Question about 4wd
Hi everyone. I'll try and make this as short as possible.
I live in Ohio and travel daily through the snowbelt to work. Back in November I needed a new vehicle and wanted something with 4WD and ended up getting a 2007 Jeep Commander. It got me through some of the worst snowstorms I've seen and surpassed my expectations.
I'm not 100% sure what model I have but if I had to guess, I would say it's the absolute base model, (doesn't even have factory fog lights.) It has a 3.7L v6 engine with automatic 4WD and 17" offroading tires. The dealer told me it would be perfect for winter driving, and after a test drive I was sold.
Now that the warmer weather has started to come back I've gotten an urge to go offroading. Someone I work with told me that the model commander I have can't go offroading but I should check the manual just to be sure. I looked at the manual and sure enough it says that the vehicle shouldn't be driven in conditions that require 4WD low range.
The place that most of my co-workers go offroading has different levels of trails and I was told that I could probably run most of the stock trails with my jeep, but after looking at a few videos online, it seems that 4-Lo may be required on some of the trails and I was wondering if I would still be ok to run the stock trails or if I should just scrap the whole idea entirely?
Now I should end this with a few afterthoughts. First being: most of the stock trails, from what I've seen on youtube videos, people can drive through the slightly deeper than normal mud puddles or go around them. I would have some offroading experience, but not what I want.
Second: My wife has agreed to trade her car in, we needed to anyway so it's not like she's being pressured, for a jeep wrangler. The idea is to give her the commander and I take the wrangler. Speaking of which, I'm out the door soon to go test drive some more, any input on this would be greatly appreciated as I do not want to royally **** my jeep and the 4WD.