Originally Posted by uRabbit
Well, it's a '90 with 190k miles and just about every turn we take in it, a new problem arises. However, most of the problems are due to undermaintenance by the PO. All the issues stated in my topic about it, saggy springs, leaking radiator, a (now fixed) worn o-ring in the fuel tank assembly. Stuff like that. So I thought a rebuild just might give us a vehicle that would make us through the next year. But if it costs more than $1,500 (what I paid for the Jeep and its current private party value), then screw it. Ha.
Anyways, if we don't get it fixed today, I'll give him a call. But it's already sitting at the mechanic, and there's six inches of snow on the ground and black ice, where my wife is back home.
Sounds to me like the engine maybe fine and the problems are not going to be solved by a rebuild. If you had misfires, dead cylinders, check engine lights, etc I would be more inclined to think rebuild. Honestly - if it starts and runs, then you probably should skip a rebuild and put teh $$ to belts, hoses, filters, fluids, and the things that wear out.
The 4.0 will often run for 500,000 miles with no need for rebuild (unless you drive it under the souply silty goo and fill the motor with it -that is why I have a rebuild. Silt was the height of the windshield, no snorkel, sucked it all through the motor)
Don't let some mechanic talk you into work you don't need done (especially if he just sees your wife is a slimeball that takes advantage). I would at a minmum get a second opinion and quote. I will even offer to go pick the Jeep up and take it to Skinny Pedal for a once-over. Plenty of guys like me and Tumbleweed will do what we can to help. That is the least we can do for Military.