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Grand Cherokee2011 Grand Cherokee Long Term Test Drive
Posted by mike on 2011/7/21 18:13:00 (1233) reads

I'm a huge fan of MotorTrend's long term test drives. I really believe that it is only by spending a lot of time with a vehicle can you find out if it is really all it is cracked up to be.

They recently published an updated on their long-term test drive of a 2011 Grand Cherokee, and while there's not a whole lot of new information, it's interesting to seem them really dive deep into a particular aspect of the vehicle (this update focuses on the multiple navigation systems available depending on the trim level).

We asked the folks at Jeep as to the reasons behind the navigation duopoly (instead of the usual monopoly), but were unable to get a concrete answer (it's likely buried somewhere in a confidential product planning powerpoint).


To date, they've had the vehicle for 4 months and put almost 8,000 miles on it at an average of $0.23/mile. The total maintenance costs so far are only a bit over $100 for an oil change and tire rotation.

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rickstr
Posted: 2011/8/31 6:48  Updated: 2011/8/31 6:48
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 Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee Long Term Test Drive
«Cost to drive» rate has now more and more important. And yes, this universal rate. If it used to compare the cars in their class, you get further insights about the car you are going to buy. Anyway, it's something. Or would you prefer to have no characteristics at all, just sign "cool car, take it"

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tmedlock
Posted: 2011/7/31 14:01  Updated: 2011/7/31 14:01
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 Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee Long Term Test Drive
"To date, they've had the vehicle for 4 months and put almost 8,000 miles on it at an average of $0.23/mile. The total maintenance costs so far are only a bit over $100 for an oil change and tire rotation".
OK, I can see how that is relevant to the majority of people who use their vehicle primarily as a “car” such as a Grand Cherokee. I have an issue when the same standards are applied to a “utility vehicle” such as a Wrangler. I guess only the marketing people have a good handle on how man Wrangler owners use there vehicle as a “recreational vehicle” as opposed to as a car replacement with limited exposure to recreational use. I guess the big difference is: do you get value from your vehicle based on its capabilities OR based on its cost to drive (of course everything is “within reason”…). My guess is that a large percentage of wrangle drivers are more concerned with the “capabilities” then the “cost to drive”. That is why to me it is reasonable to ask Fiat to offer a hemi in the Wrangler…. But, I digressed. Anyway, I hate to see “one size fits all” mentality used when reviewing vehicles.
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