Jeep cares about your Dog

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Having a large dog can be fun for chasing neighbors away you don’t like but when if comes for going on rides it can be a bit difficult to keep them safe and secure in one spot. The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee found a solution to that along with their Cargo Management System available they also added a folding pet enclosure to keep your your pet safe.

The tentlike enclosure clips into the floor of the Cherokee’s cargo area. The soft-sided pet compartment can be folded flat when not in use, and it comes with a carrying handle. Expanded to its full size, the enclosure takes up most of the cargo area of a Cherokee with the rear seats up. There’s plenty of room for a large dog, and the driver doesn’t have to worry about it jumping over the seats into the passenger compartment while the vehicle is in motion.

The pet carrier will be available this year as an accessory through the Mopar catalog, which carries a number of model-specific goodies, like first-aid kits, performance upgrades and even a tent that connects to a vehicle’s open tailgate.

 

Breaking Bad Jeep Grand Wagoneer For Auction

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The best television show Breaking Bad is coming to an end later this week and of course things must go from the show. Entertainment industry site Screenbid.com is starting to auction off various items that can be seen on the show ranging from phones to clothing but one thing that catches our eyes is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. This Jeep belonged to Skylar White on the show and can be seen in various episodes sitting in the drive way of their home.

The Grand Wagoneer runs and drives, but leaks oil and has some paint bubbling and chipping. It’s also powered by a solid 5.9-liter 360 c.i. AMC V8 that puts out a whopping 144 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The bid is starting out at $7,125 which is pretty steep for what they are really going for these days.

This crimson red ’91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is going to be auctioned off along with many other vehicles from the show, including Jesse Pinkman’s 4WD Toyota Tercel Wagon, Walter White’s dilapidated Pontiac Aztek, the 6.9-liter IDI Ford F250 Vamonos Pest Control truck and even Jesse’s flashy Chevy Monte Carlo lowrider complete with non-functional hydraulics, gold fist in the rear window and fuzzy dice.

To get in on the bidding check out http://www.screenbid.com/

The Dragon is Back

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Last year at the Beijing Auto Show the Dragon concept was introduced for the Jeep Wrangler and the response was so good that it will be available as a limited edition model in the U.S.

The special edition Jeep is a major nod to the Chinese culture. Chrysler said that the dragon symbolizes strength and power and is an “aspirational character normally associated with royalty.” Historians say that Chinese dragons are seen as benevolent creatures, not the monsters usually associated with Western fairy tales.

This is the most expensive model in the 2014 Wrangler line up starting at $37,090. The Wrangler is only available in black . The design includes a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that snakes along the hood and driver’s side of the vehicle. Other touches include a black spare tire cover with a dragon decal, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and Bronze Satin Gloss exterior trim.

The cabin gets a black-and-bronze theme with Satin Bronze dragon scales on parts of the interior, including the outer seat bolsters, center console armrest and steering wheel.

The 2014 Wrangler is equipped with the 285-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

 

Jeep Launches “30 Miles of Freedom”

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Jeep has launched a social media campaign and they want you to bring back road trips.  A more fuel efficient road trip that is, the campaign is for their two vehicles Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot which delivers 30 mpg highway. The “30 Miles of Freedom” is a two phase competition that launched online in late August and will end in December with two consumers eligible to win either a new 2014 Compass or Patriot.

Here is how it works, consumers submit their ideal 30-mile road trip which must take place in the continental United States and must be up to/no more than thirty miles, from starting point to the end point of the final destination. Six finalists will be announced on October 7th – three for the Jeep Compass, three for the Jeep Patriot – to move on to the next phase. Those six finalists will be given the opportunity to take a Jeep Compass or Jeep Patriot on the ideal road trip they described as part of their submission. Each “30 Miles of Freedom” road trip will be filmed and submitted for voting. Final voting online of the videos by fans will take place from November 25 through December 7. The two vehicle winners will be announced by the Jeep Brand in early December based on online votes.

“’30 Miles of Freedom’ embraces the time-honored tradition of the American road trip, celebrating the freedom of the open road while extolling the virtues of finding adventure,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are perfectly-suited to journeys near or far as two of the most capable compact SUVs in the market with fuel economy ratings of up to 30 miles per gallon.”

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Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition for Europe

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Jeep is never going to end their streak of special edition vehicles and with this one it is evident. Jeep introduces yet another cold weather inspired Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler Polar edition will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and you will surely not miss it with its signature Hydro Blue paint job. Based on the Sahara model, the Polar is inspired by extreme weather conditions found in Antarctic.

If blue isn’t your color than it is also available in Billet Silver Metallic and Bright White. Among the fancy paint job the Polar is also sporting new gloss black 18-inch wheels, a body color hardtop, and the mix of Mopar styling accessories. The interior features Pearl White contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel, all new cluster overlay of white and blue, and than some.

Polar models are available in two door and four door models, and is powered by a 200-hp 2.8 liter turbo diesel. And if you were holding your breath for the model to be available in the U.S. than keep dreaming for it like the diesel engine as well.

Boing! Your Spring Fell Out – What Now?

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So you are driving down the trail with your sway bar disconnected on your coil- sprung Jeep, you hit a seriously twisty section and boing, pop, clang, and all of a sudden your Jeep is leaned awkwardly to one side. Your spring just fell out. We’ve seen this happen on the front of XJs, and front and rear of TJs, JKs, and ZJs. We’ve also experienced it in our WJ. So what to do, now that your Jeep is leaning uncomfortably to one side and your coil is laying in the dirt taking a nap? This time in “What Now!”-land we will talk about a few ways to get your Jeep going again with all four springs.

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It happened to us on one of our off-road adventures. The WJ was all loaded up with dogs, a canoe, camping gear, the wife, and other stuff. We were headed up one of our favorite local trails over a flexy section, when one of the front coils fell out. This sucks, but it’s a fairly easy fix if you know what you are doing. Usually Jeep coils are retained by an upper stem and a lower clamp on spring retainer. If the lower clamp is missing, or your Jeep does not have an upper stem (like on our WJ) the spring can fall out more easily.

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The best thing to do is to back up to where the spring fell out. Hopefully the suspension will flex back to the exact position in that spot on the trail, and you can simply pop the coil back in place. If that won’t work, or it involves putting the Jeep in a position where it is not balanced (like a side hill where the Jeep is leaned over to one side), use your Hi-Lift Jack to lift the side of the Jeep where the coil fell out until you can replace the coil.

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We could not quite get the Jeep to flex enough to get the coil back in place, and despite bringing everything but the kitchen sink on our trip, we did not have a Hi-Lift. Instead, we backed up a touch and put a flat rock in front of the rear tire. We then drove up on the rock and the Jeep was flexed enough that were able to reseat the coil. Once the coil was back in place, we re-attached the sway bar. This limited the flex and kept the springs from falling out. Once you get home, you will need to address the problem and add a lower coil retaining clip, limiting strap, or add an upper stem to the suspension so the spring won’t fall out on the trail next time.

From JP Magazine by Verne Simons

2014 Jeep Cherokee configuration goes live

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee build-your-own configuration with pricing has finally gone live giving Jeep enthusiast a chance to create their own dream ride.  The prices range from lowest at $22,995 for the base Sport model to highest at $29,495 for the sleek Trailhawk that’s off road ready straight from the factory. And with those prices doesn’t include all the pricey options you can add on that range from interior to powertrain.

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Although the Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in September, that doesn’t mean they still didn’t have some bumps in the road to get there. There is a problem with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and other parts of the drivetrain needing a little fine-tuning which delayed the official launch hosted by Chrysler.

Head on over to Jeep’s build-it-yourself website and have a look around.

MT Sees if the New Jeep Wrangler Can Compete with the Classic Willy CJ-3A on the Farm

Once the Second World War was over, the American vehicle manufacturing industry was still tooled up for production of military equipment, and while there were some factories that were able to quickly adapt to peace-time production, others were bigger and therefore their moves were cumbersome.

However, there was another category which is worth mentioning here – those companies whose products did find civilian uses with minimal modifications, like the iconic Willys Jeep, which got stripped out and sold to farmers who would plough the fields with it, or spread seeds.

Motor Trend wants to see if that purposefully-utilitarian philosophy to building off-roaders has been preserved until the modern day, or in other words, if a modern Jeep Wrangler can cut it on the farm. The chosen vehicle is a Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, coupled to a manual gearbox. It proves that it has more than enough power and traction to do some really hard work, and while it doesn’t have PTO (power take-off) at the back to provide drive to the more advanced farming equipment, it really isn’t bad.

But all of this text would be irrelevant without the video, which is a nice history lesson and generally quite informative, as well as also being posted below.

From Carscoops By Andrei Nedelea

Jeep: A car brand for rich and poor alike

We make a lot of assumptions about people based on the cars they drive. A driver in a new Mercedes-Benz has money. The person behind the wheel of a new Ford Fiesta may be middle or working class. But there’s one auto brand that has managed to attract people across the wealth divide. Car data shows that in new auto sales, Jeep does equally well among people who are making less than ten-thousand dollars a year and those who make over half a million.

The Orange County Dirt Devils, an off-roading group that volunteers on weekends to help clean up trails in the San Bernardino National Forest, seems to exemplify the data. Castulo Olivas, a member of the group who works in air conditioning, says that aside from the fact that they all drive Jeeps, he doesn’t have a lot in common with many of the people in the group.

“I know one guy is a pipeline inspector,” Olivas said. “Another guy works in a computer department, does IT. One person does medical sales. You know — heart valves and stuff. They have professions that require college and people that just work in a gas station. It doesn’t matter.”

If you look at car data based on income, it is stark. There are cars that rich people buy, cars that the middle class buys, and cars that poor people buy. But everyone buys Jeep. Jesse Toprak, an analyst for TrueCar.com says Jeep doesn’t have a lot of models, but it has them at both ends of the price spectrum — from $50,000 to less than $20,000. “You can literally lease some of these vehicles for under $300 a month,” Toprak said. “In many cases, if you live in a big city, your mass transit costs might be more than that.”

Toprak says maybe more than any other brand, Jeep capitalizes on it’s “cool” image. “It does give you that — hey, I’m not a mom driving a minivan,” Toprak said. Analysts say most Jeep owners never take their Jeeps off-road. But the point is — they could if they wanted to.

From Marketplace Morning Report written by Noel Kind

Chryslers $500 million investment for Jeep Cherokee

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Chrysler Group LLC showcased a $500 million investment on July 18, 2013 in its Toledo Assembly Complex.

The investment, which orignally was announced back on Novemeber 2011, is for the poroduction of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler executives believe the Cherokee could be the brand’s top selling model replacing the Jeep Liberty.

The invesment included:

  • 260,000 sq ft expansion of the plant’s body shop and state of the art, 26,000 sq ft Metrology Center
  • Add a second shift or about 1,100 jobs to the facility.

The remainder of the invesments was for other Chrysler facilities around the U.S.

The Jeep Cherokee is extremely important vheicle for Chrysler. It is the first vehicle that will have a new design with great high tech features also.