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#19139 of 23397 Wrangler Reliability
Aug 05, 2005 (7:37 pm)
I get busy at work today and all kinds of things happen here!
I own both a '98 Wrangler Sport and a '04 Unlimited. The Sport was the first Jeep I had ever owned (purchased new), and I bought an extended (100,000 mile - years never matter to me) warranty that I never used. Yes, my manifold failed, and yes, I did sign up on the web site for the class action suit. My manifold failed after 100,000 miles on the odo, and it took me to 115,000 before I bothered to get it repaired. However, that one problem didn't stop me from buying another Wrangler.
In fact, based on my experience with the Sport, I didn't bother buying an extended warranty for the Unlimited, and wouldn't have even if the drivetrain was only 35,000 miles. The Unlimited has not had a problem (barring the auto dimming mirror doing sort-of weird things for a while, then clearing up on its own) so far and it's got over 48,000 miles so far. I think the 2000 Tacoma (we hated and finally sold last year) ended up needing a new radiator somewhere around 50,000 miles or so, so the Unlimited isn't any worse than our old Toyota.
Yes, the gas mileage isn't a high point for this vehicle - and our gas is now over $2.50 for 87 octane, so those of you further east should be grateful. Our commute of 150 miles round trip might not be as much as Jamie's 180 commute, but it's bad enough. Would I get another Wrangler? Absolutely! Are we considering cars or vehicles that get great gas mileage? Absolutely! But I'm not in any rush to replace the Sport - it runs great and was paid off a long time ago. And I'm willing to keep buying gas because I love the Unlimited that much...
#19140 of 23397 Re: GAS PRICES ALMOST 2 MUCH 2 HANDLE [myboyblue]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 05, 2005 (8:11 pm)
Hi Jamie, from your past (sentence case) posts I figured it was just a temporary keyboard issue. Some took offense to netiquette suggestions and others responded, so a few off-topic posts were removed. No biggie.
#19141 of 23397 Re: Tire Diameter [myboyblue]
Aug 06, 2005 (11:58 am)
It seems to me that if these were dealer-installed options (which sounds like the case), any adjustments to correct the speedo/odo should have been done by them as well. I'm not an attorney, barrister or anything of that sort (remember, I'm the magnet guy!), but logically "Joe Public" would have no inclination to doubt his factory speedo/odo calibration for a new vehicle purchased from a reputable dealer. What if a little old lady had purchased your Jeep (highly unlikely, I know) - - I'm guessing she'd be ticked off when she got a ticket for driving 66 is a 60 zone especially when her speedo showed 60! It's very doubtful that she would've questioned her new vehicle's calibration....
I'd side with you in this case, given that they were dealer-installed options. If you had modified them yourself or with another shop, then that would be a different story. This is all just my opinion, of course. "Your actual mileage may vary..."
#19142 of 23397 Drill vs. No-Drill Accessories
Aug 06, 2005 (12:47 pm)
My first inclination has always been the "no-drill" approach. However, if there was a modification I wanted that required drilling, I'd go for it. Wranglers tend to be pretty customizeable vehicles, and within reason I believe it's very acceptable. (Read that to mean "very little negative impact on resale value" ) Bikini headers that require drilling wouldn't phase me at all.
The only suggestion would be to follow the old woodworking adage: "measure twice, cut (or in this case, drill) once".
#19144 of 23397 Re: Barely Jeep Related. [jeff62301]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 06, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Lol, I thought I was lucky to have a neighbor with a crane. A firetruck with a boom would be real handy around here - I need to do some painting and I can't tolerate being up an extension ladder for long.
#19145 of 23397 Re: Barely Jeep Related. [jeff62301]
Aug 06, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Would your neighbor like to take a road trip out to California? I could sure use that fire truck to trim a couple of cottonwoods in my front yard. There are high branches that grow over my driveway and drop sap on my soft top! I didn't mind so much with the hard top because cottonwood sap seems to disolve in water pretty easily, but I wouldn't think it would be good for the soft top, would it?
#19146 of 23397 Re: Barely Jeep Related. [jeff62301]
Aug 06, 2005 (2:57 pm)
Cool! The last picture looks like you were also clearing space for any low-flying aircraft!
#19147 of 23397 Re: Barely Jeep Related. [jeff62301]
Aug 06, 2005 (3:35 pm)
he ran the boom and I pruned
That gives new meaning to the concept of off-roading!
#19148 of 23397 Re: Barely Jeep Related. [tidester]
Aug 06, 2005 (3:48 pm)
I guess that's "overroading"
it was fun,,