Jo6pak's WK2

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    Almost a year and about 14k into owning the WK2.

    I'm liking it. Rides great on the road. Bluetooth is really nice for tunes, streaming audio books, podcasts, phone calls.
    Remote start and keyless entry are quite handy also

    Off-road it is pretty capable too. The select-terrain system works really well, but it's a different driving style than the old XJ and KJ that I'm still working out.
    Biggest issue right now is the low clearance and approach angle, the front bumper lower fascia is getting pretty scuffed up.
    (Depending on tax return and some medical bills, the lift may happen this spring...if it ever comes)

    I had the Mopar tow hitch and wiring installed last November, so that is checked off the list.

    Winter driving= The SNOW setting along with the BFGs is amazingly good in the white stuff. It just does the job with no drama. There have been a few days I put it into SPORT in the snow just to have some juvenile drifting fun:gr_grin:

    According to the readout, I'm averaging 17.6 MPG, This was closer to 20 during the summer when running 'summer fuel' and not idling to warm up in the cold.

    The top mounted oil filter also makes changes a breeze, although I need to jack up the Jeep to get under to the drain plug (This is unacceptable!)

    Verdict so far...

    I like it better on road than the KJ for all the expected reasons; it's roomier, smoother, more comfortable, etc. It's the hands-down winner for wintery conditions

    Off road, I still would prefer the KJ; it was smaller and more nimble with better clearance and angles. Admittedly, the ole Liberty had mods to make it so... at least for now until I get some upgrades for the Grand.

    Speaking of off-road upgrades, the WK2 is going to be MUCH more spendy to get to the point that the KJ was.

    OME lift with JBA UCAs is gonna run about $1500. And complete Mopar skids with additional Chief Products armor is gonna be another $1500:Violin:

    Overall, I think the Grand Cherokee was a great decision, even if somedays I still miss the little black Libby
     
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    The Trailhawk is about the only actual off road suited Grand Cherokee. The QT II with Select Train works out nicely with the snow. I've had to use it a bit already since buying it though I still haven't messed with the Low Range other than putting it in to make sure it would engage.
     
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    I've used the low-range on mine to crawl up a hill on a trail at my buddy's farm. Probably didn't need it, but we like to keep the trails from getting torn up.
    The WK walked right up it with no problem. (for that matter, so would the KJ)

    I used the hill descent on the way down the same hill. Which was a weird feeling, took me a second to trust it and take my foot off the brake.

    WK Trailhawks are cool. But if I could spend that kind of money, I'd find a used 4-door JK and start modding.:cool:
     
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    I was amazed at how well the the QT II works I had to back up the driveway and could feel and hear all 4 tires spinning as I did so carefully. Though I was surprised when in the Apt. Parking Lot I did a drift, immediate reaction was ''Okay that shouldn't happen!" First time I've done a 4x4 drift ever. Drifting the KJ didn't freak me out because I knew how to control the body roll. I think with the WK2 I may need to get some better front and rear struts the Limited is more for Highway Crawling.
     
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    I like the vents for cooling.