A reliability nightmare
Engine was completely worn out at 100,000 km and required total rebuild. It always ran well, but liked to leak oil.
Torque converter broke and ruined transmission, requiring complete rebuild at 50,000 km.
Torque converter required replacement again at 100,000 km, to correct noise.
The Select - Track transfer case is a disaster. It has been rebuilt twice and still doesn't work properly.
The windshield developed a stress crack.
The paint and chrome have flaked off in many areas.
Electrical systems in the rear hatch do not work, due to faulty wiring harness.
I am sentimentally attached to this vehicle, as it was my first car. Therefore, I have repaired all of the problems, but it has cost me much more money than its really worth.
When everything is working, its nice to drive, although it lacks adequate acceleration at highway speed.
Its reasonably roomy inside, yet is very compact and maneuverable.
The steering is a bit numb, with little handling feel.
It is very good off road and is very durable, structurally.
I feel the engine should have lasted longer, as I maintained it very well.
The torque converter is too fragile, and the transfer case is an absolute nightmare. It is far too susceptible to breakdown and is very expensive to fix.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th May, 2003