1985 AMC Grand Wagoneer 360
Generally a money pit. Similar to a Harley
First of all, I wouldn't own this Jeep except for my wife fell in love with it.
There is virtually nothing on this vehicle that I haven't replaced or am about to replace, except the transmission.
Rebuilt engine at 126000. Since then, have replaced carb twice, radiator at least twice, oil pump, water pump, brakes, master cylinder, rear end.
Added rear air and a new paint job in 2002. Jeep is currently in shop getting a new steering gearbox. I also have replaced carpet and seats.
Finally, the transfer case locked up a year ago, so that is on the agenda for this summer, along with improved radiator shroud to keep from overheating when I pull trailers.
A serious love/hate relationship, with not that much love. I love the way it handles on ice; living in TX, I only experience that 1 or 2 days a year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th February, 2003
18th Jan 2005, 20:59
Your Jeep has a lot of miles on it, why don't you give it a break from heavy work? The Jeep will pull its own, but you can't beat on a truck that has that many miles on it. take care of it and it will last for ever in a state with no snow.
13th Jul 2005, 19:35
1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Texas Limited Edition, 180,000 miles, fully loaded, nothing left out except everything goes wrong with it except the engine and transmission. Right now I am trying to find out if there is a manual way to roll up the rear window. Any suggestions guy's? I would complain more, but the Jeep keeps going touch off road and I have never had to do anything mechanical to it (as far as tranny, engine & suspension). And I have had it for 1 year for a total price of $500. I do drive it daily to and from work with very little driving other than that, getting about 7 miles to the gallon. That averages to $285-325 a month in gas.
20th Nov 2005, 00:36
1986 grand wagoneer best vehicle I've owned. It sounds like you need to be a little bit more mechanically inclined. Other than the mere 15 mpg I love this truck. It seems like mine has a few electrical problems (gas gauge, some lights) when I don't use it everyday other than that it's a great second vehicle. Ultimate 4x4 on ice and snow.