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Old 12-23-2010, 12:54 PM
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My turn to offer observations after a month of driving ...

Just got back from a 5 hour round trip in the new Overland for a Christmas visit with my Mom.

Now that we have a few miles on it, here's a few observations about my new GC;

Pro's
- no squeaks, rattles or other quality issues to date. It still feels very tight.
- no leaks found when hand or automatic washing the Jeep.
- a very comfortable ride in the front seats. Lots of adjustments and lumbar support.
- the back seats are firm, but the seats are heated and the backs recline to make them a little more comfortable on long trips.
- the cabin is extremely quiet on the highway.
- the variable height air suspension has a parking feature that lowers the vehicle for ease of entry and exit (for a certain female member of our family ).
- very stable on the road, even in wind gusts. The air suspension automatically lowers at highway speed for better aerodynamics and stability. I have 18" winter wheels and tires on it now. Although I don't have any complaints with the winter wheels & tires, as expected the handling is even better with the 20" summer tires.
Also, we haven't had much snow yet to really try out the 4-wheel drive, but it does handle very well on wet & slippery pavement. I've always been impressed with Jeep's 4-wheel drive systems, so I expect I won't be disappointed with this one.
- although not a muscle car, the 5.7L V8 has good acceleration for passing and power to easily maintain highway speeds (at or above the limit )

Con's
- having driven a car as a daily driver for almost 5 years, driving a 'truck' again takes a little getting used to, e.g. acceleration and cornering.
- firm back seats.
- poor fuel economy with the 5.7L HEMI. Right now the mileage is not as good as my 6.1L Charger. I like having the extra power of the V8, but I did expect the fuel economy to be better with the variable displacement engine. The Jeep is a lot heavier and the engine hasn't really been broken in yet, so hopefully the economy will improve when I get more miles on it. On the plus side, it uses regular grade (89) fuel instead of the Charger's premium fuel.

Summarizing, after almost a month of driving, I'm still very happy with the Jeep and really have no regrets. The manufacturing & material quality, sound proofing, and general drivability are much improved over my previous Jeep GC's. I just wish the automakers would design self-cleaning vehicles.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:00 PM
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Re: My turn to offer observations after a month of driving ...

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On the plus side, it uses regular grade fuel instead of the Charger's premium fuel.
Thanks for the review!

Interesting you mention regular gas. I always thought the mid-grade was the way to go on the HEMI. Might be worth a try to see if the MPG goes up with that by a margin which covers the additional cost over the regular.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:04 PM
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Thanks for the review!

Interesting you mention regular gas. I always thought the mid-grade was the way to go on the HEMI. Might be worth a try to see if the MPG goes up with that by a margin which covers the additional cost over the regular.
You're right. I use 89 octane. I always considered anything less than the 91-94 octane I used in the Charger as regular gas.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:14 PM
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Re: My turn to offer observations after a month of driving ...

Looking good...good to hear most everything is up to what you had expected. Hope we have the same when ours arrives shortly
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Thanks for your write up.

I would suggest the Jeep has worse gas mileage due to it's weight and also the 4WD system. Possible the air suspension as well. The motor has to work under more load than your car.
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Re: My turn to offer observations after a month of driving ...

whattaya mean, the 5.7L is not a muscle car? puhleze.

glad you are enjoying the rig js, nice write up
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Re: My turn to offer observations after a month of driving ...

Thank you for you input. Much appreciated! Happy Holidays.
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