1981 Jeep CJ7 Reviews

1981 Jeep CJ7 Renegade 2.4 diesel from Costa Rica

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired500000 miles
Most recent distance505000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Will keep it for the rest of my life

Faults:

Well, this was a fixer upper... so lots of things were wrong with it that were not the car's fault.

I would say that manufacturing type things would be the tranny, and brakes. Just not as strong as they should be.

General Comments:

Still great classic look; I get comments all the time.

The body is prone to rust, but you can rust proof it.

This thing will go anywhere, even with a puny little diesel engine with maybe 60hp; it will crawl up the side of a wall.

Parts are cheap and easy to find.

Easy to make a Jeep just the way you want it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2008

21st Mar 2008, 15:11

Do you know where we can find a diesel engine for the CJ?

1981 Jeep CJ7 400 Chevy from North America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 400 Chevy Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Greatest ride under the sun!

Faults:

Replaced motor with big bad built-up beast - 6 mpg.

Replaced exhaust with headers/dual flowmaster.

Replaced body with fiberglass.

Replaced wheels/tires.

Replaced transmission with 350 turbo.

Replaced axles with Dana 44s, and lock rights in front and rear.

General Comments:

There is absolutely nothing like a CJ! Any Jeep with EFI is just not the real thing! I don't own a top for my Jeep, so it is purely a summer fair weather ride. The comfort factor is a complete non-issue for me, as the ruggedness of the CJ7 is a direct result of it's tank like ride. Show me any other vehicle this fun for $10,000. I can go anywhere, and when in 4WD on pavement I can out run almost all sports cars for the first 1/8th mile!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews