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Dispatch - November 2014

Posted in News on October 23, 2014
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Jeep News & Rumors
• Looks like we’ve got a recall on our hands for ’06-’07 Commanders and ’05-’07 Grand Cherokees. It’s an ignition switch issue, claiming that a knee could bump the ignition key and cause the engine to stall and front airbags not to work.

• Dropping the top on your Jeep? Experian Automotive says that’s because you’re more educated and affluent. According to an analysis it performed, it found that more than 50 percent of convertible buyers tend to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 19 percent had an average household income of more than $175,000. Also, most convertibles registered in the first quarter of 2014 were in California or Florida, although Texas, New York, and Illinois made the rest of the top five.

• Watch for the engine stop-start to become standard equipment on the ’15 Cherokee. dug up a study by J.D. Power from 2013 that found Jeeps and Rams see 30.2 and 31 percent of off-road use, with the brand coming in at 29.5 percent being Subaru. The findings further revealed that 34.7 percent of Outbacks are on unpaved roads, with the Grand Cherokee coming in next at 21.1 percent. Rectify this, people.

Jeep Hood Decals from Mopar
Mopar has created a way for you to either make your hood cool or cheesy, depending on whether you see that glass half full or half empty while wearing rose-colored glasses—or something. Anyway, the custom hood decals are essentially preconfigured maps of popular trails like Hell’s Revenge in Moab or the Rubicon, or you can make your own topographical elevation or street level graphics. The decals are constructed from 3M films and have a three-year warranty against fading or manufacturer defect. Just go to the online tool at and pick a decal/design, trail, or zip code, and then a part number and special design code is provided, which you then take to the dealership to order. The decal starts around $295 and are an exact fit for ’07-’15 Wranglers, ’14-’15 Cherokees, and ’11-’15 Grand Cherokees.

Jeep—Most Patriotic?
Brand Keys did a survey to determine the iconic American brands, and in 2014, Jeep ranked number one, same as it did in 2013. Seems they asked consumers what was considered patriotic, things that symbolize America. Also making the list of top 50 were Ford (No. 5), Budweiser (No. 12), Facebook (No. 16), and Craftsman Tools (No. 20).

Auto Graphs
• Research done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that people like the idea of driverless vehicles, but still think humans will be better drivers than technology. More than 70 percent believed there would be fewer crashes and better fuel economy.

• Michigan must be busy automotive-ing everything: August 2014 was named Automotive Heritage Month in the state.

• Apparently things are getting heated between Ford and Ram over max tow ratings and whether the F-450’s is higher than the Ram 3500’s. And word is Ford is talking lawsuit if Ram doesn’t concede.

• Get the movie Need for Speed if you missed it in theaters. Your home-viewing experience will have some awesome bonus stuff, like a mini-documentary on how they did the crazy-cool car stunts.

• The ’15 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra (and Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali) get a new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. It will weigh about the same and be similar in size to the 6L80 six-speed.

• BASF has predicted the likeliest hot auto colors for the 2018 model year: a light blue, a rich orange, a soft green, a dark silver, and a brownish color. Why? In BASF’s report Under the Radar, “a new level of normality is coming as North America bounces back from the recession and society embraces the unpretentious beauty of the ‘flyover states.’” Globally, watch for more bright colors and warm-influenced colors in new metal effects.

• Is the UK thinking of allowing police to take away the phone of anyone involved in a traffic accident while they determine whether that was the cause?

• Gen Y are now counting for more new-vehicle sales than Gen X. Gen Y covers those born 1977-1994. Gen X is 1965-1976. The Boomers are still the biggest group though; the ones born 1946-1964 were 40 percent of the market in 2013. This, according to J.D. Power.

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“Will not be buying a Jeep now as this whole thing was a scam.”
—A participant in a Jeep Australian affiliate’s Jeep Remote Dealership promotion, according to Automotive News. It involved a majorly discounted Jeep to the first 10 people who not only downloaded a special app and called a secret phone number, but then found an undisclosed location through which to buy the Jeep. Trouble is, the phone number leaked online hours ahead of time.

Industry News
• Expect Brembo to construct a new cast-iron foundry in Michigan.

• The KYB Strut-Plus lineup has expanded.

• NHTSA may change tire ID numbers. One of the tweaks would be to standardize the length to 13 numbers. Right now, there are various lengths. Retread tires would go to seven numbers.

• Rancho is officially in a sponsorship of Tread Lightly!.

• AC Delco has a new battery catalog. You can peruse it at You can do side-by-side comparos, learn reset procedures, do parts searching, and more.

• W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company—maker of pocketknives and such sharp objects—turned 125 years old in 2014. Its parent company is Zippo.

• Bosch has a new website called —it’s meant for diesel-vehicle owners and has all sorts of tech and Q&A to help educate.

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“It had been in the shed for a few years, and I had stuff in front of it and on it. Ironically enough, I just got a new battery for it, and I was going to get it driving again. It just disappeared—it was absolutely gut-wrenching.”
—From the Brentwood Gazette out of the UK. Peter Greenwood’s WWII Willys was stolen; he had owned it for around 30 years.

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