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Unread 02-28-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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Long distance trip?

So I plan on taking my 1991 Jeep Cherokee from Wisconsin to Michigan in a few months about a 365mi trip one way, 730mi total. I think it can make it easily but what do you guys think? Any reasons I shouldn't? I'm letting my brother borrow my 2002 Blazer atm so I don't have access to my long distance vehicle right now(that also has 130,000mi). Sure I could take it back from him but I really don't want him to drive my Jeep since it doesn't have Full Coverage Insurance on it and I wouldn't want have to find another if he smashed it.

Also : Out of curiosity, hypothetical situation... Do you think it could make it from WI to Florida and back without incident? lol. Me and my girlfriend are also planning a road trip to Florida in May. We'll probably do a rental car but it's just hypothetical once again.

Truck, as far as I could tell in 2009, was well taken care of from the previous owner. Has 153,000 miles on it. I did a transmission flush/gasket change recently. Thermostat/coolant change as well. Has a usual piston slap noise. Probably needs the serpentine belt changed but I keep a spare in the back. Otherwise it's in good shape. Runs a little hot on long distance freeway trips but I plan on changing out the radiator before it gets warm again.

What do you think?

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Unread 02-28-2011, 09:02 AM   #2
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Should be fine. I have no idea what condition your jeep is in, so its up to you. I'm always skeptical of mine because I beat it up so much offroad, but I took it down to the outer banks last year which is at least a 6 hour drive, plus ran it up and down the beach all week with no issues. Oh and add an additional 6 hours of driving in the middle of the week to evacuate for a hurricane...
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Unread 02-28-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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Im in the near the end of a 2300 mile trip across the country (Richmond, VA to Sierra Vista, AZ) The only insight I have is to be sure your tires are in good shape, a vibration could be a pain after 10 hours, and invest in a decent temperature gauge.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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I'd get a new radiator since it runs hot and replace the belt. Just top off all fluids and you are good to go. My jeep seems to run better on long highway drives.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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mine has 223k and ive put only about 3k on it and i would drive it that far. actually plan on doing a few trips this summer. just checking your gauges on a regular basis and topping of fluids would be a good idea. also i would change the oil and filter before you take the trip for good measure.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 04:47 PM   #6
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Umm, lets do some math...

730mi at 20mpg, fuel cost $3.40 per gal... $125ish...
730mi at 40mpg (ford focus rental) $63ish, and a $15 a day rental...

I'd pocket the $50, and not spend it on gas, plus additional maintenance your going to do to it before the trip. Not worth it to me anymore, because if anything goes wrong, your really SOL. A newer rented car with no limit on mileage would be a much better bet. Free towing, free roadside, if you buy the insurance you can return it in two pieces or more and not personally care about it.

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Unread 02-28-2011, 04:49 PM   #7
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like dcorn said, i see no reason why you cant do it. just make sure its up to date on its tune up and go.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #8
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I routinely take my 88 XJ on a 1200-1500 mile round trip each year as well as a few 500-600 treks that include mild trails in Moab. I get nervous sometimes, yes, and this is my baby so I baby it. But if you figure it will last driving around your home +/-100 miles for a year, then it should be fine with 750 in a week.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 07:34 PM   #9
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I drive my 97XJ from western MA to Maine at least four time a year to visit in-laws...without trouble...but if you can get a rental cheaper once you factor in gas and maintenance on your jeep why not...make the trip more care free imo
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Unread 03-01-2011, 12:10 AM   #10
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Age, and credit score play a huge factory into rental costs. I have a horrible record, but awesome credit. Can do rentals cheaply now that I'm 21
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I have 272,000 on my 90xj. I took it 352 miles, broke the driver side leaf spring, spent the weekend hunting, and then drove 352 miles back on busted jeep.
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A long trip is not much different than a bunch of short trips. If you don't expect it to have any problems in the next 700 miles at home driving normally, it shouldn't have any problems doing it in less time.

The only things that would effect my decision would be comfortability and affordability. Gas is expensive; and my jeeps cruise is not working. I have driven it to Toronto Canada and back (to louisville KY) 600 + miles each way by myself recently, and I don't want to do that again without cruise control. Although your trip is a good bit shorter, but the idea is the same, small things get annoying fast on a long trip. I have done that trip, and longer trips multiple times with cruise working and I would trust the jeep to get me wherever I am going even with a major mechanical failure (i did go approximately 800 miles overheating, progressively getting worse, so that ever minor hill red lined the temp.. The only thing I was worried about was the A/C not working (engine still runs great after radiator replacement, but I dont know what internal damages may have happened)).

Does your jeep drive on higways ok? If yes, then go for it. If no, rent a car and probably save money too, lol.
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A long trip is not much different than a bunch of short trips. If you don't expect it to have any problems in the next 700 miles at home driving normally, it shouldn't have any problems doing it in less time.

The only things that would effect my decision would be comfortability and affordability. Gas is expensive; and my jeeps cruise is not working. I have driven it to Toronto Canada and back (to louisville KY) 600 + miles each way by myself recently, and I don't want to do that again without cruise control. Although your trip is a good bit shorter, but the idea is the same, small things get annoying fast on a long trip. I have done that trip, and longer trips multiple times with cruise working and I would trust the jeep to get me wherever I am going even with a major mechanical failure (i did go approximately 800 miles overheating, progressively getting worse, so that ever minor hill red lined the temp.. The only thing I was worried about was the A/C not working (engine still runs great after radiator replacement, but I dont know what internal damages may have happened)).

Does your jeep drive on higways ok? If yes, then go for it. If no, rent a car and probably save money too, lol.
The cruise works on mine. The truck was in pretty amazing shape when I bought it in 2009. It looked well taken care of by the previous owners. As of right now yes, it does run hot on the highway which I why I want to replace the radiator. However it doesn't run hot in the winter, only in the summer, and only on long distance highway trips does it get scarily hot. Not sure if April temps will cause it to heat up again. I can drive 60 and stay at about 185-200ºF in the winter. Last summer though I took it up north and was driving about 60-70mph in 85ºF Degree weather. I needed to turn on the heater half way through the 140mi trip cuz I was creeping gradually towards the red. That kept it down around 210-230°F.

Plus, I kinda want to show off my jeep at a convention im going to so I'd rather drive that than my 2002 Blazer I have.
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As long as your jeep is well maintained I'd do it. But then again if I'm driving anywhere that far away it's for long enough that the cost of a rental car will negate the money I'd save in gas, and I want to be in my jeep if the roads are nasty. Another thing to consider is that start up is the hardest time on your engine, highway driving is relatively low stress on your vehicle, so I think a road trip shouldn't be a problem in a well maintained xj.
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Unread 03-13-2011, 01:31 PM   #15
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I drove my XJ from SoCal to Whistler without a second thought. 2400 miles round trip. It all depends on the individual vehicle. If you absolutely know that the vehicle has been properly maintained, then go for it. But it sounds like you are somewhat uncertain about its previous maintenance.

If that's the case, go for the rental. I've done the rental thing a couple of times to drive to Vegas because women don't want to ride in my truck for that long.
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