Frequently Asked Questions about Jeeps

Here at Hi-Tech Auto parts, we get all sorts of enquiries about Jeeps, so we thought we’d put together a FAQ and share some advice and tips on Jeeps.

What is the best V8 engine to put in a Jeep Wrangler?

The most popular option is a small block Chevy V8 or the 5.7 Hemi. Are you looking for engine parts? Give us a call.

What are the pros and cons of a lift kit on a Wrangler?

There are three main benefits to a lift kit: extra clearance, ability to install larger tyres and more travel on the suspension. The main drawbacks are a higher centre of gravity, more fuel consumption and more wear on parts.

Are Jeep Grand Cherokees a reliable car?

On most review websites, the Grand Cherokee tends to score in the middle range. Interestingly, the Grand Cherokee usually scores higher for customer satisfaction than reliability—which seems to indicate that owners enjoy the car’s features and performance and are willing to put up with a little more servicing.

Are there any common problems with the Jeep Wrangler?

An older, used Wrangler is likely to have some rust in places – especially if its been used off-road (as they should be used!). Suspension issues have plagued some of the models, including the infamous ‘death wobble’ that seems to afflict some Wranglers when driving on the highway.

Can a vehicle run forever if you keep replacing parts?

Theoretically yes, a car that is rigorously maintained will go for a very long time. However, in reality, the supply of original or third-party parts will dwindle as the vehicle gets older, and you may find you need to have pieces custom made, which can be costly. For rare and sought-after models, this extra cost may be justified as they are ‘collectable’ cars with good resale value.

What do you enjoy least about driving a Jeep Wrangler?

Anyone who owns a Wrangler knows they are made for the trail—the highway? Not so much. They can be noisy and the on-road handling isn’t great. Fuel efficiency isn’t one of its selling points either. If you’re weighing up whether to buy a Wrangler, you need to assess how you’ll use the vehicle. If your primary need is urban commuting – the Wrangler is not for you. However, if you’re a keen off-roader or live in a rural area with more demanding driving conditions, the Jeep will quickly earn its keep.

Why are car dealers always clustered around each other?

A bit like takeaway outlets, car dealers tend to flock together – but with good reason. Often you’ll find car ‘boulevards’ located close to commercial or industrial areas, giving them easy access to mechanics, tyre shops and car valet services. There are clear benefits for the customer too, as you can comfortably browse the dealerships to find that perfect vehicle.

Where you find the best auto parts?

If you own a Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler vehicle, this is a no-brainer. Hi-Tech Auto have a massive range of parts for these iconic American car brands, and we ship anywhere in New Zealand.