Originally Posted by Why J?
...so I though I would run it around the block to see if that would help. I get a block from the house...NO freakin gas. Apparentkly the Jeep needs gas to run who knew?
Not a Jeep story, but I did the same thing with the ol' Chevy Celebrity 10 yrs ago. It was running bad, & my dad had just bought it for me a week before. I was so ticked off, thinking we had just bought a lemon (V6, 40k miles, bought from a dealer for $4000--sweeeet deal). It stalled out. I tried starting it, managed to start it, drove another block, it started bucking & stalling again, pulled off into a parking lot & it stalled again. Started it again, with some effort, then drove another block, stalled. Pushed it into a parking lot. Called dad, told him I was deathly afraid we'd just bought a lemon, he shows up, taps on the gas guage, says, "son, it's just out of gas!" He laughed, said I'd probably never do that again... I haven't, but sometimes I let the gas get pretty low, & I think of that day.
Then I donated that Celebrity a couple years ago, now with 125k miles on it (still running, but no A/C, cause the retrofit A/C [r132?] kept killing compressors--5 compressors, ranging from $300-$800 a pop, finally gave up & drove it w/o A/C). Found myself replacing too many components--heater core, fuel pump, really everything but the engine & tranny. Still thought it could make someone a good car, but couldn't make much selling it. Thought I'd do the "right thing," & donate it. 2 months later I get a letter, "your car was towed by the Arlington police,"--what?? Not mine anymore! I donate a car, & some freeloader abandons it with two broken wheel rims on a major downtown
street in Arlington. I won't be donating autos anymore...
Best story (still non-Jeep) a friend of mine had a chevy S-10 blazer she used to tow her horse trailer. One day, the engine started smoking... turned out some squirrels had made a nest in the engine bay, & somehow the squirrel caught fire & destroyed the engine. The body & all was okay, just the engine was destroyed. Put that one up for salvage. A few months later, my friend calls me & says her dad & brother went to a monster truck rally & they saw her truck get run over by one of those monster trucks. Somehow they knew for sure it was hers, I don't remember how, but it was funny hearing how it met its second death.