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Nbtstatic 11-18-2010 06:33 PM

Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Well, I haven't had the Jeep very long, but I took a 2000 mile road trip in it which gave me some time to get to know it better. Here's where I stand after a few hours of seat time, for anyone trying to figure out if they want to grab a new JGC.

I'll start with what very few negatives I could scrape up, and honestly, I had to think for a while on these. There is nothing really seriously negative to say.

For reference, I have a Charcoal Overland V6 4x4 with 730n.

Negatives:

Seats - The seats are a little stiff in the butt area. This is not something I noticed driving around my hometown, but I did during an 11 hour drive to CO. I was wishing for a little more cushion down there, but I think this has to do with everything going on in the seats, heaters, and air circulation, etc. Not a big problem, just an observation.

Throttle - If you are not used to driving the JGC with Pentastar, you may get the impression that it's slower than it really is. This is because you really have to get into the throttle to get the revs up. IMO the throttle could be a little more sensitive, its a little on the slushy side. Once you figure this out and compensate for it, its a much better responding engine.

Cluster - The bright green headlight indicator. This thing is too much. I did manage to position my steering wheel to cover it on the long drive, but this also covers the blinker signals in the cluster, which isn't ideal. I think I will get used to it, but this should've been caught.

Radio controls - The button on the back of the steering wheel, that I believe is suppose to cycle through my presets, will cycle about half of them before jumping to a non-preset Sirius station, usually the next channel number up from the last preset it was on. I can't seem to figure out why this is happening, maybe I have a bad button.

Positives:

Handling - I really can't believe how this 5,000 lb vehicle cuts through tight curves without much body roll. It is pretty amazing in NRH, and even stiffer in Sport. Maybe the 20's are helping, but in no way did I expect a JGC to feel this comfortable flying down curving mountain roads.

Xenons - I am coming from several BMW's before this vehicle and I am used to great headlights. I think I read somewhere that the supplier is the same, and I would tend to believe this, super bright set of lights equipped on the JGC, love 'em.

Sound levels - I mentioned somewhere else in this forum, that if you arent used to the JGC and Pentastar you may think it died at the stoplight. There isnt much engine noise of vibration at idle or at cruising speed. This can be a good or bad thing depending on where you stand. For me I've had my share of loping V8's, and this is nice. Also, this is probably the first new vehicle in the last three that I've owned that hasnt developed any nasty rattles in the first 2000 miles.

Cruising - Not sure how to explain this one, but cruising at 75mph in the JGC is effortless. It glides along and makes any long drive a little easier. The steering is precise and it tracks along nicely.

Keyless Go - The other day, just as a test, I tried to remote start the Jeep when I was still in the elevator bank of my hotel. I was a little surprised to find it running outside. I also seem to be able to start it even when its at the back of a large shopping center parking lot, you know, hate those door dings. I've never had a remote with this range. The keyless go thing is also very cool, changes the whole approach to "car keys".

Turning radius - Holy crap. This thing can pretty much pull a U anywhere anytime.

Thats all I got for now. Of course these are my humble opinions, YMMV. As you can probably tell I'm enjoying the Jeep. I'll leave you with a few pics from the road trip.

http://www.ethanshilling.com/Travel/...0_77JTt-X2.jpg


http://www.ethanshilling.com/Travel/...7_xcNqT-X2.jpg



http://www.ethanshilling.com/Travel/...5_SFkEL-X2.jpg


http://www.ethanshilling.com/Travel/...6_SpJBr-X2.jpg

Cheers,
NB

bebe 11-18-2010 06:47 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Howdy from Texas!

enjoyed your review and glad to see I'm not the only one who thought the seats were
hard. (don't have ours yet)

Is that Utah or New Mexico ?

Chuck 11-18-2010 06:50 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Nice review and awesome photos. I think you should submit one for JOTM like that last one :D

Sparro 11-18-2010 06:58 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
beautiful pics, I really like that colour!

sella 11-18-2010 07:03 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Nice pics. Looks like you're at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Lingohocken 11-18-2010 07:45 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Great writeup and pix! What did you think of Quadra-Lift for handling, comfort and such?

Have you considered something like a Tush-Cush for the hard seat bottom?

Nbtstatic 11-18-2010 08:02 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lingohocken (Post 303525)
Great writeup and pix! What did you think of Quadra-Lift for handling, comfort and such?

Have you considered something like a Tush-Cush for the hard seat bottom?

I love the Quadra-lift system so far, mainly for lowering the suspension for a stiffer, sportier feel. I have yet to use it for anything where ground clearance was needed, but I'll get there eventually.

Yea, I was thinking about a cushion like that on my journey home, but I don't think I'll be in it for long drives like that enough for it to matter. Plus, I did notice on the way back that the seat bottom was starting to give in a bit, so it may be breaking in a little.

We'll see how it goes.

Cherodude 11-18-2010 08:35 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Thanks for the driving impressions. I had the same opinion of the Pentastar when I did test drives. It goes, but needs authoritative use of the throttle when you want to move.
And your pics are again great. Can't wait to do another trip to red rock country.

DJ BoNiOmArIo 11-18-2010 08:37 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
very nice review and glad you're enjoyin it

DAVY27 11-18-2010 08:50 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
nice review and pics!

Eurosport 11-18-2010 10:00 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
nice review :thumbsup: and pix

the green light in the dash, imo i think it's something new all manufacturers are going to, reason i say this i can verify for sure 2011 Toyota and Lexus have them, they are annoying at first but it become second nature not distracting after awhile...
the only reason that comes to mind why they'd do that, is for all the idiots that drive at night with just DRL on and not turning on real lights. like a reminder if you see the green you're good if you don't then turn on your lights...i have no idea lol but that's the only thing i can think of, another "safety" feature making it to standard form...

i'm curious how did the stock tires 20's handle the snow, cold, slush or any ice conditions you might have encountered?

:thumbsup:

Danco 11-18-2010 10:08 PM

Re: Thoughts after 2500 Miles
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Eurosport (Post 303615)
nice review :thumbsup: and pix

the green light in the dash, imo i think it's something new all manufacturers are going to, reason i say this i can verify for sure 2011 Toyota and Lexus have them, they are annoying at first but it become second nature not distracting after awhile...
the only reason that comes to mind why they'd do that, is for all the idiots that drive at night with just DRL on and not turning on real lights. like a reminder if you see the green you're good if you don't then turn on your lights...i have no idea lol but that's the only thing i can think of, another "safety" feature making it to standard form...

i'm curious how did the stock tires 20's handle the snow, cold, slush or any ice conditions you might have encountered?

:thumbsup:

X2. Hiw do the 20s handle in the snow/ice/slush?


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