Good for driving off road with comfort
All door latches needed to be rebuilt, doors wouldn't stay closed and would fly open.
Muffler and tailpipe had to be replaced.
Seat belts don't retract.
Headlights needed alignment.
Tailgate won't stay up.
RH remote mirror doesn't work.
Headliner fell down.
Temperature gage isn't accurate, it says it's running hot when it really isn't.
I borrowed this car in early 2002 for three months for the winter. I'm used to driving a '70 Chevy El Camino which was my first car and I use that everyday so using this was change from the usual.
I didn't like this car, it was tan and brown two-tone with wire wheels and a tan interior and though it was well taken care of, but I couldn't get used to all the quirks it had. It got really annoying after a while.
It was very uncomfortable on long day trips, and it may be considered a mid-size, but it feels like a compact inside, the ergonomics aren't that great.
Engine noise is annoying, not very quiet inside.
Drives like a Volvo (stiff suspension) and can't take corners good.
Woodgrain on the dashboard looks real, gauges are laid out well.
Not good on wet roads even with the four wheel drive, since the suspension is stiff and it sits up high, it tends to fishtail and loose traction a lot taking turns.
Brakes could be better.
Doesn't feel very safe.
Styling isn't that great, the bumpers look out of place and the rear view with it sitting up high is ugly especially with the square bumper guards.
Acceleration is slow, don't even think about passing someone, but the motor has lots of torque which helps with four wheel drive.
I've driven it on muddy dirt roads before and it's good off road, the four wheel drive helps and the suspension does a good job smoothing things out.
Overall it's an OK car for someone looking for 4 wheel drive, but don't expect much- it looks a lot fancier than it really is.
If I was in the market for a four wheel drive I wouldn't buy one of these, I'd just buy a Jeep or an older Blazer, since they'd have more room and were easier to get parts for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd February, 2003