It's a Jeep thing - Now I understand.
Brake problems. RF caliper stuck because the pad was worn down (My fault for not checking!) and I've chased the brake issues ever since. New rotors, pads twice in the last year. I don't think any of this is really a flaw in the vehicle.
Exhaust manifold is cracked. I hear this is common.
RR door lock failed with power locks. I hear this is also common. I just installed a used part bought off EBay.
Dash lights dim out whenever they feel like it. This appears to be the headlight switch module (125.00 OEM). I've seen them on EBay for about 30.00.
Speaking of common problems, I replaced the Air Cond evaporator. The AC quit back in 2003 and I replaced the compressor, dryer and all the AC lines. I finally had to replace the evap. This is a horrible job that I don't recommend anyone ever take on. Ever. Pay somebody. Seriously.
Transmission acts a little weird at highway speeds. Feels and sounds like running over the rumble strips. Haven't determined the cause yet.
I haven't had any engine problems that I can remember.
I bought it wrecked and it needed a rear axle due to the accident. Since then, I've put another axle under it because that one failed at the rear end gear. Not a job for the average owner but I have some family in the business. Incidentally, this did not fix the "rumble strips" problem. I've had that issue for about 3 years.
The ride is a little rough but you are buying a Jeep. If you want a smooth ride, get a luxury car. I have no complaints about the ride considering what it is.
Handling is typical for an SUV.
4X4 is incredible. I won't own a 2 wheel drive ever again.
Overall, I like the look and feel of the Jeep. I bought a jeep after witnessing a collision between a Cherokee and a Crown Victoria. The Crown Vic left on a rollback and the Jeep drove home. I've been in a similar accident in mine and again, the Jeep is built like a tank. It was more than a Ford Ranger could handle!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th March, 2008