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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Apr 04, 2002 (7:47 am)
This is from www.safetyalerts.com, in case you had not heard.
DaimlerChrysler Has Recalled the 2001 Jeep Wrangler
DaimlerChrysler Has Recalled the 2001 Jeep Wrangler because water and impurities can enter into the ignition switch causing a
Potential Number of Units Affected: 95000
Manufactured: 06/2000 - 12/2001
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. WATER AND IMPURITIES CAN ENTER INTO THE IGNITION SWITCH CAUSING A SHORT CIRCUIT.
THIS COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH WITH A REDESIGNED SWITCH. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 8, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE
THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE
TIME SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V075000.
Apr 04, 2002 (11:36 am)
Got my VON today along with a partial VIN. Called DC and they told me my order was in D1 status with the week of the 15th scheduled for the build. Things seem to be rolling along at this stage. Things might be going so fast now that I will not be able to slap some extra money down like I wanted to do.
I guess there is no pleasing me.
Apr 04, 2002 (11:52 am)
Put a toilet in that spare bedroom and rent it out as an apartment. Sounds like it has all a person would need as long as it has cable.
When I travel to Oklahoma I fly solo with just my "stuff". The people I stay with (the wife) do not like dogs. If the two 50 pound hounds are with me, it will just be local type trips (McDonalds for breakfast burritos). The Pyr will travel to the vet and that will be it.
I work out on West Ft. Hood and today had to go over to the MP station on main post (no I am not in trouble, they haven't caught me). I counted 28 Wranglers over on main post and I am sure there were more since I was driving and could not rubberneck a whole bunch. I saw a real nice CJ5 painted purple, chrome bumpers, lift, etc out on Clarke Rd. (do you remember where that is?). The only problem with the CJ5 was that it was at the wrong end of a tow strap.
Now I know why the dealer in town did not want my business, he has all the soldiers going there.
#5047 of 23393 Military guys and Jeeps
Apr 04, 2002 (12:46 pm)
I see Wranglers all over Camp Pendleton whenever I drive through it. It's kind of ironic that the U.S. military abandoned its classic military transport in favor of the humvee a couple decades back but all of the enlisted guys still drive the civilian version as their personal transport. My sister tells me that some of the older officers still like to be driven around in Jeeps so she does see one now and again, just like you see the occasional postal Jeep delivering mail.
I wonder if the Pentagon ever considers buying some Jeeps again. Humvees seem like such overkill much of the time. I know there has to be a need for smaller, more agile vehicles to supplement the Humvee.
Apr 04, 2002 (1:38 pm)
goducks1 - lets not be limiting the Wranglers to just enlisted - some of us officers drive them too!
oceantoad - I remember West Ft. Hood - I was assigned to a battalion out there. It might have moved onto main post - there was only one company that had aircraft. I used to drive back road through it that eventually went into the (more or less) ghost town of Briggs, and met up with the main road into Austin. I don't remember where Clarke Rd. is, but then, I left the area in '86 and I get hazy about things (can't remember the county road designation of that back road, and I used it a bunch). We also would haul the horses over to the maneuver areas and ride in all that open land around there. Fond memories of what is now a by-gone era for me.
#5049 of 23393 Is the fire out?
Apr 04, 2002 (2:11 pm)
I took a test drive a couple of weeks ago and when we wrote up the order, just for pricing, the ambire fire came up no problem. Now you have me concerned. I checked the Jeep web page and so far, ambire fire is still up as an option.
I was told that I would have to order by the end of May or wait until the factory would again accept orders in September. Retooling for the '03?
There was no pressure and this dealership prefers you to order. They keep only a few TJ's on the lot for test drives. He said that he had not been told of any major changes for the '03, but admitted that the dealers were sometimes the last to find out.
I also looked at the Forester. Reliable, five seater, decent engine and performance, some light off-road capability and good gas milage. But, I do not see myself getting excited about driving it. Everytime I hopped up into my old CJ, I felt the same excitement. I looked for any excuse to drive it.
Apr 04, 2002 (2:19 pm)
You weren't in the 15th MI Bn were you? They were the fixed wing Mochickens (Mohawks) that were phased out in the last part of the 80's. The 15th of April in 85 or 86 they reconstituted and formed B Co which had the Guardrail birds and I was the 4th or 5th person in the unit. I was in the 303rd MI Bn and also HHD of the 504th MI Group from late 84 through mid 86.
Don't tell me we where in the same unit at the same time.
They did have some dust off birds out here, but I don't know who they belonged to.
Do you remember TCATA now TEXCOM? They were up in the area of the 303rd barracks. That is where I work.
Clarke Rd was the main drag up past the pool, chapel, gas station and then under 190. If you continued on under 190 you could hang a right and go up toward the PX area.
Apr 04, 2002 (2:27 pm)
Mtngal--no offense meant to the officers. My sister is a Marine captain and always admired my Jeep, though she drives a Grand Am unfortunately. Or drove one at least--she sold it after getting reassigned to Okinawa last month.
Apr 04, 2002 (8:25 pm)
Hey tsjay, I just read your web page about how you came to buy a Jeep. I particularly enjoyed your poem:) I bought a 2001 Honda Civic in may of 2001. Every time I passed a Jeep my thoughts raced "why didn't I buy that?". "Snap out of it stupid, you just bought a car." "No, I have to get out of this thing and just go for it". "You can't, you'll lose your shirt", etc, etc. Well, 2 months ago my impractical side finally gave in and I ordered a 2002 Steel blue se 5 speed. I love my Jeep but...! Argh, I hate to admit this but the 4 cylinder is just a dog in my area. There are simply too many hills. So after another wrestling match with myself I've decided to sell her (at just 800 miles) and get into an X model. How's that for trading quickly? On a related side note, my Jeep's msrp is 19,120/ invoice is 18,150 and I am willing to sell it for 16,300. Good deal? So far I have had no takers but the dealership will only give 14,000 so that is not an option. Any advice? Thanks for listening, I just thought I'd share my story.
Apr 04, 2002 (8:32 pm)
I wanted the Amber Fire, but when I checked on some options during the last week of March it came up as restricted at the dealer.
On Monday the 1st I went to the dealer, Benny Boyd in Lampassas, Tx (a plug} and had them run the color again. It came up restricted again so I went ahead and ordered a Sport in another color.
I was going to call DC about the reason for the restriction, but I caved and didn't bother. It might be possible that the Amber Fire will be back in 03, but I was not willing to wait that long or take the chance it would not be available. My dealer has no idea for the reason that the color is restricted.
You should call your dealer and have them get on their PC. It only takes a couple minutes of their time and they should be able to tell you about the color.
Not being pressured by the dealer is great. It has been a while since I have bought a new car and this time was sure different. I am not in to haggling about prices and would rather be told how much. If I don't like the price I can always go to a different dealer.
The Internet has also made quite a difference when you can go to a place like Edmunds (a plug) and find all the options, prices, tests, driver evaluations, etc.
This time I did not feel like I had been an unwilling sex partner with a sales person.
What year CJ did you have? Mine was a 76 CJ5 with the 258, 3 speed, no back seat or ash tray and cigarette lighter, and full canvas doors. I bought it new in Wilmington, N.C. All I have to do is look at the padded dash on the new vehicles to realize they have come a long way. The test drive was also pretty amazing as far as comfort.
Hope that you can get what you want, but for me it was a no go.