Hello All, my 1st post here, searched the web hi + low and jeepforum looked like the best resource so here goes. Sorry it's a little long.
I currently have a 94 GC Laredo with I6 which I use for towing a 2700+lb boat. Most of the time it's used as a kid hauler by my wife. I'm not a total gearhead but I've done a few things to help with towing; Edelbrock IAS shocks, tranny cooler, larger V8 radiator, tranny filter/oil changes, syn gear lube in rear end, syn oil in engine. It has performed very well and very little has ever gone wrong with this Jeep; radiator, fuel pump, catalytic conv. , normal brake maintenance, tires, but after 160K that's not bad.
My question is how much does it have left? It's been leaking oil at a pretty good clip out of the rear seal, doesn't burn oil, power still seems good. Command-trac 4WD has never had a problem. BTW for all those complaining about difficult shifting transfer cases I put Mobil1 syn atf in my TC and ever since it has shifted like a hot knife through butter. Anyhow found a nice 2000 GC Laredo with I6, I like the new & improved leg room, spare under rear deck and engine compartment looks to have a slightly improved layout. The 2000 has the Selec-trac 4WD. I've read quite a few negative comments about the 99 GC's, hoping they got things right in the 2000. Is the 2000 worth it? Is the Selec-trac as reliable as the Command-trac? Are the newer GC's that much better or worse than older style? Or do you think my 94 has plenty of miles left in it?