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Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR Cooler Recall For Fires

Chrysler recalls more than 34,000 Grand Cherokees after EGR coolers cause coolant leaks.

November 21, 2020 — A Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR cooler recall has been issued for 34,334 model year 2014-2019 SUVs equipped with 3-liter EcoDiesel engines.


The exhaust gas recirculation coolers may crack and allow pre-heated vaporized coolant to enter the EGR systems. This can occur while the engines are running, and combustion inside the intake manifolds can cause fires.


Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) didn't report how many engine compartment fires are blamed on the EGR coolers. But Chrysler says since October 26 there have been "119 customer assistance records, 6 field reports, and 1,478 warranty claims."


The automaker opened an internal investigation in September due to an increasing trend of engine compartment fires coming from the Jeep Grand Cherokee intake manifolds.


Pressure testing on a Canadian Grand Cherokee following a fire showed a leak in the step tube of the cooler, and diesel engineers confirmed the engine compartment fires were caused by EGR cooler leaks.


Engineers determined the EGR coolers can crack from "thermal fatigue," but Chrysler says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the EGR coolers.


FCA says production of the recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees began in December 2012 and ended in January 2019 based on 3.0L EcoDiesel engine assembly records.


A Grand Cherokee driver may notice coolant is missing but won't see leaked coolant on the ground, the heater may not work properly and a warning light may illuminate.


The U.S. Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR cooler recall includes 28,884 SUVs and a recall in Canada involves 5,450 Grand Cherokees.


Owners of 2014-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokees may be eligible for reimbursements if they paid for EGR cooler replacements.


Jeep dealerships will replace the Grand Cherokee EGR coolers with new coolers which FCA says are not prone to thermal fatigue and cracks. It's also possible the intake manifolds may be replaced.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR recall will begin December 31, 2020. Grand Cherokee owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and ask about reference number W79.


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November 12, 2020 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V699000
EGR Cooler May Crack Internally

Combustion in the intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V699000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 28,884

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel

engines. The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler may crack and allow pre-heated vaporized coolant to enter the EGR system. This mixture may combust inside the intake manifold.

Remedy

FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EGR cooler, free of charge. Dealers will also inspect and, as necessary, replace the intake manifold. The recall is expected to begin December 31, 2020. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is W79.
 

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Discussion Starter · #142 · (Edited)
Jeff S. Bartlett
Updated Wed, February 3, 2021




Jeep Wranglers from the 2018-2021 model years and Gladiators from the 2020-2021 model years with manual transmissions are being recalled because they could pose an increased fire risk and create road debris.

The problem is that the clutch pressure plate, used to transfer power from the engine to the transmission, could overheat and cause the clutch to fracture. Such a fracture could cause cracks or holes in the transmission case, allowing heated debris to be expelled.
In some circumstances, drivers may smell a burnt clutch odor before the failure.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep, is aware of one accident but no injuries related to this problem. A total of 42,887 vehicles are affected by this recall. Owners will be notified in mid-March.

The Details
Vehicles recalled: 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler SUVs annd 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks with a manual transmission.

The problem: Clutch components can overheat and fail.

The fix: Dealerships will update software to reduce engine torque capability when clutch assembly temperatures rise to a level that may damage the inner pressure plate.

How to contact the manufacturer: Stellantis/FCA customer service can be reached at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V028000. The Stellantis number for this recall is Y01.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.


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January 28, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V028000
Clutch Pressure Plate May Overheat
Overheated clutch components may increase the risk of a fire. Additionally, damage to other nearby components can result in debris falling onto the road or a loss of drive, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V028000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 42,887

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler and 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. The clutch pressure plate may overheat and fracture.

Remedy

FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will add software to reduce engine torque capability, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 19, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is Y01.
 

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February 1, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V037000
Master Cylinder Push Rod May Disconnect
A separated brake pedal can result in the driver being unable to apply the service brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V037000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 24

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2021 Ram 1500 Classic SLT trucks. Certain vehicles were built without the retaining clip that secures the master cylinder push rod to the brake pedal, which can cause the brake pedal to separate from the brake system.

Remedy

FCA US will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install the push rod clip, free of charge. NOTE: Owners are advised to not drive their vehicles until they receive instructions on the inspection and repair, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US number for this recall is Y04.
 

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According to the manufacturer, the dual-cab ute's front bumper may not be compliant with Australian Design Rules.



02/18/2020

Fiat Chrysler’s Australian division has recalled nine examples of its Jeep Gladiator ute, citing an issue with local regulation compliance.

The affected vehicles were sold between 1 June 2020 and 20 January 2021 (Model Years 2020-2021).

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The front bumper may not comply with Australian Design Rule (ADR) 92/00, it may not have a bumper closeout and tow hook cover.”

“If the front bumper does not have a closeout and tow hook cover, there is an increased risk of serious injury in the event of an accident,” the notice continues.

 

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Dodge Releases Muscle Car Theft Deterrent


Mar 23, 2021


But is this really enough?
Dodge muscle car theft has become so bad lately that the automaker has released a software upgrade designed to thwart criminals looking to swipe your ride. This comes hot on the heels of thieves stealing two Dodge Durango Hellcats from the factory, along with the many, many Dodges stolen across the nation, some even in broad daylight.

Still not convinced Dodge muscle car thefts are a problem? Watch this video right here and you will.
As we’ve shown in surveillance videos of Dodge muscle cars being stolen, thieves seem to have no serious problems with boosting them. This new upgrade allows the owner to use their four-digit security code to limit the engine speed to idle and cut output to just 3 horsepower, which is supposed to keep criminals from stealing the car.

According to Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO at Stellantis, this upgrade can be installed on 2015 and newer Dodge muscle cars. This is supposed to be a “double verification security system” which is also called dual authentication, a measure used to secure many online accounts today against hacking attempts. It would prevent thieves from capturing the radio signal emitted by a car’s key fob, a common way criminals boost modern vehicles with keyless ignition systems. In the official press release, Stellantis calls it “second-level vehicle security encryption” which runs through the Uconnect 4C system.

No doubt, Dodge has been dealing with an increasingly tarnished image with theft of its high-powered muscle cars seemingly getting only more popular. We’ve been covering this trend long before other sites since it hits our niche of the market particularly hard. And we’ll keep giving coverage to the trend, which hopefully will taper off.

This sounds like a nice idea, but only time will tell if it will work. Plus, you have to take your car to a Dodge dealership to have it installed, which should be a quick process. For now, the only cars which qualify for the upgrade are 2015 through 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines, as well as owners of 2019-2021 Scat Packs equipped with 392-cu.-in HEMI V8 engines.

The software upgrade likely won’t be ready until sometime in the second quarter of 2021. In other words, you’ll have to hang tight for a few months.


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Dodge Announces New Security Feature for Charger and Challenger Muscle Cars

    • Second-level security offered for high-performance Dodge Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI® V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines
    • New Security Mode limits engines to idle speed
    • Four-digit secondary encryption protects against key-code-spoofing thieves
    • No-charge retroactive upgrade available for affected 2015-2021 model-year vehicles



March 22, 2021 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge today announced an automotive software upgrade designed to further thwart theft of Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI® V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines.

Using the Dodge owner’s four-digit security code, the enhanced deterrence feature limits the vehicle’s engine speed to idle (675 rpm) and helps prevent auto theft.

“Today, Dodge is launching a new owner-customized ‘double verification’ security system,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than 3 horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides.”

The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge’s Uconnect 4C infotainment system.

“More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States,” added Kuniskis. “For any car owner, it's terrible, it's a hassle and it's a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge ‘Brotherhood’ to know we’re taking quick action and covering their backs.”

At idle, these engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque. As a result, Dodge’s enhanced security measures have a secondary public safety benefit by preventing criminal police evasion and high-speed chases of stolen vehicles.

Double encryption has become common on consumer online accounts and adds a second layer of owner protection against vehicle theft.

The four-digit encryption code is designed to discourage key-code-spoofing thieves.

Dodge will continue to pursue other enhancements to vehicle-theft deterrence in order to protect owners’ investments.

Owners of 2015 through 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines, as well as owners of 2019-2021 Scat Packs equipped with 392-cu.-in HEMI V-8 engines, should contact their local Dodge dealer to schedule a free Security Mode installation appointment.

Dodge expects the new security feature to be available late in the second quarter of 2021.


Dodge to fix security issue allowing easy theft of Chargers, Challengers after 7 Action News report


Mar 23, 2021

After 7 Action News report and a call from the Motor City Police Chief, Dodge to fix security gap allowing easy thefts of Chargers and Challengers
 

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Ram recalls heavy-duty trucks for fire risk, tells owners to park outdoors

2021 pickup and chassis cab trucks have heater electrical relays that can short, overheat and in rare cases cause fires


March 23, 2021

The company that makes heavy-duty diesel Ram trucks is telling some owners to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine fire.

Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis is recalling just over 20,000 of the trucks mainly in the U.S. and Canada. The company says the 2021 pickup and chassis cab trucks have heater electrical relays that can short, overheat and in rare cases cause fires. The fires can start even if the engines are turned off.

The company says it knows of three fires but no injuries. None involved customer vehicles. The recalled trucks are equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines.

Stellantis is developing a repair. The recall is expected to start April 30.

Owners can call the company’s customer service line at (800) 853-1403 or check to see if their truck has been recalled at the United States Department of Transportation’s website.
 

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March 11, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V163000
Relay May Short and Cause Fire
A vehicle fire increases the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V163000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 19,214

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2021 Ram 2500, 3500, and 3500, 4500, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with a Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine. An electrical short may occur in the Solid State Intake Heater Grid Relay, which could result in a vehicle fire.

Remedy

Toe remedy your vehicle, your dealer will install a protective barrier on the relay, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is Y08.
 

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Our 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Is Off to a Rough Start


Mike Sutton
Fri, April 30, 2021




Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

10,000-Mile Update
There is little disagreement among our staff that our Jeep Gladiator Mojave is cool, what with its rugged swagger, removable top and doors, manual transmission, and impressive off-road credentials. "Is it $58K cool?" opined technical editor David Beard in the Gladiator's logbook. "No, not even close." That declaration may be a little premature considering our truck has only just crossed the quarter-way point of its 40,000-mile test, but it does illustrate that things have not gone as swimmingly as we had hoped for Jeep's 10Best-winning compact pickup.
Cool or not, our Gladiator has already earned a big demerit for spending a combined 29 days out of service to have its transmission replaced under warranty. Less than 1000 miles after its first scheduled service visit at 7600 miles—a $94 job consisting of an oil change, tire rotation, and various inspections—we returned to have the dealer diagnose a rattling from its clutch and a whining noise from the gearbox itself, particularly when in lower gears. Per a recent recall for certain manual-transmission Wranglers and Gladiators, Jeep HQ advised the dealer to replace the six-speed and inspect the clutch assembly. That inspection revealed multiple overheated sections on the clutch's pressure plate and excessive play in the dual-mass flywheel, both of which necessitated the replacement of the full assembly.
Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Thankfully, nothing failed catastrophically and caused a fire, which was the main concern of the recall. But the dealer did not yet have the tools needed to disassemble the transmission, so an investigative tear down could not be performed. Nor has the dealer yet received Jeep's latest software update, which addresses the recall issue by supposedly limiting the engine's torque if the clutch gets too hot again. We'll have that update installed as soon as it's available, but our Mojave's new drivetrain appears to be operating as it should for now.

The Gladiator's regular operation comes with its own share of issues, though. As we assumed when we configured our long-termer, its composition does not make it the best daily commuter or long-range highway traveler. For one, the Mojave is painfully slow, thanks in part to the peaky nature of its 3.6-liter gas V-6, which has to be thrashed to around 4000 rpm before it makes any meaningful grunt. Having to operate the clunky six-speed shifter and clutch pedal doesn't help matters, even though the entertaining novelty of a stick shift does suit a solid-axle Jeep's character. As some of us adapt to our truck's plodding nature better than others, logbook musings have questioned whether the Gladiator's available diesel V-6—which sadly both isn't offered on the Mojave trim and requires the optional eight-speed automatic—might have been a more livable setup.
Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Owing in part to its stick axles, big all-terrain tires, and blocky profile, the Mojave also came under fire for its susceptibility to crosswinds, which magnifies its already pronounced tendency to wander between lane lines. Along with the cacophony of wind and road noise that permeates our Jeep's cabin at speed (with the hardtop installed), "The driving experience is pretty atrocious," observed director of vehicle testing Dave VanderWerp on an extended road trip with his family, noting that he was regularly holding 45 degrees of steering input to prevent the Gladiator from leaving its lane. Beard concurred. "Heavy-duty trucks track with more precision." He's also a bit salty about the meager 4500-pound tow rating of our manual-Mojave model. Indeed, that's down from the automatic version's 6000-pound maximum and less than many soft-roading crossovers can tug. "Pulling a two-place (3500-pound) snowmobile trailer can be done, but it's far from enjoyable," he added.
We're also not enjoying how frequently we have to fill the Mojave's 22.0-gallon fuel tank. Despite regular adventures around Michigan and long-haul voyages to Virginia and Tennessee, our truck continues to average just 15 mpg—the same figure that it returned on our 75-mph highway test, which is a pitiful 8 mpg less than its EPA estimate. "This is the rare gas-powered car that gets better fuel economy in stop-and-go city driving than on the highway," noted VanderWerp.
Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver

But with 27,000 miles still to go in our test, we're far from ready to admit we botched our truck's configuration. Jeep's Desert-rated Gladiator still rides impressively well considering its antiquated suspension, even our largest drivers have found comfort in the Mojave trim's supportive front seats, and this big-tired pickup remains effortlessly cool, as many head-swiveling passersby continue to confirm. We can chalk up some of the frustrations with our truck to its stay thus far coinciding with Michigan's dreary cold-weather months, which many of us endure in a state of semi-hibernation. Once we can romp through the sand dunes in the summer sun and cruise along the lakeside with the top and doors off, we'll hopefully be a little more forgiving of the Gladiator's shortcomings.
Months in Fleet: 7 months Current Mileage: 12,976 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Fuel Tank Size 22.0 gal Observed Fuel Range: 330 miles
Service: $94 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $0

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Introduction
The unique physical makeup of the Jeep Gladiator gives it an undeniable cool factor. While four-door compact pickups are nothing new, there's only one that's based on the rolling anachronism that is the Jeep Wrangler, convertible top and all. The Gladiator even can be had with a feature that has almost completely disappeared from new pickups: a manual transmission. We immediately fell for its unusual charm and solid versatility, naming it to our 2020 10Best list upon its debut and largely agreeing it was the new small truck we'd want to own, despite a comparison test proving that it wasn't the best at its core mission.
It took a while to recruit a Gladiator for our long-term 40,000-mile test regimen, but that delay ultimately worked to our benefit. After the Gladiator's launch, a compelling new version was added to the lineup. Introduced earlier this year, the Mojave trim level sits alongside the burly Rubicon at the top of the Gladiator's model range and is the first of the Jeep brand's Desert Rated vehicles. Building on Jeep's familiar Trail Rated models that are fortified for conventional off-roading with stronger four-wheel-drive systems, skid plates, and upgraded tires, the Mojave is designed to excel in higher-speed off-road environments.
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Along with a reinforced frame, 33-inch-tall tires on 17-inch wheels, and slight increases to the Gladiator's wheelbase and track, the Mojave gains new 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass dampers, a 1.0-inch front suspension lift, and secondary Fox hydraulic front jounce dampers, which serve as additional heavy-duty, short-stroke shock absorbers that help prevent the suspension from bottoming out. While its Dana 44 axles are similar to the Rubicon's, the Mojave also features stronger front steering knuckles, a beefier rear axle housing, and a transfer case with a taller low-range ratio, 2.72:1 versus the Rubicon's 4.00:1. Model-specific front seats with additional side bolstering also are included.

Lacking the Rubicon's electronically locking front differential and disconnecting front anti-roll bar, the Mojave suffers a little when tackling mud holes and more technical off-road obstacles. But it does have a new Off Road Plus drive mode that dials back the traction control's intervention and sharpens the responses of the throttle and automatic transmission. For the 2021 model year, Off Road Plus also allows the Mojave's standard rear locking differential to be activated in 4HI mode. (The Rubicon's rear locker works only in 4LO.) Our truck does not have that ability at the moment, but Jeep says that it is working to make the feature a no-cost retrofit on 2020 models.
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

The 2020 Mojave carries the same $45,370 base price as the Rubicon. We opted for a rugged-looking coat of Gobi Clear Coat paint with black aluminum wheels and a black interior. The costliest option on our truck is the $1845 upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and an Alpine audio system. But we also splurged $1595 on leather upholstery, $1295 for a black three-piece removable hardtop, $1195 in LED exterior lights, and $1050 for protective rock-slider rails under the door sills.
Numerous smaller extras upped our truck's as-tested figure to $58,920, which is still less than pretty much every other Gladiator we've evaluated. Additional options include parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring ($895), a cargo management bundle with a bed-mounted power outlet and a lockable storage bin under the rear seat ($895), adaptive cruise control ($795), heaters for the steering wheel and front seats ($695), a roll-up tonneau cover ($595), a forward-facing trail camera ($595), a headliner for the hardtop ($555), keyless entry ($495), a spray-in bedliner ($495), a towing package and hitch ($350), all-weather floor mats ($165), and a tie-down strap for the fold-down windshield ($40).
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Our decision to pass on the Gladiator's newly optional EcoDiesel V-6 was easy because it's only available on 2021 Sport, Overland, and Rubicon models. Jeep deems the diesel's low-revving character to be less than ideal for the faster-paced action envisioned for the Mojave. What's more, the diesel can only be paired with the also-optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Notwithstanding the financial toll of that $6000 upgrade, there are those among us that believe on principle that hard-core Jeeps should only be fitted with stick shifts. For us, it was the Gladiator's standard 285-hp 3.6-liter gas V-6 and six-speed manual or nothing.
The big drawback of this configuration is that it reduces the truck's towing capacity. Whereas some models can tug up to 7650 pounds with the gas V-6, the Mojave's soft suspension limits it to 6000 pounds with the automatic. Opt for the manual, however, and that maximum falls to just 4500 pounds. Payload capacity is capped at 1200 pounds.
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

This is the first time we've had a Mojave at the test track—or, for that matter, a manual Gladiator of any type. But compared to the last Rubicon model equipped with the eight-speed automatic we evaluated, our 5175-pound long-termer weighs 83 fewer pounds. It takes a fair amount of work to reach the gas V-6's 4400-rpm torque peak, and the outright thrust it provides is merely adequate. Once our truck completed Jeep's short 300-mile break-in period, a brutal high-rpm clutch drop in 4HI launched it to 60 mph in a lazy 8.5 seconds—0.2 second slower than the Rubicon. Our truck trailed its sibling by the same amount (and 4 mph) through the quarter-mile, tripping the lights in 16.5 seconds at 82 mph. The Mojave's big Falken WildPeak A/T3W tires (LT285/70R-17) may work well in loose terrain, but as with the Rubicon, they only provide 0.72 g of grip on the skidpad. Stops from 70 mph take a long 197 feet.
Based on the action our Gladiator's already seen, its duty cycle will be an active one. Along with general commuting, it's towed a 3500-pound ski boat with no issue, visited our local off-road park, and traveled both north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and south to Virginia International Raceway. Drivers seem to agree that the Mojave's softly sprung suspension and long wheelbase allow it to ride more comfortably than other new solid-axle Jeeps. Its steering is vague, its handling is clumsy, and the manual's long throws and numb clutch pedal are anything but precise. But we anticipated as much. More important, this is simply an enjoyable machine to operate. "Super fun," "an authentic Jeep experience," and "the best way to drive a Gladiator" all grace our truck's early logbook entries.
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

However, commenters have also noted plenty of shortcomings, including the Mojave's dismal 15-mpg average fuel economy. While some drivers find it quieter inside than they expected, our Gladiator's 71 decibels of interior noise at 70 mph is loud enough to impair the functionality of its voice recognition system. Its pedals also are spaced rather far apart for heel-and-toe work, and there's no dead pedal to rest your left foot. In back, the shallow cargo box is not tall enough with the tonneau cover installed to accommodate even a moderately sized cooler.
And all drivers agree that the Mojave is painfully slow, especially on the highway. "One-hundred-percent throttle is needed to merge, to climb, to pass, to get anywhere," wrote staff editor Austin Irwin. Testing deputy director K.C. Colwell echoed that sentiment on his trek to VIR, adding that downshifting to fourth gear for long stretches at a time was the only way to make meaningful progress in the Appalachians. On level ground and with the manual in sixth gear, the Mojave required a staggering 24.3 seconds to complete the 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph passing tests. With many adventures and more than 35,000 miles to go in our test, we'll have plenty of opportunities to see if the Mojave's unique charms can outweigh its negatives.
Months in Fleet: 2 months Current Mileage: 4556 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 22.0 gal Observed Fuel Range: 330 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $0
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Dodge Durango Recall Issued For Missing Parts

More than 3,000 Durango SUVs recalled to inspect fasteners related to the side curtain airbags.

May 1, 2021 — Missing or loose parts on 2020-2021 Dodge Duranos have caused a recall of more than 3,000 SUVs, with 2,721 of those recalled in the U.S. and about 290 SUVs recalled in Canada.


Chrysler says 2020-2021 Dodge Durango side airbag curtain fasteners may be loose or missing, causing problems with the airbags when they deploy.


Chrysler says there are no defective parts because the Durango problem was caused during assembly when the SUVs were built with loose or missing C-pillar side curtain airbag fasteners.


The automaker learned of a problem in December 2020 when a 2021 Dodge Durango was brought into service for a noise/rattle complaint. Technicians found the SUV was missing the C-pillar side curtain airbag fastener.


This caused Chrysler (Stellantis) to open an investigation which revealed some Durangos may have been built with loose or missing fasteners.


The suspect period began on March 1, 2020, when the side curtain airbag C-pillar fasteners were first incorrectly torqued during production, through February 15, 2021, when torque operations were fixed.


As of April 15, 2021, Chrysler has received seven warranty claims, two field reports and no reports of crashes or injuries.


Dodge dealerships will inspect and possibly install the fasteners, ensuring they are tightened to specification.


The Dodge Durango recall is expected to begin June 11, 2021.


SUV owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and refer to recall reference number Y16.
 

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Fires Cause Recall of 2021 Jeep Cherokees

Nearly 19,000 model year 2021 Cherokees were equipped with defective transmission oil cooler hoses.

May 9, 2021 — A 2021 Jeep Cherokee recall of nearly 19,000 SUVs over a risk of fires from transmission fluid leaks. Stellantis (Chrysler) says fluid could leak from the transmission oil cooler rubber hoses which may not have been cured properly.


Chrysler opened an investigation in March due to a trend in engine fires caused by ruptured transmission oil cooler hoses in 2021 Jeep Cherokees.


The automaker learned a supplier (Yokohama) replaced a fuse for a water pump for the curing machine in November 2020. And Chrysler confirmed the failed transmission oil cooler hoses weren't cured properly and all the hoses had specific date/time stamps that matched the November 2020 supplier action.


The Jeep Cherokees were equipped with the defective hoses between January 19, 2021, and March 8, 2021.


The automaker says it isn't aware of any crashes or injuries caused by leaking hoses, but Chrysler didn't say how many fires are suspected.


As of April 20, 2021, Chrysler is aware of "four customer assistance records, 160 warranty claims, and seven field reports potentially related to this issue for all markets."


Jeep dealers will replace the transmission oil cooler hoses as described in the owner notification letters which will be mailed June 23, 2021.


Jeep Cherokee owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403. Chrysler's Jeep Cherokee recall reference number is Y18.
 
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