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Picked up the replacement for my beloved Liberty on Friday. 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. 3.6L V-6, automatic, Quadra-Trac 2 ...

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Old 03-11-2018, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Picked up the replacement for my beloved Liberty on Friday.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.
3.6L V-6, automatic, Quadra-Trac 2 with select terrain. 51k miles.


Still feel like it's a rental or loaner, doesn't quite register yet that it's mine. It seems HUGE compared to the Liberty and looks even bigger once it's in my small garage.
I just installed the WeatherTech floor liners, and set-up the U-connect today to sync my phone. I also transferred the gear from the KJ (the ammo crate, jumper cables, tools, flashlight, etc.)


I'll drive it for a while to find out if I like it enough to start making mods, but here is the wish list. (as funds permit)

Cosmetic stuff
It's been debadged, so I will replace some of them with black instead of chrome
Black out the chrome grill and add grey or silver grill inserts
Black out the rear gate panel/light bar
Remove or black out the side mouldings.
Add a black hood decal (similar to Trailhawk models)

Practical stuff
Mount fire extinguisher and Maglite
Get roof rack crossbars
Add Mopar tow package with proper bumper bezel.

Fun Stuff
Powder coat the tow hooks red
OME Medium duty lift, possibly with JBA UCAs
Finish out the under armor protection
JK Rubicon wheels and man tires

Hopefully, I'll grow to like this one as much as I've liked my old '96 XJ (which I drove for 8 years) and the '04 KJ (nine years)
Or maybe I'll trade it in a few years for a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk

Time will tell....
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Looks sharp. Same spot I took pics of the KL when I got it LOL

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/wto/...504412429.html
Or
https://madison.craigslist.org/wto/d...530817545.html

Or

https://madison.craigslist.org/pts/d...526131867.html

I won't charge you a finder's fee this time.
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Finder's fee will be half-dozen nutzerks

I called on these the other day.
https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/wto...527501506.html

But I do like the darker color (and the price) on the set near Madtown. Thanks for the heads up!
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And at least the Madtown ones have tires, good enough for now I'm guessing. Still gotta get them nutzerts!
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Congrats Joe. Nice looking Jeep.

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I surprised you went with the 3.6 vs the hemi. I love the hemi and you can't beat the power, and it also helps to build more heat in the tires for a nice long smokey burn out. I know in my ram 1500 I can burn rubber as long as I want, but typically stop in third gear.
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Actually didn't really need the Hemi. Don't tow anything heavier than a small trailer, and very rarely. And the V-6 is plenty for what I'm doing....my GF says I drive like an old man anyway. (She says I ride motorcycle like a madman though)

Besides finding a Laredo with the QT2 was hard enough, much less trying to track down a V-8 too.
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I'd be good with the V6 too. It's still more engine than the 3.7/4.7/4.0 were, all of which were in Grand Cherokees.

I know the oil filter changed for 2013+ so this might not be relevant, but the Mopar cartridge filter for my KL is $7 at Pischke compared to $10 at Walmart. I need to get one this week.
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Yeah, the 3.6 is sneaky. It doesn't feel like it's more powerful, it just gets up and goes pretty good.

It'll be interesting once I start doing maintenance on the WK2. I could probably do an oil change on the KJ with my eyes closed. Time to learn everything all over again.
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Is the filter housing up top? It is on my Avenger with the 3.6L. Easiest oil change ever. I buy 6-8 of the Wix cartridges at a time online. It is sneaky power even with the crappy tranny tune in the Avenger. Although the autostick is fun if you expect the massive torque steer.
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