Tougher than a cheap steak
By ThunderbirdJunkie on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 192,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "runs over stuff, plays in snow like a puppy"
Cons: "Gas mileage isn't great, but who cares?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this Jeep with 50,228 miles on it back in 2005. Since then I've tried to drown it, fell trees with it, drag every component underneath it across rocks, tow trailers that are beyond what it's rated to pull, and even driven it daily for the past six (almost seven) years.
It's stubborn. It won't die. I've maintained it well, but otherwise beaten hard. The seats are marginal on long, long trips (like the 1800 mile trek from Cincinnati to Phoenix), but unless you're a glutton for punishment you'll at least divide that into two 14 hour driving shifts with some rest in between.
Gas mileage is far better than it really should be, too. Towed a 4,000 pound trailer from Memphis to Flagstaff, AZ and averaged 16 mpg with the cruise set at 60 the whole way. Braking coming down serious hills like I-17 south of Flagstaff, though, is a bit concerning when you've got a 4,000 pound trailer; I found that out the hard way. This was the only time I've taken this vehicle past 90 and it wasn't on purpose...but I was already doing 70 when I crested the mountain and wasn't aware of what was ahead.
I have had to put four radiators in it; the original one giving up the vapor ghost at 109,000 miles. The other four radiators are likely because I was too cheap to replace them with an OEM one. But, on the upside, I can change a radiator in a 2002-2006 Liberty without the heavy duty cooling option in under 30 minutes now.
It's a decent looking little trucklet with terrific outward visibility, OKish cargo capacity, but what's there is very well-used and accessible. The tailgate opening won't swallow a 60" TV very well...but...that's what friends that own pickups are for.
Only thing I have left to add is if you currently own an SUV that does not have a 12v accessory port in the cargo area, you need one. I never thought I'd need that, but it's freaking awesome!
It's not a car, it's a Jeep. Remember that."
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