1972 Jeep Wagoneer Review

1972 Jeep Wagoneer 360 (5.9L) 2bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 360 (5.9L) 2bbl Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

Luxury, performance and ruggedness

Faults:

Alternator stopped working.

Starter stopped working.

Ignition stopped working.

General Comments:

The wagoneer was the first vehicle I ever owned, I purchased it when I was 17 years old for $950 US. We drove it 120 miles home with no problems except that the gas tank leaked fuel when it was full.

I purchased the vehicle as a learning device, and it served its purpose. I maintained the vehicle and learned how to make small repairs. Parts have always been abundant and fairly cheap. The Jeep is very easy to work on especially now that it's lifted 5".

I fabricated a lift for the jeep, cut out the fenders and put larger tires on it. From that point the Jeep changed drastically, but I have been very surprised at how well the Jeep has maintained its composure.

Fuel mileage has never been more than 10mpg even with the 2bbl carb. The motor is fairly powerful, I would guess that it goes 0-60 mph in around 11 or 12 seconds and top speeds are around 95-100mph. My particular model has the th-400 automatic transmission with a B&M ratchet shifter which makes for very fun driving. The transfer case is a dana 20 model which is a part-time case. The front axle has warn locking hubs.

This Jeep has served me very well, it is big, spacious and a little clumsy, but I have enjoyed owning it and I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2002

6th Sep 2010, 00:50

11-12 seconds? Come on. That's ridiculous.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review