off-roading, you don't really gain anything in the TH package other than looks. If you want to pay a premium for looks, be my guest, but you'd be just as happy with one of the lower trim models and save a few grand to boot.

All that said, I do love my 2015 Trailhawk. I also bought it, not lease, and I take it offroad. So far, I've not torn anything up, but honestly, it's just a matter of time. I would not, personally, have picked a lower trim model simply because I bought it specifically for the off-road capability while still balanced with good on-road and long-distance comfort and behaviour.

The Trailhawk models (and all the Cherokee KL's I suppose) are great on road and on long distance trips.

So that's all just my opinion, take it for what it is.

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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 11:29 PM
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I bought a 2014 TH off a dealer lot. Absolutely loved the vehicle but after a coupe of years and over 30000 trouble free miles I wanted more goodies. I especially wanted the factory tow to pull a new travel trailer. I now have almost 17000 miles on the new one and have enjoyed every mile.

Back in 2014, I read this forum every day and took note of all the people who had had problems. I did not have their experience. I would buy another TH without any hesitation.

PS: I posted on this forum regarding gas mileage in the 2014 after a trip down the Natchez Trace. Look it up; that was a good report.

2016 TH | Deep Cherry Red | black wheels | Comfort/Convenience Group | Leather Interior Group | Safetec Group | Technology Group | Trailer Tow Group | Ventilated/Memory Seat Group | 9 Speakers.
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