Puts the "Utility" in SUV
Track bar and clutch at 95K miles.
Valve cover at 120K miles.
Thermostat and coolant hoses around 130K miles.
Rear pinion seal at 150K miles.
Wheel bearing at 155K miles.
Radiator at 160K miles.
I bought my Country after getting a Wrangler stuck in the snow on a test drive.
I took the Country to the same snowbank and now after four years of trying to get it stuck in all sorts of places, have yet to succeed.
I've driven it places that I wouldn't be able to hike to, towed things, pulled trees down, and picked up people stranded by their newer high-end SUV's during snowstorms.
This car will go absolutely anywhere I care to go, and it has never let me down. I truly love it.
My only concern as you can see from the list above is that it will nickel and dime me to death.
None of these trips to the mechanic are what I would consider a cheap fix.
After each, my mechanic tells me that the car is in great shape, but a few months later, I find myself dropping it off again.
You're not going to blow anybody's doors off with this car, and the interior is a little austere by today's standards.
But it's utility and control more than make up for its lack of flare.
Visibility is fantastic through the big, non-tinted windows, but it's an oven when you park it in the sun.
The manual transmission gives you added response, coupled with stiff shocks and tight steering. You never struggle for control as you do in newer SUV's marketed for comfort.
The turning radius is commendable for the wheelbase, and it handles much smaller than it is.
In all, if you are the slightest bit attentive in your driving, this is a very safe car.
I'll keep this car until it quits and I know it will always do what I ask of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2004