200k miles is just a warm up
Original trans torque converter began acting up at 125k miles.
Vacuum pump in trans went at 130k.
Second gear in the trans exploded, shredding everything inside at 155k.
Kick panels under door have rusted through.
Bottom of tailgate rusting along with front underside of doors.
Plastic fuel door release mechanism snapped.
Replaced rad. at 167k.
Replaced starter motor at 198k.
My parents bought this Jeep used in 1996 with 16,000 miles on her. It was originally my mom's car, although when I hit 16 (in 2001) suddenly it became mine. Probably due to the fact that my dad got a new car, my mom got his Wrangler and I got the GC.
But, for as long as I've been driving the truck, its been a fine, strong runner. I often refer to her as a "pit bull". Smaller than most SUVs, yet surprisingly tough, agile and incredibly strong.
She can up and light off the line like a muscle car, and with the current rig of the exhaust, sounds like one too.
For a light truck, it always surprises everyone by just how well it handles, deadens sound and runs smoothly considering the miles and age of it.
I do take her off-roading on occasion and she always shine both on and off road, handling like a true Jeep should. I like it because it's still small enough to get into and out of tight places, yet big enough to fit a bunch of people or stuff into. Like the commercials say; and its completely true... it is IMPOSSIBLE not to have fun in a Jeep.
Now aside from a few replaced parts that have broken or worn out over the many years of operation, this truck has been very reliable to me over many, many years now.
I change the oil on her every three thousand, maintain fluids and general care, and she continues to blow the doors off of Mustangs.
The interior is beyond comfortable, and still to this day makes road trips feel like nothing. I love being able to sit in the old girl and not feel restless.
Overall, it's a good, solid running truck (thanks to the indestructible Chrysler 318) and I plan on having it for many more years to come.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2008