First of all...do not buy the GM unless you want to go from bad to worse. No joke. A GM truck will money you to death...ESPECIALLY the '99-'07 years.
I guess if I was faced with this decision it would come down to "how much do I really love this vehicle?" If you truly love your Jeep it definitely makes sense to "keep fixing" it. If the transmission is done properly it'll last you the rest of the life of the vehicle. The other stuff is relatively minor. If, on the other hand, you're mentally just ready to move on...don't spend a dime on the Jeep and start shopping now.
I would stick to Chrysler. Yes they have their issues but GM has more issues and Ford isn't far behind. And trust me...I've owned them all in the past 10 years.
I love my Chevy trucks I have had a good few trucks and blazers so has my wife. always been treated right. My next truck will be a Chevy duramax. That being said. I love my jeep and it is easy to work on yourself. I would fix the jeep car payments suck. Is there no junk yard around. There is tons around Utah and parts are cheep. Any vehicle you take care of will last you. 2 wheel drive is no bueno. Especially in Utah. Find a 4x4 of you want a tahoe.
I don't claim to be an expert, but after the rear end on my FIL's grenaded while he was driving down the road, I did some research and my basic review of them via the next is that Durangos SUCK. He later had to have the entire front end redone. Yeah. No thanks. And probably even worse gas mileage than a WJ.
I fall into the category of guys that think you should fix what's wrong instead of buying someone else's used headache.
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Tahoe's are some of the most reliable vehicles out there...period... (next to Ford Rangers
Out here in So Cal I know I shop that will do a complete WJ tranny rebuild w/ removal and installation and 1 year warranty for $1,400 total.
dude if it's idling bad you should have compression checked before you spend another penny. If you fix that trans and then find out your motor is blown, too, you're gonna be in wayy over your head. Except I wouldn't go durango, hell either, in my opinion. There's a reason durango's don't hold their value. Jeep all the way. Get something else with a inline 6, a cherokee before the head issues. 96 oughta do it. Those engines will run forever. If you wanna dump the money into yours though, not saying it's wrong, but compression check that stuff first that way you at least know what you are getting into. That idling thing could be very bad stuff. Good luck
I got the transmission rebuilt(didn't have enough money for new). It isn't coming out of gear anymore but it downshifts really hard. For example, I'll be driving from my house to the stop sign, when I let off the gas to stop it slams into gear. Or if I'm driving say 55 mph and get on the gas to speed up it will sometimes slam down and then speed up. Any ideas on what it could be? I'm going to call the shop that worked on it tomorrow.