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Unread 02-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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Is it time to get rid of the WJ?

I have had the WJ since 55,000 miles. It currently sits with 116,000 miles on it now. The car seems to run fine, but has a few issues. I don't know if it is worth it to fix it all or not.

Issues:
-Random Squeak by the front passenger wheel(might be swaybar bushings)
-Recycle Door on the HVAC is broke.
-Needs new shocks(Sounds like the only option is Bilsteins)
-Its 11 years old

If the random squeak is just swaybar bushings and a good chassis lube then that isn't a huge deal. The Recycle Door on the HVAC is a bigger deal and costly from what I understand to fix. I had the blend doors fixed right after I bought it back in 2010. Shocks will run about $270 for a set from Kolak. I feel like there are some other things that are going to come up. Overall the Jeep has been a good vehicle, and it does great in the snow and bad weather.

So do I keep it and fix all that stuff or sell it and get a newer Grand?

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Unread 02-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Really depends on if you feel like taking on a car payment and want updated features/technology. The fixes you need really won't cost much in the grand scheme of things and 116k is nothing for these things(I've got 173k on mine). Also if you sell don't expect to get much as they really aren't worth anything.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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The cost to repair a few small things is minor compared to the cost of a new(er) vehicle.

And Bilsteins are not the only option. Depending on your setup, you can go much cheaper and still have decent quality shocks.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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It sounds like your just tired of the jeep if so I say sell it and get something you like.
I still love mine but its still new to me and I enjoy the small fixes I do to it.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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It really comes down to you feel if it's economically worth it to purchase a newer grand, which will be MANY times the cost of those and future repairs, but enjoy the newer comforts and technology.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 07:43 PM   #6
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Fix the WJ!
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Unread 02-14-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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time to sell. you are looking for excuses to take on a $500 per month payment.

all of those things can be fixed for less than $500 in parts, some time, and a few basic tools.

let one of us have that steal of a deal....

our 2001, 158K miles, new shocks last year $200 (monroe), new CKS a couple years ago (wonderful now), seats from a 2003 (way better), contemplating new stereo, but really, the thing runs like a rocket!
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Unread 02-14-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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Whoa whoa, I'm not looking for excuses. My concern is getting this stuff fixed for less than $1000. I am decently handy, but I have never taken on a job like the blend doors/recirc door. My blend doors are fine its just the recirc door that is broke.

It sounds like I could possibly fix all of these issues and keep driving the WJ for a while. I have taken good care of it thus far, and will continue to do so until the car is in someone else's hands.

One other issue I forgot to mention is the Large EVAP leak it has. It might be a bad hose on top of the tank, but it could be the leak detection pump. How hard is to drop the tank?
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Unread 02-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #9
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If you have a floor jack and the tank is fairly empty, its not a difficult job, a tow hitch adds to it.

Your Jeep is paid for, a newer vehicle equals a monthly payment.$400 payment is $4,800 per year. If you spent $2,000 on maintenance for your GC, your still ahead.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 10:14 PM   #10
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I would keep it I just bought another one my first one has 245k on it and runs great in the past 4 years I've only rplaced fluid lights and a tre much better than a car payment and more money in the bank
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Unread 02-14-2014, 10:19 PM   #11
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I have had the WJ since 55,000 miles. It currently sits with 116,000 miles on it now. The car seems to run fine, but has a few issues. I don't know if it is worth it to fix it all or not. Issues: -Random Squeak by the front passenger wheel(might be swaybar bushings) -Recycle Door on the HVAC is broke. -Needs new shocks(Sounds like the only option is Bilsteins) -Its 11 years old If the random squeak is just swaybar bushings and a good chassis lube then that isn't a huge deal. The Recycle Door on the HVAC is a bigger deal and costly from what I understand to fix. I had the blend doors fixed right after I bought it back in 2010. Shocks will run about $270 for a set from Kolak. I feel like there are some other things that are going to come up. Overall the Jeep has been a good vehicle, and it does great in the snow and bad weather. So do I keep it and fix all that stuff or sell it and get a newer Grand?
You can just tie down the recirc door with, either wire or zip tie. It's just a matter of wanting fresh air or recycled cabin air.
You just drop the blower., lower panel under the glove box and tie it either closed or open.

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Unread 02-15-2014, 05:57 AM   #12
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Pro tip ……all cars (even new ones, even the japanese makes) have problems , just different problems. I've been employed as a mechanic for 20 years , they all (new and old) have problems. What it boils down to imo is cost of parts for given vehicle/availability of parts (down time)/ease of working on (labor time)/ and whether the overall drivetrain and engine is sound. If you're talking about squeaks/rattles, accesories then again I will say that you're going to run into these problems on any vehicle. The luck of the draw and the previous history (the way it was maintained and the way it was operatedalso come into play).
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Unread 02-15-2014, 06:25 AM   #13
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I wired my recirc door closed as well. Maybe 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether orbit the phone rings during the job.

Tip: if you live in a cold climate where you may get humidity in the cab, wedge a small piece of cardboard in the door to prop it open just a tiny amount. I was fogging up a lot during the winter here in Colorado till I did this. Just a happy medium. Enough fresh but still gets warm in the cab.
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