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  • desnodesno Posts: 28
    hey mtngal, how is it that at higher speeds your gas mileage went down? I would assume that it would be much better than in stop and go driving.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Mtngal means that her Jeep gets better mileage on the highway at less than 70 MPH than it does at speeds over 70 MPH. Same is true of my Thelma Jane.

    Jeeps have no areodynamics, and the wind drag hurts mileage at the higher speeds.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    My gas mileage goes way down when it is really windy also. I usually can do 2 round trips to work before I have to fill up, but when it's windy I'll have to fill up before that. Actually slow and go isn't bad - just put it in first or second and leave lots of room between me and the person in front. I try not to stop or change gears. Keeps the drive interesting. Also since I'm not sitting still the gas mileage stays OK.

    My best gas mileage speed is between 60 and 65. Not too bad from 65-70 and terrible over 70. I don't think I've ever run a full tank of gas just going uphill, so I don't know if going up makes much of a difference. Since my commute is both up and down hill, I figure they cancel each other out, and it might not make much difference. I don't have much to compare it too - I can't think of the last time I drove on more or less level roads. Even the drive to Vegas has some major hills on it! And since my heart belongs to the mountains, I tend to vacation in them - just bigger ones than I live in!

    dwrangler - speaking of hockey, you would be surprised how much hockey gear you can fit in the back of a Wrangler!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hey, you are disappointing me. You asked about Gill's, and I have been watching for you the last couple nights, but no Kahuna. :(

    Come on and join us there tonight! How's the Jeep shopping going?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Posted some pics of Thelma Jane having fun at Badlands Offroad Park in Attica, Indiana. They are in the Owners Photo Gallery section here in the Jeep Owners Club.

    Nothing spectacular about them, but no one was taking pictures during some of the toughest places we went through.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    Got my Sport on Monday and the windows and various parts were etched with an ID number. I thought it was the VIN, but it is a registered ID number instead.

    Talked with my current insurance company about the etching and they were going to give me a discount of $194 a year. This would put my insurance down to a few dollars less than the AIG quote. AIG also does not offer discounts for etching in TX.

    Went to my insurance company yesterday thinking the VIN was on the windows and when we looked it was the ID number instead. My agent did not know if I would qualify for the discount without the VIN, but would call the company to find out.

    Still waiting today for word from my agent, I started calling around to glass shops to see who etched glass in the area. No one knew, but one shop said to go to Hobby Lobby and get their glass etching kit.

    I called my Jeep dealer, Benny Boyd in Lampassas, TX. and told them what was going on. I asked them who did the actual etching and what it might cost to get a VIN put on. I mentioned that Hobby Lobby had a kit, and I wondered how it would do on the glass. The dealer said the glass would not be a problem, but the metal would. Told him the insurance company was not worried about the glass and he thought they were nuts. The dealer said they would contact the company that makes the stencils for the etching to check on prices and get back to me. Ten minutes later he called back and wanted my VIN. Said that the stencils would be in next week. I asked him what the cost would be and was told that they would do it for free.

    Do it for free? Thank you Benny Boyd. A 40 or 50 mile round trip from work and some time and that is it.

    266 miles on the TJ. Am planning on putting the wheels and tires on next Tuesday.

    Still doing the break-in driving. In the evening I hit all those back roads that I normally do not use. Relaxing and it is giving me a feel for how the vehicle handles before I start driving at speeds of 70 or 75.

    I am a happy camper.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    You're making me miss Texas! The last Jeep sales person I talked to knew very little about jeeps, just couldn't deal with the idea that a woman could know more about mechanical things than her husband, and didn't speak English very well, and didn't listen at all. Very discouraging.

    Glad you are still enjoying your Wrangler and that you are able to take back roads home. I got so I very much enjoyed driving those back roads, both in Texas and when I lived in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    You should contact that guy and see if he will sell you THAT jeep. If not now, try in a few months.
  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    Hit the back roads again today, but before I really got out of town I got my first rock chip on the windshield. Not a bad one , but it is there. I know when they were redoing 190 years ago, my insurance agent at the time was processing about 200 chipped windshields a week.
    Not even 300 miles on the thing when I met the rock.

    Since I have already tore the vehicle up I don't need to worry about washing it to often:)

    I now have 377 miles on the odometer and will break the 500 mile break-in period by Monday.

    My wheels that I ordered are in so Tuesday I will get the new wheels and tires put on.

    My tags are in the mail so I will go ahead and register the Wrangler on post. Since 911 it is no longer an open post, have to stop and present a picture ID to the guards.

    Still a happy camper.
  • dwranglerdwrangler Posts: 127
    Listen another favor....for those of you that know what kind of car I have and other info please don't mention the specific make and model. I've had some problems on another chat room with someone wanting too much information; of which I haven't given to anyone for obvious reasons; I know that the large majority of you are very courteous towards me and I appreciate that. I just want to put a stop to this before he becomes too much of an aggrevation. I probably won't be mentioning this again but keep the request in mind.

    Thanks,

    dwrangler
  • thedude1thedude1 Posts: 13
    Good luck with the good deal. Just remember that you shouldn't pay more than invoice, and preferrably below.

    On a side note, is everyone's front tires cupping on the inside? Mine do a lot, but it drives fine. I read somewhere that short wheelbase vehicles that turn corners alot just have that happen - is that right? Those GSAs are getting some pretty good wear on the front with only 6800 on the odometer.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    dwrangler - I hope things work out OK. Since you know a ton of stuff about Wranglers, you'll do fine when you get down to it.

    thedude1 - As I mentioned a while back, I've always had problems with my tires cupping, but it is the whole tire, not just the inside. Have you had your alignment checked recently?

    I'm actually on my third set of tires at the moment. The first set didn't have a chance to wear out - they were replaced by the other guy's insurance at around 10,000 miles. I did the jiffy lube thing and never quite got around to taking it to get the tires rotated on that second set, so the front tires had to be replaced after something like 30,000 miles due to cupping. I replaced all 4 probably after another 30-40,000 miles due to cupping and put on the Dueller ATs. They are showing slight signs of cupping now after 12,000 miles - it is small enough that I didn't notice it, and I've been watching them. I get free rotations and they were the ones who mentioned it.

    I think it has to do also with the roads I drive on. If anyone has had the problem and found a way to sort it out, let us know!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Another night in gills, and no Kahuna! What's the latest on your Jeep search?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    The GSA's that came on my 1997 sport were pretty cupped.

    My dad had uniroyals which cupped also.

    I think the tire is partly to blame, and a poor alignment just magnifies it.
  • Hey Tom, I registered there a few nights ago and have been meaning to stop in but work has swamped me. I'll be checking in soon!
    As for the new Jeep, I will be a solar yellow X owner on monday around 4:30. I'll be doing the Oceantoad driving scheme all week :)
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Cool! Congratulations! I hope we will see some pics of that baby soon?

    Come on to gill's tonight, OK?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Hey Tom, it's probably temporary but I can't connect to the site. Is it down?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Yeah, it was working this afternoon, but it is not up tonight for some reason.


    We have an alternate chat room at...


    http://www.ilstu.edu/~debaile/chat.htm


    We are there now, so come join us. Anyone else is welcome too.


    Tom


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Hey what's the matter with everyone? We were getting a half way decent number of posts lately, but not a soul has posted today.

    You don't have to have anything important to say. Heck, I never let that stop me! :)

    Come on people! POST!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • O.k., Tom, I'll start with a question. How much of a difference in gas mileage will I see between my 4 banger and my new 6 cylinder? It's a beautiful day here in good ol' Delaware. Can't wait to take the top down. On a side note, awhile back we had a conversation about full doors versus half doors. I had half doors on my 97 4 banger and I swore I'd get the full's on my next TJ. Well, after having the fulls, I am glad to be getting the halves on my new X. I guess their are pros and cons for each but for me I like the freedom and more open feeling when taking off the upper halves. Also, not having any room for my left arm and having the general cramped feeling I got from the thicker, higher, fulls annoyed me.
    How was that Tom? :) Maybe it will stir up some talk.
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