Be ready for a lot of little troubles
3 injectors have gone bad, I replaced all 8 myself for $180 and two hours effort.
Both Visor clips broke, They are very thin. I picked up a pair at the local junk yard for $10.
The display on the radio started blinking on and off and eventually went out totally. This took me about 2.5 hours to repair. Not a big deal, but aggravating. I will fix anyone's for $60.
Left rear window motor is not working, I'll wait till the weather warms up again for this one. Priced the motor @ ~$25 (Parts Store) and 2 hours.
Leather drivers seat was worn through when I bought it. The replacement was $60 at the junk yard.
Clear coating is pealing off of the clad molding on the drivers side.
Replaced the tailgate lift struts. $55.
No major mechanical troubles in the last 10 months.
This SUV has the factory towing package with the extra cooling capacity that goes with it. With that said, it seems to take forever for the Jeep to heat up on cold winter days - 15-20 minutes.
Has excellent power to the ground. Feels powerful through the whole power curve.
Gas mileage is on the poor side with an overall average of 17mpg. I would attribute this to the Quadra-trac full time 4X4.
A lot more room than my former Sidekick, and fairly comfortable.
I don't like the long reach to the radio/CD controls.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2003