Our Next Guest Interview, Leigh Ann Lane “Kricket”!

March 26, 2018
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image1Leigh Ann Lane, aka KricketJeeper on Twitter is a co-founder of The Jeep Mafia, an online Jeep club that unintentionally took the nation by storm. Starting with just a few Twitter friends, they now have over 18k followers on both Twitter and Facebook, and 4k on Instagram, with some as  far away as Australia and Zambia. Leigh Ann is a relatively new Jeeper, but has owned 3 Jeeps since purchasing her first one in 2013, with her current rig being a 2016 JKU named Hyper Hopper.  She fell in love with Jeeping so much she was inspired to write a novel about a Jeep girl.  She was a top ten finalist in the 2015 Ladies Offroad Challenge, and won an adventure to SEMA.

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Episode 325 – Jeep Pays Out BIG in Settlements

March 23, 2018
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Award Upheld 

25jeep-master1050[1]After several trials, appeals, more trials and more appeals, there is finally some closure coming out of the Georgia Supreme Court. Last week, they unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames.  A lower court in 2015 reduced a jury verdict from nearly $150 million to $40 million. Fiat Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese said the company was “disappointed in this decision. We are considering our legal options.” The Jeep’s fuel tank was placed near the back of the vehicle, which plaintiffs said made it vulnerable to rear-end collisions. The Supreme Court ruling says that  there was enough evidence that showed that Chrysler had long known that mounting a gas tank behind the rear axle was dangerous.

 

Actor Anton Yelchin’s Family Settles with Automaker

Jeep_Settlement_Anton_Yelchin_AP.5ab50713cdfba[1]27 year old Anton Yelchin the famous actor who played Checkov in the remake of Star Trek, was killed when he was leaving his L.A. home in June 2016, when he got out of the vehicle (possibly to check his mailbox) and the Jeep rolled down the driveway, pinning him against a security gate. Yelchin died almost immediately, according to the death certificate, the official cause of death was blunt traumatic asphyxia. Unfortunately, his body was pinned for hours before it was discovered. Authorities had said he thought the shifter was in park when it was actually in neutral. For those who don’t know, this was common mistake made by grand Cherokee owners, and the vehicles had actually been recalled for a fix at the time of the accident, but Yelchin had not yet taken his Jeep in for the fix.

 

Contributor Segment: Steve 4.3LXJ: Finding Trails [0:08:52]

CaptureIf you recall Steve, 4.3lxj, started a new series on episode 320, Finding Trails.  Tonight we continue in this series with part 3.

Maps mentioned by Steve in this segment;
https://store.usgs.gov/map-locator
http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

 

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Episode 324 – Underwater Jeeps and Finding Offroad Trails

March 16, 2018
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This Week In Jeep:  Mahindra Pseudo Jeep / Ultra-Mini-Jeep in the works / Jeep parks underwater in River. [0:02:42]

Here’s something a little different for all of us Jeep lovers out there.

TWIJ-1In early March 2018, Mahindra Automotive North America launched the Roxor, a side-by-side (two-seater) off-road vehicle.   The Roxor is small, and it has no windshield or safety equipment, so it isn’t street legal. It’s made strictly for fun. And could possibly be more fun than bouncing out of a vehicle with bugs in your teeth?…, i can’t think of a single thing! Mahindra is the Mumbai, India-based brand that focuses on industrial and powersports vehicles and has little name recognition in the United States.

Some people choose to park their Jeep in a garage.

TWIJ-3Other’s may opt for the carport, or just leave it in the driveway. However, the owner of a green-colored Jeep Wrangler decided the best place to park THEIR Jeep was in the Wainiha River on Kauai.   What is likely the result of a single vehicle crash has left many residents puzzled. Last Saturday, police responded to a report of a vehicle that was fully submerged in the river on the east side of the Wainiha twin bridges. According to a preliminary investigation, police said the driver possibly struck the bridge and at some point reversed into the river. The driver then fled the scene. A nearby resident is reported to have heard the crash and went to investigate.    Police said the resident went to the scene and observed the newer model Jeep Wrangler underwater with its headlights still on. Thinking the worst, the resident jumped into the river to austensibly rescue the occupants, only to discover the vehicle was empty. Police have since contacted the vehicle owner to remove the Jeep from the river, and to ask the question on everyone’s mind… just what the “F” happened?!?

It should be coming any day now….

TWIJ-6After months and months of speculation and rumors, we may finally have a slightly less muddy picture as to whether or not Jeep will be coming out with a sub-compact model of SUV’s. Speaking to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Jeep global boss Mike Manley talked about the possibility of Jeep releasing a new SUV, smaller than the Renegade.  “I have to say THAT one has moved on reasonably significantly,” he said. “You will probably have to wait until our big event in June when we talk about the next five years to see if it’s officially in the plan or not.” Jeep and FCA have been toying for years with the idea of a truly compact SUV.

 

Contributor Segment: Steve 4.3LXJ: Finding Trails [0:11:28]

CaptureIf you recall Steve, 4.3lxj, started a new series on episode 320, Finding Trails.  Tonight we continue in this series with part 2.

Maps mentioned by Steve in this segment;
https://store.usgs.gov/map-locator
http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

 

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Jeep Talk Show available on Amazon Alexa!

March 14, 2018
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Echo_1500[1]Well we were starting to wonder if it was really going to happen, but as of TODAY you can listen to full episodes of the Jeep Talk Show right from the ease and comfort of your Amazon Alexa.  Stop, Pause, Resume, fast forward, reverse, all from simple voice commands.  Your Alexa will remember where you left off.  Simple say “Alexa tell the Jeep Talk Show to play the latest episode” to get started.

We love to hear from you.  Review this new skill at http://alexa.amazon.com/ and as always contact us at http://jeeptalkshow.com/contact and let us know what you think of this great new way to listen to your favorite Jeep podcast!

 

 


 

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