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Our Adventuremobile

Meet our Adventuremobile, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. We picked up the Jeep back in March 2016, with a little over 50,000 miles. For what we were getting, it was a steal... or so we thought, we're still finding problems a year later. Those problems haven't prevented us from taking this vehicle to some [...]
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The Wrangler is back with a new heart

Project Wrangler is back, complete with a new factory-built engine banging away quietly under the hood. My Jeep has a new heart. After almost three weeks of extensive engine repairs, Fiat Chrysler had finally authorized the new engine. Within days of receiving authorization, I had my Jeep back. No more ticking, tocking or knocking, just […]

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Is the Wrangler dead? Repairs threaten project’s future

No, the Wrangler isn’t dead, at least not yet, but Project Wrangler is on hold. It’ll stay in a state of suspended animation until I get my Jeep back from the dealer. The last two weeks it has undergone extensive engine repairs, thankfully all under warranty. The dealership has been great so far, but it’s a slow process […]

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The dreaded Pentastar tick makes a ruthless return

In late February 2017, I parked my Jeep at the dealer’s lot for the second time in three months. The tick, tick, tick of my Wrangler’s ill-fated Pentastar was back and louder than ever. Earlier in the week, I’d felt the engine shudder and heard the faint but familiar ticking fill the cabin. The dreaded […]

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How much did we accomplish? Project Wrangler 2016

My Wrangler has changed quite a bit since we first drove it off the lot back in March 2016. Costly maintenance put a damper in my plans for a small lift, bigger tires, steel bumpers and a roof rack. Countless trips to the dealership and mechanics revealed a laundry list of repairs. Some of the repairs […]

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10 roadtrip essentials I never leave without

Coulda-woulda-shoulda packed that. I can’t count the number of times I’ve found myself saying something like, “If only I had packed the (blank) we wouldn’t be in this mess.” I’ve said it time and time again, having the right gear on hand can make a huge difference. It might not make a difference every time […]

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