How Reliable is the 2.5L Engine?
I am new to the forum and the Jeep world (please forgive me if this post is already answered on another thread - this forum is huge!). Well, actually, I haven't bought my Jeep yet but I have been searching high and low to find just the right one. I really want a Cherokee, specifically manual, in the earlier - more boxy year design of the 80s and early 90s.
I may very well have found my Jeep, but wanted to ask you guys a few questions about the 2.5L engine. I know about the durability and longevity of the AMC straight 6 (I have a '67 AMC Rambler, runs like a champ). But how does the 2.5L compare in durability and reliability? I know it will have less power, but I am not planning on doing much off-roading with my Cherokee. I was more concerned with general performance from a daily-driver standpoint. The Cherokee also has a 4-speed, any known issues with those?
The car itself has 164,000 miles but appears to be in great shape. To me that is a decent amount of miles, but of the 4-bangers run til 300,000 then who cares? haha.
Besides the ruggedness and looks of the Jeep, I am also attracted by its 4-wheel drive capability (we just got 13 inches of snow in Gettysburg!). Does the 2.5L seem to do ok handling itself in rough weather (like ice, snow, etc)?
I know that getting any used car requires attention to particular things - belts, hoses, plug wires, etc. and I am fine doing those things. I just wanted to see if I would have to rip the whole thing apart just to make it run right.
Also, are Cherokees with a stick shift and a straight six a rarity, cause I cannot find any!
Thanks a lot for any help guys