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8000 mile Road Trip

We bought the Jeep GC Overland 3.6 Liter in July for a road from RI to Yellowstone National Park. We left September 29th since we had non-refundable reservations in Yellowstone on October 4th. We drove through the Bad Lands which were partially closed, then to the Black Hills down Needles Highway on to Yellowstone. Long story short, the park was closed and we will be credited. At this point, since we always wanted to drive to the West coast, this would be as good a time as any. We continued on to Seaside Oregon and drove to Cambria California, then on to Moab to do some off-roading. When we left Moab, some of the National Parks were opening, but not Yellowstone so we headed home.

Summary of the trip:
Jeep ran great, fantastic vehicle for a long road trip, you can drive for hours, and we did, and not get tired. We averaged 22.6 MPG (calculated), the computer said 24.4, either way I thought that was great considering we travelled at 70 to 80 MPH most of the way. The best mileage was 30 MPG (calculated), the computer said 28.2; this was for a small stretch of road through Denver, we were descending doing 75 MPH and it was over a short distance of 165 miles between fill-ups; I could see the computer MPG dropping as I was driving. The worst mileage was on the way out through NY on Interstate 90, 21.2 MPG (calculated), the computer said 22.1.

I thought the Sirius Travel link was fantastic; it gave us weather conditions at different location as we were driving and was accurate with road construction. Also, besides playing with the weather and traffic conditions, my wife liked to play with the different radio stations, so this kept the back-seat driving down a little.

Problems:
No problems mechanically, Jeep was fantastic, only minor problems with the computer system. Had the transmission and climate control updates 2 weeks before we left, lost the radio shortly after the updates and it was replaced 3 days before we left.

1. Auto climate control worked the second morning when we left the hotel, the temperature was in the 40s, never worked after that, didnít expect it to since most mornings the temperature was in the 50s, but some mornings it was below that. The strange thing is sometimes it would shutoff in the mornings and the temperatures were set to 72 degrees for both driver and passenger, I guess this is the default setting. On the last day home, when we left the hotel, the temperature was still in the 40s, the climate control didnít work, but when I stopped for gas, the temperature was still in the 40s, and when I started the car the heated seat and steering wheel came on, so I donít know what the problem is.
2. When my wife drove and set her seat position to drive 2, we couldnít select the driving features such as auto wipers, collision warning, etc., we would check them and a few seconds later they would uncheck. She had to go to driver 1 and adjust her seat. We tried changing these settings with the vehicle running and in park.
3. Navigation, the first set of problems were operator error, even though we had the road construction off, it would continue to re-route us until we unchecked automatic guidance. When were in the Black Hills and set a destination in, it routed us on back roads, and when finally one was a logging road, we looked at the settings and checked avoid dirt roads and no more problems until we were leaving California.
4. We were in a small town in California, and set a destination in when we were leaving in the morning, it was totally lost, continued to re-calculate the route putting us on streets we werenít on. When I stopped for coffee and started the Jeep up, it was fine, but periodically, this continued for the remainder of the trip, but would reset itself while we were driving.
5. A few times when it said to make a left/right turn the display on the instrument cluster showed the opposite.

Other than that and I consider these minor, the Jeep performed better than expected.


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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

Great review. I had the Nav get lost like that once. I missed a turn and I got in this rerouting loop I couldn't seem to get out of. Might have been partly driver error but I was so confused with routes on top of itself in both directions

There is definitely a trend with the driver select thing causing issues for a lot of folks. I never change mine so I think I might be missing out on some of the fun.

So said you had to miss Yellow Stone. Grrrrr.
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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

worthless without pictures
mirrors my experience from IL to Yellowstone and back
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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

I'll post some when I get home tonight.

I have some in MOAB off-roading on 2 different trails.
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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

Very nice. That's a long trip. I wish I had the time and $ to do so. I've been to all those places, but I was a kid. Now I have kids that age.
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Did the same thing about 3 months ago from California to Boston (coast to coast) in my 2011 WK2. Had no problems at all not even one, made it here safely and averaged between 26-28 MPG the whole way with K&N cold air.
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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

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I'll post some when I get home tonight.

I have some in MOAB off-roading on 2 different trails.

What trails did you run? Def want to see those pics.
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We bought the Jeep GC Overland 3.6 Liter in July for a road from RI to Yellowstone National Park. We left September 29th since we had non-refundable reservations in Yellowstone on October 4th. We drove through the Bad Lands which were partially closed, then to the Black Hills down Needles Highway on to Yellowstone. Long story short, the park was closed and we will be credited. At this point, since we always wanted to drive to the West coast, this would be as good a time as any. We continued on to Seaside Oregon and drove to Cambria California, then on to Moab to do some off-roading. When we left Moab, some of the National Parks were opening, but not Yellowstone so we headed home.

Summary of the trip:
Jeep ran great, fantastic vehicle for a long road trip, you can drive for hours, and we did, and not get tired. We averaged 22.6 MPG (calculated), the computer said 24.4, either way I thought that was great considering we travelled at 70 to 80 MPH most of the way. The best mileage was 30 MPG (calculated), the computer said 28.2; this was for a small stretch of road through Denver, we were descending doing 75 MPH and it was over a short distance of 165 miles between fill-ups; I could see the computer MPG dropping as I was driving. The worst mileage was on the way out through NY on Interstate 90, 21.2 MPG (calculated), the computer said 22.1.

I thought the Sirius Travel link was fantastic; it gave us weather conditions at different location as we were driving and was accurate with road construction. Also, besides playing with the weather and traffic conditions, my wife liked to play with the different radio stations, so this kept the back-seat driving down a little.

Problems:
No problems mechanically, Jeep was fantastic, only minor problems with the computer system. Had the transmission and climate control updates 2 weeks before we left, lost the radio shortly after the updates and it was replaced 3 days before we left.

1. Auto climate control worked the second morning when we left the hotel, the temperature was in the 40s, never worked after that, didnít expect it to since most mornings the temperature was in the 50s, but some mornings it was below that. The strange thing is sometimes it would shutoff in the mornings and the temperatures were set to 72 degrees for both driver and passenger, I guess this is the default setting. On the last day home, when we left the hotel, the temperature was still in the 40s, the climate control didnít work, but when I stopped for gas, the temperature was still in the 40s, and when I started the car the heated seat and steering wheel came on, so I donít know what the problem is.
2. When my wife drove and set her seat position to drive 2, we couldnít select the driving features such as auto wipers, collision warning, etc., we would check them and a few seconds later they would uncheck. She had to go to driver 1 and adjust her seat. We tried changing these settings with the vehicle running and in park.
3. Navigation, the first set of problems were operator error, even though we had the road construction off, it would continue to re-route us until we unchecked automatic guidance. When were in the Black Hills and set a destination in, it routed us on back roads, and when finally one was a logging road, we looked at the settings and checked avoid dirt roads and no more problems until we were leaving California.
4. We were in a small town in California, and set a destination in when we were leaving in the morning, it was totally lost, continued to re-calculate the route putting us on streets we werenít on. When I stopped for coffee and started the Jeep up, it was fine, but periodically, this continued for the remainder of the trip, but would reset itself while we were driving.
5. A few times when it said to make a left/right turn the display on the instrument cluster showed the opposite.

Other than that and I consider these minor, the Jeep performed better than expected.

Nice review sounds like you guys had a great time. Sometimes the problem with the navigation system is just because of the eye in the sky just going blind for several seconds.
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You saw some of the best the West Coast has to offer by going Seaside down to Cambria. That's some amazing scenery. I've driven that heading north before.
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Re: 8000 mile Road Trip

We did Gemini Bridges and Long Canyon. We bought the book .Guide to Moab; UT Backloads & 4-WheelDrive Trailsí by Charles Wells, excellent trail descriptions, trail ratings and trail locations if you are not familiar with the area.
I tried uploading the pictures but I never did this before and Iím getting the message Ďsecurity token was missingí, I donít know what this means.
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I was able to add a video of driving on Long Canyon
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I don't know where the add came from, another Long Canyon video
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