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Re: Cow Manure Smell, Hissing/Gurgling AC

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So you've had 2 problems in 50k miles? Doesn't sound like a bad start at all to me. My Lexus has had more problems in the first 10k miles.......
No doubt.

I had a computer failure 6 months into owning my last truck, followed by a recall for the cruise control system for being a fire hazard.

At the 10 year mark, the Oxygen sensor failed.

At 15 years, I replaced the alternator.

6 months before I traded in for the Jeep, there was a recall for the straps that hold the fuel tank.

I consider that to be a win since only the O2 sensor and alternator cost me anything (I replaced the alternator myself with a re-manufactured unit). Everyone should be so lucky to have that kind of reliability in a vehicle. It's rare.

The only other money I ever had to put into it in 17 years of ownership was for normal maintenance (fluid changes, etc.) and consumable parts, like tires, brakes, belts, etc.

Now, had I kept it longer, I would have needed a new clutch (it was a bit spongy when I traded it in) and a transmission was likely not far behind since I think the 3rd gear syncro was starting to go. Considering both were original to the vehicle, I'm not at all surprised they were on their way out.

If my Jeep is anything close to that, I'll consider myself twice lucky.

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Old 12-16-2015, 11:43 PM
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Re: Cow Manure Smell, Hissing/Gurgling AC

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So you've had 2 problems in 50k miles? Doesn't sound like a bad start at all to me. My Lexus has had more problems in the first 10k miles.......
Too bad about your Lexus, but that is horrible compared to the 2006 Ford Explorer V8 this Grand Cherokee replaced. In 163,000 miles the Explorer, the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned, only had the following problems:

1) It had a hard downshift to first when coming to a stop. I almost did not bother to take it in, but did so just before the warranty expired. They fixed it. I had the fluid changed a few times after that.

2) The power lock motor on the driver's door failed, but I lock and unlock it many more times per day than most people.

3) It had the rusted brake-shift interlock switch replaced under the recall, and it was starting to fail. The symptom was that it did not want to allow the shifter to be moved from the "park" position.

4) The radiator and thermostat were replaced. My only complain was that the gauge did not indicate that it was overheating, so I did not understand what was happening when the computer went into engine protection mode and was shutting down the power output! This caused me to take it to the dealer, so the replacement was expensive. Still, I was busy, so I did not have time to do the work.

5) A few months before I sold it, the passenger side front door seemed to have a broken part in the device on the hinge which allows the door to stay in place when partly open, as it make a bad noise sometimes when opened or closed. It was been a work vehicle, not just a drive to work and then back vehicle, so this is not something I can blame on the design.

6) The left rear wheel speed sensor ring broke. The new ones are made with more metal, as the originals should have been (a few cents more per vehicle, and they could have charged many dollars more without hurting sales...)

7) It developed an exhaust manifold leak just before I sold it. This is a known problem with the 4.6 V8.
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Re: Cow Manure Smell, Hissing/Gurgling AC

I've finally got it back and it seems OK, although they damaged the wood pieces on both sides of the center control "stack," so they have ordered those. When the ignition switch broke off and fell into the dash, the guy at another dealership damaged those same pieces of wood. The dealership workers need to learn to put a flat metal piece against the wood, rather than prying against the wood to remove the trim around the screen.

It is now showing a check engine symbol, and the codes show a small EVAP leak and lack of communication with the body computer. When the wood parts come in, I will have them fix those codes. I read somewhere, perhaps on this forum, that somebody with a military-style Jeep had the dealership buy it back at 13 tries to fix the EVAP small leak code. I certainly hope this does not turn into that kind of mess!
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