1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SJ 5.9 V8 from North America

Summary:

I wish Jeep still made trucks like this

Faults:

Nothing, original engine runs like gangbusters.

I've had to replace the distributor cap.

I've had to adjust the Saginaw steering box once.

I've had to adjust the transmission shifter once.

General Comments:

This is one of the greatest vehicles ever made.

The AMC 360 pulls hard, better than any Mopar 360 or GMC 350.

Great tow vehicle with the towing package.

Very good low range and transfer case have gotten me out of bad spots.

High weight makes handling in snow or sand excellent.

Interior is as comfortable as could possibly be.

Only bad thing, Jeep no longer makes good strong trucks like this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2005

1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer AMC 360 2bbl. V8 from North America

Summary:

A strong, well built vehicle with a few minor annoyances mixed in

Faults:

Replaced the transfer case, Jeep only had rear wheel drive when I bought it. The 229 transfer case was fairly difficult to find and the Jeep was out of commission for 5 weeks.

The Ford carbuerator leaves much to be desired. I would have rated reliability higher if not for it. This is a re-manufactured carb and is not that old. Very problematic.

Rear wiper and washer were non-operational when bought. Can't get a new wiper setup for the tailgate on a newer model, but can get one for an older model (1984 and older).

Rear defrost non-operational when bought.

Rear window out of track, but still operational.

Headliner is slowly, but surely coming down.

General Comments:

Overall this vehicle is sound. I like it allot (I'm a big AMC fan) but as with every vehicle, it has its problems.

It could definitely use a bigger gas tank. 20 gallons at 10 miles a gallon sometimes just doesn't cut it.

The AMC designed V-8 is great, lots of power and relatively easy to work on. But, as mentioned above, the Ford carburetor sucks (I'm a carb kinda guy too). The most unreliable carb Ford made just had to be utilized on this vehicle. Oh well.

Great ride, excellent interior, lots of room, nice and heavy and still made of steel, minimal computer usage means you can still work on it yourself if you wish. Most parts are not a problem to get with the exception of the few mentioned above. This truck will smash through a brick wall and keep going.

Looks great too. Has that awesome vintage look to it. Big button door handles, vinyl wood siding, roof rack, it just plain looks good!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th January, 2005

29th Jan 2005, 09:55

10 mpg?

Gee, when gas reaches $5.00 a gallon I guess we will have guys like you to thank!

6th Feb 2005, 00:36

Well, I guess that's one way of looking at it. Demand does help determine the price of products in any given market (especially when there is too much money/power on the supply and distribution end to regulate). BUT, we're talking "cars" not "politics".

10th Apr 2005, 22:52

It's not exactly an 'air' system that controls the four wheel drive in your GW. It is, however, a vacuum system. Sounds like you have a vacuum leak. Time to buy some new vacuum lines. They're not hard to find. The problem could be at your switch, or at your actuator (the part that moves a lever at the transfer case depending on the direction of the vacuum flow.)

Good luck!

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1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer from North America

Summary:

Not a Volvo, what next?

Faults:

Automatic door locks don't lock all the doors, sometimes don't even unlock or lock tho they 'try'.

Gas gauge always reads 'full'.

Tailgate 'catches' only on left side.

Fog lamps long ago rusted out.

Rear wiper has no place to 'press' against when the rear window is down.

Rear window gets 'caught' sometimes half way down.

Retaining metal for gas tank rusted through, almost lost tank if not for a conscientious mechanic.

Put $800 dollars repair and labor into rear brakes, only to have the FRONT brakes fail shortly after.

Sometimes will NOT start in Park. Must jiggle the shift lever... forcefully or start in neutral.

Is currently leaking oil, but unable to determine where.

General Comments:

Massive car compared to what I am familiar with; a Volvo wagon. Even though of the approximate same technology era as the 240's, the differences are disturbing.

Yes it does have power, height, and a road presence unlike anything I have ever driven. But the brakes must, MUST be comparable to the power and mass of the vehicle AND its purpose/uses. At 85,000 miles the front brakes failed, pulling a 1500 lb camper, (two adults three kids and a dog inside) before we even got out of our home town! We switched camper and kids to a 210,000 mile Volvo 240 wagon for the rest of our 3000 mile trip WITHOUT PROBLEM.

The kids complain about the stiffness of the ride though they love the roominess inside! At highway speeds the ride smooths out a lot.

All the little problems are frustrating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th July, 2004

11th Sep 2004, 00:39

I have had just the opposite experience with my 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I drive it daily with close to 83,000 miles on it. It always starts right up, admittedly sometimes I have to give it a little gas to get it cranked up. Suprisingly, it doesn't drip oil. I look every morning and at work I back into my spot so I can tell if I am dripping yet.

My favorite thing about the car is its road presence. It weighs over 6000 pounds so I feel very safe in it, afterall its pure metal (even has real metal bumpers). Two years ago I was driving a BMW 330i convertible (paid over 40K dollars for it), but I have gotten rid of it and replaced it with a 1987 maroon Grand Wagoneer (cost? $6000). Every Friday my kids argue over who gets to sit in the front seat in the middle next to Dad (me). After my wife and I make it through dinner with 2-4 of our kids, we go 4-wheeling. What a blast, I hope the cops don't catch us becuase sometimes we go on some city owned property. Up hills, down hills, going in between trees, driving through up to two feet of water.

Bottom Line: "PRICELESS"

If you don't like your Jeep sell it to someone who will give it a good home. These cars will be the collectible SUV's in the future. I hope to leave mine to a grand kid that will take care of it, if I ever have a grand kid.

Was it King David who said: "...a wise man leaves an inheritance to his children's children..."