Join Date: Nov 2011
Looking at purchasing my first Jeep but apprehensive..
due to reliability concerns. My last 3 cars have all been Toyota 4runners and all have been absolutely stellar reliability wise, going back almost 20 years. My current 4runner is an '04 with 215k miles on it, and the only repairs I've had to make was I replaced the front wheel bearings at around 150k...the rest was your typical maintenance stuff. Well, I'm now looking for a new SUV and I simply can't stand the new 4Runner; the outside design is hideous and the inside looks downright cheap. Meanwhile, the new GC looks absolutely beautiful while still maintaining its rugged looks, and in fact I'm going to test drive one this weekend.
However, I'm worried about Jeep's reliability, particularly given the ratings from JD Power and Consumer Reports, especially when compared to Toyota. My parents both drive an '04 and '05 GC currently and have had far more repair issues overall (in fact they think I'm nuts for considering leaving Toyota for Jeep). But, again I really like the looks of the new Jeep and besides, especially during our tough economic times, I really want to buy American and help out my fellow Americans as much as possible.
With all that being said, any comments as to your good experiences with Jeep would be appreciated. I've also read that Jeep's reliability have improved quite a bit in recent years too. If I take the plunge and go with the GC, I don't expect it to go 200k+ with one minor repair but I also don't want to have it in the shop much either, considering I spend most of my time on the road working out of my car (I'm in sales).
Thanks in advance...