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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-8-2019 Last night, the GM-Trucks.com team were introduced to the new Jeep Gladiator at a media event in Massachusetts. We thought that the GM-Trucks.com membership might be interested in hearing and seeing a few things that we found notewothy. To begin, the meeting was standing room only. All of these media events are popular, but this one was a packed house. Media from the six New England states were in attendance along with writers from Car and Driver, Autoweek, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and CarTalk. In addition to the content managers from every major online shopping site (CarGurus, iSeeCars, BestRide etc) there were also radio and TV media in attendance, including the host of Chasing Classic Cars. Josh and I could not remember a more well-attended meeting. FCA sent Jim Morrison, VP of FCA and head of Ram North America, along with a posse of four product managers to dive deep on the Gladiator. Jeep isn't adding the Gladiator to the Wrangler line, this is a full-whammy new product line for Jeep and FCA. The most important thing we took from the meeting is that the Gladiator, although made in the same Toledo production facility as Wrangler, is not a Wrangler with a bed. Sure, it shares its styling, that is the whole point. However, there are major differences. Look closely and you will see that the grill is different. Jeep opened up the airflow slots to enable better cooling. More importantly, the suspension is not shared with the Wrangler, though the capabilities end up similar. Jeep's designers pointed to the similarities to the Ram 1500 that the Gladiator has. The Gladiator is more of a Ram 1500 in terms of suspension than it is a Wrangler (Their words). Jeep is making a six-speed manual transmission the standard offering. Every trim has the six-speed manual. The automatic is optional. Every Gladiator will come with Fox shocks standard, and electronically disconnecting front sway bars allow for greater articulation than other trucks in this class. As every Colorado ZR2 owner likes to point out, your truck is rubbish unless it has front and rear lockers. Yup, Gladiator checks that important box. Jeep's Gladiator doesn't just have rock rails to protect its cabin body area, it also has rock rails that protect the cargo bed area. Each side of the cargo bed can support 1/3 of the full weight of the truck when hung up on a rock. Every Gladiator also has a full-size spare up under the cargo area. The bed of the Gladiator is not full-size like in the Ram 1500 obviously. So Jeep designed a 45-degree opening for the tailgate that allows the Gladiator to haul sheet stock home from the home improvement palace. Jeep will offer the new Gladiator standard with an open-air soft-top built in Acton Mass. by Haartz Corporation (Same supplier to Chevy's Camaro, Porsche 911 Targa, and BMW Z4, among others). The specially-designed soft-top was designed for Jeep to be easy to clean but also rugged and long-lasting. The optional tonneau cover is made from the same material on the same line to give the Jeep a perfectly matching set. The two-piece hard-top is optional. All Gladiators have removable doors and a drop-down windscreen. The drivetrains of the Gladiator mirror the Wrangler's. Coming later this year is an all-new 3-liter turbo diesel engine option. Jeep is claiming that its long list of standard and optional off-road equipment makes its Gladiator the most capable off-road truck in America. We find it hard to argue that claim. The new Gladiator is in its second month of sales.
  2. Getting sued for emissions software. http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/05/24/us-says-fiat-chrysler-used-software-to-cheat-emissions-tests.html
  3. I just wanted to post up about the recent road trip we took from Clarksville,Tn to the Richmond,Va area. I rented a Uhaul trailer and loaded up the jeep and strapped everything down the day prior. Started our trip the next morning. Put tow haul on and went. I actually stayed in V4 mode for a bit on the drive. Quite surprised by this. The hills of Eastern Tn were not great on the truck. It definitely struggled on the long hills, kicking down gears and keeping it going at speed. Got an average of 12.4 MPG on the trip. It felt a lot less since it felt like I was filling up all the time. I have a black bear tune and used 89 on the entire trip. I think both of those things helped immensely. Starting out and merging the truck was screaming to get going and at those times I wished I had the 6.2, but honestly my 5.3 did fine just fine overall. Very happy with the way it performed. Transmission never got over 200. It did not like some of the traffic we encountered and it started to get hot, but stayed right around 190 during those times. The jeep was weighed at 4480 lbs plus whatever the trailer weighed in at. I was also loaded down in the bed and back seat with other gear. Just wanted to post up and let everyone know that the 5.3 is still a decent engine and the 6.2 is not always needed. Thanks all.
  4. rusty01

    XJ Beast!

    From the album: Summer fun!

    My other summer toy (and fall, winter spring as well!). 1994 XJ with 8" lift, 35" Baja's and locked in the rear. Thing is BEAST!
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