After 14 years, it's excellent to drive, powerful, durable, and reliable
There were a few problems with the steering bar doing cracking sounds when it was new. It was fixed by a mechanic.
Some hoses that came installed when the car were bought, deteriorated with time, and had to be replaced.
I totally love this car! After 14 years of use and abuse, I must say that the only thing actually wrong with this vehicle is the amount of fuel it consumes.
I live in Caracas and this city is a driver's hell. Traffic is terrible, but even worse is that the road maintenance is the worst thing ever, in rainy seasons it gets worse. Broken roads, flooded roads, bad angles of inclination, anything that can go wrong on-road, you name it. I've been there and this car has never let me down! I figure other cars "can" drive trough most of that, but certainly not without compromising the durability of the car.
I do very little of off-road driving, only occasional dirt roads but that's it. On occasions I drive through places where I wouldn't drive a sedan. Drives perfectly on dirt roads and other poor quality terrain.
It drives very neatly, and it's actually comfortable to drive. The engine is very powerful. Acceleration and braking are pretty good for normal and aggressive driving. Excellent road and highway performance. I think it's partly because the car weight is kind of light for a vehicle of it's class.
This car is getting old, but it's working like it's new. I'd look forward to buying a new car if Jeep would only produce an improved version of the XJ with new technology. The new SUVs on the market seem too heavy, it feels like they lack power, and they also seem larger and less convenient. I'm wondering what in the world I'm going to drive in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2008