1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Jeep V8 from North America
The greatest car a teenage guy could have!
The floats in my carburetor broke, so when gas would come in they would float up to let it in and then stay up. This lowered my mileage a lot, but I replaced the faulty carburetor and it runs beautifully again.
The drivers seat leather has a tear in it.
This Jeep is amazingly powerful and reliable even with its age (17 years). I am 17 and my friends and often like to go off-roading and my Jeep usually outdoes my friends 92 Chevy Blazer. My turning radius is also very impressive due to the shorter wheel base. Recently I pulled a 540 in a gravel parking lot. My 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a one of a kind treasure and is the best car in the world, it has power, comfort, durability and style. I love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2003
I just wrote a review on my Jeep on April 3rd 03. I noticed you gave your Jeep a 9 out of 10 for reliability. DON'T COUNT ON IT! The day after I wrote that review, my intake manifold gasket seems to have developed a coolant leak into the air/fuel stream. This has crippled my acceleration to almost impossible and has stalled out at intersections making the people behind me angry! As good of a truck as it is, they are very problem prone as the engine control system is more complex than today's cars, without today's electronic circuitry. We have had wagoneers since 1979 - the chrysler ones are tougher, but not more reliable.
A few tips for better fuel economy: high performance ignition wires and spark plugs (platinum are best), always a clean air filter, PCV valve, engine oil (10W30), fuel filter and crankcase breather cap - clean is the word. Always with every oil change, lubricate the heat riser valve in the exhaust pipe with graphite spray. Check vacuum hoses!
If yours has an EVAP canister, test the purge valve with a hand vacuum pump. It should not leak! If it does, you are losing vacuum which affects EGR, ignition timing, manifold pressure etc...
I'm also a 17 year old, I've fallen in love with the looks of the Wagoneer, I'm very much thinking that I'll buy one in the very near future; your review is very helpful.