This vehicle is awesome! Fun to drive, especially in the summer with the top off. I bought it with 74K miles and now have over 98k. Every time I change the oil it looks exactly the same as when I put it in, clean! No problems with engine or transmission. Excellent capability in the snow, never stuck once. The 6 cylinder is a must, despite poor gas mileage. Comfort isn't too bad, but the ride is that of a Jeep, it's supposed to be a little rough. Right? The only minor problems I've had is replacing the sway bar brackets and bushings. Also the universal joints on the drive shaft seem to wear out quick. They make a very annoying clicking sound when you take off out of first gear.
Looks; you always get people checking you out in a Jeep! The manual transmission is a must; it's a Jeep, they should only come in manual. Don't know how to drive one? Learn!
More durable, better quality U-joints on drive shaft, and sway bar bushings.
I have 105,000 miles on the Jeep and it
still runs well. The mileage is poor,
but it starts up ever morning. I had
both the hardtop and soft top until the
soft top ripped off while driving on
the highway. The driver seat is
comfortable and the seatbelt holds you
in your seat over all terrain. I
planned on having the car til it dies [
or I die], but I'm getting sick of the
water puddles. I have the hardtop and
I had to remove all of the carpet and
plugs so I do not have the musty
smell. I definitely recommend the
Jeep, it was well worth the money I
paid in 97 -$18,000. Not to mention the
resale value is great!!!
The big tire package; Jeeps with the
small tires just don't look as nice.
Look more like a chick car.
The view, no blind spots.
Must do something about the water
leaks. Not sure what you can do, but I
had to purchase 4 new windshields and
countless window repairs from all of
the stone chips.
I bought this car myself in 97. I did a lot of it
comparitive shopping and I found this to be a
perfect fit for me. Great quality for the
money, inside and out. Rugged and very good
off road perfect for hard core drivers, even the
whole carpet snaps out and plugs can be
pulled to drain out water(in case you get stuck
in the rain). The updated interior was new to
this model in 97 and I liked it then and it is
fine now. My biggest piece of advice is don't
skimp on the AC you'll regret it. Overall a
great reliable everyday use or offroad vehicle.
Get the big tires and the offroading rear (Dana
electric top- The soft top is a little bit of a
pain in the a-- to get back up at night
because in the sun and heat the top is flexible
when its cool its tight and stiff.
I can't say enough about my Sport. I
have owned it since day one, and as I
am approaching 100k, I have really only
had one problem...the exhaust maniford,
which I understand is quite common in
the V6. $700 later and I am good to
go. I LOVE THIS CAR...hope I never
have to sell it. I drive it 40
miles/day, and what would otherwise be
a miserable commute is changed with a
few moves to get the top down. BUY
A little more cargo room would be nice,
but that isn't what I bought it for.
It is loud...it is a Jeep. If you are
worried about noise, don't
bother...Jeep doesn't want you.