All around, having SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler by far wins a 7 on the scale
Throwout bearing went out, valve cover gasket had a small leak, but it was a fast fix. Other than that, no troubles.
OK for starters, parts wear out. especially if it's used.
I bought a '93 Wrangler with 170k on it from the original owner on its new day. All that was replaced were the normal; brake pads, U-joints, oil changes and clutch.
The rear output shaft seal went out on him at around 120k. Other than that, the use and abuse he put it through was amazing. It came outta Salt Lake City, and they know how to off road and rock crawl in that state.
Everyone I have talked to about Jeeps, no matter the year, I have heard nothing but good. Even with my Jeep, it seems like it's the original OEM parts that go out on it. But comparing mile + abuse + the driver's knowledge of just how far to push their vehicle and themselves; Jeeps are next to Toyota trucks, and long lasting.
When a part goes out, it's usually the "major" parts that cost an arm and leg to fix, and time into fixing them, but for what a Jeep can give you back, I or other Jeep owners wouldn't have it any other way.
Speaking of Jeep, just look at them... clear back to Willies Jeep before Chrysler took over; they stuck with what works!!! Simple, easy, tough and never changed much from the first. Just larger, safer and better all around. Same with Dodge Plymouth and all Chrysler models; they stick with what works. Cummins, an inline 6 cylinder, not much for horse power, but I wouldn't choose any other truck to tow or pull with. Same with Jeep; the 2.5 liter inline 4 and their inline 6; you're not getting a speed machine or the best mileage per say, but the torque you get can't be beat.
All in all, Cummins, AMC 4 or 6, or even the slant 6, power to torque ratio, it's pretty good mileage, and LONGER lasting, cause there ain't the friction of the 45 degree angle piston push, or the strain on the crank to put that power out.
As far as the ride in a Wrangler goes; you're up the stink creek without a paddle on that. Not too many ways of really getting around the design for off roading, that's just how it's made. Ford or Chevy might make your better bet for smooth riding.
All in all, Jeeps are for Jeep people. More give and take between the Jeep and its owner, but being raised with Dodge, Chrysler, family and driving all other makes out there, I would say from trial and error, "Chrysler" products are far more superb than the rest laying aside Toyota trucks and the other "Japanese" made vehicles.
What can I say, Mopar and AMC are the way to go.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2009