Monday, January 29, 2024

Jeep Cherokee

I am a little surprised that I have not posted on my 2015 Jeep Cherokee until now (January 29, 2024).  I purchased this new on January 17, 2015 and have enjoyed the vehicle.  It is comfortable and drives well.  The exterior and interior have met my expectations with only minor cosmetic issues.  It was purchased for $25,000 and I opted for a lifetime extended warranty that was an extra $1,500 at the time.

Maintenance has included regular oil changes, cabin air filters, engine air filters and wiper blades.  At 96,000 miles, I am on my third battery and third set of tires.

There have also been some odd parts that have broken/gone missing like engine air filter disconnect and AC test access door cover.  

Out of the ordinary repairs have included the liftgate (2015, 2023), rear differential (2019), radio head unit (2019), exhaust sensor (2019), Idle bent tensioner, idler pulley, serpentine belt (2021).  Some of these were covered by the 3 year, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper.  The rear differential was covered by the 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.  Everything else has been covered by the extended warranty.  The serpentine belt is designed to wear out and was not covered.

Today, it is in the shop for a radiator leak and they are going to repair and output shaft seal (driveshaft seal) and the both the driver and passenger control arms.  The output shaft seal was leaking.  The issue with the control arms was detected during the test drive.  I am beyond impressed at the attention to detail that the dealership is providing.

They recommended a fuel service ($100) and brake flush ($100).  I will likely knock each of these out at my next oil changes.

Approaching 100,000 miles, I will be due to replace the spark plugs for around $300 and possible the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve for another $100.

The sum total of the repairs would be $1500 + $500 + $1000 = $3000 which would push me past wanting to own the vehicle.  The KBB value is down to $9,000.

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