Definition of dependability and offroad fun
Fan Clutch has been out for a while, but I hooked up the electric fan to a toggle switch to cool it down until I get ready to fix it. It even makes it idle cool in 100+ degree weather!!!
I replaced Valve Cover Gasket at 226,000 miles.
I replaced Coil at 225,000 miles.
Since it hit 210,000 miles it has become very slow taking off from stoplights, She eats a lot of gas if you try to keep up with other cars. Even with not keeping up with the traffic, she gets around 11 miles to a gallon. She used to get around 17 in town. I suspect a compression leak. So that will most likely result in a total engine rebuild.
Other than that, just routine stuff, like oil changes every 3000 miles...etc.
The interior of My Jeep is not really luxurious, however I really don't care.
I have added a wood dash kit that has brought some balance between luxury and utility. The seats are very comfortable.
If you do not have privacy glass windows, it looks a little similar to a fish bowl. I put 5% all the way around.
The inline 6 motor has plenty of power, even though mine is tired it still has no problems getting on the freeway quickly, that is, if I take it to 3000 RPMs.
It is pretty high geared on for an SUV, it only does about 2250 RPMs at 70MPH.
My Jeep is equipped with the AW4 transmission, and I took it to a transmission shop to have it serviced, the owner told me that it was one of the best transmissions ever designed. They last forever, but he also said if mine should ever fail to just sell the Jeep, because it would be around $2000 just to rebuild it.
There are basically NO blind spots in these vehicles!!! Very open, nice.
The turning radius on these vehicles is amazing! I can get out of almost any tight area.
My Jeep is also equiped with Command trac 4 wheel drive, it works so well in the mud, sand, desert, mountain roads, every where, and I have never got stuck yet.
Fuel economy is not the greatest, but it was conservative for an SUV, back when it had less miles on it.
We have a 2003 Buick Le sabre, and the Jeep rides nothing like it, if you buy one of these, expect to feel every bump in the road. It doesn't bother me though, but some days it's a little jarring.
Only left me stranded ONE time in almost 230,000 miles and that was when the coil went out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2007