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I get terrible gas mileage about 12 miles to the gallon. the engine light is on. i bought another gas cap but it didn't help. my controls on the drivers side does not work and the dome light does not come on and the door bell does not work.

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  • Deborah Winebrenner Mar 14, 2011

    was this suppose to be funny, well I am not laughing. You are here to help not make jokes at the problem. very professional wouldn't you say.

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As for the doorbell not working..... perhaps you have no friends heheheee!!

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  • Deborah Winebrenner Mar 14, 2011

    you told me nothing about any of my problems, why? i am waiting for a suggestion from the mechanics.

  • rotax81 Mar 14, 2011

    sorry :(

    with the engine light on it may be in 'limp' mode which will use a lot of fuel. you need to take it to a dealer to get it plugged in to find the fault.

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Poor gas mileage can be a result of many many things.

First of all you need to find out what is the factory normal gas mileage for your model year Jeep SUV. It should have said on your window sticker if you bought it brand new. If you are a 2nd or 3rd owner then a Jeep dealer would have info. Google search will tell you as well, and only takes a couple minutes to find.

I did a quick Google search and for a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a (4.7L V8 engine) the average mileage is roughly 14 mpg.

Not sure what engine you have as to options, etc?

How you drive will greatly change that number up or down depending on a number of driving and driver variables.

A few being -

Driving habits?

Tire pressures?

Engine tuned up?

Lube & oil/filter changes (every 5,000-7,500 miles? Air filter changes (every 10,000-15,000 miles)? Read your auto manual for exact recommended intervals.

How many people in the SUV on average?

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Type gas you are burning - BRAND? (See injectors below)

Area you are driving in (hills and valleys verses flat out,
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Hope that helps ease your mind about gas mileage as it relates to your Jeep there.

Frank


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