Simple urban transportation for uncommon cities
Nothing serious... yet. Other reviews about this car indicate that I will have an approximate 50/50 chance of something going horribly wrong, but I digress.
The only faults so far are the little amounts of transmission slip (which aren't doing anything), occasional entertainment system glitches and road noise. The vehicle is due in for a recall fix of the rear suspension, but I haven't had any problems up until recently with the vehicle's handling.
This was a painful downgrade from my previous car, but I figure if I'm going to live in the Canadian North, I'd better have a car that is ubiquitous, making parts cheap and readily available; that, and my Skyline had troubles running regularly. The Jeep serves its purpose as a no-frills beater, but on the plus side, it does have air conditioning and heated leather seats - the former being great for the nightless, desert summers, and the latter for those boreal winters.
I haven't had a winter in the North just yet, so I haven't had a chance to use the 4x4 functions. I don't really get up to much off-road shenanigans, so it's no big deal for me. The height and suspension of the car are adequate for the frost-heaved roads, though much of the road is felt in the cabin, often loudly. A softer setup may have reduced this, but it may have made the car more wobbly, so it's not that bad of a trade-off.
The car's engine is seriously weak: 160-ish horsepower from a 3.6L V6 and only 14 MPG? C'mon! I expect better from an engine made only six years ago. Regardless, it can still accelerate, and the brakes are capable of slowing it down, though fade is quite noticeable.
My overall opinion of the car is that it is adequate: it does its job without any coaxing or prodding, or extensive maintenance. It just works, and that's all I was really after.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th August, 2012