Rain Out Weekend - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Rain Out Weekend

December 18, 2012

2012 Jeep Wrangler

My original plan was to take our Jeep deep into the Mojave Saturday morning with my dogs and go hunting, but two things changed my mind.

First was Mother Nature. The areas I was thinking of going were getting snow. And a lot of it. I'm a Southern California boy, really. I've never had to deal with snow like most of you. And I haven't had to deal with it way out in the hinterlands either. I didn't want to get stuck without some kind of support. I don't have a lot of confidence in those tires to do the snow/sludge traction thing.

Secondly was my neighbor. No seriously. As I was packing up my gear late Friday night, I watched him back out of his driveway across the street and right into my wife's car that was parked in front of our house. He then calmly drove away. Mutha Trucker. He and I were going to talk. I waited up late but he didn't come home. Hunting trip was off because he and I were going to talk in the morning.

I didn't get to use the Jeep as I had planned. It spent most of the time in my driveway getting rained on. Thankfully the neighbor came to our door first thing in the morning and gave us an apology and his insurance information. In the end, a good guy. Still a touched miffed he didn't do something right then.

What wasn't good was that when I got into our Jeep Sunday morning, I noticed several weird leaks. One even coming from the door handle! I have to hope that the abundance of plastic will mean than the Jeep won't rust out in a few years. That'd be a shame.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Manager, Photographer @ 23,416 miles

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