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Jeep sales are down. They're way down, in fact, posting a 44-percent drop in their daily sales rate last month. Though the larger 'utes are really dragging down sales, even the once-untouchable Wranger has been feeling the sting of escalating fuel prices, as its blocky shape and 3.8-liter V6 engine conspire to deliver awful fuel mileage. Also selling rather slowly are the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro, which are assembled at the same plant in Northwest-Ohio. In an effort to save costs, Chrysler officials are considering reducing the work-week at the Toledo plant from the normal five days down to four and allowing its workers to stay on for ten-hour shifts. While that total still equals the forty-hours from a five-day, eight-hour per day work-week, Chrysler believes it can save on energy and fuel costs by shuttering the plant for an extra day.

[Source: 13abc.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I own one of the 4-door "Wrangers" and get up to 24 mpg on the highway. That is on par with other vehicles of a similar size and weight and can hardly be considered "horrible".
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell is a Wranger?

      ...even the once-untouchable Wranger ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 08 Wrangler Unlimited that exceeds my expectations. It is my daily driver and averages 14-16 mpg during the week around town. Since I live so close to work I only burn about a quarter tank of gas each week.

      Out on the highway/interstate it beats the EPA sticker. I always average above 20...most of the time 22-24 mpg, depending on speed and wind conditions.

      It is off the chart as far as smg (smiles per gallon). It is the only vehicle I've ever had that I can take the top and doors off and hit the beach or the trails. Can't beat that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want a Patriot Diesel. 36 mpg with 138 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque, sounds like it would be more adequate to back up the thing's Trail Rated badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.mpgomatic.com/2008/03/15/35-mpg-why-wait-until-2020/

      VM2.8Lcrd wrangler gets approx US 18 city, 28 highway, 23 combined.

      http://www.jeep.co.uk/wrangler/specs.html
      The Wrangler sport VM 2.8L crd 174 hp 302 lb-ft / 410Nm 2000-2600 manual trans
      UK MPG (L/100) = city 22.2 (12.7), combined 28.5 (9.9), highway 34 (8.3)

      Wrangler crd 4dr automatic, same combined, city 22.4 (12.6), highway 33.6 (8.4)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Jeep could find a way to get a Wrangler Unlimited to 20/25 mpg I would buy one. Probably not physically possible but that is what it would take for me to pull the trigger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's easily possible. The Wrangler only needs torque to do what it does, not horsepower. And it doesn't need to be so heavy. Chrysler could easily pair a four cylinder motor with the right transmission (needs a good low end and high OD) and get the best of both worlds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeep needs to bring back the 4 cylinder Wrangler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I used to create Jeep advertising and that is the WORST series of Jeep print ads ever...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look for more fuel efficient engines in 2010

      4.0v6

      2.8 Diesel (Maybe)

      Possible preproduction at EJS 2009
      • 6 Years Ago
      The least Chrysler could do would be to pair the 4.0L V6 with the new 6 speed auto, that should at least improve performance and probably help economy by about 1 or 2 mpg. A worthwhile investment, why haven't they done it already? Doesn't it fit?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's not all that uncommon. Flint Assembly used to (still does?) run the same arrangement. Though, they would use it to run two shifts every day (three, one alternated) and keep production up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler should sell the diesel Jeep models here in the US that they build in Toledo for export only.

      Sadly, the execs at Chrysler seem to cling to the idea that if it isn't 50 State compliant then there's no market for a diesel Jeep. They are losing a lot of sales based on that false idea.

      I'd be at a Jeep dealer tomorrow if they were selling diesel Wranglers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto!

        It's so freaking insane they don't offer one. If I recall, the Liberty had no problem selling the short run of CRD's that were made for it.

        The crazy part is they are ALREADY making them for export. It's not like they would need to redesign a plant to produce them....
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toledo Guy,
        You can't compare the diesel to the V6. Those needing the diesel torque would be looking into hemi's or the 4.7, not the V6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great idea!

      And might I recommend they dedicate every Monday as "Build a Friggin' Diesel Wrangler" Day!

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