Well, I'll be honest with you...I have been driving another American-made SUV for the past 4 yrs...you know the one...(hint Firestone)...ok, so we got that out of the way...
Anyway, its time for a change, and I wasn't sure what I was looking to get into until I walked past a new '01 JGC Limited. I love the styling. So I began doing some research and learned alot. However, I still have a bunch of questions which I am hoping you guys can answer for me.
Just FYI...I don't plan on doing any off-roading, just want 4wd in case of snow
and I don't expect to do any towing. This will be a 99% on-road vehicle.
So on to the questions (all of these are regarding a 2001 JGC Limited):
1) My Exp....is well, sluggish. I want quicker acceleration. I realize that SUV's are trucks, but I want something that I am confident can get me up to highway merging speeds without a 2 mile onramp. Is a JGC my best bet???? (I recall seeing a commercial a while back toting it as the "fastest SUV on Earth"...any truth to that?
2) Can someone talk me through Trak-lok or Vari-lok or whatever Jeep is calling it these days? I basically want a 4wd with a limited slip. What option/package do I need to get a limited slip?
3) The engine. Is there any advantage to me getting the V8? It is my understanding that on an Exp. the V8, while more powerful is alot heavier and doesn't offer increased acceleration, though it does get more torque for towing. Since I really am looking for acceleration not towing power, should I stick to the V6? I don't think the 1 mpg less on the V8 is a big deal, but I'm not going to pay an extra $300+ and get slightly less mileage for an insignificant increase in quickness.
4) What, if any, are the known weaknesses of the GC? I know that on my Ex the tranny is going and the engine seeps fluids like a seive. So what goes wrong with GC's?
Thanks in advance and hopefully I'll be a Jeep owner soon...just need to test drive one. I hope I am comfortable considering I am 6'7"....