I love love love this car, but I hate fixing it
August 7, 2018
This is the second car I've owned and I bought the limited for $2,500 with 159,000 miles on it from a dealer in 2016 (still an insane deal for the miles). I loved this car from the start because it had all of the features I wanted (leather seats, 4wd, heated seats, sunroof, plenty of room). I didn't expect this car to last more than 6 months to a year, simply because it needed an $800 computer as soon as the day we bought it since the engine died out right away. I am happy to say that 2 years and almost 20,000 miles later, my baby is still going! I've had to put a lot of money into fixing this car (computer, brakes, starter, battery, sensors, etc.) and I've known since the beginning that the transmission needed work. Even with transmission issues, this V8 engine still packs a punch at almost 20 years old! The upkeep has been super expensive as I used to find myself needing a quart of oil almost every week to 2 weeks. However, I switched to premium gas and synthetic oil and have gone from getting an average of 16mpg to 19mpg! Recently, she's been taking more and more tries to start because of vapor lock and I'm thinking she'll need a new fuel injector as well as fixing a leak in the coolant hose and the transmission soon. Even with all of the repairs, I was lucky enough to pay much less than average for such a solid vehicle. Although the crash ratings on this car aren't stellar, you're basically driving a tank. It's one of the last few cars made out of steel and it's definitely worth it. Someone rear-ended this car going about 30mph while my sister was driving. The hood of the car that hit her was almost completely smashed in and would need major repairs. My Jeep had only a few scratches and some cracks in the plastic around the towing hook-up. A newer car would have been close to totaled! On top of that, the 4wd still performs after all these years. I'm not one to off-road, but once she was stuck in the mud on a sideways angle at a forest preserve. After digging the wheels in more and more just trying to get out, I finally shifted from 4wd all time to 4wd low. The poor thing let out the most wretched noise I had ever heard (I definitely think I should've shifted into low gear instead of just "drive") but I'll be damned if she didn't pop immediately out of the mud I'd been trying to get out of for at least 10 minutes.
Overall this car has been my favorite and I would definitely recommend it! The engines on these really do last forever, you just have to be prepared to replace everything else.