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Old 03-30-2014, 01:13 PM
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Do you know where your oil leak is?
Dealer inspected it last week and reckons it's from the timing case. About the 4th one they have seen do this.
The leak itself is very small, I only detected it because I have a painted concrete floor in the garage.
I'd encourage other owners to have a look underneath, it drips from the sump plug.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:40 PM
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I know about the rain! Came back from Canberra yesterday arvo and had the rain chase us home. Very heavy a few times.
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Awesome pic bigskiddy, anymore?

Can we get a rundown on your thoughts about off-roading in the beast? techniques, opinions, flaws and strengths, how the tech works.(maybe in another thread for uncle SNUKE). I haven't managed to get away anywhere challenging yet... except for my wife rally driving it up the mountain road to spicers peak lodge nice mix of gravel and bitumen.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:37 AM
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Awesome pic bigskiddy, anymore?

Can we get a rundown on your thoughts about off-roading in the beast? techniques, opinions, flaws and strengths, how the tech works.(maybe in another thread for uncle SNUKE). I haven't managed to get away anywhere challenging yet... except for my wife rally driving it up the mountain road to spicers peak lodge nice mix of gravel and bitumen.
I'll post some video on Youtube soon.

I have never driven offroad before so I cant give too much info, I basically kept it in OR2, selected mud on the dial and put it into 4WD Low (when I remembered).

However couple of things that I learnt, which is likely common knowledge.
I measured that water depth which was just over a foot deep, however when got moving in it the front of the car pushes the water and being in that big rutted channel it had nowhere to go but up. Kind of lucky it didn't hit the bonnet and into the airbox.

Second I would recommend that you don't remove that front air dam as your radiator and other things are exposed. If you damage the front bumper it would be a lot cheaper than a radiator.

Limitations of the car are obvious, ground clearance and approach/departure angles, and no front tow hooks. (Although available through Chief Products).

I would not go out alone in that environment, I had two Defenders with me to give assistance if needed.

But what I love about this car is less then 24hrs prior to drowning it in mud I was using it to take my wife out for a classy dinner in the Sydney CBD.
This car ticks all the boxes for a younger mans lifestyle.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:03 AM
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That's exactly why I got mine - younger mans lifestyle.....
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Rubber trim on inner side of bonnet

I noticed that right side (stand in front of car) has the trim, but none on the left. Is it normal or another quality control bungle?

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Old 03-31-2014, 07:23 AM
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Rubber trim on inner side of bonnet

I noticed that right side (stand in front of car) has the trim, but none on the left. Is it normal or another quality control bungle?

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I noticed that also, pretty sure the rubber is there as deflector in case your water crossing gets a bit deep or you push up a wave in front.. I would like to have seen some drain holes just where the rubber touches, to deflect any water back down.
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Rubber trim on inner side of bonnet

I noticed that right side (stand in front of car) has the trim, but none on the left. Is it normal or another quality control bungle?

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Yes that has already been discussed, somewhere. It was one of the very first posts that I read when I joined here. I just tried finding it but no luck. Sorry.

However I do remember that the posts said that it is normal. Something to do with allowing air into that area under the bonnet / hood. For air filter (????).
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I noticed that also, pretty sure the rubber is there as deflector in case your water crossing gets a bit deep or you push up a wave in front.. I would like to have seen some drain holes just where the rubber touches, to deflect any water back down.
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Yes that has already been discussed, somewhere. It was one of the very first posts that I read when I joined here. I just tried finding it but no luck. Sorry. However I do remember that the posts said that it is normal. Something to do with allowing air into that area under the bonnet / hood. For air filter (????).
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Cheers Gr8Ness,
I think I've taken the view that more people post about what's wrong with their vehicle than those who have good things to say. Those people are to busy enjoying their vehicles and simply getting on with their busy lives..... That's not to say we are any less busy, just a damn sight more anxious.
Well that comment is a tad insulting. How would you know who is busy or not? This is a Jeep forum and people will post their experiences whether good or bad. The fact that most posts are from people who have "good things to say" suggests your observation is off the mark.

Information, whether it is good or bad, is a good thing. Not only is it information for current and potential owners, it puts pressure on the manufacturer to sort things out. The issues which inflict the Jeep are common and well known to dealers. The majority that haven't experienced these common issues have a probability that they will experience them at some point, until Jeep sorts it out. Like others in the same boat, I want to get to a position where I can "enjoy my vehicle" - hopefully when the new DPF (so I can finally go outback in confidence that I won't be stranded) and new shocks (so I can drive without the thing sounding like a 20 year old country hack car over every bump).
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Well that comment is a tad insulting.
I don't think it was meant like that, I think Rocksfly is trying to say that he is trying not to be concerned that he will get a lemon, and that all the bad issues he is reading about is outweighed by those out there enjoying their GC.

I agree, I'm taking the same view, I'm hoping I'm one of the lucky ones..... when it arrives.
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Second I would recommend that you don't remove that front air dam as your radiator and other things are exposed. If you damage the front bumper it would be a lot cheaper than a radiator.
Yes, there are pros and cons with removing the airdam. There is greater potential for radiator damage, and damage to the QL compressor and wash bottle. But having it on ruins the approach angle making it more likely you will get stuck in ruts and hill approaches, etc.

This is where a pre-runner would come in:
The pre-runner discussion thread

If you didn't care about approach angles, then you could get one of those nudge bars with a skid plate on the bottom to protect the airdam:

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