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After owning my 2012 Cruze since new (Jan 2012), it was time to move on.

My Cruze was very reliable, still looked great and got 37.6 mpg, I had my heart set on a Wrangler TJ for some time as I previously owned a 95 YJ and a 99 TJ.

While I was going to wait until I retired, I started looking and found a 2003 TJ 5 speed with only 39k miles on her.

So the Cruze was traded in and now I'm only getting 17 mpg (yeah I know), but it's fun to drive.

It's been great being here and wishing everyone good luck with their Cruzes.
 

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I always valued your reasoned contributions and wish you well in your new ownership experience.
 

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Congratulations on the purchase. You are absolutely still allowed to stay on the forum and share pictures of your adventures with your Jeep. You're definitely not allowed to leave before posting at least a few pictures of the new ride. Enjoy!
 

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Man, that's low mileage for a 2003! Enjoy...the 4.0 will run virtually forever and was definitely more fun to drive than the stupid 3.7/3.8s that took its place in the newer Jeeps.
 

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DUUUUDE !!!!!
It looks like your front,..Yellow Side Marker is falling OUT !!!!!! ???? !!!!! :huh:
Better push it back in !!!
AWESOME RIDE by the way .....love the RED color. :10: :th_salute:
 

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DUUUUDE !!!!!
It looks like your front,..Yellow Side Marker is falling OUT !!!!!! ???? !!!!! :huh:
Better push it back in !!!
AWESOME RIDE by the way .....love the RED color. :10: :th_salute:
Bottom clip was broken. So used clear shipping tape under the fender to hold it in place.

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Man, that's low mileage for a 2003! Enjoy...the 4.0 will run virtually forever and was definitely more fun to drive than the stupid 3.7/3.8s that took its place in the newer Jeeps.
That AMC designed 4.0L straight 6 was one of the greatest engines ever built. My brother's first car was the '93 grand cherokee with that engine. The only failure was the fuel pump in the 207K miles before he traded it in. What a great engine, so much torque.

Here's what happened when I searched google for AMC 4.0.
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Don't blame you. The one other car I was considering when I bought my Cruze was a new Wrangler, and in retrospect it's good that I bought the Cruze but every time I see a nice TJ unlimited or clean/new 2-door JK that thought of trading comes back to mind. Enjoy the Jeep!
 

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I miss my 91 Cherokee 5spd. Odometer was hot and miss at 150k miles stopped completely at 236k I think but continued to run like a clock. Estimated to be over 300k miles and someone else is driving it around to this day.
 

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I am so freakin happy driving the Jeep.

Sort of makes up for 17 mpg...LOL
 

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I am so freakin happy driving the Jeep.

Sort of makes up for 17 mpg...LOL
Thought you moved on. Klingons...ya just can't get rid of em. But seriously, glad you're still around @CamCruze

Every year, usually Super Bowl weekend Best In The Desert off-road racing org comes to town for the Parker 425. There's a couple of classes specifically for Jeeps called "Jeepspeed"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeepspeed

True story, my buddy keeps an old '91 Jeep Cherokee at Parker Airport for his airport grinder. It's got that famous 6-banger that just refuses to die.

Anyway, a few years ago he flew in Friday afternoon for race weekend. He hopped in the Cherokee and headed over to the casino to check out Contingency & Tech Inspection going on in the parking lot.

After a couple beers, he walked back to the Jeep and encountered a group of suspicious dudes hanging around eye-balling his Cherokee (yes his old-beater airport car).

Apprehensively he approached his completely-surrounded Jeep and they asked "Are you the owner?" Turns out it was a 1700 Class Jeepspeed race team. They busted a rear axle while pre-running earlier that day. Race time was literally hours away, no parts within 100's of miles.

With my buddy's consent, they jacked up his Jeep, removed his "good" axle (200,000+ miles on it) and proceeded to install it in their race Jeep. The now-donor Jeep was left on jacks in the parking lot.

Next day, the repaired Jeep successfully completed the Parker 425. After the race, the team pulled the axle, reinstalled it on my buddy's Jeep and bought him a beer.

To this day, that Jeep is still running around trouble-free even with a few hundred race miles on the axle. So now whenever someone mentions his Jeep, my buddy says "Yep, it's been in the Parker 425 (at least part of it anyway)."
@CamCruze thanks for your contributions over the years...wishing you Jeepspeed my friend.

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Thought you moved on. Klingons...ya just can't get rid of em. But seriously, glad you're still around @CamCruze

Every year, usually Super Bowl weekend Best In The Desert off-road racing org comes to town for the Parker 425. There's a couple of classes specifically for Jeeps called "Jeepspeed"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeepspeed

True story, my buddy keeps an old '91 Jeep Cherokee at Parker Airport for his airport grinder. It's got that famous 6-banger that just refuses to die.

Anyway, a few years ago he flew in Friday afternoon for race weekend. He hopped in the Cherokee and headed over to the casino to check out Contingency & Tech Inspection going on in the parking lot.

After a couple beers, he walked back to the Jeep and encountered a group of suspicious dudes hanging around eye-balling his Cherokee (yes his old-beater airport car).

Apprehensively he approached his completely-surrounded Jeep and they asked "Are you the owner?" Turns out it was a 1700 Class Jeepspeed race team. They busted a rear axle while pre-running earlier that day. Race time was literally hours away, no parts within 100's of miles.

With my buddy's consent, they jacked up his Jeep, removed his "good" axle (200,000+ miles on it) and proceeded to install it in their race Jeep. The now-donor Jeep was left on jacks in the parking lot.

Next day, the repaired Jeep successfully completed the Parker 425. After the race, the team pulled the axle, reinstalled it on my buddy's Jeep and bought him a beer.

To this day, that Jeep is still running around trouble-free even with a few hundred race miles on the axle. So now whenever someone mentions his Jeep, my buddy says "Yep, it's been in the Parker 425 (at least part of it anyway)."
@CamCruze thanks for your contributions over the years...wishing you Jeepspeed my friend.

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Cool story.
 
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