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#6694 of 23397 '03 Wrangler Fuel Economy Ratings
Aug 26, 2002 (5:23 pm)
Can anyone provide any insight as to what Jeep did to increase the fuel economy ratings on the 2003 Wranglers fron 15 City - 18 Hwy in 2002 to 16 City - 19 Hwy in 2003 ??
Did changing the auto to a 4 speed make that much difference in the CAFE for that vehicle. I'm not aware of any other changes in the running gear on the '03 X/Sport/Sahara models.
See you later
#6695 of 23397 '03 Wrangler Fuel Economy Ratings
Aug 26, 2002 (6:26 pm)
It doesn't seem unreasonable to attribute a one mpg increase to the new overdrive transmission.
Aug 26, 2002 (8:59 pm)
my jeep hardly did any wheeling this weekend . went to the beach on sat and showed my friend how my jeep could go up a 4 ft. wall .it has real smal steeps on it. took a few trys [the swaybar was not undone] but i finely found the right line. hope to do a lot more wheeling on the 3-day weekend.
Aug 27, 2002 (6:05 am)
I just got a reciever hitch luggage rack. I already have a utility trailer that I tow occasionally, but for small stuff (Including bikes, ice chests, golf clubs, luggage, etc) this is a great solution. Since my wife's minivan has a 1.25" reciever and Pepe has a 2" reciever I also got an adapter so that I can use it with both vehicles. Went to the cabin this weekend and it was great, put all of our luggage and a cooler on the rack, wife and I in the front seat, dogs in the back.
I even did some wheeling! Not really rough but my wife and I went exploring up forest service roads and also into some undeveloped areas looking for investment properties. My jeep has never been so muddy (It rained all night)!
Needless to say I went to the spray car wash and cleaned Pepe up!
Aug 27, 2002 (11:31 am)
Did you get your Wrangler? I was wondering what dealership you are using in Vegas. We'll be there for Labor Day weekend, and if I have some spare time I thought I would try test driving a 2003 (since the seating is different). Believe it or not, but I would rather go car shopping than gamble, and if I don't go this weekend then it would be another week before I get a chance.
Thanks for the info!
#6699 of 23397 #6504 of 6508 '03 Wrangler Fuel Economy Ratings by krisg2
Aug 27, 2002 (1:38 pm)
"...fron (sic) 15 City - 18 Hwy in 2002 to 16 City - 19 Hwy in 2003 ??
Did changing the auto to a 4 speed make that much difference in the CAFE for that vehicle...."
I don't consider 1 MPG to be too much of a difference. I'd consider 5 to be a decent bit, and 10 to be a big difference. That said, I'd imagine the overdrive is the reason.
#6700 of 23397 Inca Gold = Stomach Pains & Nausea...
Aug 27, 2002 (3:27 pm)
Saw this one on an online forum. I thought the title was pretty funny. (sorry if you have one)
I don't really mind the color that much myself.
#6701 of 23397 I happen to LIKE Inca Gold !
Aug 27, 2002 (4:17 pm)
That's why they make different colors, I guess.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#6702 of 23397 MPG increase
Aug 27, 2002 (5:12 pm)
+1MPG might not sound like much, but that's anywhere from a 5.5 to 6.6% increase (comparing it to 18 or 15 starting numbers), which IS significant in my book. I'm not sure how they pulled it off though. Auto tranny vehicles usually get slightly worse mileage than their manual counterparts, so that makes it a bit more curious. I did read that the exhaust system is now revised; maybe there are some other "performance" tweeks we don't know about yet (like the stupid shift light comes on at 1500rpm's now!).
#6703 of 23397 Shift light
Aug 27, 2002 (6:42 pm)
I know the shift light is an annoyance, but I started paying attention to it, and shifting at lower RPMs than what I had always done in previous cars. First I found that I could drive in slow and go freeway traffic without continually shifting up and down, and then noticed an improvement in my gas mileage. It isn't always right, especially going up hill. I ignore it totally now, but I think it did help me get familiar with some of the Wrangler's unique characteristics.