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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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New member? Should i invest in a Trailhawk?

Hello everyone,

Currently have a 2015 tacoma, very nice truck, but this new 2017 Trailhawk has me hooked. The looks, the design, the features, etc.

Being used to good toyota reliability i am at a crossroads. it will be a 3 year lease (who knows i might buy afterwards) but i don't want a problem car and have always been afraid of Chrysler products.

Any honest feedback would be appreciated. This is a V6 model i am looking at.
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I bought my TH last August, and I have experienced 4,500 trouble free miles. This is my 4th Jeep. No major issues with any of them; just wanted something different. This TH is the first vehicle that I did not just purchase off of my Dealer's Lot: it have everything I wanted + more. So, I may keep this one for a while. None of us here can tell you what you want to hear; you have to go with your gut feeling and ultimately what your heart tells you to do. The TH can do everything your Tacoma can and more. It is civilized; yet aggressive. I waited two years, until all of the transmission issues were solved, before I signed on the bottom line.

There are some members who did experience issues on the forum, as with any make/model. Some of these members have left for greener pastures; some have fought through their issues for the love of their Cherokee.

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very well put, it is a good looking ride that's for sure.
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Hello everyone,

Currently have a 2015 tacoma, very nice truck, but this new 2017 Trailhawk has me hooked. The looks, the design, the features, etc.

Being used to good toyota reliability i am at a crossroads. it will be a 3 year lease (who knows i might buy afterwards) but i don't want a problem car and have always been afraid of Chrysler products.

Any honest feedback would be appreciated. This is a V6 model i am looking at.
Welcome to the forum!

You're going to get a mixed bag of results, however, I'd say you're asking for a biased opinion. Most people on this forum are current owners / enthusiasts.

I have a 2015 TH, that has a August 2014 build date. This is right in the midst of the transmissions that were / are having issues and failing. However, after being on the forum for over two years, the chatter about failed transmissions and transmission problems has slowed to a crawl. We used to have regular posts about transmissions being replaced, serviced, and Lemon Law questions / car retruns.

Now, as you can see from surfing the forum, a lot of our posts are about maintenance, mods and aftermarket accessories / toys, and off-roading / trip adventures.

In my biased opinion, as someone with a Cherokee that may one day have transmission problems, it's a fantastic vehicle and if you like it, I wouldn't hesitate to get a 2017...except I'd personally be looking at Hydro Blue and Firecracker Red.

Let us know when you pick up the keys!!

Edit: Forgot to add, I've only had one issue, and it was a PTU replacement a few months ago. I've had all regular TSB's and Recalls performed, and I'm at roughly 17k miles after 2+ years of ownership.
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Mine is an early 2014 build and I have had almost ZERO issues other than the obligatory recalls, and TSB's. It has been the best vehicle I've ever owned and I would not hesitate in getting another one.

Of course, any vehicle you get from any manufacturer can be a "lemon" but I think those days are well behind us. Ultimately, it will be your decision, but from my standpoint, I'd say that (for the $$) you'll not find another vehicle with the looks, off-roading capabilities, ride comfort, price and technology than the TH...

Good Luck on whatever you decide and keep us posted...
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I have a 2016 non TH but Active Drive II, close enough, and I really enjoy it. I have had it for two months now with 3k miles. This was my first American vehicle, all my other vehicles have been imports. I really enjoy my Jeep. Daily driving is great and ride is pretty good, haven't been off roading yet, but it will happen soon. I haven't had any issues yet, knock on wood.
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I think it's a solid choice. I have a 2016 Non-Trailhawk with the V6 so while I can't comment on the Trailhawk's specific off-road aspects, the V6 is a great pair to the vehicle (plenty of power when you need it). I drove 2,600 miles in four days from Montana to Alaska and had no issues at all, so I would say that it's a very reliable vehicle. Plus, it's super comfortable.
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After 38K+ miles and driving the living snot out of my Snowhawk, I have nothing but great things to say about the Cherokee KL Trailhawk (sans the start/stop and auto radio on, both have work arounds). Mine was assembled in JAN 2015 and has only the options I asked for. Zero mechanical or electronic issues, sans the busted CV joint. I looked at the Tacoma also, having been a 4Runner owner for 20 yrs., but I was smitten with the TH looks and interior. Obviously biased. Welcome and best of luck.

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KLTH's are fine vehicles although not without their quirks. I used to say "no" due to the transmission but with the latest upgrades, our '14 seems to be much better than in the past so now I'm back on the fence. My wife drives it normal and I usually make it a 6-speed.

You use the words "invest" and then "lease" in the same thought. Understand, this is no investment and leasing a Jeep is a sure-fired way to hemorrhage money from your bank account for obvious reasons. If you want to invest, buy physical gold and silver or find a 1969 Camaro drop-top SS with a 400 small block in cherry condition.

They're comfortable and fun and I wouldn't shy away from one but, unless you're just a tech junkie, I would leave off all the electronics and keep it 'pure' or as others might say, 'base'. I find the bells and whistles annoying and takes away from the driving experience. Maybe the upgraded radio since your leasing. You got to have a loud radio and installing your own would be a waste of cash on a lease.
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I don't know if you're the type of person that puts many aftermarket parts on your vehicle, but if you are you might keep in mind that there is almost no aftermarket for the KL platform compared to other vehicles, especially the tacoma. That being said the newer KL's seem to be doing fine. My 2014 Trailhawk has been a problem child with transmission issues but out of all the warranty claims it has only had one left me completely stranded and that was due to the battery going completely dead out of the blue.
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