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Unread 05-29-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
gman1251
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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.

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Unread 05-29-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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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)
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Unread 05-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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What about the Compass/Patriot line? What's your thoughts on them?
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Unread 05-30-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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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).
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Unread 05-31-2013, 03:34 PM   #5
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A Mechanic told me to stay away from the Patriot.
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Unread 07-08-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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I haven't heard many good things about patriots or liberty.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:15 AM   #7
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Just get a 4.0L I6 manual, no regrets!
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