I have mixed feelings about putting this one down. She's got 304k miles, and I've put on all but 36k of those. Little stuff mostly has gone on this..new transmission on 9/11/01..otherwise, it has been OK..hard to complain with no car payment for the past 12 years! It failed emissions a couple of weeks ago, and a mechanic and good friend put it on the computer, did compression, etc. The 4th cylinder has no compression..so it's basically a goner. It drove like a truck, squeaked from the day I got it, and had a few puzzling breakdowns..none that I couldn't fix on my own, once I got the Haynes repair manual. Buying a used Accord tomorrow, and will just borrow a truck when I need one
I purchased this Jeep in 11/05 with 37k miles on it from a private seller. Although the pre-purchase inspection revealed a previous front left bumper collision, I decided to buy it because it fit my budget and utility. It rattled and squeaked from day one, nothing serious, but indicative of the body integrity knocks that showed up in consumer reviews. The previous collision turned out to be more damaging than realized, and the frame needed $600 worth of welding to make sure the steering box didn't fall off. It has had a bunch of repairs--new transmission on 9/11/01, ignition control module, alternator, starter, radiator, tension pulley, power steering pump, water pump.
Overall, a pretty tough vehicle, just not very nice to look at. Too small to tow anything big. Sits up high enough. Fairly dependable.
I BOUGHT THIS JEEP FROM A PRIVATE
INDIVIDUAL IN LATE 1995 WITH 37,000
MILES ON IT. SINCE THEN, I HAVE
AVERAGED 21,000 MILES A YEAR. THE
SUSPENSION IS TRUCK-LIKE, EVEN WITH NEW
SHOCKS. I HAD ONE VERY FRUSTRATING
PROBLEM WITH THE IGNITION RELAY, BUT
WAS ABLE TO SOLVE IT CHEAPLY ONCE I
LEARNED THE CAUSE. IT RATTLES AND
SQUEAKS HERE AND THERE, BUT THAT IS
INHERENT IN THESE JEEPS. "FUEL
ECONOMY" IS AN OXYMORON..20 MPG ON THE
ROAD IF I'M LUCKY.
A/C KEEPS ON BLASTING...VERY RELIABLE
WHEN MAINTAINED WELL.. A GOOD BASIC
VEHICLE FOR THE PRICE.
At 190K I gave the Jeep to my daughter
a year ago. It is now up to 199K. The
only problems I have had with it have
been self inflicted. At 100K I use and
oil additive to increase engine life.
It has needed a quart of oil every
month since. It never used a drop
I replace the windshield because of a
couple of bad niks. The windshield has
leaked ever since.
I change the oil every 3 months and it
still runs great.
I can haul two canoes and camping gear
and still have room for four people.
I had the dealership change the coolent
twice and both times they warped the