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Thursday, 4 Apr 2013

Limo-like Laredo Grand Cherokee smart gear deserves Jeep owner manual homework

GSA1 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 diesel.
GSA1 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo 4x4 diesel.


The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 auto diesel to join our tow tugs, GSA1, is an effortless, comfortable, quiet, long-distance cruiser which consistently returns 8.2 litres per 100km fuel efficiency figures as it beds in.

In a recent Hume Highway cruise from Wodonga to Melbourne we cracked the magic 7 with 7.9 litre per 100km as we rolled down the billiard table boring highway at 108kmh. That is an indicated 110kmh in the Grand Cherokee, but with so many police radar guns aimed at keeping us safe, under the limit is far better than over.

GSA1 got its 1000km service at Bayside Jeep Frankston on friday, March 22 in preparation for another of our runs to GSA HQ in the Canberra suburb of Fyshwick ACT.

Three members of the GSA Southern Division crew rolled around Canberra's many roundbouts after a relaxed Hume Hwy 727km run which left us remarkably fresh after about nine hours of drive time from the GSA Bonbeach office on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.

The excellent range of seating and steering wheel adjustments available are a major part of this vehicles ability to dismiss most of the stresses of extended time at the controls. The Jeep just lopes along with slight wind noise the only audible indication of the 550Nm grunt from the three litre V6 diesel which flattens highway hills without much reference to the five-speed auto gearbox.

In Auto or Sports setting the Jeep's ride and handling are firmly reassuring and it adjusts itself to the best aerodynamic profile above 100kmh.
GSA A Team Agnes and Alan Lake Moakan
GSA A Team Agnes and Alan Lake Moakan


Long distance cruising is GoSee's preferred method of running the big Jeep in for its role as one of GSA's regular tow tugs. It is the second Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo auto diesel among GoSee's current tow team vehicles.

Over the last 10 years our tugs have come from Toyota, Holden, Ford and Mitsubishi. Right now the two Jeeps join GoSee's ever reliable Toyota Sahara Landcruiser TD auto diesel, a beefed up Holden Colorado and a Aussie icon  Ford Falcon station wagon as workhorses for a variety of towing and camping tasks.

The Toyota Sahara and the Holden Colorado both benefit from the addition of DPchip to their towing performance.

Pierce and Jason of Auto Basics Fyshwick fitted the good looking Bright White Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Water Watch diesel fuel alarm while we attended to business in the ACT.

The Water Watch system protects the common-rail V6 diesel from H2O injestion from 'dirty' fuel which will send it south with all the force of a hydrogen bomb. The Big Dollars clout to the hip-pocket which goes with that kind of misadventure is a big plus for the ring of approval from the Watch Watch at each start-up.

Water Water has been part of successfully protecting GSA's seven year old TD Toyota Sahara for two years now.

Editors Note: There is a link to a free Information Article from the GoSee library at the end of this story.
Jeep Laredo Grand Cherokee lopes south on 1500km  Hume Highway business trip
Jeep Laredo Grand Cherokee lopes south on 1500km Hume Highway business trip


Next the Jeep gets a custom sunroof fitted, we like a sunroof and the controlled access to light and air it provides without the buffetting which goes with opening a window.

Then later this month comes a Heavy Duty Hayman Reese towbar and Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) plus Hayman Reese proactive anti-sway cams, electric brake controller and 12-pin plug set-up wired for ESC.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 also comes with a Napier 4-5 person tent.

This connects to the rear of the Jeep with a sock-like fit over the tailgate which shuts out the weather. Or the Napier tent can be stand-alone when touring away from the campsite is preferred.

Jeep Bayside Frankston is as interested as GoSee in the performance of the Napier tent as the option has not been spotted by other Jeep Bayside Grand Cherokee buyers. GoSee thinks this is probably because it takes close reading of the Jeep Grand Cherokee brochure accessories options to find it.

So the fit-up from the ground-up of the new Jeep GSA1 will included tent camping evaluations too.

The transition from a pure truck Landcruiser to the limo-like Laredo brings significant change.

The handover by Peter Christopherson of Jeep Bayside Frankston was a nine out of 10 experience for us. That assessment is because most of Peter's extensive brief on settings, handling, accessories and Jeep benefits in general stuck.

This clever vehicle demands such an intro. The many automatic options which include the single, many functioned turning indicator lever, are best appreciated by serious time with the Owner's Manual.
Pierce of Auto basics  fits Water Watch to GSA1 Jeep
Pierce of Auto basics fits Water Watch to GSA1 Jeep


There is even the option to pull your head in. This is particularly handy when underground carparks threaten the roofline or when passengers find the Jeep too much of a step up or down. Press the down 'camel' button and the Jeep subsides to easy access levels.

Learning fluent Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has its funny side.

GoSee added time spent trying to turn off the Jeep's interior lights to our seminars at the recent Caulfield Caravan and Camping Supershow.

The answer is in the Owners Manual of course and relates to understanding the dimmer switch. But GoSee's experience was challenging in darkness and city traffic as the reflection from the interior lights on the interior glass did not help driver vision.

At the same time stopping in heavy traffic was not a healthy option. The experience gave the seminar audiences a laugh. But it is significant that many enjoying the joke related to the situation.On reflection (pun intended) your correspondent had not done enough homework.

Editors Note: Here is a Watch Watch story and video from the GoSee free information library.

ABC New Inventors win recognises Water Watch ability to catch big $$$$ diesel fuel disasters

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For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
Email: garth@contact.com.au
(L to R) Dean  Giakoumakis Brad Fitzsimmons and Alan Hislop  Bayside Jeep Frankston
(L to R) Dean Giakoumakis Brad Fitzsimmons and Alan Hislop Bayside Jeep Frankston
GSA1 1000km service Jeep Bayside Frankston
GSA1 1000km service Jeep Bayside Frankston
GSA1  Lake Moakan Rest Area Hume Hwy
GSA1 Lake Moakan Rest Area Hume Hwy
Jeep Laredo diesel V6 revealed at Auto Basics Fyshwick ACT
Jeep Laredo diesel V6 revealed at Auto Basics Fyshwick ACT
Watch Water electrics easy feed into Jeep
Watch Water electrics easy feed into Jeep
Water Watch in place to protect Jeep diesel
Water Watch in place to protect Jeep diesel
(L to R) Dean  Giakoumakis Brad Fitzsimmons and Alan Hislop  Bayside Jeep Frankston
(L to R) Dean Giakoumakis Brad Fitzsimmons and Alan Hislop Bayside Jeep Frankston
GSA and GSA1 at ContACT Internet Solutions Fyshwick ACT
GSA and GSA1 at ContACT Internet Solutions Fyshwick ACT
Jason fitting Water Watch to GSA Sahara
Jason fitting Water Watch to GSA Sahara
Water Watch Fitted beside the standard Toyota filter in Sahara
Water Watch Fitted beside the standard Toyota filter in Sahara
GoSeeAustralia Colorado tow tug Clearview mirrors complete
GoSeeAustralia Colorado tow tug Clearview mirrors complete
GSA1 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 diesel
GSA1 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 diesel


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Responsive Engineering - Water Watch

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