Well when i first got the jeep I was worried but it turned out pretty well, and yes I mean it has about 194,xxx on it but for a inline 6 it's nothing, I do have a few leaks, the oil pan is a giving on all(most) jeeps, the rest pinon seal is leaking but that's not to bad to fix, and then some seals causing the trans to leak, but other then that, she runs and drives and has never quit on me, not even on the cold days, my brother vehicle with a good battery still died and mine just cranked right up, the fuel pump on this keeps are known to go out so just beware , hmm it does good off-road also, even know with front and rear open diff. It goes good, hmm on road it had a lot of torque!! But HP. Not to much so just keep that in mine, on mine jeep I can average about 20-21 MPG on HWY, and about 15-16om city driving . She does like to drink has so just keep that also in mine. But I have gone places where I couldn't in my civic, but I'm glad I got the jeep! Well worth it just keep it nice on the inside(engine bay, and all the trans) and it should be a great SUV .
I can't tell you how much problems the jeeps we have get. Me and my dad both own the exact model 1998 Jeep even both of them being the same color. My dad has the 4.0 and I have the V8. They have always been nothing but trouble for many years. His has been in the shop forever, mine has 240000 miles now. It leak oil all the time always has, leaks coolent, leaks transmission, transmission slips also even when fluid is full, O2 sensor went out recently (as expected), no heat, no a/c, and that's just the recent stuff, tried getting that to work like four different times and it always just goes back out. And many more things over the years, it's like every other month somthing breaks down on it. Now it's a metal death trap because everytime I slow down/mash the brakes/ come to a stop, the RPMs drop to zero and the jeep shuts off and brakes and steering lock up WHILE IM DRIVING. even as your turning into a parking spot, or almost ramming into the back of a car because the thing just decided to shut off. Alot of times in a nervous wreck when I get home from almost crashing. Have spent many times trying to get the problem fixed but four different machanics at four different shops can't figure it out. It's now sitting in the yard because Im too scared to drive the junk. Now driving a little Chevy s10 truck. maybe I can use the jeep as a dare for my friends to drive it and if they get back without crashing I'll give them a hundered bucks.
I bought this car in March of 2013 with 220,000 miles on it. This Jeep had alot of issues when I purchased it. The biggest problem was the stalling. After replacing the PCM computer this Jeep has served me a fantastic 33,000 miles. I am currently at 253,000 miles with this Jeep. I drive this 45 miles a day to Oceanside and it runs like a top. Of course with high milage vehicles comes issues every couple of months but that is what owning a Jeep is about. It is a learning experience. Because of these issues I grew, and that's why I love this Jeep. When it's maintained and everything is working its a dream. when something goes out its just another thing to learn yea its stressful but im thankful. cheap, reliable, amazing first car.