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Old 03-23-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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This is my first time writing, and last week I purchased my first Jeep Wrangler. It was by far the best looking 1997 Wrangler I had seen during my hunt for a Jeep. It is dark blue with half soft doors with a hard top, I payed $4,700, which I thought was a steel cause it had absolutely no rust or rot, and only 70k miles. But I have one concern, does every Jeep handle tough on the highway, I find myself swerving more than once a trip. Just wondering if it was "a Jeep thing" or not.

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Old 03-23-2009, 06:29 PM   #2
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that doesn't sound normal. jeeps do ride rougher than other vehicles, but swerving is not normal. does it have a lift of any mods.

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on the jeep well they don't drive themselfs like most vehicles. You have to drive it. Sometimes I feel it wants to go all over he place and then on some it is mild.
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yea that sounds right, but as of now there is no lift, and stock tires, but i'm used to driving a '90 mitsu so i guess it maybe all in the change...? i hope haha, its not violent swerving though... its more just me finding myself uncomfortably close to a mac truck and freaking out while slowly making my way back into my lane...
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that is how my jeep drives- your driving a brick
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:34 PM   #6
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jeeps are more susceptible to being affected by the wind and a passing big rig than a car. that could be the problem.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:34 PM   #7
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Congrats on the new Jeep and welcome.

No. That's not normal. Some may tell you they have to "fight" the jeep on the road, but those symptoms are always correctable. Sometimes, they just may not be severe enough and cost too much to correct.

So, cheap easy things (always start cheap and easy) first.

Check tire pressure. While you are at it, check them for wear/cut or rounded edges. If you have that, get them rotated.
Check the alignment (in the top of this forum link there is a sticky for "newbs" and contains some excellent info including how to check and adjust the alignment yourself).
Get you're tires balanced (do this in conjunction with a rotation if you need it).

If all that checks out, re-post and further we will delve.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:34 PM   #8
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that is how my jeep drives- your driving a brick
, well put.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:35 PM   #9
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wait until your doorless and topless and pass a big rig on the right and feel as if your going to bet blown right out of the vehicle amazing feeling lol
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that's always fun the first time!!
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hahaha great... i can't wait... but im still under warenty! which means i dont have to pay a dime (i think) but then i'll have to go a few days w/o my baby :'[ but i have to drive highway everyday so i guess it will be worth it.
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I went from driving a long bed crewcab dually to a wrangler.... the truck I could set the cruise control and take a nap on a long straight road.... The Wrangler I do have topay attention with it's much shorter wheel base... Have someone you trust look it over...

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