We got our new Jeep this week. It is an Amp'd Rubicon X that we ordered in January and picked up this first week of May. We love our new Jeep. I wanted to start a thread reviewing what people are thinking of their new Jeeps.
We love everything about ours, from the dealership to all the little extras Jeep has thought of. We got our Jeep from Snowy Mountain Motors in Lewistown, Montana. They were great to deal with and very reasonable on price.
We took our Jeep on a little road trip last night. This is my second Jeep. My first was a 1953 M38A1. It was very basic, and the X is very fancy, but you can see the old Jeep in the X. I had to sell the old Jeep as I lived 10 miles from town and it would only go about 40 on the road. The X will go as fast as you want, but you can feel the 4:10 gears.
My other rig is a 6.2L Chevy LTZ. You really have to watch it on the speed in the LTZ. The X you can really feel the lower gears on the highway. It has great power and passing is fine, but it doesn't seem to "coast" going down hills like the truck.
We took about a 200 miles trip in the Jeep last night. It is brand new, only had about 325 miles on it after our trip yesterday. On the way out I drove between 65-80 varying the speed depending on passing and such. We got 16.5 MPG.
On the way home I keep it between 60-65 (the speed limit is slower here after dark) and we got 18.5 MPG. I was pretty impressed considering the Jeep is brand new, it has 4:10's and very aggressive tires. Pretty happy.
I am curious what everyone else gets for mileage as their Jeeps get broken in.
And on the tires and the Jeep in general, it is very quite on the road. We expected a lot of road noise, but there is almost none. This Jeep is much, much tighter that older Jeeps I have been in.
The Jeep is really fun to drive, but you do have to drive it. To me it feels a more like a sports car. The steering is very responsive and tight. The LTZ is a lot looser and just seems to float along ( and get away from you speed wise). I like the Jeep better as you have to think about it is you want to go 80. It will do it, but you know you are going 80. In the truck 80 feels more like 30.
I'm not meaning this thread to be a comparison between the truck and the jeep, they are totally different and have different purposes. It is just an easy way to describe how the Jeep drives.
Our Jeep has all kinds of cool stuff on it. Being an X, I was able to take the end caps off of the front bumper. It looks sweet and took about 10 minutes to do. We have a 430N radio. It is great, but I have put in into the French and Spanish modes on accident and it takes a while to get back to English.
The seats are awesome in the Jeep. Very comfortable.
Haven't had a chance to test the 4 Wheel Drive yet, but we will.
Looking forward to hearing others observations.