2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: The Sharp Parts

November 30, 2011


Nuts. Bolts. Clips. Welds. Spin-y bits.

Look at the bottom of almost any modern car and you'll see the miracle of packaging at work from the drive train to the fuel system to the exhaust. Or not.

It's a shame, because most of that highly engineering parts stuffing is hidden behind smooth under-body paneling or splash guards. The stuff that makes a car, or a truck, move is increasingly hidden from view. So you'll forgive me for noticing the Jeep's sharp stuff.

See that? That's the transfer case, just hanging out there. I guess when the shiny side of the Jeep resembles a barn door, there's not much point in improving under-body aerodynamics, is there?

And this? That's the front differential. With the addition of our bigger wheels and tires, you should be able to get a little better view of all this mechanical stuff on the road.


Am I the only one that finds moving parts mesmerizing?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 5,402 miles

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

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