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#15897 of 23397 Re: not happy [stavross]
Feb 27, 2005 (8:41 am)
I cannot speak for Australia Jeeps. But in my case I bought a 2004 Wrangler, drove it to work after owning it for 4 days, thinking thing were beautiful from behind the wheel of my new Jeep. 12½ hours later I got back into my baby, started her up, put her in reverse, and applied the gas; nothing happed. The THING would not move. I was thinking “great! Is this a sign of things to come?”
Well, Chrysler could not figure out why the transmission would not work, so they replaced it with a new one. I have 25,000 miles on her now and I have been trouble free. So, unless you got what Americans call a lemon, things should work themselves out.
I love my Jeep and can’t wait until the ground dries up so I can hit the local hills.
#15898 of 23397 Re: not happy [stavross]
Feb 27, 2005 (2:43 pm)
Keep talking to your dealer about your problems. I've had our Unlimited for 5 months now and other than the auto dimming mirror doing strange things for a week and then going back to normal, I haven't had any problems.
Today I thought about opening up the sunroof on our way home - the day was clear but it didn't quite get warm enough. Glen - while the dirt roads in the Antelope Valley are still wet and a mess, there are poppies starting to bloom along the road. Joshua trees are starting to bloom out in the Mojave. If it doesn't get too cold again, we could be in for a great spring and wonderful Jeep weather!
#15899 of 23397 Re: not happy [stavross]
Feb 27, 2005 (6:45 pm)
I am 99% of purshasing a 2005 jeep wrangler trying to order one in electric lime green manual 6 speed renedage. I live in Melbourne, Australia and was wondering bout your jeep is it OK and is there any more problems with jeep???
Also have u got soft top or hard to top man???
send me an email to sanjaystuarthotmail.com if u want to help us out mate cause I'm want to talk to more people bout the 2005 wrangler...
#15900 of 23397 Re: not happy [mtngal]
Feb 27, 2005 (7:55 pm)
My wife’s boss lives in Lancaster and we are making plans to go to the Poppy Reserve near there. Last time we all went there the poppies were few and far between because of the drought. In fact there was virtually a handful throughout the whole reserve. This year we’re sure there will be a blanket of poppies. I hope I have the finances together to get the digital camera I want before then…If not I will take my 35mm.
#15901 of 23397 Re: not happy [sanjaystuart]
Feb 27, 2005 (8:31 pm)
Please keep the conversation here so everyone benefits! We're open 24/7 so a dozen time zones and an international date line make little difference.
Also, it is unwise to post your email address in a public message - it invites spam. It is better to make your email address visible in your user profile and anyone interested in contacting you knows where to look.
#15902 of 23397 Fender flares & tires
Feb 27, 2005 (9:36 pm)
I read in another post that jeep went back to black fender flares in December - Was this for all body colors? I am working on buying a lt. kakhi metallic unlimited and would like black flares, but the few I have seen on the lot are grey.
Also, I read in other posts the largest tire that will fit on the stock 15x8 wheel is a 31x10.5 - is this correct and are there any other modifications necessary to keep the larger tire from rubbing? How much could/should I expect on trading in the stock GSAs on an upraded set of tires at a tire store?
I drive mainly on the road, but I would like some tires that have a good agressive look. Off road driving will be mainly at the beach with the family - nothing serious. What have others had good experience with?
#15903 of 23397 Re: Fender flares & tires [jpk257]
Feb 28, 2005 (5:53 am)
locally I couldn't find anyone willing to give me a decent trade in for my GSA's
I posted them on a couple "For Sale" section of jeep message boards, wound up getting $225 for them with 6500 miles on them.
#15904 of 23397 Re: not happy [sanjaystuart]
Feb 28, 2005 (7:06 am)
thanks for the support everyone. my jeep is a wrangler renedage patriot blue 6spd hard /soft top with the auto dim mirror,side steps,crome front bumper.the 6spd is great as is the auto dim mirror,have not had the hard top off yet.this weekend was going to be the first 4wd trip, but the dealer thinks a little end has broken and i will have to have a new motor shipped over.there was no power in town today so not much was done on my car today.ilive in perth west aus.i had plans to have a two inch lift kit put in, wider wheels and tyres,and a new sound system with dvd player.the standard sound system is not the best,the only other probs i had was a chip to the steel in one spot and the gear knob is not on straight.
#15905 of 23397 Re: Fender flares & tires [jpk257]
Feb 28, 2005 (7:16 am)
It's likely that the Jeeps you've seen sitting on the lots were built toward the end of last year.
You can squeeze a 33x12.5x15 on there, but without good quality thick spacers (which can cost as much as a set of wheels), you'll have virtually no steering lock. 31x10.5x15 is the sensible way to go.
You should be able to negotiate a reasonable price for your tires if they have delivery mileage only (not 6k+!). Tom can tell you more about this and will probably post later.
#15906 of 23397 Re: Fender flares & tires [jpk257]
Feb 28, 2005 (9:16 am)
Here's a copy of my post telling about the deal I got on trade-in on my GSA's. This was posted on 6/27/01.
"Hey everyone! Took Thelma today to have some 31 inch tires put on her. I got the 31 x 10.5 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA's, like old Tonkadave did.
I couldn't believe the deal they gave me, and I jumped all over it. It was going to be $641 for five new tires, mounted, balanced, and tax included. I was ready to forget it, but I went to the tire store to let them see what they could allow me on Thelma's 30's for trade in.
The spare was new, and they gave me $95 for it. The four that were on Thelma had 10,500+ miles on them, and they gave me $83 apiece on them!
Bottom line, I got five new 31 x 10.50 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA's mounted, balanced, and tax included for $188.63.
I think they will be great tires, but I haven't driven anywhere except from the tire dealer back to work.
I must admit that I thought they would make a little more difference in Thelma's looks than they did. They definitely look better, but it just isn't as dramatic as I though it would be.
I haven't had a chance to scrub them good and put the armor all on them yet, so maybe that will make a big difference.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
P.S. Sasquatch.... yes, you can put 31 x 10.5's on a Wrangler without a lift: I just had it done, and Tonkadave had it done on his Tonkajeep when he fist got him."
The All Terrains looked MUCH better than the GSA's, and, although I had never been off road while the GSA'a were on Thlema Jane, I'm sure the All Terrains were a much better tire for that purpose. After all, GSA stands for Get Stuck Anywhere.
I got so seriously into wheelin' that I needed mud tires instead of AT's. I had 6K miles on the AT's when I went back to the same tire store and once again got a killer trade-in. Don't remember the details on that trade, but it was similar to the great deal on the AT's.
Such great trade-ins may not be something that can be found just anywhere. I have had folks tell me that they could get nothing like the deals I have been fortunate enough to get.
Also, Jeff, the factory wheels have about 5.5" of backspacing, and this keeps the tires tucked inside the flares when the spring is fully compressed during flexing.
However, with this much backspacing, the inside side walls of the tires are very close to the spring perches in back and the lower control arms up front (when the steering wheel is turned to full lock). Some folks have to put spacers behind their steering stops on the steering knuckles in order to run a 10.50" wide tire on the stock factory wheels. I was one who did not have to do this, but it is not a big deal.
Hope this helps.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?