My parents are looking to sell there 2000 Limited4.7. It has low miles at 79,000. Just replaced was rear axle seals and brakes, tranny fluid flushed with new filters and front pinion leak fixed.
Anyway I need a DD because my procharged WS6 won't cut it in the snow. This will not be used to tow just a DD. My question is will this hold up for the long haul with regular maintenance? I don't want something that is going to nickel and dime me(already have one)!
If you can work on it yourself then it will be fine.
If you can't, and have a lot of money, then it will be fine.
Or put some all season tires on that Firebird. Michelin Pilot Sport All Season or Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season. I've passed stuck SUV's in the snow with my C5 using those. They work pretty well in the summer, too.
thats a nice vehicle for a DD. There's nothing glaring wrong with the drivetrain in these vehicles. Some annoyances, like AC evaporators, blend doors, tail light housings, head light fogging, etc. Engine and Transmissions are solid. Body rust is almost never a problem. Price should be very reasonable and they look great
2000 Red Grand Cherokee Laredo WJ
4.0 with Selec-trac
2006 Black Grand Cherokee Laredo WK
3.7 with 65,000 Miles
my 2000 limited with an I6 has been great. I'm at 160K No engine or trans work. Rebuilt both diffs, replaced blend door with heater treater, new water pump, new elec fan unit for rad fan, a few other annoyances but nothing major.
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.