2007 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test


2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: To the Rescue

December 17, 2007

This weekend, our long-term 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was called upon to help jump-start my pop's early-2000s ('01 or '02, I'm not sure) Mercedes E-Class. It seemed appropriate, for former DaimlerChrysler stablemates to assist each other in a show of peace and brotherhood.

The Jeep is a breeze. As you can see from the above and below photographs, the hood doesn't need to be popped from within the car, should there be a problem.

You simply unlatch the plastic latches and pull the hood open.

While I appreciate the practicality of these plastic hooks on the Jeep, they seem as though they could break really easily, leaving the hood flapping in the breeze. Plastic plus wear plus age plus. . . Well, I wonder. Of course, they're probably pretty easy and cheap to replace. Also, the leads on the Wrangler battery say "pos" and "neg" instead of "+ and "-". I realize it's very American, but the plus and minus seem far more universal and practical, not to mention easier to read and, if necessary, feel in the dimness of an engine bay.

Oh, and jump-starting an early-21st-century Benz is a pain. Everything is electronic, so you need to remove the little slim metal key from the fob to open the doors. Despite what the manual says, it does not open the trunk. Second of all, the battery is nowhere in sight. There's only a "+" lead, and a random bolt sticking up near it that apparently stands in for the negative lead (ground). Once you attach to the negative lead, the alarm goes off for about 10 minutes and TeleAid attempts to ring the car or at least the house of the owner in order to see if they need help or the car is stolen. Good times!

Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor @ 9,401 miles

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