2004 Jeep TJ Rocky Mountain Edition 4.0 inline 6
5mph thrill ride
Nothing I can't attribute to using the Jeep off road.
Water pump (mud)... still shouldn't have gone, but who knows?
U joints, all kinds, many many times (mud).
Bent steering... not sure of the cause.. a stump maybe.
Throw out bearing (mud).
Broken front axle U joint (rocks).
Broken rear yoke (rocks).
Stay away from mud... Considering the parts broken, everything else still holds up great, the thing is a tank.
The TJ is an absolute blast of vehicle to own, that is if you're the type of person who can enjoy it. It is slow, and tall on the road, it feels like you are driving a cube. But it is amazingly fun to drive, from the flat windshield to the gearbox it screams authentic, functional and fun. Doors off and top down is a pretty crazy the first time, and nothing but fun.
That said... Chrysler is subpar in my opinion, and lots of little things in the interior are cheapo feeling.. lots of rattles and sounds, and these are typical of Wranglers (offroad use or not). Would never buy a Chrysler product again, except for another Jeep Wrangler.
Offroad is where I have learned to love the TJ. After "wheelin" it for 3 years (heavily) through mud, rocks, mountains, and rivers, it continues to impress me. The strangest feeling is slogging your way through rocker deep mud holes, up hills with massive inclines with ledges and obstacles to boot, never going faster than 6 mph. Then just poppin it into 2 high and hitting the highway to go home never missing a beat. It's a 5mph thrill ride.
It's more fun than a sports car (to me) simply because you can use it to its full potential offroad on the weekend, and drive it to work the next day; there is nothing like it. It's cheaper than tracking a car, and a little goes a long way with Jeep; parts are cheap and they are simple vehicles. Enjoyed them stock or heavily modified.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2011