Being that the 2006 XK is a first year model and has the quirks the 07 or 08's have corrected. My question is with all scheduled maintenance being kept up, how long can I expect my Jeep to last? I was on top of my regular maintenance on a 98' Toyota Corrolla and it has lasted to this day with mileage just shy of 250,000. Now, I'm not expecting that much longevity from the XK without shelling for a major repair like engine or tranny work but what can I realistically expect before I should look into replacing her with a new vehicle? I am currently at 37,600+ miles and have had several repairs already in the first 5 months of ownership. If it matters, it's a 4.7l v8...
There's a guy on here with 250,000-ish miles on his Commander already. I think he's on his second trans and 2nd steering wheel rim. That's all I remember from his post.
Yeah, I remember that guy. I'm not a handy man so I can't do any repairs myself so if something major comes my way (engine or tranny) I will have to scrap the XK. Just curious as to how long I can enjoy it before she's a goner ;-)
I have no current knowledge, but the tranny in my '95 ZJ needed a rebuild at 96K miles. It's possible that towing a friend's CJ through the Colorado mountains reduced its life span - a friend with a '95 ZJ has never done anything to his tranny and he's been rolling on '35s for a long time now and has 200K+ miles on his Jeep.
A tranny rebuild is about $2k - which is certainly cheaper than a new vehicle and you'd have at least another 100k miles before you'd have to worry about it again (and you can trust the 4.7L engine to make the rebuild worth the investment). Other manufacturers can have similar problems - I had a '91 Toyota Celica that needed a new clutch at 100K miles.
When I bought my WK I bought a lifetime Maxcare warranty primarily for the tranny coverage, but also to cover all the electronic stuff in the WK.
Great to hear about the 4.7, what about the 5.7? Lets hope mine fails (weird) before my warranty is up...
I don't have much knowledge of the Hemi. The 4.7L has been around a lot longer than the Hemi, so I know more people who have more miles on 4.7s. I personally think that Chrysler really knows how to make durable (bigger) engines - the old 4.0L runs forever, the 4.7L runs forever, so I have no reason to think they'd somehow screw up the design or build on the 5.7L. (If I had a Hemi, I really wouldn't worry about it's longevity.)