Every few months, my wife begs me to get rid of my
Jeep. "It's bumpy," she says. "I can't hear myself
think." "I can barely climb into it." "My feet don't
touch the ground." (she's 5 feet tall)
But I run my hand along the hood, and I shake my
head. I'll drive this baby into the ground.
It handles like a dream, and has the tightest
turn-radius of anything I've ever driven. I love being
able to crawl anywhere I need to go, and still
get 20mpg on the freeway. With the top down,
this is, for any North Dakota boy who's made his
way to Cali, *the* dream car. I've found it extremely
dependable (I put 20k a year on it), easy to tinker
with, and no end of fun.
Full doors (extra -- don't get the half-doors)
If I had one complaint, it would be about power. I've
got the 2.5liter 4-cyl SE model with standard
transmission. Going up steep hills with the air
conditioning on at highway speeds taxes the engine
Number 2. This is my second one and
after i sold the first one i couldn't
wait to buy number two. I had and SE
first now a sahara. Its great never a
problem yet. I miss my hardtop on
number one though. Definately Reccomend
This is my third --85, 92 and now 2000--
they keep getting better --for repairs
only been to dealer once in four and a
half years to get ball joints done,
otherwise local texaco does all regular
maintenance -- the expensive 6,000 mile
increment plans at the dealer are not
worth it --300 to 500 each ! absurd!!
Only minor issue --black paint finish
on mirrors and rear hinges did not hold
up well otherwise it is great -- about
to buy an unlimited
Summer time!!! no roof on for four
months -- ( and I am a 51 yr old white
The 2000 6 cyl version has the 190hp
(before this was 180hp) engine which
has good acceleration and excellent
torque. This yr. also allows you to
turn off the pass. side airbag.
Overall, good engine reliability. Ave.
mileage is 18 mpg.
Had it back to the dealership 3X for a
water leak which dripped down in the
driver side area near the pedals.
Still not fixed...
Open air top (soft top folds easily);
off road ability
fix leak around windshield; offer
diesel version with better mileage