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Old 10-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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2200 mile first trip for 2012 Sahara

For family reasons I picked up a Dark Cherry 2012 Sahara Unlimited just south of Canada. Never had thought of getting a Jeep, especially a 4 door, until this came in my direction. Last Thursday when that terrible Blizzard hit the Dakotas I headed south in order to avoid the weather. A bit of rain but otherwise very nice as I headed south through the midwest. Just north of were I stopped in Kansas they had 17 tornadoes. I missed those and the big snow up north.
Paid a visit to Dodge City, because I had never been and I wanted to say I had been to Dodge City, Kansas. Then headed west some more, into Colorado. Marvelous, great distances. Beautiful sky. And when you stopped you could listen and not hear anything but the wind for often there were no other vehicles for miles.

I am just amazed by the Jeep. The long distance stuff was certainly not it's strong point but it sure was fun. Managed to get some first hand experience with "hood flutter" and the Jeep feeling a bit "light" when going 70mph+ into 30-40mph headwinds that kept shifting around. It was a marvelously interesting trip. I stayed off the big interstates and went on smaller roads. So much more interesting.

This one I leave pretty much stock. But I just have to get another one and start messing around on some of our Arizona trails and goat paths - we have plenty.

Best mileage was coming from Holbrook, AZ to Payson to Phoenix - showing 26.4 mpg through the mountains and I was not going slow, with a bunch of downhill. Looks like the Jeep likes gravity.
Running on the flats heading south in the midwest at 70mph it would be between 21.7mpg and 22. 5 mpg.
In town I seem to be holding in the 19mpg area.

So far one trip out on the trails to find out what it feels like. Nice.
I will try to post a Colorado plains picture in a bit.

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