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    Default Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    I am looking at replacing my current vehicle towards the end of November 2021.

    My budget is around R300000.

    I have been looking at the Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI (2012/2013) or the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.6 V6, 2014 model. Was initially interested in the 3.0 CRD (VM Motori) but there seems to be concerns about the reliability (high maintenace cost) of the diesel engine, and the Pentastar 3.6 seems to be a reliable engine.

    I stay in Brackenfell (Cape Town) and my concern with buying a Jeep is with regards to finding reliable and reasonably priced mechanics/specialist that are knowledgable about Jeeps and the care they deserve.

    May I get suggestions from Jeep owners in Cape Town for reliable mechanics. I have seen posts from 2019, but some of those service centres have closed down.
    Is it still a wise choice to buy a Jeep (in terms of finding suitable mauntenance specialist) or should I rather consider other brands/makes. I would value input from Jeep owners.

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    The Jeep for sure!


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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    I would like to piggyback on this thread as well. Had a look at the exact same options as well but in the end I went with the Jeep collecting my Grand Cherokee last Wednesday. After 15 years this is the first time that Iíll be driving anything other than an Isuzu so would also love to know the who what where of Jeep ownership.

    Ps: I also stay in Brackenfell

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by ronman View Post
    I would like to piggyback on this thread as well. Had a look at the exact same options as well but in the end I went with the Jeep collecting my Grand Cherokee last Wednesday. After 15 years this is the first time that Iíll be driving anything other than an Isuzu so would also love to know the who what where of Jeep ownership.

    Ps: I also stay in Brackenfell
    Hi RonMan

    Which Jeep (year model AND 3.6 Penta or 3.0 CRD) did you go for?

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    Question Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepiscool View Post
    The Jeep for sure!
    Hi Jeepiscool

    I see you are from Gauteng - so wont be able to assist with reliable indies

    I love that V8 Hemi, but 4km/litre will kill my budget.
    Why did you sell the other Jeeps in your signature. Did they become problem childs?
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepiscool View Post
    The Jeep for sure!
    Hi Jeepiscool

    The V8 Hemi is very nice, but 4km/liter is bit rough for my wallet.

    I see you had a number of different Jeeps. Why did you sell. Did they perhaps become problems, heavy on the maintenance?
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    I have been using Aldrin at Unlimited Auto Angri Jeep in Montague Gardens for the past year since Anton from Brackenfell ran away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skala View Post
    I have been using Aldrin at Unlimited Auto Angri Jeep in Montague Gardens for the past year since Anton from Brackenfell ran away.
    Hi Skala,

    And he has all the necessary equipment to work on the electrical (computer) side of the Jeep?

    I see on the 2014 model of the Grand Cherokee, the computer controls a lot of the mechanics (gearbox, etc).

    The Jeep is a nice vehicle, but my worry is that is very few reliable indies available (it seems to be the case for Cape Town at least) to work on the Jeep.

    It also seems that you often need to wait months for parts to be shipped here if not available at the dealers (William Simpson in Tokai and Rola in Somerset West)

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by SemiOffRoad View Post
    Hi RonMan

    Which Jeep (year model AND 3.6 Penta or 3.0 CRD) did you go for?
    I went for the 3.6 Penta 2014 model, the only regret is that I should have done it much sooner. That 8 speed gearbox is awesome but must admit I do have the same concerns regarding spares lead time and availability.

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    A good indie is important, regardless of brand or model.
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    A good indie is important, regardless of brand or model.
    Hi Jelo,

    I agree, but each brand usually has it own specific oils it uses, and thus you need to be sure that the indie you choose for servicing your vehicle, is aware of the correct additives to use, as it can cause issues (engine wear).

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by SemiOffRoad View Post
    Hi Jelo,

    I agree, but each brand usually has it own specific oils it uses, and thus you need to be sure that the indie you choose for servicing your vehicle, is aware of the correct additives to use, as it can cause issues (engine wear).
    Oh for sure. A brand-specific indie is what I meant.

    I wouldn't take a Touareg to a Jeep indie. Or vice versa.
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Oh for sure. A brand-specific indie is what I meant.

    I wouldn't take a Touareg to a Jeep indie. Or vice versa.
    And these are what I am after. The brand specific indies.

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    I've heard a lot of good things about Maniac 4x4 in CPT, mostly regarding Wranglers. Maybe check them out?
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    I just bought a KK. Took it to Maniac for service and fixing a headlight issue. Nice people, more expensive than Auto Angri. However, they are at their wits end with the electronics. Theyíre referring me to Williams Simpson for the headlights (most prob a relay or TIPM issue)

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Consider an FJ Cruiser. You will not regret it. Ride is great on and off road. Engine is bulletproof and very reliable.

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    There is not alot of VW on the roads parts will be a problem and very Expensive

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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyDieselStig View Post
    There is not alot of VW on the roads parts will be a problem and very Expensive
    The difference being you could courier the parts in a day or two vs with Jeep a month or two.

    My Jeep spent weeks and weeks and weeks waiting in the workshop at Jeep for parts, not once but MANY times. That's why I sold my Rubicon.

    I think right front driveshaft was about three months.
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by SemiOffRoad View Post
    Hi Skala,

    And he has all the necessary equipment to work on the electrical (computer) side of the Jeep?

    I see on the 2014 model of the Grand Cherokee, the computer controls a lot of the mechanics (gearbox, etc).

    The Jeep is a nice vehicle, but my worry is that is very few reliable indies available (it seems to be the case for Cape Town at least) to work on the Jeep.

    It also seems that you often need to wait months for parts to be shipped here if not available at the dealers (William Simpson in Tokai and Rola in Somerset West)
    Best Jeep Indie I know of is Mark Hutton-Brown (HB Willys Jeep). After spending months at the stealers and a number of Indies he sorted my WJ Black Pearl's electronics within a week.

    Used to be in Montague Gardens, relocated to Riebeeck Kasteel, I think.

    And he's got a direct-import license for the US of A.
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    Default Re: Is buying a Jeep still a good choice

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    The difference being you could courier the parts in a day or two vs with Jeep a month or two.

    My Jeep spent weeks and weeks and weeks waiting in the workshop at Jeep for parts, not once but MANY times. That's why I sold my Rubicon.

    I think right front driveshaft was about three months.
    I agree that local parts are an issue. (normal service stuff is not) But I've got anything I needed off IDParts or Rockauto within 2 weeks. But sure, if you not the kind of person that likes a bit of adventure with your vehicle maintenance then probably go for another brand.

    In the states, it would be next day shipping for any part you need. So horses for courses.
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