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Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

Hi you all
I have an opportunity of purchasing a JGC in Colorado
Would you pay about $800 to transport it ?
Or drive the 1100 miles from Colorado to LA. ?
Would it be OK for a "new" car to do a long distance drive ?
Thank you for the help
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I love road trips. If you have the time drive. Perfect way to brake in a Jeep.


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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I'd take the trip and drive. Hell, we're leaving Friday with our GC from Denver to San Diego with a camper in tow!
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

No problem with the drive --- the owner's manual should state any guidance to break in the engine --- perhaps not faster than 60 mph for first 100 miles or something like that. Shouldn't be an issue --- it's made to drive!

Depends on your time....and cost to get there. Personally, I'd have it transported just to save time unless I would have another reason to be in Colorado. But as far as the Jeep goes, no worries.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

Read the manual. Do what it recommends. There may be some driving restrictions for a short break-in period.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I was all set to just reply with "if a lease, drive it, if a keeper then transport it" just using what the manual says and my personal beliefs but then I wondered if a diesel break-in is different.....yup, it is:

from the MY15 (same as MY14) Diesel Supplement (2nd ed):

ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
The diesel engine does not require a break-in period due to its construction. Normal operation is allowed, providing the following recommendations are followed:
• Warm up the engine before placing it under load.
• Do not operate the engine at idle for prolonged periods.
• Use the appropriate transmission gear to prevent engine lugging.
• Observe vehicle oil pressure and temperature indicators.
• Check the coolant and oil levels frequently.
• Vary throttle position at highway speeds when carrying or towing significant weight.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I live in Los Angeles. Made the trip between LA and South Dakota where my daughter went to school for two years. Very nice drive between Mesquite and Denver. I would do it. A very long day's drive, or split it in two. Your choice. I think it if were my new car and I was driving it, I would leave Denver ( assuming that is where you are coming from. Stop in Glenwood Springs long enough for the motor to cool down a bit ( thermal cycling ) then stop again in Grand Junction for the same reason then move on. There are nice hotels in Grand Junction and a pretty new one in RIchfield UT or St George UT if you want to split it there. I don't think I would try to do it in one day for the sake of my A$$ in the seat or to run the car for too many hourst straight.

Have fun. It's a vehicle, drive it and enjoy it! Bring something to keep the front window clean so you can enjoy the scenery.

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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

Another vote here for doing the drive yourself. 1,100 miles can be done in two tankfuls, so about $170 in fuel costs.

It will be good bonding time between you and your rig.

Oh, and if you're a road-tripper then 1,100 miles can be done in one day, easily and in comfort in the JGC. I've done that on a motorcycle, too. But if you're not (yet) used to that then stop to rest. Fatigue can be a killer, don't push it, and that's no joke.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I just finished a 1300 mile trip with my Ecodiesel. I had only 100 miles on it before the trip. The manual said that the Ecodiesel needs no break-in, unlike gas engines.

I set the cruise for 72mph and all went well.

i'd say, if you have the time, drive it. It would be a good drive to see if there are any issues. My trip was flawless.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

I'd say Drive it. It would be a great drive and you can maybe test the "Offroad" while your trip back. Cars are meant to be driven and you will get past the so called Break-in period.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

800 Miles at roughly 25 MPG = 32 gallons. $3.85 @ gallon for Diesel X 32 gallons = $123.20 for fuel.

$800.00 for transporting it vs. $123.00 give or take for driving it yourself saves you $677.00.

Yes there are some other things to consider like getting there, and perhaps a night in a motel along with a few meals. But even with that you would be better off driving it. And as was mentioned, it's a perfect break in opportunity, along with a nice "check out ride".


I've had my new Grand Cherokee for around 2-1/2 months now, and I've only got 475 miles on it.
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Re: Drive or transport new JGC Overland Diesel ???

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Hi you all
I have an opportunity of purchasing a JGC in Colorado
Would you pay about $800 to transport it ?
Or drive the 1100 miles from Colorado to LA. ?
Would it be OK for a "new" car to do a long distance drive ?
Thank you for the help
Roman
We had a similar situation. The nearest vehicle to match our requirements was down in Santa Fe, NM (over 600 miles). Transport was $750 to Salt Lake City.

We decided to fly down, actually drive the vehicle, and then travel home. We took two days returning to northern Utah and learned a lot about our new Grand Cherokee in the process. We actually enjoyed the two days on the road - took our time - stopped along the way at sites we'd past by on earlier trips along that route.


Climbing up and down several mountain ranges along the route we managed just over 29 mpg for the trip.

When I stopped to retrieve my Silverado 3500 Duramax in SLC, I got out and walked around the truck to see if I have 4 flat tires before getting on the freeway. I'd thought my truck rode pretty good until getting into it after two days in the Jeep.

Here is a pic near the CO/NM border:
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