2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: A Pretty Penny for Fancy Glass
July 29, 2015
On his last road trip in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Dan's quick thinking prevented a pesky windshield chip from growing into a full-blown moving violation. But the ghost of that hurtling rock remains, taunting us from the peripherals of sight.
The crack may never move another millimeter, but the psychological effect of this eyesore is beginning to grow the more I see it. How much would it cost to exorcise our windshield demons?
After an initial stare-down with the little nemesis, I noticed a couple of interesting things about the Cherokee's windshield.
There are heating elements for deicing the wipers at the lower corners as well as some fun graphic details that suddenly surface like Easter eggs, now that you're looking closer at things - like a crack in the windshield.
These types of extras are great, until you're required to replace them. A quick phone call to our local Jeep dealer gave us the info we needed.
Rudy, the parts advisor, advised us that the Cherokee's windshield would need to be special-ordered and would run us $604.00 without installation. He then transferred us to the service department for a labor estimate where we were quoted 3.1 hours at a discounted rate of $50/hour. Grand total replacement cost: $759.
By comparison, our Ford F-150's glass replacement set us back $496.50 out the door. That's a 53 percent premium for the Jeep's glass. Five. Three.
If I were the owner of our Cherokee, I would probably ignore the crack at this point until it became an actual problem. Pick your battles.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor