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2012 - 2002 (used)

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Does The A/c Blower Motor Relay Control The Speed

When you turn on the a/c the blower motor does not work. The compressor kicks in but it does not blow. We changed the resistor and blower motor but its still not working. Any ideals on what to check...

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara With 95k Miles

Can I still drive this car like I have the past 4 years witrhout worry - what wear & tear parts and service should I focus on other than oil changes and tires?

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Tracy Waage
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2006 Jeep Wrangler Gauges Come On But The Engine Will Not Turn Over

turned the jeep on it started then died. turned it on again the gauges came on but it would not turn over.

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PD39
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My 2001 Wrangler's Fan Blower Keeps Stopping. I Just Replaced The Fan Cont...

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Air Bag Light (2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee) Comes On Intermittently.

Air bag light on my Jeep Grand Cherokee comes on intermittently. Two dealers have been unable to fault the car so I'm a bit stuck. One forum suggests disconnecting the negative battery cable before ...

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Jeep History

History

Jeep is an American car brand whose main product, the Jeep model, has become synonymous with exciting off-road exploration vehicles. The word Jeep is in fact routinely used all over the world as a synonym for an off-road vehicle, even to describe those cars which are perhaps better titled Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
Not surprisingly, the first Jeeps were built under contract for the U.S. military in the early 1940s. The first prototype was made by a company called Bantam, but Willys-Overland offered a better engine and a lower bid to win the contract. Because that company was very small, Ford helped produce the first Jeeps to meet the high demand of the military. From this humble beginning, Jeep, currently a subsidiary of Daimler/Chrysler, has emerged, changing from owner to owner, but never wavering in its dedication to the perfect off-road, rugged vehicle (though recent Jeeps strive to combine comfort and functionality).
Jeep was owned by Willys-Overland when they won the contract for the U.S. army. Kaiser bought Willys in 1953 and Jeep along with it. In 1970, American Motor Company purchased Jeep from Kaiser, and then itself was bought out by Chrysler in 1987. The switching of hands stopped when Daimler-Benz and Chrysler joined to form DaimlerChrysler.

Wrangling

Jeep has produced a number of familiar SUVs, many of which are still around. The face of Jeep will most likely always be that of the Wrangler, the tiny convertible SUV that grew a couple of extra doors in very late 2006 for the 2007 models.  Originally built for military use, the small SUV has a near-cult following that drives these rugged vehicles on and off road, waving to one another as they pass.    

Small SUVs

Jeep has a number of other small SUV's, including the newer Liberty, the classic Cherokee, the brand-new Compass and Patriot.
While the Cherokee may be considered a "classic Jeep," the newer vehicles are gaining in popularity as they compete with such small SUVs as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Luxuries such as leather seats and great sound systems help give these little trucks a boost in the market.  

SUVs

Jeep isn't just about the little guy, of course.  The classic Commander helped paved the way for SUVs in the general market. The Wagoneer had an impressive run of 28 years in production before morphing into the Cherokee. Out of the Cherokee grew the bigger Grand Cherokee, an extremely popular choice among those looking for a more rugged SUV.

Civilian Jeeps

After the war many Jeeps were sold as surplus, and many people wanted a tough reliable vehicle, so Willys took advantage of this and started the universal CJ line (CJ-2A, CJ-3B). The CJ line was continued by Kaiser and AMC (CJ-5, CJ-6, CJ-7, CJ-8).

Truck

Lastly, Jeep rounds out its line with the Comanche, its pickup truck. The unibody construction of this truck makes it one of the more rugged still out there today.
Jeeps are one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road today, with their distinctive and common body shape. Synonymous with the words off-road and adventure, the Jeep has inspired the imaginations of people everywhere, helping them to conquer otherwise unconquerable terrain. But Jeeps are also known for their family appeal, their ability to safely and comfortably get your children to hockey practice with all of their gear, or bring as many groceries as you can eat in a month home in one trip. Truly, there is a Jeep to fit just about any person, no matter what they need a vehicle for. In business for 65 years already, Jeep is still going strong.