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Old 06-15-2014, 12:17 AM
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A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

This past Friday my wife and I returned from a round trip to North Carolina, picking up the jeep a week prior. Of course no road trip would be complete without some "cool" story in it.

This particular turn of events happened early on in the trip. We left in the morning and were on I-95 heading south in Delaware. As we were approaching a major split in the road, I found myself parallel with an 18-wheeler. Next thing I know, I hear this loud bang coming from the right side of the jeep. I look in that direction and what greets me is a softball size hole in the middle of my rear passenger window. To say I was shocked would be putting it mildly.

At that point we passed the split in the road and the truck already turned off. I immediately pulled to the side of the road. Of course glass was everywhere and after a minute of processing what it is I'm seeing, I stepped out to see the rest of the damage. I didn't see any immediate damage to the body of the vehicle, just a gaping hole in my passenger window.

My wife was sitting in the passenger seat and was telling me that as I was pulling over, pieces of the window were crumbling into the vehicle. At that point I decided to remove whatever pieces were hanging in the frame and then I proceeded to call a Jeep dealership in the town that we were closest to and see if they can help me out. Not to harp on this story for too long, the dealership referred us to a glass place they work with and by luck the shop was able to find a replacement glass window. We ended up sitting around for 4 hours in their shop till the glass arrived and they were able to install it.

The Jeep suffered some paint chips near the window and the rear quarter panel. Inside the leather suffered a few nicks from the shards of glass. It really sucked seeing all this damage on a vehicle that I had for about a week, but I was glad whatever came off the truck hit the rear passenger window and not the window near my wife.

Finally we left the shop in Delaware around 4PM and arrived in New Bern, NC around 12:30AM. Putting this ordeal behind us the rest of the trip went great. We stayed in New Bern for a few days and then traveled west to Asheboro for an additional few days.


The jeep handled great and I have to say she's a great cruiser. The seats were comfortable and the ACC was great. I can honestly say that it made the long drives less fatiguing on me. MPG was not bad either, averaged between 19 and 21.8 mpg throughout the entire trip (tracked by Fuelly) with me driving 65-80 MPH depending on traffic and mostly highway driving.

My only criticism is with the tires. During this road trip I had the "pleasure" of driving through some torrential rain and I have to say that the tires didn't inspire any confidence with me. I'm a bit apprehensive trying them out when there will be snow on the ground. Right now I think I'll give them a chance and if they really suck, I'll switch them out. The switch will most likely be for the Nokian GR W3 SUV tire.


Overall I am truly impressed with the jeep and couldn't be happier having it as my DD for the next several years.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:19 AM
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

It's nice to hear that everyone is okay. Too bad about the Jeep, though. Hopefully insurance should cover everything.

First thing I did was change the stock tires.

I was driving in a summer downpour here in New England last year and I could feel the tires hydroplaning when I hit a couple of water puddles on the edge of the highway.

If you live in a dry climate they would be fine as they are quiet, have good fuel economy, etc. But, in my opinion, they don't work well in rain or snow.

Check out the tire threads for tire suggestions.
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

Greetings,

Glad that everybody was all right in that mishap. Once the engine breaks in, you should start to see a slight increase in mpg.

As for the tires, the Nokian's will be an excellent choice in any kind of weather, including dry conditions.

Use the JGC in good sprints and happy trails.

Best for now.
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

Did you find rocks, pieces of metal, or anything inside the Jeep to explain the breaking of the glass?

I am satisfied with my Jeep's Nokian Rotiiva AT tires. Next time, I'll consider Nokian WR G3 tires if the Jeep will be used mainly on paved roads.
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

Yikes! At least you didn't take a "wrong turn" like the movie "wrong turn". That would have been really bad.
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Wow...sad to hear about that damage, but truly happy that you or your other half were not hurt by whatever hit your JGC!
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

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sorry for the misfortune
Thanks Scott. It sucked that it happened and as much as I love the jeep, as long as no one was hurt it's not that bad. After all, its still just a vehicle. Plus we had some luck finding the replacement glass.

The dealership we stopped at, said it would only be able to get the glass the next day from NY. Also, he wanted to charge me about 4 times as much as the glass repair shop, which I probably would have paid under the circumstances. So, we had some luck there. Now I need to order some Dr. Colorchip and fix those paint chips.

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I was driving in a summer downpour here in New England last year and I could feel the tires hydroplaning when I hit a couple of water puddles on the edge of the highway.

If you live in a dry climate they would be fine as they are quiet, have good fuel economy, etc. But, in my opinion, they don't work well in rain or snow.

Check out the tire threads for tire suggestions.
That is exactly what I felt, in the first downpour. It wasn't a pleasant feeling nor was it something I experienced before with my other cars, all FWD.

Trust me, I have been stalking that sub-forum, regularly. Debating between AT tires and the Nokian. Being in Jersey, I want some winter weather capability.

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Greetings,

Glad that everybody was all right in that mishap. Once the engine breaks in, you should start to see a slight increase in mpg.

As for the tires, the Nokian's will be an excellent choice in any kind of weather, including dry conditions.

Use the JGC in good sprints and happy trails.

Best for now.
Thanks 1stJeep! I keep hearing good things about Nokian and their tires.

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Did you find rocks, pieces of metal, or anything inside the Jeep to explain the breaking of the glass?

I am satisfied with my Jeep's Nokian Rotiiva AT tires. Next time, I'll consider Nokian WR G3 tires if the Jeep will be used mainly on paved roads.
Didn't find anything inside the Jeep except for glass. The glass definitely deflected away whatever it was that hit it.

I was thinking about going with an AT tire, but like you said, I'll be doing mainly paved road driving and feel the WR G3 SUV would serve my needs better.

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Yikes! At least you didn't take a "wrong turn" like the movie "wrong turn". That would have been really bad.
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Glad no one was injured. You maintained a better attitude than I would have.
Excellent tire choice. I am strongly leaning toward the WR G3 too for my next Grand Cherokee as my off-roading is mild (dirt roads and my backyard) and I want a tire good in snow and ice.
Thanks for sharing your story.
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We returned from a trip to Maine during the same time period. Sorry to hear of the damage, fortunately we had no issues. The interstates we traveled were full of OTR truckers. My son used to drive them and reminded me to get past them as quickly as possible. Quite a few tandems up there. He needn't have, as lesson learned some time back on NY I-287 trailing a tanker waiting for it to pass another truck. One of his rear tires blew big time, sent big chunks of rubber back at us. I avoided some, but some big ones hit the windshield, fortunately no damage. The trucker apparently wasn't aware of it until I called him on the CB. I did learn on the Maine trip the GC can get past them very quickly and effortlessly Had some very heavy rains on the trip home but no issues with the tires, ours came with the Michelins.
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Re: A 1200 mile round trip to North Carolina with a cool "adventure" story

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Wow...sad to hear about that damage, but truly happy that you or your other half were not hurt by whatever hit your JGC!
Thanks Jim!

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Glad no one was injured. You maintained a better attitude than I would have.
Excellent tire choice. I am strongly leaning toward the WR G3 too for my next Grand Cherokee as my off-roading is mild (dirt roads and my backyard) and I want a tire good in snow and ice.
Thanks for sharing your story.
Oh I was pissed off to say the least, but then you realize the damage could have been worse. Also, if I couldn't have gotten it fixed the same day, I don't know what I would have done. That would have probably ruined the trip.

If you do end up getting the Nokian tires please post up a review. I'll probably take the plunge in winter if the Forteras disappoint me in snow.

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I did learn on the Maine trip the GC can get past them very quickly and effortlessly Had some very heavy rains on the trip home but no issues with the tires, ours came with the Michelins.
He was dumping gravel behind him every now and then so I kept my distance, but as soon as the road split, he went right and slowed down and I just ended up catching up to him going to the left of the split and next thing I know there's a hole where there shouldn't be one!

And you're right, the Jeep can get up to speed quickly. Lack of power was never an issue. Coming over from a 4-banger, it's nice to have so much power on tap!
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Glad everything turned out OK for you.

I used to work for a company based in New Bern. Nice, quiet town and fun to visit. I probably went there 3-4 times.
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