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Old 01-09-2018, 12:25 AM   #31
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Check your control settings in the computer for the auto wipers. It should be in there.
Yes, after I posted, I sat in the driveway and went through the settings and found the auto wipers.

Alas, no auto-hold in D to stop the creeping, only a hill hold. I did a search, Jeep calls it "Hold'n Go". Described in the manual, not available on any JGC even as an option.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:46 AM   #32
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I cant ever see spending big money again on an SUV.
You sound regretful. Care to expand?

I'm guessing the idea is that it drives like a truck, so don't spent a shit ton as if that will make it more like a car?
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:54 AM   #33
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There is definitely float & lean. The "on stilts" feeling is there as it is with most every SUV.
I was thinking about it... It basically weighs as much as a Chevy Silverado. If your brain is even remotely thinking "sport wagon" I'm guessing things won't end well.

Whereas if you start with the expectations of an off-road truck, the ride might make a lot more sense.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:20 AM   #34
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Chrysler is notorious for the dashboard MPG gauge being overly optimistic, so temper your efficiency expectations some.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:35 AM   #35
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You sound regretful. Care to expand?

I'm guessing the idea is that it drives like a truck, so don't spent a shit ton as if that will make it more like a car?
It drives better than a truck, and is probably about as good as it gets for an SUV except for a Cayenne, but, yeah, cant compare to a proper car. It suits our family well when we need the space/highway safety/weather capability. But it gets left in the garage otherwise.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:11 AM   #36
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That's interesting, because a guy definitely came out to fuel up my truck when I was in Jersey a couple of years ago. I remember because I didn't know the rules - are you expected to tip those guys?
I left Jersey in 2007, so maybe rules have changed, until I left I always had to pump my own diesel (many stations, but in northwest NJ). . . there must be a Gov. Christie meme out there of him pumping diesel in his beach chair, am I right?!?
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:39 AM   #37
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It drives better than a truck, and is probably about as good as it gets for an SUV except for a Cayenne, but, yeah, cant compare to a proper car. It suits our family well when we need the space/highway safety/weather capability. But it gets left in the garage otherwise.
Interesting. I've really come around on our F15 X5. The steering is still total garbage though. One distinct advantage over a wagon is the ability to drive up on curbs to load/unload in the city. We live on a very narrow street with minimal street parking so it's pretty handy, and wouldn't be possible in something like an E63 wagon.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:44 AM   #38
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As the kids have gotten older, I've found any rationale for getting an SUV (or even a big wagon) diminishing.* Equ's use case is quite specific, and I guess if I lived somewhere where it really snowed I'd change my tune. But I weep for the impending future when everything is a crossover.




*please ignore the momentary G class insanity I experienced a few months ago. I'm better now. I think.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:25 PM   #39
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are you expected to tip those guys?
Absolutely not.

This is the only time of year Im glad for NJs gas pumping rules. Oregon just bailed on mandatory full-serve, so were the only ones left.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:56 PM   #40
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Drove it home, about 30 miles in a dark, icy/rainy night.

It's going to be a big adjustment. I have had only german cars (audi, porsche & bmw) since 2000.

Steering is decent. It is a very tall truck from the inside, Q5's and other crossovers look like cars. It was a very smooth ride home on the air suspension, especially on the highway. Less great on broken city streets with the 20" wheels. Not terrible.

There is definitely float & lean. The "on stilts" feeling is there as it is with most every SUV.

The engine & transmission are the best part. I got 29.4 mpg without trying. The 8-speed auto is very good, much better than the 6-speed in the older RR's that I was looking at. Like the TDI, you hear the diesel clatter at low speeds and from the outside, but not when cruising on the highway. Maybe on a ramp or an overtake. Enough power and twice the mileage of comparably torquey v8's.

The Overland is rather posh. Leather dash, 500W stereo, so lots of goodies that I've never had, even in expensive german machinery.

Some nitpicks:

- It's not pleasant to keep the vehicle at a stop in D. Not bad enough to shift to P, but definitely some vibes. I guess this is an autotragic thing. I hope buried in there is an auto-hold feature, but I'm not holding my breath. It won't matter on long trips.

- seats are a bit firm and a bit flat. prefer cushier and more bolstered. Lumbar support was sufficient. I don't think I have found the perfect driving position just yet but didn't try too hard.

- seems to have no auto wipers, crazy on such a loaded spec

That's about it. I have lowered dynamic expectations and it meets them just fine. Hopefully, it'll grow on me.
The beauty of driving a such a pig is that when you immediately hop in your Audi/BMW/whatever, itll drive and handle like a Ferrari, lol.
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