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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Oregon Road Trip Oil Change

January 20, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

We were a mere 10 minutes or so into a 12-hour-or-so journey to Bend, Oregon, when our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited's trip computer alerted me I should change its oil soon. Great, perfect timing. Looks like I would be visiting an Oregonian Jeep dealer.

Sure enough, somewhere in the middle of nowhere on Highway 97 just south of Bend, the trip computer alerted me that an oil change was now required. Alrighty then, hold your horses. Three days and minimal driving later, I dropped the Cherokee off in the oil change express section of Smolich Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Bend. No appointment necessary.

Service advisor Lindsay Fetcho processed me and the Jeep quickly, and after less than a half hour I was back under way. Sure, it was Tuesday morning, 9 degrees outside and in no way busy, but the expediency was appreciated even if I can think of worse things than hanging around Dodge Challengers in a showroom. 

For $39.95, they put six quarts of 5W20J synthetic in and replaced the filter. As this was its first service, they also performed a 16-point free vehicle inspection and found nothing. Very reassuring when you're 822 miles away from home.

So although you only have one choice for your Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealer in Bend,  Smolich Motors seems to do a good job.  

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James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,403 miles


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