Originally Posted by addifan
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?
Jeeps may have been concieved by God, but they were unfortunately built by Man. Anything man makes, he tends to screw it up in a variety of ways.
Expecially if the Man works at Chrysler.
As others have indicated, if you're gonna use the Jeep like it was meant to be used, you'll bust things and get lots of wrench time fixing stuff. Comes with the territory.
With that said, I believe Jeep does suffer from Chrysler's (ahem) quality products. I got my 98 Cherokee used with 110,000 miles. It has had almost all the classic Jeep failures we know of: A/C was dead because of a leaky evaporator coil. $1400 (pro shop rates). Backup lights weren't working because of bad Neutral Safety Switch (NSS): $500 (pro shop rates). Death wobble from worn out power steering unit: 500 bucks. Still unrepaired yet is the occasional gas leak if I overfill the tank. And the back springs are starting to sag. And the original paint on the hood is blistering (ok, blame the TX sun for that).
A great design (Jeep) can be negated by less than great parts (Chrysler). As you read the forums and posts here, you'll see these breakdowns I listed above are quite common in our Jeeps. But since we believe in and love this vehicle, we're ready to overcome the shortcomings of its unworthy parent company, and we wrench, we upgrade, and we keep on Jeepin.
In short, what we are, Jeepers, is something Consumer Reports cannot analyze or understand. Think of the CR people as mere Sirens singing an evil song, and you are Jason seeking the true course to the Grail. Jeep ON!