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Old 11-29-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Just took a 350 mile round trip in my JK....

And I'll share my impressions. FYI: My Jeep is 100% stock as far as powertrain, suspension, wheels and tires go. 17" factory wheel.

The wife and I went to Winchester, Virginia for her Aunt's wedding over the weekend. The trip was ALL highway, many of which were steep grades up and down the Appalachian foothills. We took 95 south, to 695 south, to 70 west, to 81 south. Our hotel was literally right off 81 in Winchester.
I averaged about 21mpg on winter blend gas, so in warmer weather, I'd expect 22-23mpg.
The wind really tosses the Jeep around, which I expected given the shape of the Jeep.
The soft top really didn't flap much at all. Mostly when a semi would pass me and throw a wind shear my way. Wind noise was there, but in all honesty, I've had worse in other vehicles.
You REALLY notice a difference when you settle in behind a semi. Much smoother, due to less wind resistance.
My 2 door tracked pretty well at highway speeds, hardly any wandering except for when the wind would push me around.
In West Virginia (passed through on the way to Winchester) the speed limit was 70. I didn't have much trouble keeping up, even on the inclines, I did have to kick my auto out of OD, but that's really to be expected.
Passing power is adequate, but you do have to kick it down. I don't see where people are complaining about passing other cars unless they're trying to do it at 90mph.
I didn't feel nearly as beat up as I thought I would. The seats were comfortable and supportive enough for the 3 hour one way ride. The longer I sat, the more I noticed the slight side bolstering holding me in place.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. You definitely give up some on road manners for off road capability, but the JK does commuting duty well. It wouldn't be my first choice for long trips, but I wouldn't dread having to use it in that capacity either.

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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As you summed up the wrangler is perfectly fine on the road. Granted I drive mostly on dry roads hehe.

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I was PRAYING for snow on the trip. Got some Flurries in VA., but nothing good.
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I averaged about 21mpg on winter blend gas, so in warmer weather, I'd expect 22-23mpg.
By those numbers I'm guessing you used the oboard readout as opposed to doing the math.
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I got my Jeep in May and it had 6 miles on it. 2010 4dr sahara completely stock. To say the least, I've driven the hell out of my jeep both on road and off. I just hit 11,000 and I have no complaints at all. With every mile our love affair grows even stronger. So far our longest road trip was 2,000 miles from Dallas to Destin Florida, with a couple side trips through Birmingham Alabama and New Orleans. In florida we had to deal with hurricane winds and rain. So much fun! One time in Dallas we had a tropical storm creep our way while on a 500 mile road trip.

My jeep has tackled everything thrown it's way no problem. Except for getting stuck in the mud almost doors deep on one side. But that's just more fun! I've taken my jeep everywhere the other jeeps have gone, minus the large rocks. I've made a few believers of JK haters on the trails as well.

My next trip will be to colorado to do some wheeling there. The JK is extremely capable on road and off. No complaints from me. I am a 100% satisfied customer. I just wish all the mods I want to do didn't cost so much money!
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Tom: I did the math, come on man!!
I used a little less than a half tank one way, which was 175 miles almost on the button. When I filled up for the return trip, it took just over 8 gallons. I kept to the right hand lanes mostly, and tucked in behind a semi whenever I could.
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I just wish all the mods I want to do didn't cost so much money!
Quoted for TRUTH.
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Tom: I did the math, come on man!!
I used a little less than a half tank one way, which was 175 miles almost on the button. When I filled up for the return trip, it took just over 8 gallons. I kept to the right hand lanes mostly, and tucked in behind a semi whenever I could.
Those are excellent numbers then!
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You were 20 miles from me, the shop that installed my lift is in Winchester.

I drove this weekend to Harrisburg and averaged 17mpg. No issues with keeping up with traffic.
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Those are excellent numbers then!
i was pretty pleased myself. i drive fairly gently, not a bunch of changing lanes or speed up/slow down, gas/brake/gas/brake, which will kill your mileage. try the semi thing next time you're on the highway, the difference is pretty amazing. even the wife noticed.
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You were 20 miles from me, the shop that installed my lift is in Winchester.

I drove this weekend to Harrisburg and averaged 17mpg. No issues with keeping up with traffic.
i wanted to hit the gas stations and ask where the trails were, lol. i couldn't sleep worth a damn, i never can in a bed that isn't my own, so i was ready to head out in the middle of the night and find some mud.
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I just got back from a trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando, about 225 miles on a stock 2011 Sport S (well, stock plus the side rails). About 200 miles @ 65-70 mph, the remaining at about 55-60 mph. I filled up on the way out, and then again the next morning on the way to work. Very little traffic, I set the cruise control, and like you I got behind trucks when I could and was almost entirely in the right lane. Probably only broke cruise control a few times during the whole trip. Actual calculated mileage for the trip was 20.7 mpg, and it was about 80 degrees out for the whole trip.

Other than doing even more drafting, I see no way of getting much higher than that.
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I just got back from a trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando, about 225 miles on a stock 2011 Sport S (well, stock plus the side rails). About 200 miles @ 65-70 mph, the remaining at about 55-60 mph. I filled up on the way out, and then again the next morning on the way to work. Very little traffic, I set the cruise control, and like you I got behind trucks when I could and was almost entirely in the right lane. Probably only broke cruise control a few times during the whole trip. Actual calculated mileage for the trip was 20.7 mpg, and it was about 80 degrees out for the whole trip.

Other than doing even more drafting, I see no way of getting much higher than that.
Which gearing do you have (3.21, 3.73, 4.10)?
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:32 PM   #14
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Took my jeep on a 360 mile round trip about 3 weeks ago for the drive down to florida from south alabama i had the sunrider back all the windows down and the back window off, nice ride not to loud either. on the way back i had all the windows up and the top fully up. wind noise was not loud at all and the jeep road good at 80+ i have a JKU 4dr mountain package and the tire noise and soft top noise was very low, not what i expected from a jeep...needless to say i am more in love with my jeep every day..well the wifes jeep
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U were an hour or so from a few I have been to. Big digs is 15 minutes away but they are only open 10 weekends a year.

Drop me a PM next time and we can hit GWNF for a ride
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drove mine from nj to fla a few times in my 08, while not a lincoln like ride, it was fine for me. 2008 jku auto 3.73 gears mpg ave 21.75, includes dc traffic and 80 plus mph in the carolinas. handled fine. don't like riding behind semis as i hate replacing windshields from all the stones they kick up. also 3.8 was fine, can do without the new jesus engine.
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Did the drive to JAX over the long weekend. After the fiasco Wednesday night (previous post), got up early, loaded trailer and hit the road. Driving 75MPH on I-95, towing a 20 yr old 7X12 flat trailer, I got 15.3 MPG. Knew it would suck, but we had to get there by a certain time to make sure the turkey would be fried in time. Coming back, drove US-1 south. Even with stop and go traffic, I got 18.6 MPG. Average speed on open road was 60-65. Really not that shabby.

I'm thinking of getting a smaller trailer. 5X8 with the axle as far back as I can get it.
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Which gearing do you have (3.21, 3.73, 4.10)?
I have 3.73.
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Left my place headed to work on a full tank. (Work is just about 8 miles away.) Light after light and plenty of traffic on I-5, I finally arrived at work and my gas light came on. Hahahah. J/k....but it feels that way!!! As crappy as the gas mileage is, there is more fun factor in the Jeep over my Yukon. I guess the Jeep just reminds me of an old school Tonka Dump Truck I used to play with. The old metal one! That had alot of fun factor! Especially running it through mud puddles barefoot. Ahhhh the good old days.....when life was easy, and kids played outside.....and my Dad complained about gas prices jumping up to .98 cents!!!
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Just drove my mountain from Houston to new Orleans and back over thanksgiving. Drove down and back during a cold front so I had big wind gusts. I had the cruise set between 75 and 80 the whole way and got about 18 mpg (did the math). It didn't handle like a caddy but it's a jeep. My only real complaint is that both armrests (console and door) are plastic. My arms were starting to hurt after six hours one way. Why wouldn't jeep put padding there?
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Beetle, get the center console armrest!! It was my first "mod" and it was worth every dime. Nice thick padding. It piggybacks the center console lid and attaches with a metal bracket.
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BTW, I make quite a few 300 mile round trip roadies when i come home from college for the weekend, and I don't have a single issue. I rarely ever stop unless I need fuel or to grab a bite to eat. It's about 110 miles highway, 25 miles interstate and 15 miles city driving each way and I normally average a little over 20mpg. Readout normally says 21.3-21.8.
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What a great trip! I've had mine for one day and, including the commute back from the dealer have put on 100 miles on it so far. Our first road trip, excluding our trip to chop down a Christmas tree will be to Disneyland. Ah...good times!
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I can usually drive about 12 hours in my jeep without any comfort problems. By the math I got better mileage on a trip to Aspen, CO than I did on a trip to Houston, TX. ?? Overall I have averaged 18 mpg or better in the last year.

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