2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Rubber Not the Same As Steel

January 30, 2012


Southern California can get quite windy from time to time. This past Saturday through the Agua Dulce Canyon was no exception. As I made my way the grade, I was hit by a fierce headwind. Being shaped like a brick, the Jeep was rocked and buffeted the whole time.

What had me concerned the most was that I saw the hood slapping up and down. Most of the time it was chattering as if it got the cold shivers. But a few times I was hit by gusts of such force that I could see the rubber fasteners stretch a good distance then slam the hood back down with a loud thud. I was worried that another good gust like this might loosen a fastener and throw the hood back at the windshield.

Maybe I was freaked about something that was very unlikely, but just in case I pulled in behind a truck lumbering up the hill as a shield. Though the hood still chattered, it didn't pop up and slam down any longer. It made me wonder if a metal fastener would be better than a rubber one.

Am I too paranoid, or would you want metal too?

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler in VA is:

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