1988 AMC Grand Wagoneer 360
Just a darn good truck, built tough and heavy before the SUVs became cars
Alternator, front axle (my own fault!), brake system, gas tank rusted off, water pump, carb rebuild, small leak from the rear main seal and front axle pinion shaft seal.
Generally a great truck. It has begun to show its age as rust is beginning to appear in the usual places for this vehicle.
It is my favorite to drive around town on errands out of my 5 vehicles. It is also very good off-road despite its size. The turning radius is very tight so it handles switchbacks with ease. It has spent a lot of time camping and off-road in the mountains of NM, CO & AZ as well as the north woods of WI and the U.P. of MI.
I can get a decent 15-16 mpg on the highway but it drops to a dismal 10mpg in town. Aero (out of CA) makes a great, easy to install 36 gallon replacement gas tank. Money well spent, much better than the 20 gallon stock unit!
Although not fast on the street by any means, the engine is excellent for four wheeling off-road or towing with lots of torque down low, both of which mine has done quite a bit. The ride is firm and a bit bouncy (I added stiffer springs and shocks for towing), but overall it's enjoyable.
The interior is comfortable and great for long distance drives. Cargo is also not a problem, with the rear seat folded, it swallows full-size sheets of plywood/paneling/drywall, etc. I do not plan on selling this one for a newer SUV. Next winter it is going to get a complete restoration and be put back to work once complete.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2000
I'm looking into buying a rebuilt Jeep Wagoneer, V8 360hp, dana 44 racing axles, new paint, new interior, new rims, brakes, chrome highlights (reinforced bumpers, window/door trim), and when it was up on the lift, I too noticed that small leak in the back and at the pinion.
What did you do? It seems to me small enough to leave, or not to worry about right now.
Also, how about the A/C, how often do you have to recharge it? That's my other main concern. Everything else about the truck is beautiful!