Around how much did the install cost you? I called my local Jeep dealership, and was given a quote of $1800
called around and found a dealership that will do it for $300 labor, about $510 for the fascia, hitch, and wiring harness
When we were just looking at this compass I knew we had to have at least the hitch on it for our bike rack. I went into the sevice department and ask for a price on hitch. I almost fell over they quoted almost $600 and that is before they knew they had to replace the lower fascia as they were no longer allowed to cut the hole in the non-hitch fascia and that is basically another 100 bucks or so. This is just for the hitch not the wiring. The wiring is another 200+ bucks and 2-3 hours of labor after the price on the hitch I did not ask about cost of wiring.
We continued working the price with the dealer. We had found a Trailhawk with a hitch about an hour or so away but our local dealer beat the price by enough to cover the hitch and then some. But then that dealer sent an email asking if we were still looking. We told him we were near pulling the trigger on a Jeep that was closer and cheaper. He then cut his price to beat this one the only difference is the one an hour way had the hitch and this one had no hitch but navigation. I told my salesman I was going to go look at the other one because it has the hitch that we needed.
I barely got off the lot when we got a call from the local dealer they matched the price and agreed to install the factory style hitch and wiring harness. At that point we just pulled the trigger on it as I had driven it and checked it all out for the known issues like the messed up dash dimming. So long story short I did not pay for it so I don't know what the cost for everything was. I can tell you it took 3 extra days for them to figure out the wiring and computer and they had to buy that fascia!
If I had to bet around $1000 to $1200 for the hitch,wiring, and fascia. I pretty penny for what is like a $400 factory option on the Trailhawk and I think $700-$800 on the other trims!
I think if your handy you could buy the hitch and fascia and install it yourself. It looks like you simple pull the bottom bumper fascia off. Then remove the rear impact bar and install the hitch in place of the impact bar then install the hitch type fascia and your done.
The wiring gets crazy for the factory set up as it has to run all the way to the fuse box under the hood then over to the passenger side relays behind the glove box. That is a lot of interior trim to deal with. I did see some aftermarket wiring that claims to work with the 2nd gen that is way cheaper and might be simpler to run. However I worry as sensitive as these things are it might throw codes.
On your lower estimate make sure they are talking about the lower bumper fascia and not just the face/trim plate that comes with the hitch. If so I think that is a good deal but try to get something that locks them into that price. I hate to guess even for the dealership what it cost for a tech to spend bacilly 3 1/2 days figuring out all the hang ups on mine!