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post #1 of 3 Old 04-28-2007, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Nice ride over some hills... a highway review...

The wife and I (along with two other passengers for a total of 4 adults) went for a jaunt yesterday from Salt lake City, Utah up to Rock Springs, Wyoming and back along I-80 over Parleys Summit and the "3 Sisters" (a set of 3 up and down hills with extra passing lanes for truck traffic and other slow traffic to avoid clogging the highway).

Her Compass (with CVT 4x4) was quite impressive handling the hills with nary a need to force down the gearing... we pretty much left it in drive and let it have at it "shifting" (felt more like slipping in a normal auto trans) down as it needed to maintain 65 or 75 (as the speed limit varied for the drive) as the cruise control was set to.

Fuel mileage was reported by the on-board system as 26.8 MPG for the trip. Tires showed up to 39 PSI while driving.... and my wife enjoys the heated seats when having to get back in to a cold vehicle... and the view of the almost full moon was spectacular through the sun-roof (moon-roof?)...

Of course the back seat passengers enjoyed the reclining seats for the later half of the trip as it was late.. returning home at 2:30 AM this morning...

The only problem I have is that my head is long in the back and I just can not find a matching position on the headrest (the one the juts forward) and ended up removing it and then turning it around back wards to at least give me something to rest on when I was in the passenger seat... I am going to have to explore either a modification or a replacement headrest to allow the posture I enjoy while driving... hmmmm.. I wonder if the ones I took out of my back seats on my liberty might work... (they were removed to facilitate quicker rear seat fold down when using the Liberty to haul long equipment for work...)

All in all.... I do think that my wife found a nice and comfortable vehicle for her everyday use and to allow safe and comfortable transportation...

Oh and it has the same coloring as the one gramps has.... she loves that red and the silverish accutrements...


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post #2 of 3 Old 04-29-2007, 05:12 AM
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Thanks for the review! Glad to hear that the CVT holds it's own on the hills around there too.

There certainly appears to be many that don't like the head rests, either front or rear. I guess one size doesn't fit all very well!

Nice color, BTW! My wife, who is not a "red" fan, liked it enough to swap her '96 GC for an '03. The pics are in my gallery.


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Cali head rests aren't all they're supposed to be either, I find that I have to jack mine almost all the way up for them to get comfortable. Around here coming into Northport on Hwy 82 E, there's several small rolling hills where its just steep enough and high enough to get the CVT to start climbing on up there, and then right as it gets back to its set speed on cruise, the hill drops back down and the cvt lets off, only to then be met immediately by another hill. It sounds funny to say the least. You will also get a kick out of this: I was driving my Wrangler the other day, and on the 2.5L AMC/Chrysler engine it has, torque peaks at 3250 RPM giving me 145 lb/ft. (not much is it?) Anyway, its a stick shift, and I found myself going down the interstate trying to hold it at 3250 thinking "I'll get the best torque here" and forgetting that I will still stay the same speed, unlike my CVT Cali. I bet that 18 wheeler thought he had a dumb *** on his hands! I kept looking at the speedometer and wondering if I was at torque peak why I wasn't accelerating!

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