Would a 95-96 Grand Cherokee be a not-too-expensive daily driver?
I need a "new" used vehicle and I only want to spend around $6k, I drive about 350-400 miles a week and take 200-250 mile round-trip weekend trips about once a month. Is a Grand Cherokee 6 cylinder going to fit the bill? I'm just hoping gas, repairs, and insurance don't end up being a killer.
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I'm driving mine roughly 50 miles each day. It really depends on what YOUR definition of not-too-expensive is.
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I drive my Jeep every day and get along fine. I'm not too worried about gas proces though - just have accepted them unfortunately
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Re: Would a 95-96 Grand Cherokee be a not-too-expensive daily driver?
My tranny works fine but expect the viscous coupling to go bad if it hasn't already. If you can live with it (I do), you'll save money. As a driver over 55 with a perfect driving record, I pay $409 every 6 months through State Farm. If you are under 25, you'll probably pay through the nose for full coverage, but it depends where you live.
If you are serious about what you say, buy a totally stock vehicle owned by a soccer mom. DO NOT buy a modded vehicle or you will be forever fixing it. It will be a giant money pit. Buy the repair manuals and do your own work. A dealer will rape your wallet. A '95 or '96 shouldn't cost more than $4K-$5K, but shop around. They make fine daily drivers if you do the maintenence and start off with a solid vehicle.
'94 red Grand Cherokee
Re: Re: Would a 95-96 Grand Cherokee be a not-too-expensive daily driver?
I just don't want to buy one and have to end up putting a tranny or something into it. I understand 100,000 miles isn't a horrendous amount for cars and trucks these days, but its still 100,000 miles. I'm 23, but I live in a somewhat rural part of PA, so I'm hoping insurance isn't going to be a huge killer. But right now I just want a GC because I like how they look, they drive nice, 4wd will be great for the northeast PA winters and I have a 4 year old and want something he will be safe in. Maybe later down the road I'll get more into heavy off-roading.
BTW, you said you have to do some repairs on stuff the previous owner let go, what exactly do you have to fix?
My girlfriend has a 96 with 95,000 miles. She drives about 225+/- miles a week. 17-20mpg, no major problems since she bought it. If you keep the maintance stuff up the 4.0 6cyl should last you about 200,000 miles. Do a lot of reasearch, and make sure you have a CarFax report done.
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The repairs I've done are a new radiator (hole) $155. Water pump $50. radiator & heater hoses $25?, anti-freeze $12, distilled water $3, Serpentine belt $32, tranny filter & fluid $35, TC fluid $15 same as tranny fluid), valve cover gasket $6, delay wiper module $28, differential lube (synthetic 85W/140) $20, new wiper blades $12, dist. cap, rotor, wires(Bosch), plugs $??.
Plus, he never lubed the suspension points, so I still have to do that, and I want to change the shocks and steering stabilizer with Monroe Sensa-trac ($150). Except for oil changes and new plugs at regular maintenance schedules, I see no need to put more money into it. My VC in the TC is bad, but I can live with it.
Don't go 'muddin', but I wouldn't be afraid to go trail riding with this stock setup (Fla. is flat).
If what you find looks good and rides good, the "radio test" is the last thing to check: Turn on the radio, if the first button is skull-splitting head banger heavy metal, be very suspicious. I'll put all my stations on 'easy listening' before I try to sell it. :-)
'94 red Grand Cherokee
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