Its a great vehicle and very reliable.
Only problem was 2 wheel bearings at
70,000, when I bought it. The ride is
pretty good, but some road noise.
Amazing gas milage-24-26 in 4x4. 25-27
in 2 wheel drive!! The sport edition
comes with a 1.8L 4 cylinder. That to
is somewhat underpowered.
I wanted a vehicle that was 4wd, got reasonable fuel ecomomy, could tow behind motor home, ample power, reliable, hunt in, drive across the USA w/o being beat to death, had plenty of headroom. This fit the bill. I have replaced the clutch, front wheel bearings, fan cooling clutch, reworked brakes, and replaced ignition coils. At 144000 mi. and 12 yrs. going strong!
I loved this car. I had the full SUV, hardtop, 4dr version. Out of date looking even in 96. Sadly I did not take very good care of this vehicle but the car hung very tough with the neglect. In the 8 years I owned it I had to replace a battery and adjust the clutch linkage and weld a broken clutch pedal. That's it. ... Good MPG (27 hwy or city), extremely reliable, utilitarian, tough to the bone, fun. But boxy, square edges and narrow frame made it a whipsaw on the highway. Also sheet metal is paper thin and seemingly weak structure may not make this a family type / safe vehicle. Very spartan inside and an odd-looking vehicle outside. But... my favorite car ever.
I bought this vehicle used with about
30,000 miles and I love it The only
items that have really given me trouble
was a tie rod end and 1 hub and that
was at 100,000 miles other then that I
have done nothing except a tune up and
brakes on this vehicle.
I bought this relatively high mileage
(over 100k in 2000) sidekick for use
at my second home in the NC mountains.
None of my other vehicles have four
wheel drive, so I needed a cheap and
reliable vehicle to drive in the
winter. This thing is anemic in normal
driving, but for its low price and
winter-driving ability, it can't be