Ironically, the Jeep is a great vehicle for Southern Cal in-traffic driving. It starts right up and warms up quickly, is fast off the line, and shifts smoothly. Tight situations are no problem either. Visibility is good, and because of its compact size, turning into tight spots and parking are a breeze. Reliability has been average. In the 14 years I've owned it, I had the rear main seals replaced @ 50k, the crankshaft sensor @ 70k, and the heater core went out @ 75k. Radiator was replaced @ 85k. Gas mileage has been 13 mpg in strict city driving. The switch off, though, has been the excellent power (4.0 six is an outstanding engine), and ease of driving.
Strong engine, compact size, good visibility, turning radius, utilitarian use, excellent for around town driving.
Cooling system; this thing has run "hot" since day one, and replacing the radiator didn't do much to change it. Door welding = horrible. Windshield wiper motor has been weak for years. Heater core gave out, which resulted in a big leak on the front passenger side. Somewhat bouncy ride. 13 mpg city.
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