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Jeep Renegade

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Twin2, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Aug 1, 2020

    Twin2 not him 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Virginia Beach, VA
    Apr 28, 2011
    I know this vehicle doesn't get the credit it deserves
    2015 1.4T 6 speed . 4X4 . some kind of computer controlled system
    it always all wheel drive till you get to maybe 25mph then disconnects rear
    now the 4X4 part I don't get , but as a all wheel drive vehicle
    I have been through two really bad thunder storms . one this afternoon/evening raining cats and dogs to the point you couldn't see past the hood with wiper running on high . and the interstates flooded . some people hydro planing . yea kind of scary
    I have never owned a car that handles the conditions this one does
    and didn't buy it to go off road
    rant over , yea I know FIAT made it
  2. Aug 2, 2020 at 2:18 PM
    matt johnson

    matt johnson Member 2020 Sponsor

    chesapeake, va
    Sep 3, 2003
    Beats the heck out of hydroplaning. I never completely understood the 4 x 4 part either.
  3. Aug 5, 2020 at 7:21 AM

    termin8ed I didn't do it Staff Member

    Mason, MI
    Dec 22, 2002
    Yea, its an on demand system. Drops off usually around 30mph and becomes fwd. If it senses wheel slipping it will kick back in. Same system the compass uses too. There is a more aggressive low range system they use on the trailhawks.
    People seem to love their renegade or hate them.
  4. Aug 5, 2020 at 7:45 AM

    bigbendhiker Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    North East Texas
    May 26, 2019
    I wonder if the system FCA uses is similar to what Subaru uses. It's AWD. As I understand it the computer controls everything. If it senses a lack of traction at a wheel it applies braking to that wheel so that the wheel that has traction gets more power. It's all seamless behind the scenes. My wife had a 2017 Forester and now has a 2020 Ascent. She has about a 25 mile drive mostly Interstate to work each way. I feel much better with her in this vehicle. The Ascent came with the EyeSight system which is another story.
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  5. Aug 5, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Downs New Member

    Hunt County Texas
    Jul 25, 2020
    Depending on your trim level depends on what AWD system you have, either Active Drive 1 or Active Drive Low. Even the Trailhawk model doesn't get a real low range even though the system has a "low" setting.

    AD I is fully autonomous as far as I know.

    AD Low includes a "low mode" which gives a 50/50 torque split but there is no actual low range like in the KL Cherokee Trailhawk's Power Takeoff Unit. All the AD Low mode gives you is you get lower axle gears from the factory and when you "low" it locks the transmission into 1st gear and unlocks the torque converter. It's a simulated low.

    Also the 50/50 torque split is most of the time. If you are steering and the system detects a bind it will momentarily release the drive clutch for the year axle to relieve the bind then reengage.

    They do use the ABS system to direct torque but it's limited in what it can do. Even the newer Wranglers use the "BLD" (brake lock differential) system which is better than a straight open diff and no system like that but still limited.

    For 99 percent of uses it's probably more than adequate.

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