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Old 08-21-2016, 2:08 PM
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Default Old Priest Grade/Rd. near Groveland, Calif.

Anyone have experience driving this scenic Road? Any problem driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee up it? No plans driving down that road.:goji:

Got caught behind a RV going towards Yosemite (National Park), they would not pull over!

Also, where does everyone prefer to stay inside the Park? Where are the "clean rest rooms w/ showers"?
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Old 08-21-2016, 4:01 PM
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Old priest grade is awesome. I put my tacoma in 2 (auto) and head up. Somewhere between 20 and 25mph. It'll save you a lot of time.

On the down I also downshift. Watch that stop at the very bottom!
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Never been an issue for me. My preferred way to go when I'm that way. Fist found it when I was stationed at Castle AFB back in the early 80s

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If you own a vehicle that has a history of transmission issues (older grand Cherokees) I'd avoid the grade.
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If you own a vehicle that has a history of transmission issues (older grand Cherokees) I'd avoid the grade.
Which years and transmissions?

Until this trip, I'd stayed in "D" (drive 5), to stay off the brakes. I started down shifting to 4 th and 3 rd, the later worked quite well, with some braking. This was descending the new 120 hwy grade.
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Went up with my suburban loaded to GVWR and it got up to 216 (norm 190) If you're worried about it take the easy slightly longer way up
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:04 AM
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"If you're worried about it take the easy slightly longer way up"

not worried, wanta be smart, real nice Grand Cherokee w/ Hemi
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Which years and transmissions?

Until this trip, I'd stayed in "D" (drive 5), to stay off the brakes. I started down shifting to 4 th and 3 rd, the later worked quite well, with some braking. This was descending the new 120 hwy grade.
It's been a while so bear with me since I've touched Chrysler product. Carsurvey.org is a good site to investigate common pattern failures for your specific vehicle.

Sadly it appears a few of the newer variants also have problems as well
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Been going up it at least once a year since '68, in everything from a VW Bug/Bus or Hillman Husky to main battle cruiser Lincoln or AMX. Had to judge the running of the stop at the base with the traffic, on more than one occasion. Been there three times this year so far. PAX
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So decending is fun especially near the stop sign.
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Going up is not a problem. Going down, you better make sure you have good brakes.

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what type of vehicle does the CHP use? wonder how often there brakes are replaced?
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