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Old 01-01-2013, 07:39 PM
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First trip In my JKU

Upstate NY to Northern MN for the Holidays. It was cold, snowy, and windy.
A few comments. The headlamps and fog lights really collect the snow and slush. Keeping them clean along with the side windows was a chore.
High winds on the way out made driving difficult at times and there were a few times when I thought I was going to lose my hood. Cross wind gusts were 40 to 50 mph at times. The heater can really put out heat in the front but back seat passengers complained that it was cold and drafty back there. My wife likes heat on the floor as her feet tend to get cold. The JK seems to be lacking there. Are there any floor vents? The air sounds like its blowing somewhere.
I like the ride and I did most of the driving. Was in 4 wheel high a lot on snow covered slippery roads and the jeep handled great. My fuel economy showed anywhere from 18.9 to 21 most of the time but when I filled up and did the math, it was more like 17. I started the trip with about 1800 miles on my odometer so I hope the MPG will improve.
Only problem was a spontaneous crack in the windshield that appeared while I was driving. No apparent reason for it. It traveled about a quarter of the way up from the bottom middle and then all the way to the passenger side.
When I got home my dealer diagnosed it as a stress crack and Chrysler agreed to replace it under warranty.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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Hope you had a good time. As far as the hood goes, it is a jeep characteristic known as hood flutter. I've never heard of anyone losing their hood, because of it, and it is easily fixed. I've gotten used to it, but my wife gets freaked out over it, . As far as the heat goes, my wife complains about that also. I've got a 2010 and most of the heat is directed towards the driver, with some directed to the passenger side. You might check to see if there is any airflow on the passenger side.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good trip to find out all of the quirks of owning a Jeep. I will say this AEV makes a stamped steel heat reduction hood that is heavier than the stock hood and takes care of the hood flutter issue. AEV's 2.5" Dual Sport XT suspension lift will improve handling and ride. Jeeps are always hard to keep clean on trips, that is a Jeep thing. Heater does get really hot coming out the vents when you put your hand over the vent it about burns your hand. There are floor vents but they dont move as much air as vents do.
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