Sheesh. Were I to go out and buy a new vehicle today...that had four-wheel independent suspension and excellent road-going qualities, but still the muscle to take some minor off-road situations, I would NEVER buy one of these heaps of crap. Think about it. For roughly the same price (based on what I've heard about the Compass), you could get a Subaru Outback that has more power (250 hp), more ground clearance (8.7") and definitely more realiability (duh.)! Now I know that this will start a controversy, but there ain't no American-made (Daimler-Chrysler or other) that can come close to the reliability of a Japanese car. Everyone knows it. Everyone has always known it. The fact is that Jeep will never be able to compete with Subaru when it comes to small SUV/family car line. No one ever has, no one ever will. They are simply the best snow-going cars, the best rally cars, etc. Of course there are those who will say that they hate Subarus and woulld never drive them...blah blah...I tell you what, though. In my neck of the woods, if you're driving a Jeep in the winter time, there are quite a few days you stay home. Those things are rolling coffins in winter. I wouldn't drive anything but a Subaru in the winter. I've got one with 256k miles and she's still running like a champ. The dang thing is unstoppable in the snow. Jeep may be on to something with their "targeting a younger demographic", but anyone with an ounce of sense would get a reliable Japanese car before one of these piles of garbage. For off-road, Jeep is king. Always have been. Jeep shouldn't dabble in the business of primarily road-going, independent suspension-ed family vehicles, though. Leave that to the quality-made imports that get excellent fuel economy and last forever.
- Red '84 CJ-7 - I'll build it someday! I have the parts, but no shop and no time! :(
- Black '78 J-10 - rollin' on 37s and SOA with front/rear Detroits, high-steer, etc.
- Green '93 ZJ - Crusty old PARTS-GIVER TO THE CJ!
"Six in a row makes it go"
...and a driveway full of Subarus...