Originally Posted by thestopsign
I'm in the market for my first car I've ever personally paid for. I currently have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 163,000 miles on it that I love but am starting to have some troubles with safety wise. I'd like to stick with the Jeep Grand Cherokee line personally as it fits my lifestyle/needs pretty well. Any recommendations?
It looks like the line got a significant upgrade in the 2014-2015 years as the reviews got significantly better, so I was thinking anything those years or later would be good. I'm looking at a 2016 Grand Cherokee Limited with 32,000 on it for around $31,000 right now that I found on Cars.com, is there a better site to look at?
Also what is a good amount to put down on a car? I am in a good spot to afford something around the $30k range, but I don't really want to put more than $10k down right away.
I know it'll sound crazy, and this isn't a popular opinion, but...
Grand Cherokees are very common higher-end rentals. As such, CarMax has a BUNCH of them, and their prices are pretty competitive. With CarMax, you can get a 100,000mi b2b warranty for like $3K. Might be worth at least glancing.
That said, you're 100% right - the 2014 model saw a massive improvement, most noticeably to the interior. Driving a well-equipped 2014+ GC is actually pretty luxurious.
Oh - one more comment - if it matters to you, the base sound system is hot garbage. So make sure it has an upgraded sound (it's like $600 and was on every model on the lot at my local dealer a couple years ago); but at least try the radio during your TD.