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Re: Jeep Trouble...Why is it always ME?
Ah, a topic I know something about.
Well, unfortunately, this is precisely the reason I don't drive a jeep every day anymore. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Once a jeep is built up to run really well offroad, it just doesn't do long highway trips all that well anymore. For me, the mud tires, 4.10s with an automatic, winch, flexy suspension, rear tire carrier, etc., etc., not to mention the national speed limit of 85-90 mph here in the northeast. ....the jeep just can't do it. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Not every day, and not at 85-90 mph. Plus, it didn't do it that well mpg-wise to start with. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I do a lot of highway now with my job, and logistics simply made me get a daily driver. If you're driving a built jeep 80 miles per day, which must be mostly highway, pushing a lift and 33s with an automatic, ....you're gonna wear it out quicker.
If you want a highway jeep, build a highway jeep. I tried for a long time to make a jeep that did everything well. It ain't easy. I'd love to build a highway jeep. Keep it light, make it a standard tranny, ATs, no winch, no swingaway tire carrier that weighs 200 pounds. And you'll still only get 20 mpg at best.
That said, proper maintenance can keep stuff alive longer, but pushing a jeep made for offroad on a highway all day is tough on it.
My current daily driver is a (gasp) Mazda Miata. Gets about 32 mpg, goes 85-90 effortlessly, and it's a convertible. In the used market they're pretty reasonable, and they're built pretty well. People drive them into the 200k+ mile range.
Anyway, just my opinion.