What things have gone wrong with this car...
Well, when I was doing my reading about this model, it has been stated a number of times that there has been a problem with the radio. I tend to agree that there is some general weirdness going on with it, but nothing that dramatically effects my ability to figure out what people are saying or singing. The majority of the time, I'm listening to my iPod through the input jacks... no issues there.
We had a panel on the passenger side below the dashboard come loose. We were hearing some rattling. The dealer we work with told us that the rattling was due to this panel being loose. I'm not so sure. The sound just isn't quite right - It occurs more often when it's cold (the plastic softens when it's warmer, meaning it's more apt to bend and be forgiving... as in rattle less). It sounds more like wires rattling inside the passenger door vent.
When we first took delivery, there were a number of paint chips. The company that put on the 3M filter (highly recommended in Alberta during the winter) simply put the plastic on over top of these. The dealer paid them to have the 3M filter reapplied and the paint fixed. No questions asked. Was pretty impressed by it.
The driver's chair back seems to move a little. I'm told this is because of how the chair is designed and is not, in fact, a defect.
We're developing some noise coming from the front tires that happens when we go over some particularly rough pavement. It sounds like plastic rubbing on plastic when the shocks depress. As near as I can tell there isn't anything wrong visibly.
When the temperature dropped this winter (like below -20C) a rattle from the windshield area in front of the driver seems to be happening. This does not happen often so I suspect it really is just from the cold. But still, it's weird.
When someone is riding in the middle seat, there is occasionally an odd clunk that occurs. My passengers tell me it's just from the seat shifting around. It does not make me happy.
I acknowledge that I may have a problem with all the little noises that may more may not actually be occurring in this car. Call it an ism.
The stereo is fantastic. My only complaints about it are the radio weirdness and where I should be leaving my ipod when I've got it plugged in.
Whoever thought up the idea to put a cup holder on the driver's side dash in a little pocket thing was a genius. I just have to remember not to put my knee on it when I get into the car.
After a number of iterations of trying to figure out what to call it (it's not a car, it's not a truck) we've settled on "The Beastie".
The seats are comfortable - comfortable, supportive and easy to wipe clean due to the leather. The heated seats are wonderful in the winter. They have 3 settings: off, sorta off, and nuclear. The rear seats are surprisingly comfortable as well, due mainly to the fact that they can be moved forward and back and the seat backs can tip forward and back. The rear seats are handy in a pinch, but are not generally meant for anyone taller than a kid.
Did you know that the side mirrors defrost themselves? Me neither. I didn't discover that until I noticed the mirrors steaming one particularly cold weekend afternoon.
Bluetooth cellphone connection should come as a standard feature for all vehicles. I don't know how I got along without it. This car has it (again, didn't know we had it until I tried the button after we bought it - the sales guy said the car was wired for it but it didn't have the brain installed). My only complaint here is that it can take a while to get the computer to talk you through the prompts which can get annoying. There should be a manual volume control somewhere other than the phone also.
There is more than enough power in the car. Highway driving is a pleasure. City driving is almost equally as awesome. There is a slight delay (not like a turbo lag delay) if you stomp on it. I suspect that the car's transmission is sorta juggling things trying to react to my right foot. But once the power comes on it's great.
There is a little nob just south of the shifter that controls the 4wd settings. 2wd is the one you want to use if you want to be careful with your gas. The two other ones are varying degrees of 4wd and are really awesome when you need a little extra help getting off an ice patch at an intersection.
Another little niggling thing is that city driving for me is quite expensive on gas. I go anywhere from 300-350km on a tank due to stomp and go traffic (deliberate misspelling). Highway driving is a little different. I can get well upwards of 500km on a tank. I wish I could do more highway kilometers!
The car is wonderful on long trips also. Lots of room, comfy chairs. Relatively quiet cabin. Great stereo.
I'm not so sure I like how easily the paint seems to want to chip. I'm really glad we decided to go with the 3M paint protection. The colour is awesome also.