I am looking at buying an 89' Jeep and these articles have definitely convinced me to do so. I know it is a big, powerful, not too comfortable, hard rockin' piece of machinery, and that is what I love about it. It signifies America to this former marine, and I love it. I am gonna buy this dedicated, lovely, first on the scene of the SUV world by 45 years machine, thanks.
My Jeep has many nagging problems I could care less about. The power and the ride and the 4wd have me solidly hooked. But the leaks into the passenger and driver's side floors are driving me nuts! Does anybody know how to end these leaks? I pulled out the dash and fixed the rust holes behind it, and still there is as much water coming in as ever. Any ideas? email me at email@example.com please. (plus post here as well, for the next guy) Thanx.
My Jeep has 315k on it. It has been troublesome.
Cooling system problems and power lock and window problems.
The A/C has been dead since I had it due to the placement of hoses below the battery - a very dumb idea. But the 4 wheel drive system is OK.
The head gasket leaks some oil. This also causes cooling systems problems. Note that the exhaust manifold is very fragile!
Had shifting problems, but it was only the throttle position sensor, an easy fix.
Repeat parts: radiators, starters.
Axle (front passenger side) and rear axle seal and bearing (which has to be pressed on the bearing that is). Other than that, it has been OK, but expensive to repair. It's time to find another one.
Remember, Jeep stands for Just Enjoy Every Problem and Just Empty Every Pocket. That goes for all Jeeps.
Those are low miles, and they run long and strong as I have read.
I just bought my first Jeep Laredo '89, and with plenty of extras, since it was used as a search and rescue vehicle. I could not pass it up for the price. It has 176,xxx miles on it.
Bad news right away when it over heated and water came out from under the truck and in the front. He mentioned it runs hot, and I had read that as well. I got him to give me some money back, and all and all I am happy with it, knowing the value of other ones like it, and that I got it way cheaper and "HOOKED UP" with extras. I think it is the water pump, but he seems to think it's the thermostat. I also think I might have to replace the radiator.
All things said, it would only cost me no more than $200 to buy the parts (new) and slap em' in myself. I can also flip it for double what I paid and make money, but I think it's worth keeping for a while. Any comments back, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org