1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 360 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 360 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

It's OK, sturdy, but 12 mpg

Faults:

The pan gasket (and there are four separate pieces) lets the engine leak a lot of oil. I understand this is a common problem.

The engine control module has failed three times - the part is $170.

The power steering pump sprung a bad leak at 90,000.

Carb has needed rebuilding twice (first guy did it wrong), but the engine continues to stall from a stop.

Driver's seat leans back - support braces are softer metal than they should be.

General Comments:

Starts well in any weather - always kept outside.

Great traction - vacuum electronic 4wh drive works perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2003

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer AMC 360 5.9 liter V8 2 bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission AMC 360 5.9 liter V8 2 bbl Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired223000 miles
Most recent distance226000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Excellent luxury, performance and class in a 6,000 pound package

Faults:

The car has been in the family since new.

The following problems have occurred since new:

Vapor lock, until an extra fuel pump and larger radiator were installed

Slow power windows, but they all still work

Rear window wiper doesn't work

Really hard to get the tranny out of 4WD LOW, someone recommended backing up in a figure 8?

Rear bumper rubber thingies, keep falling off every time I scrape the back bumper 4-wheeling

The door chime goes off sometimes in the middle of the night for no apparent reason, especially when the truck is parked on a slight angle, still haven't figured that one out yet. Sucks when your camping and it goes off

Ash tray doesn't stay closed

The JEEP hood ornament snapped off one day, replaced it no problem

The original JEEP cassette player died, replaced it with a 93 JEEP cassette player

The leather-wrapped steering wheel is beginning to rub off

Rear window keyhole doesn't work, but at least the switch inside is still OK.

General Comments:

You'd think that with all that has gone wrong with the car I'd hate it, right? NOPE! Even after 226,000 miles on the same engine/transmission, this car runs like a top. It helps that my uncle is a mechanic and owns his own shop and has kept up with the preventive and scheduled maintenance visits. Thanks Bob!

Things that I love about this car:

The engine is huge and powerful. The truck would go from 0 - 60 in less than 10 seconds if it didn't weigh 6,000 lbs. 5-15 miles to the gallon kinda sucks, but when you're pulling a heavy trailer or 6 passengers and cargo, its worth it. Especially considering the luxury and comfort passengers get to ride in.

I love the wood-grain vinyl! The car has been repainted (original white) and the vinyl has been replaced so it looks new (except for the replacement grille). The vinyl absorbs a lot of the little brush scratches when off-roading, so it works well too.

The roof rack is useful. I hope I'm not the only one using the roof rack. I stick coolers up there, bikes, skis, extra gasoline, whatever won't fit inside. And the stock clamps are holding in there just fine.

The fold up rear seat is great for camping. Fold up the rear and open the tailgate. Put your pillow on the tailgate and you've got an ergonomic and astronomer-friendly bed.

The compass and temperature gauges have come in handy.

I can't believe how well the carpet holds up to a constant beating, and the seats are holding up just as well.

4-wheeling in LOW is where my GW really shows her stuff. You don't even have to press the accelerator (or the brake) to climb or descend sharp angles.

I'd really like to throw a deeper-throated exhaust on it and bigger tires. Maybe I'll just leave her be, we seem to be getting along just fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2002

6th Oct 2004, 08:02

To shift into or out of four low, you must shift the transmission into neutral with the Jeep rolling about 5 mph. Then shift the low range lever in the floor. (this what the owners manual says) It will grind a little bit, but this is normal. Once it is shifted put the transmission in back in drive. It is very difficult to shift into or out of low range if the Jeep is sitting still.

30th May 2006, 13:51

Actually it all depends on what trans-fer case you had. if you had a part time system then you can just shift it (or so said my Cherokee's manual) whereas if it had the full-time then it does say to shift into N and then into 4wdlo, but it all depends on what you have.

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 5.9l (360ci) V-8 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.9l (360ci) V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000 CD turbo

Summary:

The first real SUV and still one of the best

Faults:

Engine failure (result of cooling hose failure) at 185,000 miles.

Seatbelt anchor failure at 145,000.

Radiator failure at 150,000.

Slight left (driver) side sag (ongoing).

Power steering pump reservoir leak at 170,000.

Transmission gasket leak at 130,000.

Vacuum hose leaks (ongoing and intermittent).

Rear differential failure at 180,000.

General Comments:

Vehicle is comfortable and capable, both on and off road.

Some ergonomic issues that are byproducts of the vehicle's 30 year product cycle and can be lived with.

Vehicle's design (short overhangs, wide track) overcome limitations of the solid axle and leaf spring suspension to provide on road handling and ride that is better than competing late model SUVs.

Drivetrain, though robust and satisfactory, is archaic and overly constrained by 1970s vintage emissions controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews