The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Rant........You knew it was coming

Let me bring you back to a cold January day in Minnesota. I said to Lisa "Let's get a Jeep because we are going back to Moab". She said "Hell ya, plus it will be great to get groceries in".

Jump forward 4 months to April 27th. A day that will live in infamy. Our friends Jane and Leyman wanted to take us on a Jeep trail in the Moab, Utah, known for it's world famous Jeep trails. We weren't doing a difficult trail to say the least. We follow our leaders to the trail head, cross a small stream of water about 2 feet deep, I casually put the idea into Lisa's head that we may need a snorkel for future trails. We climb a small hill and all of a sudden the Jeep dies. It turns over, but it doesn't fire.

Leyman comes over to have a look as well as a couple of other people passing by. They pull the distributor cap off thinking it got water in it, nothing. So we tow it off the trail and continue on with our Jeeping. The trail isn't as much fun when you are in the back seat but it still was a nice drive. Thanks Leyman for driving. Then we have to get the Jeep back to town. To have it towed from the trails is $500 an hour. So I have a strap and we hook it up to Leyman's Jeep. We get to Moab with our tails between our legs and drop it off at the Moab 4X4 Outpost.

That's all these people do is work on Jeeps. I tell them the problem and leave it there thinking it is an easy fix. Days go by. No calls. After a week they call me. YAY!!!! It is alive! Can you pick up your Jeep, we can't get it going. ?????????WHAT???????? Really?????? Yah, we put in a new distributor, ignition wires, coil, crank sensor and a new RE-BUILT computer. It still won't start. I know that Jeeps started out in the military, I didn't know that they were so hard to fix, just in case the Germans ever got a hold of them. I paid the bill for all the parts ($770 worth). At least they didn't charge labor.

I then trailer the Jeep up to Price, Utah to a dealer there on Thursday(May 5th). No problem they say. Friday no call. Monday(May 9th) I call them. Oh, we think it is the computer, we will order a new one from Jeep. It will take 5-7 days. Okay, sweet because we are leaving for a job in Yellowstone May 26th. Plenty of time to fix it. One week goes by, nothing. Finally Lisa calls them the 18th of May. They say the computer didn't get ordered but they will do it now. WTF!

We moved our plans up to leave Moab, so Monday the 23rd I drive up to Price and go into this dealer. I went to the service desk and told them who I was. After a lengthy wait the Service Manager comes out and takes me to his office. (Well this ain't good). He says the computer should be here that day or the next. I said that we are leaving Moab tomorrow. I told him "if it gets fixed, I can drive from Grand Junction Co. to pick it up. I can even drive from Yellowstone, but the farther I have to drive the more pissed I am going to be". So I walked out and had lunch.

They called, luckily I was still in Price and told me it was running. Well with how upset I was they didn't charge me for the part, just 3 hours of labor. Great, how am going to get it back to Moab now. Lisa did not come with me. They offered to drive it there for me for free. (My font changed, I don't know why) I told the manger about the tires needing air. They had 18 psi because we were on the trail. I even called and left a message on his phone. The Jeep gets to Moab and they tell me the rear tire is low. WTF! Again. Idiots! Anyone ever drive on under inflated tires at 65-80 miles an hour? 

Well I am back on my blood pressure medication because the Jeep is with us. I did fill out a survey about my experience. They were not pleased at what I wrote because I got a call the next day. 

The rant is over. Enjoy the rest of your day because I feel better.


6 comments:

  1. Well thanks for ruining *my* day. Now *I'm* bummed! Hope it all works out for you. Have a beer! Heck, have a 6-pack!

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    1. Thanks, with all the new parts, Lil' Blue will run forever now.

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  2. Wow...what an ordeal! I know how you feel...just had our truck in for the 14th time because of a habitual squeal between the EGR cooler and exhaust manifold.
    Good luck and safe travels!

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    1. Thanks, started our new job today. Lil' Blue is as frisky as a mountain goat in the mountains.

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  3. Finally! Hopefully it is good to go and ready to ride the trails of Yellowstone!

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    1. That thing is not even going off the pavement for awhile. Any improvements I had planned all went into the engine. I did manage to get her some jewelry.

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