Originally Posted by mikey
1. The mileage averages 14 mpg vs advertized 15 city/19 hwy - horrible.
I had SUV's since 1983 Grand Wagoner followed by 2 Exporers and 2 full size 2001 Montero. '83 Wagoneer did 12 city 17 hwy exceeding this car by 3mpg.
2. Since the gas tank is bearly 20 gallons you'll have to stop for gas before you say oh, *#$%. From the moment you drive from the gas station, the needle plummets. If you do 250 miles on a tank of gas you're lucky. I was doing 380 on Montero on hwy and 300 in city. My mileage never differed from advertized figures by more than +/- 1mpg, thus it ain't my driving habits in case you wondered.
3. My wife is 5'-7" and the only thing she could see upfront is a dash - the road is not visible. The passenger seat is too low and the height is not adjustable (not even on Limited). She said she might as well ride in the trunk. The girls with height lower than her won't even see top of the dash.
4. The seat heater is a total screw-up. While Montero's heaters had 2 settings - hi and lo, either being comfortable. There is only one setting on Jeep and in 5 minutes it will burn the skin right off your ass.
I am getting all the compliments from people on awesome looking truck and my wife is calling me crazy.
#1#2 Hopefully your MPG will improve with more miles. Keep in mind this is a V-8 pulling around a 5000lb vehicle and its ALL WHEEL DRIVE (assuming you got the 4x4 model), all the time. Ours got right around 15.8 mpg on our first 2 tank fulls..this was during our road trip,,,speeds varried from 65 mph to 80 mph and we were driving through wind gusts of 25 to 45 mph on both days. I cant explain why yours mileage is so bad but I'd give it time. Everyone should be an informed consumer. As an informed consumer, you would know that these days sticker mpg figures are B.S. They are calculated under very controlled conditions and at an "optimum" speed. I personally believe they are even slightly padded to help sell the vehicles in this current world of 2 + dollars a gallon gas. So when I look at the vehicle mpg sticker ratings, I deduct a few mpg for "real world" conditions to get the actual figures. Also, were any of your past vehicles v-8s, weigh 5000lbs or have full time 4 wheel drive? If yur milage is still very poor after you get some miles on the vehicle, I'd guess theres something wrong and I would have it checked out.
As for the fuel tank size.... they can only do so much with the size of the gas tank. 20 gallons is a bit too smal IMO but, in comparison, my truck's (F-150 4x4) gas tank is only 24 gallons. This is a feature that is easy to find out...then you do some simple math and you'll know, before you buy the vehicle, approx how far you can go on a tank of gas. Again, this is something you should take into consideration BEFORE you buy your vehicle? I know I did, and it was something I decided I could live with. GEEZ I cant believe anyone would complain about this AFTER they buy the vehicle...you have every chance to think about these things BEFORE you purchase.
#3 My wife is 5'3"..she has no compaints about the front seat. I noticed this the first time I rode in the passenger seat..during one of our 3 test drives. I asked my wife to pay close attention to it when she was in the passenger seat (during our test drives) she said it didnt bother her at all. If you read your manual you'll know why the seat is where it is and why you cant adjust the height. They put the seat at this level for a PARTICULAR reason. Its because of the airbag and safety restraint system. If the seat is any higher than this it would cause problems with the restraint system working in the way it was designed to work. In other words....This thing has passenger side airbags and knee bolsters that are designed to work best with the passenger seat at that particular height. One question I have is....did you guys test drive a Commander before you purchased? You and your wife would have realised immediately that the seat was low..maybe too low for her liking and that there was no adjustment for height. Before your wife relagates herself to riding in a trunk...have her check out the back seat of the Commander..The 'Command View" stadium seating will give her a much better view of the road than any trunk...or even the passenger front seat in this case. LOL!!
#4..allready been touched on.. I think there are two settings for all the trim levels for the Jeep heated seats..I know oours has high and low, yours should to. (according to the owners manual, which is a pretty handy tool for a vehicle with this many features...)When you select high, the heat is boosted for a few minutes so it gets hot fast. Then it seettles down to normal high mode. Low heat is just that..low heat. Its alot more comfy in the low setting on not so cold days...did you read your ownwers manual? Did your salesman go over your all your features when you took delivery?
Good luck to you. I hope your ownership experience gets better...or you can always trade it in.