Originally Posted by Bakemono
Yup, Jeeps suck. There is really nothing good about them. A few years back my parents bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee (my father works for a Ford/Chrysler dealer, so they bought it for cheap) and you couldnt pay me to drive one of those things.
On snow/ice, it was aboslutely worthless and it was cheap and very poorly put together. You dont even want to know how much the resale value sucks on those things.
Honestly, I dont see whats so great about Jeeps. IMO, they are all marketing hype.
You've got to be kidding me. Jeeps, those with the 4.0L especially, are damn near bulletproof. Not to mention decent on gas (18-20 mpg easy) and very fun to drive with 190HP and loads of torque. The turning radius on a Cherokee makes my double cab look like a Kenworth.
My friend had an '88 Cherkokee Chief 4.0L 5 speed with 180k miles on it as his first car in high school. He beat the bag out of it, never spent a dime on repairs, and sold it to another guy in the class just ahead of me. I taught the 2nd guy how to drive stick on it and it was his daily driver for almost 2 years. At 210k miles the 2nd gear syncro went bad and he finally bought a new car because it would have cost more for a transmission than the Jeep was worth.
Another friend of mine had a 92 Cherokee 4.0L automatic that ran to 240k miles, even after being rolled on it's side on a snowy road in Maine one ski season. I bought it from her dad for $300 and drove it for a winter in college...w/ 4x4 I pulled a full size Ford Van out of a snowbank and my friend's FWD escort out of a frozen parking lot where he got stuck trying to drive in foot deep snow. After that trouble free winter I parked it for the summer and the alternator seized when my parents started it 2 months later. I junked it because I didn't have a need for a car at that point and, like my friend above, an alternator would have cost almost as much as the car.
Jeep isn't held in high regard because of "marketing hype" they're praised because they've built quality vehicles since WWII.