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no good on even the gentlest of slopes
on May 5, 2010
We bought this jeep from Amazon because of the great reviews, but it has been a COMPLETE DISASTER for us. If you have a small, suburban yard or plan to drive it on absolutely flat sidewalks, it might be fun. For us, it is no good at all, even with one 40 lb child.
We have 5 acres and a huge variety of terrain. We were fully prepared for it not to work on our slopes and inclines, but imagined that the area around the house that is flattish (just very gentle slopes where it has not been professionally graded) would be fine. Instead, it's been a total failure.
At first, we thought the car was defective since the engine kept dying. We took it in for repair twice, but they couldn't replicate the problem. The repair guy happened to have family near us and, when he was visiting, came over to see the jeep in (in)action. He insisted it should be able to handle the flattish areas of our yard and couldn't figure out what was wrong.
Fisher-Price, however, insists that the jeep is not defective and can only be driven on absolutely flat surfaces. Even the gentlest of slopes causes it to overheat, triggering a tripswitch that cuts the motor off for 30 seconds. My child rides for a minute or two, then it stops, then we wait 30 seconds, then he rides for another minute or two. They have now promised to call the authorized repair guy to inform him that the jeep will not work on anything but the flattest surface. They have also told us the repair guy was wrong to suggest it should work on our yard. I point this out only to show that even the authorized repairman was surprised and shocked that it would not work on our flattish (but not completely level) yard.
Final outcome, we have wasted $250. Look carefully at the area where you'll be using it. I always considered our front yard flat until our Jeep Rubicon taught me otherwise!