Saturday, March 22, 2008

Accessing the Internet from the comfort of your Jeep Wrangler

Chrysler is planning to roll out in-car wireless internet access this year! Dealers will be installing the technology on vehicles this year and then later it will be implemented from the assembly line. The technology works by having your car's radio connect to cell towers - effectively converting your radio to a wireless hot spot. Therefore, you will need a data contract with a wireless carrier to get coverage. A few ideas for making the most out of your in-car wifi:

  1. Save Money: $50/month for your data plan is nothing compared to rent. So ditch the house and live in your Jeep Wrangler full time. Now that it has wifi, it should be a fully functional home base
  2. Multi task: Now you can really get the most out of your commute. Surf the net, check email, eat breakfast, and shave all on the way to the office
  3. Make Money: Try parking outside your neighborhood starbucks and self wifi access via your Wrangler at a discount to Starbucks.
  4. Optimize off-roading: Easy access to trail info, maps, weather, etc and no need to plan ahead
  5. Finally an excuse to get a chauffeur: Now if you can get somebody to drive you around, you are really in good shape. Basically create a mobile office.
  6. Don't miss your favorite TV shows: you need a slingbox too. But now you can hook in to your slingbox from the comfort of your car.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Off-roading photos elsewhere

I post a lot of cool off-roading photos here, but I just came across some cool ones on another blog here
These guys are out testing some of the newer wranglers in Virginia. Looks like a good time.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Committing Crimes with Jeep Wranglers - Bad Idea

Just skimming random news and caught this article about a some bank robbers using a Jeep Wrangler. Perhaps a savvy choice in the event that a high-speed chase ensues and off-road driving is needed, but certainly doesn't make the jeep world look good. With all the great recreational opportunities available to Wrangler owners, is robbing banks really necessary?
Here is the story

The robber was last seen in a brown, newer-model Jeep Wrangler, which had a black top.
The release said the Jeep Wrangler was later found on a parking lot on the UTM campus. Police determined that the Jeep had been stolen from Benton County several days ago.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Consumer Reports Rips the Wrangler Unlimited

Consumer reports has rated the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as one of the 11 worst cars this year. The Unlimited scored 17 out of 100 on the consumer report scale - OUCH! They have listed the following "Lows" as the reason behind the poor review.

Ride, handling, braking, noise, fuel economy, fit and finish, visibility, frontseat comfort, access, reliability

You will notice it is a pretty comprehensive list of weakness. BUT, although consumer Reports performs off-road testing at its Connecticut proving grounds, the off-road ability doesn't factor into the final scores.
Despite the opinion of crack smoking Consumer Report authors, the Wrangler Unlimited continues to get a positive response from the marketplace for its ability to blend suburban assault vehicle with the rugged, off-road capabilities of the Wrangler DNA.
The Jeep Liberty also made the bottom 11 list with a score of 27 our of 100. Clearly something is amiss with the Consumer Reports rating system when it comes to the Jeep line of vehicles.

Check out this crazy review here.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

More Fun Jeep Wrangler Off-Roading Photos

Picking through some more sweet off-roading photos. Enjoy!

Cruising an amazing log bridge:

Tight trail run in the blue jeep wrangler: