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If you’re like most people, you probably want to ensure that your vehicle runs durably for as long as possible. In the following sections, we’ll talk about how you can keep your Jeep Wrangler running smoothly for years to come.

Tip #1: Cut Back On The Miles

While this may seem like an obvious tip, it’s also an important one. If you want to make your Jeep Wrangler last longer then simply cut back on the amount of miles you drive it. Get creative and search for other ways to get around from time to time – bike, walk, or even start carpooling to work or school. It’s a golden rule: the less you drive, the longer your Wrangler is going to last. Chapman Jeep Henderson can tell you more about how to maintain your Jeep Wrangler.

Tip #2: Avoid “Hard” Miles

Whenever you’re driving your Jeep Wrangler, also do it a favor by driving gently. Try to imagine your vehicle as an extension of your own body – you wouldn’t want to cause damage to it, would you? What exactly are “hard” miles? These are basically miles in which you drove the vehicle very aggressively, often abruptly starting or stopping. A Jeep service in Las Vegas can definitely help your Jeep Wrangler last longer!

If the temperatures outside are freezing, allow your Jeep Wrangler to warm up for a few minutes. This will ensure that the oil adequately warms up and lubricates all essential components in your vehicle. Finally, if your Jeep Wrangler is new then make sure that you read the break-in recommendations that come in the owner’s service manual. Also, as a general rule of thumb, try to change your vehicle’s oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles.

Tip #3: Watch Out for Engine Warning Lights

In some cases, it is okay to drive your Jeep Wrangler with certain warning lights on. However, there are some engine warning lights that you simply CANNOT ignore. These include the engine oil light, the brake light, and the engine temperature gauge light. Driving only a few minutes with low oil pressure or excessively hot engine can cause detrimental and irreversible damage to occur to your Jeep Wrangler. Note that Jeep service coupons can help you save money when having your Jeep Wrangler serviced!

Driving around with your brake light on could mean not being able to stop in time and hitting the vehicle in front of you. Get into a habit of looking out for these engine-warning lights. If any of the serious ones happen to come on, don’t take any chances. Pull over at the next gas station and/or auto shop and figure out a way get the problem fixed. Otherwise, you’ll be paying thousands on an engine rebuild.

Tip #4: Do Regular Maintenance

Finally, make sure that you are regularly maintaining your Jeep Wrangler. Develop your own maintenance interval schedule and make sure that you stick to it! Otherwise, as sad as it may sound, your vehicle may be on its way to an early grave. Make sure that you change out your air filter, fuel filter, and oil every few thousand miles. By following these simple and effective tips, you’ll ensure that your Jeep Wrangler runs smoothly for years to come.

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The Toledo-constructed Jeep Cherokee was awarded a spot in Japan’s “Top 10 New Cars” list. The reason why this is significant is because it’s the first time the Japanese have voted an American-made vehicle onto this list. This annual automotive award is considered a prestigious honor in Japan, so it’s safe to say that the inclusion of the Jeep Cherokee is a major milestone for the company. The Cherokee snagged the eighth spot on the list, and after all was said and done, it was the only American-made vehicle on the top 10.

Although Japan happens to contain the third largest automotive market in the world, the majority of Japanese are strictly dedicated to their domestic brands. This is why it was rather surprising when the Jeep Cherokee made it onto the list in such elegant fashion. According to official data from the JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), about 6 percent of the 4 million or so new vehicles sold in the country over the course of nine months were from companies that were not based in Japan. Visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep to learn more about the Cherokee.

Yet, Jeep is still making huge strides in the Japanese community. It remains as the top-selling U.S. brand in the country, which is largely attributed to the launch of the Cherokee, which became available to the public in May of 2014. The Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Complex is where the Cherokee is produced exclusively. The vehicle is sold in more than 100 countries all around the world, and Jeep even has plans of extending their reach to over 150 countries. Just for comparison, the Jeep Liberty was only sold in only 60 countries.

There’s reason to believe that global expansion of the Jeep Cherokee is certainly possible, especially with the dramatic success being experienced in Japan. Through September of 2014, Jeep had sold about 750,000 vehicles all around the world. This was a 40 percent increase compared to the exact same point during the previous year. By the year 2018, the company expects to have sold 2 million vehicles.

Japan wasn’t the only place where the Jeep Cherokee experienced success. When the Cherokee was launched in the U.S. last fall, it was an instant success. Nearly 128,000 Cherokees were sold in the U.S. through September, surpassing many of the analyses made by various experts in the automotive industry. The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada also gave the Jeep Cherokee two prominent accolades, one of which included honors as the 2014 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The 2014 Cherokee offers a roomy interior, and it’s clear that Jeep did a good job at making passenger space a top priority. The vehicle also offers an abundance of cargo room – more so when the rear seats are folded. This small, five-passenger vehicle is reliable in every way, which is probably why it has made such a long-lasting and dramatic impact for the people of Japan in the year 2014.

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is looking to position itself at the top of its class, and the company has gone to great lengths to make sure that it will soon supplant the Accord for supremacy of the mid-sized sedan market. One of the biggest areas of focus by Chrysler has been the safety features, something that the Accord has been known for for years and presents an opportunity for the new model to really show what it can do.

That’s why it’s such a great step to see it earning a five-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Understanding what that means involves knowing what it is that is being tested. While consumers take these ratings very seriously, most don’t know what they mean or are meant to signify.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 received a five-star rating in safety for frontal collisions, side impacts simulating a two-car collision, and side impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole. These are the three most common types of crash that people see on the road, so designing a car to be able to withstand them puts you and your passengers in the best possible position in an accident.

A five-star rating from the NHTSA doesn’t stand alone, though. It is indicative of a pattern of such safety awards, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Part of how Chrysler has achieved this level of safety is by careful design choices and advanced technology to make driving safer. For example, about 65 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body structure is made of hot-stamped, high-strength, advanced boron steels, making it much more resistant to impacts.

Another thing that has made this a much safer car is the inclusion of over 60 safety features, which is the most in its class.

Many of the safety features involved are the cutting edge of automobile technology, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, which helps reduce the likelihood of rear end impact with other cars on the road by employing both warnings and autonomous braking, which can slow or bring the car to a full stop to avoid running into something. This, along with many of the other features, combine both camera and radar technology, which is a first for cars in this class.

There are a number of other fantastic features as well such as the Electronic Park Break with SafeHold, which engages the parking brake when the driver’s seatbelt is undone, the door is open, and the car is in a forward or reverse gear to avoid rollaways. Other features like ParkSense rear backup sensors, ParkView rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and LATCH child-seat anchors all contribute to making this one of the safest cars around.

To test drive a Chrysler 200 and check out the many innovative safety features, stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Chrysler 200 takes on the Honda Accord

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Honda has been pretty secure for a number of years that they can count on brand knowledge and cultural association to keep the Accord on top of everybody’s list for a mid-sized sedan. That makes sense since they’ve done an excellent job of keeping that model current with the times. That being said, other companies are finally starting to find ways to compete with Honda on their home turf, so to speak.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is one such contender and it’s positioned to be a real threat to the Accord’s supremacy. Last year’s model was not particularly impressive in any way, but Chrysler seems to have taken the hint and made a number of improvements that actually makes it quite the competition this year if Honda doesn’t drop any major bombshells. If you want to find a Chrysler for you, head to Chapman Chrysler.

Fuel Economy

Perhaps the top thing on most people’s mind these days is fuel economy, and sedans have been looking for a way to clock better miles to the gallon without having to necessarily create hybrids for a while now. The Accord does have two hybrid editions, but let’s ignore those for the moment and focus on the gas powered autos to make it fair.

The 200 is running a 184-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, while the Accord runs on a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. They transmissions make a difference, with the 200 featuring a class-leading 9-speed automatic, while the Accord uses a jerky, continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Chrysler 200 gets a respectable 36mpg on the highway and 23mpg in the city: If you want to get the best fuel economy, find a Chrysler 200 for sale, and you will not regret your decision.

Technology

This is where the 200 gets to shine. While the Accord has always been in front of the pack as far as tech goes, it seems that Chrysler has made the effort to kit this new car out with the best stuff available without overdoing it.

Starting with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with available Uconect, the 200 also features SiriusXM® Satellite Radio+ with one year of service included, integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a media hub with compatible mobile device integration and more. And packaged with available Smart Remote Start, blind spot monitoring and advanced all-wheel drive, the 200 is clearly technologically more advanced than the Accord. Plus the 200 also features a panoramic sunroof, an available automated parallel-parking system, rain-sensing wipers, and a lane-keeping system in case you start to drift.

Overall Value

The 200 has the best overall value between it and the Accord: If you’re looking for the latest gizmos to fill out your driving experience, you’re much better off with the 200. Unless you want to pay 10k more for the same amenities, luxury and power, stick with the Chrysler 200.

Speculations for the 2017 Wrangler

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How do you successfully evolve what is considered the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, the Jeep Wrangler, without upsetting loyalists and new customers alike? The Wrangler has maintained its separate body and frame as well as live axles since the days of the Willys, being the closest decedent on the market. Jeep has evolved most of their other vehicles but has stayed hands off with the Wrangler. And while enthusiasts may not like it, the Wrangler will have to undergo changes sooner verses later.  There has been much speculation that the evolution in the near future is to insure the cars survival with today’s consumers.  The major reason for these changes is increasing fuel economy and efficiency; while not much of a thought before, fuel economy is becoming a driving factor for purchasers. Increasing fuel economy means the Wrangler must shed some weight and feature a new, smaller (and potentially turbo) engine under the hood. Following recent trends, Fiat Chrysler may fashion a unibody platform out of aluminum vs. using a traditional full frame. Reducing weight and cost with a unibody chassis benefits both Chrysler along with Jeep owners looking for a lighter vehicle. Most likely Chrysler will be building this frame out of ultra-light aluminum and high strength steel although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

Other changes may include the elimination of outdated solid axles on the suspension and replacing it with an IFS suspension, allowing the Wrangler to handle bumps better as well as have solid off road handling without lowering speed articulation. Diesel aficionados will be happy to learn that there is a chance a diesel Wrangler is in the offing, especially after the success of both Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.  Whether you like the fold down windshield, or hate the curved frame look when folded down, there is a good chance it will be removed for the 2017 model. Some fear that the new Wrangler will not have a removable top, but this has not been confirmed in either.

While speculations are running wild for the future of the Jeep Wrangler, only time will tell what Chrysler officially decides to do with the iconic vehicle. We hope to see improvements in efficiency and technology without sacrificing look or handling. Stay connected with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for updated Jeep news, or stop in to look at current and used models.

Speculations and information found on Four Wheeler Network.