Have any of you had problems with your jeeps? I have read consumer reports on Jeeps and they don't seem to like them. They get the worse reliability reading you can get. Do they really have that many problems?
I had a 1990 2dr cherokee xj with no problems. I now have a 1995 Wrangler yj with minor problems. If the jeep was well maintained, it should give you at least 250000 miles for a 4.0l and 200000 miles for a 2.5l
It's a Jeep, Working on them is half the fun, especially when you upgrade.
90 MJ short bed converted to 4x4
90 XJ 2 dr 4x4
I have a 2000 TJ 4.0 Sport. I got it brand new but the transmission was shot. I took it in, and the replacement transmission had a cracked housing and was shot. I got it replaced again and have had no problems since. Took almost a month for the dealer to get it fixed. My jeep is not even a year old and is on its third transmission! Would I do it all over again? Yep, I love my jeep!
Consumer Reports are for grocery getters. They don't know enough about vehicles so they need some idiot whose probably only driven a BUG all his/her life to tell you what's good or bad. Most the time they don't have a clue in my opinion.
Naturally the CR gives Jeep a bad rating. Have you ever seen where Jeep owners go? Pick up a 4x4 mag and that should explain the rating pretty quickly.
I have 115,000 miles on my 95 Wrangler. I see no reason the engine won't go another 100,000 miles easily. Other than my engine, my entire drivetrain was recently swapped out for bigger beefier stuff. That's part of owning a Jeep. But all the stock components took me on a few Rubicon trips, the Dusy-Ershim, Jackhammer, and lots of others. My guess is that you won't see the highly rated Honda Accord owner having a clue how beautiful the Rubicon Trail is. And, to the delight of CR, probably never ever blew out a u-joint climbing through the Little Sluice.
Look, if you're an off roader, you're going to see thru all the bull where Jeeps are compared to other vehicles. There's only one.
I bought a '94 ZJ a year ago. It had been used for towing. The only thing that was wrong was the remote access controls had crapped out. Dealer replaced them for free.
Haven't had a single claim on the extended warranty - probably wasted my money this time, but an extended waranty paid for itself the first month I owned my previous vehicle - after that it was sheer profit. I was concerned about the reliability ratings also when I bought mine. Maybe its a crap shoot - win some lose some, but mine has been a gem.
Jim Hodges (automotively challenged)
94 ZJ (4.0 L), 3" lift + 2" front spacers, ARB bull bar, Warn winch, ARB lockers, ZJilla rear bumper & t-case skid, ORGS super-nerfs, Rocky Road diff guards, JKS quick discos, BFG 31X10.5 AT KO, Borla cat-back exhaust, DirectHit ignition upgrade, Pro Power 175 amp alternator, Garvin wilderness rack, Lightforce driving/off-road lights, Alpine CD changer, Colormap GPS, 2 dogs
Being an old guy, we've had 6 new cars through the years... mostly Fords... and we've put around 100k+ on most of them... The TJ has about 50k on it now...
Reliability is about the same on all of them... little stuff goes wrong... but the basic layout of the TJ drive train is fairly bullet proof... they'res no reason you couldn't get 150k from one with a little TLC, even with wheelin...
my 1977 cj is still basicaly stock and origonal.150 miles ,engine was rebuilt but the entire drive train is still origonal ,o i replaced the clutch and throw out berring last year, but hey a 24 year old car and the (WEAK)AMC AXLES are still holding up.
this baby is a typical amc(rambler)just keeps working.
now i could be nit picki like consumer reports and say well the ride is harsh and heating is questionable and so forth.
p.s. i meant to say engine rebuilt at 150,000 miles 4.2 and yes i adjust or rebuild the 1bbl carter every year or so ,18 dollers for rebuild and 30 minutes of time.
only real complaint would be the gas milage 8-10 mpg...o well
This is my consumer report... I see plenty of Fords, Chevys, Dodges, European a other imports sittin on the side of the freeway, I think I have only saw 2 or 3 Jeeps® sittin on the side of the road(because they are broke down on the trail if broken at all). My 93 YJ has 85K on it and strong, but the upgrades have started, stickin with the 4.0L but with a stroker kit to get it more UMPH!!! My thought is that Jeep® is the best damn vehical ever made in fact it's the best thing ever.
Once again Jeepless in Seattle
have a 99 wrangler 2.5L motor blew a conecting rod @ 11 000 KM, got that replaced under warranty, then my starter went round 50000 km but i think that was due to being submerged under water almost to the air intake for an hour waitng for pull., tried to start it (big mistake). Other than that could do just as much as my sisters 4.0L. IM HAPPY WITH HER STILL, and id buy another.
We're on our third YJ. We had no problems with our 94 2.5L and with our newest, a 93 Sahara 4.0 but the middle one, our 88 4.2L, was a money pit. Replaced the engine and practically everything else there was to replace. Had to rebuild the carb 3 times in one year! BUT, I think someone abused the poor thing before I got it and I'm not convinced the people I had work on it knew exactly what they were doing either.
Overall, I think almost any vehicle will last if you take care of it. I also think most people don't take care of their vehicles much. I did a casual survey of our office once and found that hardly anyone changed oil except maybe once a year.
Remember too that your Jeep will cost you more in repairs if you use it like it wants to be used. A Toyota Corolla gets to drive on blacktop all the time, after all.
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