1998 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5L 4 Cylinder from North America
I really love my Jeep, but I am not as happy with it as I feel I should be
A Jeep is temperamental; I have had to accept this. Thus, owning a Jeep can be very impractical, since there always seems to be something that needs fixing. Since I have had my Jeep, the following problems have occurred:
The Radiator started leaking along the top edge of the plastic-to-metal crimp.
The Alternator went out.
The Instrument panel goes dead every once and a while; but, with a good slap to the dash, the cluster comes back on.
The Rear Oil Pan Seal leaks now.
The Brakes squeal for some unknown reason. (A mechanic that checked them said there was nothing wrong with them, but they could possibly be shimmed better.)
Indeed, a Jeep is purpose-built; so, with that in mind, I guess that certain exceptions must be made when considering the expectations of such a vehicle. However, I think that the quality is lacking in the area of craftsmanship. It's a tough rig, but it should not have the defects that it does.
Despite my woes concerning the maintenance of this vehicle, it is by far the most fun, most unique, and most modifiable vehicle I have ever had! I love it! I have developed a "relationship" with it, since it requires babying, and because there is always some customization that I want to do on it.
Something else that I really like about it is that it seems like my personality is reflected in this machine; for I, too, am moody and in need of constant attention! ;)
The ride is something to get used to; but I enjoy it now. And, I love driving it with the doors and top off!
My Jeep goes everywhere I want it to go, and I have certainly not pushed it to its limits. It is so capable!
This vehicle is fun on four wheels - if you don't mind getting your hands a little greasy every so often! :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th May, 2005