Stylish, luxurious SUV, but it will cost you to maintain it
Transmission began shifting harshly at 8000 miles.
Front brakes needed replacement at 27,000 miles.
Rear drive shaft needed replacement at 28,000 miles (found to be contributing to harsh transmission shifting).
Seat belt buckles both needed replacement at 32,000 miles.
Driver door secondary hinge (the black plastic one) began popping and needed replacement at 40,000 miles.
Began idling very bumpy at 40,000 miles or so. $800 worth of tuning-up and fuel injection services failed to fix.
Rear differential bearings went out at 45,000 miles.
Muffler began rattling at 50,000 miles and vehicle lost a noticeable amount of low end power.
It is a beautiful SUV, which is the main reason why I purchased it. The interior is well appointed and designed, and the engine had plenty of power before it mysteriously lost some low-end torque. The Infinity sound system is to die for, much better than the Bose in my other car. The electronics are all still functioning properly after 55,000 miles and 6 years.
I have had issues with Jeep dealers. They can never seem to diagnose my problems properly. The transmission is still shifting abruptly at times and the dealer tells me they cannot fix it (they told me this when the truck was under warranty too). They seem to dance around the issues and charge me for stuff that doesn't even make a difference.
The vehicle does not seem to hold an alignment very long. Aside from these issues, it has been reliable (never broken down on me) and it is quite comfortable for long trips.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th May, 2005