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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-19-2014, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Some questions regarding the 4WD system

I understand that the cherokee has the active drive 1, 2 and lock, but which one is the best 4wd system to choose? My folks and I currently live in New Mexico (southern NM to be exact) and we don't really get a lot of snow (rarely but maybe this year will change) and only go up to the mountains sometimes. But I don't think I'll be down for the TH. Also when the 2015 limited and trailhawk with technology group will be coming ?
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Our dealer (Fort Collins, CO) had a 2015 Limiteds and Latitudes with the Tech package on the lot, so they're available.

ADII, an option on all but Trailhawks, is for real off-road use, when you need a low gear and some locking capability. ADI seems to be a good choice for almost everyone else, especially with its switchable center differentials. HPH

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Our dealer (Fort Collins, CO) had a 2015 Limiteds and Latitudes with the Tech package on the lot, so they're available.

ADII, an option on all but Trailhawks, is for real off-road use, when you need a low gear and some locking capability. ADI seems to be a good choice for almost everyone else, especially with its switchable center differentials. HPH

Trailhawk is only ADII with lock and lock is only available on the Trailhawk. You can get 4X2 on Sport and I think Latitude.

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I'd say AD I would fill your needs. AD II is there for when you need low range to drive in deep sand or to get more torque without needing to rev the engine, such as towing a boat up a slick ramp. Stump pulling is another nice job for low range.

The AD II may expand your ability resell the Jeep later, and a TH build even more.

The locking rear Drive Loc is an Emergency Escape Plan, IMHO. Many folks with locking differentials drive with the diffs open until they really need the lock, or they lock up to help someone else who is stuck. Driving with a locked rear is more dangerous and makes it more difficult to control the vehicle since the rear end can and will slide out on you if you're not careful. A locking front diff takes the danger to another level.

I really like that they built the TH with the Drive Loc rear, and while it's a feature many owners may not really need, it's always nice to have, like a front bumper winch.

If I had been buying our new Cherokee for myself, I'd have probably gotten the TH even though I might never have really needed the Drive Loc. But since it's gonna be my wife's car, AD II is going to be more than enough for how we will use the Jeep.

Good luck with your decision.
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But wouldn't the Tires for TH be expensive as well?
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Destination A/T and LE2 are about the same cost, 130-150 per tire.
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I understand that the cherokee has the active drive 1, 2 and lock, but which one is the best 4wd system to choose? My folks and I currently live in New Mexico (southern NM to be exact) and we don't really get a lot of snow (rarely but maybe this year will change) and only go up to the mountains sometimes. But I don't think I'll be down for the TH. Also when the 2015 limited and trailhawk with technology group will be coming ?
Any V6 non-TH with AD1 is plenty for you. And add the tow group if you're going to tow. Also, either a Latitude or Limited with AD1 will have a somewhat smoother ride than AD2 or TH. If you don't intend to go off-roading anyone who tells you that you need AD2 or a TH in Southern New Mexico is misguided.

And despite the Jeep ads, the vast majority of Cherokees sold are non-Trailhawk models, so buying a TH will actually hurt your resale value, especially if you're trying to get rid of it in Southern NM.

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Any V6 non-TH with AD1 is plenty for you. And add the tow group if you're going to tow. Also, either a Latitude or Limited with AD1 will have a somewhat smoother ride than AD2 or TH. If you don't intend to go off-roading anyone who tells you that you need AD2 or a TH in Southern New Mexico is misguided.

And despite the Jeep ads, the vast majority of Cherokees sold are non-Trailhawk models, so buying a TH will actually hurt your resale value, especially if you're trying to get rid of it in Southern NM.

Agree up to resale...the rarity and public demand should increase the TH resale over the more common models.
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TH just look a lot nicer than the regular models wider stance and higher with nice wheels people who buy trailhawks don't plan on reselling
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But is it really that AD1 is smoother than AD2?
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