Do Jeeps hold up? -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 05-29-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Mission Viejo
Posts: 1
Do Jeeps hold up?

I have an Xterra and have been pretty happy with it now I am looking to go to the Jeep. I don't go off-roading in rocks just some dirt and snow. I tow a small boat and go camping and biking. So I need one with 4 doors, Automatic and Air and a good ride on the road. Looking to stay under $30K for a used one. What models are good and which are bad. What about the liberty why are they cancelling it? Any good advise will be welcomed.

gman1251 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 05-29-2013, 04:38 PM
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Harrisburg
Posts: 875
Liberties have a ton of problems, the 3.7L V6 and 42RLE transmission both have major reliability problems and newer Liberties (KK) seem to be poorly assembled.

Wranglers are decent, 2012 and newer with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 or 2006 and older with the 4.0L I6 (TJ/YJ) would be recommended (note: 4-door wranglers weren't available until 07), 07-11 Wranglers tend to have reasonable reliability (particularly with the manual) but the 3.8L ("mini-van") V6 tends to be underpowered.

WK2 Grand Cherokees (2011+) are decent if you want the luxury features it offers and don't plan to beat it too hard off-road.

XJ Cherokees (84-01) are very reliable and capable off-road if you don't mind an older vehicle, (91-99 tend to be the most reliable).

Jeep Model Glossary:
XJ: "Regular" (Not Grand) Cherokees. (84-01)
YJ: Wrangler 1st generation (87-95)
TJ/LJ: Wrangler 2nd generation (97-06), LJ is a stretched wheelbase version (04-06)
JK/JKU: Wrangler 3rd Generation (07+), JKU is the 4-door "Unlimited" version
ZJ: Grand Cherokee 1st generation (93-98)
WJ: Grand Cherokee 2nd generation (99-04)
WK: Grand Cherokee 3rd generation (05-10)
WK2 Grand Cherokee 4th generation (11+)
MK: Compass/Patriot
MJ: Comanche (an XJ Cherokee based small pickup)
KJ: Liberty 1st generation (02-06)
KK: Liberty 2nd generation (07-12)
XK: Commander
SJ/FSJ: Full Sized Jeeps (Wagoneer/ J-Series truck/ pre-84 Cherokee)
CJ (pre-Wrangler "Jeep" Jeeps, pre-87)
dmill89 is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 08:17 PM
Registered User
2014 MK Compass 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Hazard
Posts: 41
What about the Compass/Patriot line? What's your thoughts on them?
dragon672 is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 09:08 PM
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Harrisburg
Posts: 875
Originally Posted by dragon672 View Post
What about the Compass/Patriot line? What's your thoughts on them?
If you don't plan to do any off-roading (they can handle bad weather and mild off-roading such as fire roads, but they are not really designed for off-road use.) and can deal with the gutless 4-cyl engine they are ok. Reliability is about average at best (neither great or terrible). These are based off the Dodge Caliber platform so most don't really consider them "true Jeeps". That being said they are still more capable than most compact cross-overs.

I would highly recommend the manual transmission as the automatic is a CVT which sucks (especially behind a small 4-cyl).
dmill89 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 02:34 PM
Registered User
2002 WJ 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: portage
Posts: 76
A Mechanic told me to stay away from the Patriot.
zachm is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 10:18 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Zachary
Posts: 37
I haven't heard many good things about patriots or liberty.
Grogie27 is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 07-10-2013, 11:15 PM
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: OH
Posts: 31
Just get a 4.0L I6 manual, no regrets!
WranglerRouser is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome