Great small truck with nice power
I replaced the gas tank seal after filling it up and having gas leak out all over the place (PO didn't tell me there was a leak)
I installed a new Gates belt to try to stop the squeal it had when I got it. Turned out to be a melted harmonic balancer in the main crank pulley, so I replaced that as well.
Windshield had a leak in it, nothing major though.
Electric seats never worked. I wrote this up to the windshield leak, but finally fixed it before I sold the truck.
Electric windows were getting slow due to age.
Body was rusting badly in rocker panels and door bottoms.
Rear main seal was leaking. Needed 2qrts oil every full tank (about 400miles of travel)
Put in new battery when purchased.
New Power steering pump at 82k.
New Lock Cylinder at 82k.
New blower fan for heat at 80k.
New starter at 80.5k.
Sway bar end links broken when purchased, never replaced them until I sold it.
Hood release cable snapped off when PO was showing me the car. He bought me a new one (about $70 at a Jeep dealer), but I had to drive around for a week without the hood being shut. The safety latch let go on me one night and the hood flew up, bending it, so it never opened right after that.
Even though it was an automatic, I loved this truck. It was far from being "fancy" like it was supposed to be due to its age, but it was really comfortable and easy to drive.
I love the Jeep steering, it corners nicely (even without a sway bar), and the 4.0L even with the automatic is very torquey and powerful. I used to haul VW engines and parts for my Bug with the truck, since there's plenty of cargo room with the seats folded.
All the work that was done to this truck was done by me, since it's not really difficult to work on. Even though I had a lot invested in this truck, I think it was more or less a lemon since the PO really beat on it a lot.
I really didn't want to have to sell it, but summer came and I no longer needed a 4X4 especially with it's bad gas mileage (about 16-20 mpg). I'm currently getting another Jeep, but it'll be a Comanche pickup 4x4 this time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2006