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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep Cherokee Limited

Good morning all!

My husband and I have just placed a deposit on a Cherokee and I had a few questions regarding pricing, specs, and features.

Quick background... We currently live in Japan (my husband is stationed here with the Navy) and will be returning to the states (Philadelphia, PA specifically) between May and July of 2017. The husband currently has a 2010 Jeep Wrangler which has been in storage for the past 2.5 years, and a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500, so this Jeep will be my daily driver/our road trip vehicle.

We just placed a deposit through Military Auto Source on a factory ordered 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited fully loaded minus ADII, CD Player, and Charging Pad.
With Military Auto Source we are able to make changes to the vehicle up until production begins. I'm very excited!

My first question... Price. MSRP on the vehicle is 43,290 and we'll be paying 40,716 for the vehicle, which includes 7 year/75,000 warranty and taxes (home of record is Portland, Oregon, so no sales tax - yay). Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but the husband is certain he could have haggled the price down more at a dealer, but I'm not so sure. Thoughts?

The big question is ADII vs ADI. I've searched through this forum, Youtube, and Google for reviews on both and comparisons. I think I understand the pros and cons of each, but I just wanted to get other opinions. My husband would like to stick with the ADI and I'm wondering if we shouldn't get ADII on it. On the one hand, I would prefer a softer ride, but on the other I'm a bit worried about driving in heavy snow and taking road trips. We'll more than likely be making trips up north during the winter months for vacations and ski trips and I would prefer not to get stuck or take the less equipped Wrangler. For everyday driving ADI will be more than adequate, I'm just worried about future trips.

Uconnect remote start. Really looking forward to this feature! From what I can tell about the app though, you're only able to control the vehicle locking/unlocking, and starting/stopping. From what I've heard other people say, you can control so much more with it. Any tips or information?

Looking forward to having a new Jeep and being back in the states!

Thanks in advance guys!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 09:54 AM
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I have found ADI very capable thru last winter, especially with swapped winter tires. I also used mine on the beach & up some modest dune trails on Cape Cod in Provincetown. it was a cake walk. the trailhawk version comes with more aggressive tires. I believe you can get ADII w/o getting a trailhawk. hope some of that was helpful. good luck with your decisions!

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i didn't want AD-II on my vehicle, but the only one local enough that had all the features I wanted had the AD-II on it, and boy am I glad I got it. I've never regretted it for a second. I've used 4LOW on the beach, when off-roading, even when pulling a stump out of my yard. I still feel like it drives smooth enough for my family's taste, and the extra ground clearance is nice (although enhanced by my HazzardSky lift).

in regards to pricing, i'm a dealer, and would be happy to take a look at the pricing for you. honestly, on the surface it does not sound like a fantastic deal. I am close enough to Philly that should you reconsider, I would be happy to help you. feel free to PM me with any questions or concerns!

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Congrats on considering the Cherokee. We love ours and have really enjoyed the investment. If you are considering doing anything off road, I would consider the ADII hands down. In my humble opinion, the ADI is for getting out of your snow covered driveway, and about nothing else. If you want confidence on any unimproved road, ADII is the way to go. I have a Traihawk and the Cherokee's 4 wheel lo option with rear lockers is the bee's knees.

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My first question... Price. MSRP on the vehicle is 43,290 and we'll be paying 40,716 for the vehicle, which includes 7 year/75,000 warranty and taxes (home of record is Portland, Oregon, so no sales tax - yay). Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but the husband is certain he could have haggled the price down more at a dealer, but I'm not so sure. Thoughts?
I pulled the trigger yesterday on a 2017 Limited and got it for -$8000 off the MSRP. $5,500 was listed as a rebate that expires 1/3, and the rest was a dealer discount. If you take off the rebate, you are getting the same deal, but I would think Jeep would continue to offer some rebate in the future.
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Welcome to the forum !

About AD1 vs AD2 : I live in Canada where winter is almost 5 months out of the year. I love winter driving and have had 4WD or AWD vehicules for decades. My Latitude is AD1 and I find it to be a really great winter vehicule, with dedicated snow tires of course. I am not missing AD2 myself, but I don't go off-road, I don't pull a heavy boat out of the water, or tree stumps in my back yard.
AD2 would give you an extra inch ground clearence, if you need it. Unless you plan on driving on unplowed roads, you'll likely never miss that extra inch. 4Lo could also get you out of really deep wet snow, if you ever find yourself in such a situation.
AD2 also allows to flat tow the Jeep behind a motorhome because it has a Neutral for teh AWD system (AD1 does not).

You may have a harder time finding a Limited with AD2, so perhaps there are better deals on AD1s, I don't know. @IRSmart could enlighten you on that subject I'm sure.

You will enjoy either, no doubt !

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:42 AM
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I got AD2 on my 2014 factory ordered Cherokee Limited back then.
AD2 is basically off road suspension that gives the Cherokee a bit more lift, like an inch. Maybe a bit stiffer ride but not really noticeable. You also get a a 4wd low and a drive line neutral for towing.
To be honest I have never had to use 4WD low in my 4 Jeep history. I got it primary for the off road suspension.

**Thoughts on price: You probably could have done better at a dealer and I would also be concerned as to what kind of extended warranty they sold with the Cherokee. I would guess it was a 3rd party and not a Chrysler plan. You might ask them that and ask the price of that 7/75 warranty extension by its self. That will give you a better idea of the deal you got on that Cherokee. Warranty plans are high profit items for car sellers and are negotiable along with the vehicle.
Frankly I would only want a Chrysler plan and not a 3rd party one.
But as far as price go it depends a lot on the area you live and the time of year. Like an urban area with lots of competition or a less competitive area.
In an area like the Chicago market 6-7k off msrp is the average from what I have seen. I have seen more at different times of the year like a 20% or 30% off deals.
I actually ordered mine and bought it from a dealer in that area. The price saved me thousands as compared to my local non dealing dealer.
Actually with a dealer search available, waiting till you get states side would not have been a bad idea. Dealer shopping even if you have to drive a bit for the price, it is worth it.
You can use the internet. That is various dealers sites to gauge price and actually do a deal once you get back. Finding a Cherokee like you ordered, that is loaded is not a problem usually.
Usually its the Tow Group and AD2 that are hard to match.

Also as far as the warranty goes there are Chrysler Max Care Service Plans available to US residents. These are primary coverage plans from Chrysler and not 3rd party Companies.
There are discounted ones from Jeep dealers that sell on line. A Max Care Lifetime plan, the top of the line plan, can be had for around $2500 discounted and that covers till the repair exceeds the value of the vehicle.
Most dealers will match price if you bring a print out of it in of even mention it.

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First of all, welcome to the forum and thanks to you and your husband for serving our country. My first KL (short for the Cherokee) was a limited with AD1 and it was okay. I have had a Latitude with ADII and it was okay. But my favorite is the Trailhawk and I am a senior citizen and live in Upstate SC where we very seldom get any snow. I just like the looks and the ride myself better than the the Limited even though it was a fine vehicle. Just make sure you definitely get the tow package as you cannot add that with the same towing capacity with an after market addition. I am assuming you ordered the 3.2 v6 engine, but just making sure as it really is a great running vehicle with that engine. (Many are okay with the 4 cylinder but not for me.) Also, have you looked in the search for dealers in the Jeep Home page for dealers in the Philly area and see what they would do for you? Just my opinion, so get what you want as it is your "nickel." But as far as the ride with the Trailhawk, my wife likes it too, but we are not you. I think you will be happy with whatever Cherokee you decide to purchase.

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I have a Limited AD1. I have driven in snow plenty of times with the stock continentals and will say that it's is more than capable of handling snow, but like many will tell you snow tires are always recommended as 4WD isn't going to help you stop. But AD1 snow mode does handle deep snow well, ice and slush and allows you to begin moving well and helps you stay in control. I've been very happy with the AD1. ADII is awesome, but IMHO it's more for Overland or Off-Road use.

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and some conditions are best handled by staying at home

Snow-Related Crashes Reported; Motorists Urged to Stay Off Roads

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