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.
October 22, 2007
While driving our Jeep Wrangler on the highway at about 70 mph last Friday night, there was a sudden drop in power. A red warning light lit up I didn't recognize the symbol at the time and the stability control system light began flashing. The engine didn't die, but there was obviously something wrong. Throttle response was sluggish and the engine was running rough.
I thought about pulling over immediately but decided to continue on about 8 miles. (Just to be safe, I keyed in the nearest Jeep dealership via the navigation system's "emergency" function.) After exiting the highway, I cracked the owner's manual to read about the mysterious red light. I learned that it was the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) warning light. The manual reads: "If a problem is detected while the engine is running, the light will either stay on or flash depending on the nature of the problem."
The manual's recommended solution? "Cycle the ignition key when the vehicle is safely and completely stopped."
It worked. After "rebooting" the Jeep, the ETC and stability control lights didn't come back on, and the Wrangler's engine was back to normal.
So far, the problem hasn't reoccurred. (I took the above photo this morning for illustrative purposes.)
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7818 miles
August 31, 2007
We just took our Wrangler to Moothart Chrysler/Jeep in Cerritos, CA for its 6k mile service. In addition to the standard oil and filter change, our dealer performed a host of inspections. This included adjusting tire pressure, chassis lube, and fluid top-off.
Normally we're not fond of being charged just for inspecting stuff but given the fact that we actually take our Jeep off-road quite a bit we were happy to have steering, driveline and suspension components checked.
No jacked up price here. The total bill came to $19.66!
Our only issue outside of the regular service was that some editors reported squeaking brakes. The problem is far from chronic and our tech said he could not duplicate the problem. Still, they deglazed the pads and applied some extra anti-squeak. We've used this dealership before and would happliy return.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 5,700 miles.