I absolutely love my WJ as a DD. Last year I tried the car thing and got an Acura 2.3CL. It was reliable, comfortable, handled awesome, looked great, and loaded but I got tired of not being able to leave gravel roads, carry crap, and always having to stare at a bumper while stuck in traffic.
My fiance has an Accord but whenever we go anywhere together it's always in the Jeep. The Jeep gets half the fuel mileage but it's still our vehicle of choice, even on long trips.
Joe, if you've never owned a 4x4 for regular snow-driving, you'll love it and never go back.
As for reliability, I think they're great (for a domestic vehicle). No, they won't compare to a Honda, but for value you can't beat an old Grand. I found the receipt for my '99 parts Grand in the glovebox. In 1999, the guy paid $47,000 CDN out the door for it. They're really loaded, premium vehicles but depreciate fast, allowing guys like us to drive luxury machines for dirt cheap. Your parents' 2000 Grand would probably be worth about the same as a '97 CR-V. Now drive the two of them and see which one you like better. Those two vehicles were engineered to be in totally different classes.
Comparing WJ reliability to its competitors, the Dub wins hands-down (In my educated opinion and common knowledge). They're far better in every way compared to GM's Blazer/Jimmy junk and Ford's Explorer.
So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.
-'99 WJ Limited, 4.7, Patriot Blue, 2" BB, 31" Mall-Terrains, Pavement Princess
-'97 TJ, Stone White, 4" Superlift, 33" SSRs, lunchboxed rear, 12K Titan winch, and 2.5 litres of exhillirating performance.
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