October 2007 Mailbag - Jp Letters to the EditorPosted in Project Vehicles on October 1, 2007 Comment (0)
I am letting you know that I have been a subscriber for several years, and the content of this magazine is constantly in the gutter. I couldn't let my 2-year-old son look at it because of pictures of Bree. You definitely don't do enough hard-core trail action with Libertys and Commanders. Hopefully, the new Compass will get more exposure in your magazine. I opened my mailbox and there was my subscription notice, so I went ahead and subscribed for three more years. You guys do a great job! This is the only magazine that I really look forward to getting. My son also enjoys the pictures. You can't make everyone happy, but I appreciate what you guys do put out.Matt ShifferlyVia e-mail
I think you were getting defensive with those environmentalist wackos (Trail Head, May '07) when you should be going on the offensive. As the proud owner of three Jeeps (two working, one semiworking), I feel we need to promote the wonderful benefits of owning these fine vehicles to those poor, misguided folks. Here's how to explain things when they make dumb comments like:
* "Jeeps use a lot of gas." Yes! This means the oil companies need to pump a lot of that nasty crude oil out of the ground, thereby helping to keep it away from those pristine aquifers and thus protecting our drinking water.
* "Those gas emissions contribute to global warming." Fantastic! Global warming will relieve overcrowding in retirement places like Arizona and Florida. Baby boomers can then retire to places like Boise, Idaho, and Duluth, Minnesota, to enjoy many months of warm weather in the great outdoors.
*"Fools! Those Jeeps are creating greenhouse gases!" Great! Last time I checked, greenhouses offer places where you can grow good things to eat all year. So those folks living in Boise and Duluth can grow coconuts and bananas in their own backyards.
See? If you explain it the right way, all those enviro-freaks will want to go out and buy Jeeps to benefit our planet. "Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. La, la, la, la . . ."John TaorminaVia e-mail
How come you guys don't feature many Grand Cherokees? I'm sure there are many people wheeling them. I own a ZJ. It is my daily driver, and I recently bought a 4.5-inch lift kit for it. If you wanted a four-door wheeling Jeep for the family before the JK Unlimited came around, the only thing that people could turn to was the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee, so how about a little appreciation?Hector HerreraSalt Lake City, Utah
Did you check out the "Grand Master Flex" feature in the Sept. '07 issue or "Plush-Master-G" Grand Cherokee buyer's guide in the June '07 issue? Or how about the Grand Cherokee conversion ("Part Time," page 72) in this issue?
I was eager to open the October '06 issue of Jp, but I stopped my initial browsing at a photo of the Gladiator concept truck and article on the future of diesel engines (Trail Head). I read through, expecting to be enlightened by the wisdom of Jeep experts along with exciting news about the coming of the CRD. Instead, I found comments about heavy engines with no practical use in a Jeep.
I recently took my first Rubicon Trail trip during the '06 Jeeper's Jamboree, where I witnessed hundreds of Jeeps revving up and stalling out simply in an effort to climb the rocks. Our 4.0L spent several days below 2,500 rpm, while much of the rockclimbing was done below 1,500 rpm. I have some knowledge of diesel engines, and I believe that we could've idled through most of the trail with the low-end torque of a diesel. I happened to meet a YJ owner who had installed a Frito-Lay truck four-cylinder diesel, and his report of the trail confirmed my thoughts-diesels idle and don't stall.
The Jp article stated that diesels don't do much in the mud and sand, but we're talking about Jeeps and not those overgrown, overhorsepowered, suburban pickups that can't fit on the truly challenging trail. I believe that you bozos will have to eat your words in the future when the diesel is king of the trail, especially once I take over as the new Jp editor and return you poop-throwing primates to thejungle, where your intellectual abilities are better suited for eating bugs out of each other's fur.Stephen KutchkoBerkeley, California
Hey, easy there. I keep my fur pretty clean, Christian is bald, and Pete, well, I wouldn't eat anything off of him.
Yep, a diesel will out-idle a gas engine, hands down. This is perfect on a boulder-strewn trail, where low-rpm torque is king. However, most of our Jeeps spend time on the road, where that particular diesel wouldn't be quite as fun.
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