The day after Thanksgiving, Anthony drove about an hour out of Grand Junction to peek at the Grand Cherokee and take it for a test drive. He called me later that afternoon, telling me about a dent in the rear quarter panel that seems to have been patched with Bondo (see below), the clutch that slipped when applying “any more than 1/4 to 1/2 throttle,” and the “wandering” steering. He also told me the interior was “grimey,” the clutch pedal was stiff, and the oil pressure gauge didn’t work. … [Read more...] about I Just Bought The Holy Grail Of Jeep Grand Cherokees But It Has 260,000 Miles And Is Broken In The Middle Of Nowhere
Sometimes people temper death wobble with a bigger steering damper (basically like a shock for your steering; you can see one in the image below)—it’s a solution that works, but it’s considered by most just a way of masking the play that exists somewhere in the steering or suspension. … [Read more...] about This Jeep’s ‘Death Wobble’ Is So Terrifying It Will Haunt Your Dreams
Living in a city — Los Angeles — a small car makes a ton of sense for me. I need good fuel economy, a car that's easy to park and, since I spend all my money on motorcycles and camping, a low price is a big help too. But, I also spend virtually every weekend out in the mountains or desert, so I need a car that can make it down a difficult dirt road that may be washed out, full of deep sand or covered in slippery mud. A used Land Cruiser or Cherokee would seem to fit the bill, but my girlfriend will also be driving it and my puppy will be riding in it, so I want modern safety features too. And neither of those vehicles or anything like them will return anything like the Renegade's projected 30mpg+ fuel economy. If the Renegade shapes up to be the vehicle I think it is, I might just have to buy one. … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?
If anything, though, these findings make me ask what the point of buying a luxury car is today. True, you get more performance, maybe some differences in how they handle. There’s probably also something to be said of the tech offered on some cars but not on others. Honestly, it’s most likely brand snobbery. As we’ve learned recently, the new Cadillac XT6 is basically a re-badged Chevrolet Traverse anyway, plus some more luxury and safety tech. … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 Killed the Rest of American Luxury
What’s Weak So, here’s the thing–the Durango SRT doesn’t have the power of the more-expensive Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and it doesn’t have the luxury of a Range Rover or a BMW X5. Oh, and speaking of the X5, BMW claims the new M50i trim can do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and starts at $82,150, which is just a few grand more than what our Durango tester was optioned to. The X5 falls short in regards to towing capacity, but for my purposes, I’d gladly give that up for some additional luxury and comfort. … [Read more...] about The 475-HP Dodge Durango SRT Is A Muscle Truck That’s Ready To Haul