Are Jeeps Actually Reliable?

So you are interested in buying a Jeep. Maybe you’ve never owned one and don’t know if a Jeep will be reliable enough for you? Well, the Jeep brand has changed a lot over the years, and are now owned by FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

But, are they still reliable as the old Jeeps?

Older Jeep Reliability

When I say “older” jeeps I’m talking late 80s and 90s. I could dive into the reliability of Jeeps made before the 80s, but it’ll take up to much time. Plus, you should be mechanically inclined if you buy an old Jeep.

What’s the most likely thing to break in any given automobile? An engine component of course and I don’t mean engine internals, but everything that makes the engine run the way it does; (vacuum lines, O2 sensors, MAP/MAF sensors, etc.).

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Jeep’s in the 80s came with either a 2.5L 4-cylinder or a 4.0L renix inline-6. The Renix 4.0L was a little iffy with its reliability. The main problem comes from the wiring harness and sensors. The Renix is pretty hard to diagnose but is easy to repair if you know what the actual problem is. However, it was very reliable mechanically, but the poor electrical system ultimately held it back.

High Output 4.0L

What awesome engine did Jeep make it the 90s? The 4.0L H.O.! The updated version of the AMC 4.0L ditched the Renix components in favor of new components. This new rendition of the 4.0L was known as the High Output. The High Output had a much tidier wiring harness and was much easier to diagnose than the previous Renix 4.0L. The AMC 4.0L was one of four engines that continued to be produced after Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987.

The Jeep 4.0L H.O. has been praised by countless automotive journalists for its insane reliability. It could have a rod knock and still get you all the way home. It could be running 90* under the proper operating temperature, with vacuum leaks, a bad fuel injector, and still get you home (ask me how I know).

Seriously, Jeeps equipped with the 4.0L H.O. will do 300,000 miles easy. My last one was at 215k miles, and I took it wheeling nearly every weekend, and it kept chugging along just fine!

My Personal Jeep’s Reliability

Like I mentioned above, I take my current Jeep wheeling all the time, as well as drive it every single day. It has only left me stranded once, and that was from me going to hard off-road. There have been times where I needed to drive it upwards of 200 miles in one day and it was perfectly up to the task. Pretty good for a vehicle that only cost $1,000.

I have owned a total of 13 vehicles, which includes a few motorcycles. Out of those 13 vehicles, most of them broke something major. Ninja 250 engine exploded, SC400 engine exploded, Suburban transmission exploded, Land Rover engine exploded, you get my point. Why am I telling you this?

Because the two Jeeps I’ve ever owned are the only vehicles that have lasted over a year without exploding. My first vehicle was a 93 Cherokee, and my last vehicle was a 92 Cherokee. Literally, everything else I ever owned had some sort of detrimental issue that forced me to get rid of it. Of course, my current vehicle is super reliable, but that’s because it has 25k miles and a warranty.

My $1,000 Jeeps seemed to take literally everything I could throw at them. From daily driving to road trips, to light prerunning, to trail riding. The current owner of my last Jeep takes it out wheeling almost every weekend and it’s been super reliable for him too.

Newer Jeep Reliability

This is where the whole conversation takes a massive turn. Jeeps of today are built much differently than Jeeps of the past. All models except the Wrangler have gone to fully independent suspension. What does that have to do with anything? Well IFS is arguably weaker, especially when you’re out on some rough trails. This leaves IFS Jeeps more vulnerable to breaking, and therefore being less reliable. However, with modern IFS systems, this is hardly the case anymore.

The 3.6L and 3.8L Pentastar engine are good little engines. But, from the information I’ve gathered on Forums, the 3.6L is leaps and bounds better in both reliability and performance. Also in my experience as a lube technician, I have found that the 3.6L Pentastar engine is pretty darn reliable. That engine comes in a massive variety of automobiles and they almost always seem to be running in tip-top shape regardless of mileage. The 3.8L Jeeps, on the other hand, aren’t always running tip-top.

But, not all modern Jeeps are reliable. The current Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are the least reliable vehicles in Jeep’s entire history. Seriously, poke around on any Cherokee/Grand Cherokee forum and you’ll find thousands of threads regarding issues with those SUVs. Many shops won’t even work on them anymore because they’re so riddled with insane issues.

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The 2013 Wrangler has an overall dependability rating of 2/5, whilst the 2013 Grand Cherokee has a dependability rating of 3/5. So, while the reliability of the Grand Cherokee is actually average. Which is really interesting considering customers are reporting horrid reliability with the Grand Cherokee.

The Wrangler is slightly below average, but is it as bad as something like a Land Rover? Well yes actually, it is nearly as unreliable as a Land Rover according to J.D. Power’s dependability study. Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler are all in the top 10 least reliable vehicles in the US.

Honestly when I saw that 2/5 rating for the Wrangler I was fairly surprised. I have never heard anything bad about them personally. Maybe JK Wrangler owners won’t admit they bought an unreliable $40k Jeep? Maybe I don’t have enough friends with newer Jeeps? After all, most of my friends drive XJ Cherokees.

Reliability rating source: USNEWS

So Are They Reliable?

As you might have figured out by now, the answer yes and no. Older Jeeps are incredibly reliable vehicles. But, it’s nearly impossible for Jeep to match the reliability of the 4.0L. It’s literally based off of a tractor motor, and its designed to run forever in any conditions.

The newer Jeeps, on the other hand, aren’t so reliable. Strangely enough, you’ll never hear a Jeep owner complaining about the reliability. Alteast I’ve never met a Jeep owner in person who openly complained about its reliability. But, Jeep forums are full of people dealing with poor reliability.

Are Jeeps Reliable?

According to this chart, the Jeep brand on average is 1 problem less per 100 cars than Land Rover. That’s surprisingly bad. Time will tell whether or not Fiat will increase or decrease the brand’s reliability. But, I feel pretty confident when I say that Fiat won’t screw up the Jeep brand.

So, if you were looking to buy a brand new Jeep, don’t. As a Jeep enthusiast and owner, it pains me to say this, but don’t buy a new Jeep unless you are willing to deal with the unreliability.

Picking The Perfect Bug Out Vehicle

Disaster has come, an apocalyptic tragedy has struck the world, what are you going to do? Where are you going to go? How are you going to get there? This is where the “bug-out vehicle” comes in. A bug-out vehicle, is a vehicle designed to get you to a safe location, or to keep you mobile indefinitely.

The most commonly used scenarios are a “zombie” apocalypse, civil war, economic collapse, and general civil unrest. 

What are the necessary items to have in/on your bug out vehicle?

  • CB Radio – When all forms of mass communication fail (cell phone, internet, etc.), you may need to be able to contact other survivors. CB Radios offer a way to keep in contact with others, when all other communications fail.
    We’ve covered CB radio information in our CB radio install guide
  • Tools – What good is a bug out vehicle if it breaks down? You need to have plenty of tools on board your vehicle as well as a repair manual if you’re not mechanically inclined.
  • Gear – This goes hand-in-hand with having tools, you need to have gear such as: tent, clothing, compass, flash light, portable stove, binoculars, first aid kit, etc.
  • Weapons – Hopefully you’ll never have to need weapons in an apocalyptic scenario, but when resources become scarce, other survivors may use weapons against you, if you want to survive than you need to have weapons to protect yourself.
  • 4×4 – You never know when you’ll get into a sticky situation, having 4×4 can be the difference between life or death in a zombie apocalypse.
  • Food – You might be on the road much longer than expected, remember to keep a good amount of dry food stocked in your bug out vehicle

As you might be able to tell from this list, cargo space is going to be incredibly important. You basically need to be able to live out of your vehicle for an extended period of time, without dying. Now that we know the bare necessities of a bug out vehicle, lets look at a few different vehicles.

Honda Civic

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Chances are that you or somebody you know has a Civic, or a 4-door sedan like a Civic. They have decent cargo storage capabilities, and they are decently fast. But they lack 4WD, which may be absolutely necessary in a disaster situation.

Pros:

  • Very reliable
  • Great gas mileage
  • Decent room for people
  • Decently fast

Cons:

  • Not 4×4
  • Little space for gear and supplies
  • Not heavy duty

Jeep Wrangler

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The most known 4×4 in the world, it’ll take you nearly anywhere you need to go. It’s very reliable, and has somewhat decent gas mileage (15-20 mpg). But it doesn’t have much cargo storage and very little room for more than 2 people.

Pros:

  • Great 4×4, it’ll take you far away from civilization if need be.
  • Reliable, the Jeep 4.0L is a bullet proof engine.
  • Decent gas mileage, when fuel is scarce this is extremely important.

Cons:

  • Very little space for gear, weapons, tools, and other survivors.
  • Removable top makes it more susceptible to attacks from others.
  • Not heavy duty

Chevy Suburban

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The Suburban can be found nearly anywhere in suburban areas of any city (I wonder why its named the Suburban). It has a massive amount of storage capabilities, and a massive amount of room for other people. Its very heavy duty and strong. But its fairly slow, and sucks up fuel quickly.

Pros:

  • Decent 4×4 ability
  • Reliable (especially the older ones)
  • Great space for gear.
  • Massive space for people
  • All steel body, very good protection
  • Heavy duty

Cons:

  • Really slow and hard to maneuver
  • Awful fuel economy

Chevy Pick-Up Truck

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If you live in America you can find a pickup basically anywhere. Has massive amount of cargo space in the bed, but it’s outside of the cab in the open. It lacks space for other people, and is bad on fuel economy.

Pros:

  • Decent 4×4
  • Massive space for gear
  • All steel body
  • Heavy Duty
  • Reliable

Cons:

  • Little room for people
  • Slow and hard to maneuver
  • Awful fuel economy

Jeep XJ Cherokee

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Last but not least, our favorite 4×4. XJ Cherokee has room for 4 people and plenty of gear. Its not very heavy duty, and doesn’t get the best fuel mileage (mine gets around 15 mpg). Overall its very well rounded at doing nearly anything you need it to.

Pros:

  • Great 4×4
  • Decent space for gear
  • Decent space for people
  • Extremely reliable

Cons:

  • Unibody construction, not heavy duty
  • Bad fuel economy

M35A2

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You’re probably not going to find one of these laying around in the city somewhere. Basically the only way you could use one of these in a disaster situation is if you already owned it. The M35A2 is going to get pretty abysmal fuel economy, but you can basically drive through whatever you want.

Pros:

  • Great 6×6
  • Massive space for people
  • Massive space for gear
  • Extremely heavy duty
  • Very reliable

Cons:

  • Extremely slow
  • Horrible fuel economy
  • Mentally hard (cabin noise)

Summary

We’ve given you a list of typical vehicles that could be used to make a bug out vehicle. But any vehicle can be a bug out vehicle, we just recommend that you could with something heavy-duty and 4×4, which will allow you to combat ANY task at hand. The key things to look for are:

  • Interior space for gear
  • Interior space for people
  • Reliability
  • Toughness
  • Gas mileage
  • Offroad ability

Our choice would be the Chevy Suburban, simply because of its space for gear and people, 4×4, and heavy duty. If the disaster situation requires good fuel economy, than something like a Honda Civic would be our choice. If the disaster isn’t super fuel constricting, than the Chevy Suburban is the perfect bug out vehicle for almost anyone.

Top 3 Beginner Off Road Trucks

Are you looking to get into the off road “scene”? But, you have never owned an off road truck? There are a few things you must consider when deciding what you want out of your off road truck.

Do you just want to go camping? Do you want to go trail riding? Rock crawling? What about desert prerunning? Here’s what you need to look for in an off-road truck:

  1. Price: If you’re just getting into the off road lifestyle, you probably don’t want to break the bank. Picking up something cheap to wheel on the weekends is ideal.
  2. Durability: You want something that is tough, and can survive harsh conditions and treatment.
  3. Size: You obviously don’t want to wheel a school bus, but maybe a Wrangler is to small for you. Small off road rigs like the Wrangler don’t allow you to bring many friends and/or gear. Big off road rigs like the Chevy Suburban can’t easily fit on many trails.
  4. Articulation: Depending on the type of wheeling you’d like to do, articulation may be important. If you just want to do simple trail riding or camping, then this is much less important.

Now that you have a good understanding of what you’ll want, let’s look at the candidates. Here are the best beginners off road trucks:

1. Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep XJ Cherokee was made from 1984 to 2001 and was the Predecessor to the original body-on-frame SJ Cherokee. The XJ Cherokee was unlike the SJ Cherokee; it was small, it didn’t have a standard frame, and didn’t come with a V8.

Robert Cumberford, from Automobile Magazine said: “Great designs never grow old, a truth no better confirmed than by designer Dick Teague’s masterpiece, the Jeep Cherokee. Possibly the best SUV shape of all time, it is the paradigmatic model to which other designers have since aspired.”

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Generally speaking, most XJ Cherokees are four door, 4.0L inline 6, and 4WD. Which is perfect, 4 doors to more easily hold gear and people. The 4.0L is notoriously bullet proof, and the 4WD system is great for the trails. Since the XJ Cherokee is unibody and 4 link suspension up front, they articulate very well and ride very smooth.

Since the XJ Cherokee was made for such a long period of time, they are everywhere and dirt cheap too! With so many of them around, a huge amount of off road companies started making aftermarket parts for them, making parts dirt cheap too!

Prices for the XJ Cherokee generally range from $1000 to $6500

Too see what a commonly modified XJ Cherokee looks like, check out Coles XJ Cherokee.

2. Chevrolet K5 Blazer

The Chevy Blazer/GMC Jimmy was made from 1969 to 1994 and was made to compete with the Jeep CJ-5. Almost all Blazers came in 4WD with a 305CI (5.0L) or a 350CI (5.7L) small block chevy. The Chevy Blazer is a frame-on-body design, with leaf springs front and rear of the truck.

Being that they are frame-on-body, they are very heavy duty and very strong. Leaf springs front and rear allowed for cheap manufacturing and add stability while driving the truck.

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The leaf spring design doesn’t articulate, or ride very well, but with some modifications can perform very well. Since Chevy trucks have been around for so long, it’s impossible to run out of factory used or aftermarket parts. Much like the Cherokee, the Chevy 350 is also a great engine,it makes plenty of power and torque and retains the old-school, but proven engine design.

The US Military used the K5 Blazer from 1983 to 1986, they named them “CUCV M1009”. The M1009 came with a 6.2L Detroit Diesel and an Eaton Gov-Lock rear differential, and served many purposes in the US Military.

Prices for the Chevy Blazer range from $1000 to $5000

3. Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco was made from 1966 to 1996, and was also built to compete with the Jeep CJ-5. The 302CI and the 351W were the most common engines that the Bronco came with. The Ford Bronco, like the Chevy Blazer, was also frame-on-body, making it heavy duty and strong.

The Bronco had a leaf spring suspension design front and rear until 1980. In 1980 Ford introduced the TTB (Twin Traction Beam), to allow for a smoother ride, on and off road. The TTB suspension system worked very well, it improved handling and ride comfort, but sacrificed wheel travel and is notoriously hard to align.

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Both the Ford 302 (5.0L) and the 351 Windsor (5.7L) are great motors, making good power while still being reliable and cheap to maintain. Parts for the Bronco aren’t nearly as abundant as the other two trucks, but parts are still easy available.

The TTB system, lead to the Twin I-Beam suspension, which is the same as TTB, except its not 4WD. I-Beam suspension is what many “pre runner” trucks use and works great for high speed off roading.

Prices for the Ford Bronco range from $1000 to $5500

Summary

The XJ Cherokee is great for rock-crawling, the Blazer is great for mudding and trail-riding, and the Bronco is great for going fast in the dirt.

All 3 of these trucks are very cheap to buy and easy to fix, and can take a hard beating off-road. Making them all perfect candidates for a beginner off road truck. The choice is yours to make.

5 Things That Make The XJ Cherokee The Best Jeep Ever

Have you noticed how much popularity the XJ Cherokee has gained? Where I live in Arizona, it seem to be more popular than the Wrangler. The off road clubs that I have joined also seem to be mostly XJ Cherokees. Why is the XJ Cherokee so ridiculously popular amongst wheelers?
Here’s 5 reasons why:

5. The Right Size

The XJ Cherokee isn’t nearly as big as full sized rigs, but it’s not as small as a Wrangler or Samurai. I personally wish that they were a tiny bit larger just to help out with interior space, because the back seats are a little tight. If you have a full-sized rig, you have all the room in the world for gear and people, but you’ll have a really hard time on tighter trails, simply due to the size of the vehicle.

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If you have a small rig like a Wrangler then you can fit on any trail you want, but have little to no room for gear and people. The XJ Cherokee is not to big, and not to small. You can fit 4 full sized adults, gear and tools inside an XJ Cherokee. For camping trips you might need a roof rack to hold all of your gear.

4. Light Weight

When compared to essentially any other SUV, the XJ Cherokee is an extreme lightweight. Weighing in at 3,000 – 3,400 lbs depending on the year and options, that is stupid light. Thats in the same weight range as the Fox Body Mustang, 240sx, and many other light weight “sports” cars.

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Why is the XJ so light? Its so light because of its unibody design, the frame rails and body are one unit, which saves a huge amount of weight, at the cost of structural rigidity. The header panel and hatch are both made of fiberglass to save weight too. The fairly simply interior also helps keep weight down, but at the cost of interior comfort and noise levels.

3. They’re 2,884,172 Strong

That’s right, 2.8 million XJ Cherokees were produced from 1984 to 2001. What does this mean for you? It means that they’re dirt cheap second hand, my first XJ Cherokee was $1,500, and my current XJ Cherokee was $1,000. XJ Cherokees can be found from $500 to $5,000 depending on the condition and whether or not it has been modified. What other vehicle can you buy for $1,000, beat the crap out of off-road, and daily drive it?

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The high number of sales means that the aftermarket is also very strong. There are tons of options when it comes to how you want to modify your XJ Cherokee. It also means that if you’re having troubles repairing it, that someone on some forum has already done that repair and documented it.

2. Most Reliable Engine Ever

The 4.0 inline-6 that came in the XJ Cherokee is seriously the most bulletproof engine ever. I am apart various off-road clubs with a collective amount of over 20,000+ members. Most of them own an XJ Cherokee and i’ve only heard of one engine exploding amongst those 20,000+ members. If you can manage to break a 4.0, than you probably shouldn’t own an automobile at all. They’re that reliable, seriously.

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Not only is the 4.0L an extremely reliable engine, it also makes a good amount of power. The 4.0L puts down a decent 220 lb-ft of torque, and it’s way down low in the rpm range. That makes the XJ Cherokee super fun to drive on the street.

1. The Jeep Community

Pretty much everyone who owns a Jeep, loves it to death. Jeep owners want you to love your Jeep to death too. If you have a problem with your Jeep and want some help, just go buy a 30-pack of beer and ask off-road clubs for some help. Before you know it your whole street with be lined with Jeeps just so they can help you out, drink some beer, and hang out with fellow Jeepers.

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I’ve heard plenty of stories of when a Jeep broke down, and 10+ other Jeeps stopped to make sure everything was okay. I know anytime I see an XJ Cherokee on the side of the road I stop and try to help them.

Summary

Don’t get me wrong, XJ Cherokees aren’t perfect, but they’re near perfect.  They’re perfectly sized to fit on almost any trail, and still bring your buddies and gear. They’re lightweight, cheap, have one of the most reliable engines ever. The XJ Cherokee also has one of the coolest and kindest automotive communities behind it.

Hummer vs Jeep: Which One is Actually Better?

Jeep, one of the first great military vehicles used in America. Jeep has transformed from a military vehicle, to your everyday 4×4. But, what about the later military vehicles that also turned into civilian vehicles? Well, thats where the Hummer comes. Hummer and Jeep have both been used in the US military, as well civilian vehicles. They’re both some of the most praised 4×4’s in the world. But, which one is actually better? Before we compare Hummer vs Jeep, lets take a quick look at the history of both.

Hummer

Remember way back when Arnold Schwarzenegger got his hands on a military vehicle? Those were odd times, American was at war, and some famous actor/former body builder wanted one of the vehicles used in war. So he got a street legal one built for him. After he got that one built for him it was all down hill. Other famous people began wanting one too, and then average Joe’s wanted them as well. Thats where the whole Hummer brand starts.

Jeep

The Jeep Wrangler is hands down, the most known 4×4 in the world. Most people think its also the best 4×4 in the world, but we discovered thats not exactly the case in our Wrangler vs Cherokee comparison. None the less, the Jeep brand is forever engraved into the off-road lifestyle. I personally have a Jeep XJ Cherokee, and love it to death.

Hummer vs Jeep: Military Usage

Interestingly enough, it seems as though many people don’t even realize that Jeep was once a military vehicle. Well, not Jeep exactly, but Willys. Either way, over the years of talking to people about Jeeps (because thats all I talk about), I’ve talked to quite a few who were surprised to find out that it was once a military vehicle. Funny how decades of advertising can completely fail to inform people about something as simple as military usage.

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On the other hand of this debate, is the Hummer. I’m pretty sure nearly everybody knows that the original Hummer, or H1, was based off of the military Humvee. It was a more comfortable, less armored version of one of the most popular and successful military vehicles of all time. Things like a radio and air conditioning are what helped transform the military Humvee into the civilian Hummer.

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Both Hummer and Jeep share something in common. They were both used for a variety of things in the military. From transportation, to mobile radio. The Hummer and the Jeep were also key factors in determining who won the wars that these vehicles were in.

Hummer vs Jeep: Suspension

Depending on which Hummer you’re talking about, the suspension could either be fully independent, or just front independent. The original Hummer, and the military Humvee both came with a rather unique suspension system. Most heavy duty vehicles at the time were solid axle rear, and possibly solid axle front. The Hummer was completely opposite of this, it was independent front and rear. This fully independent suspension design gave it more ground clearance than any other production 4×4 ever. To this day I’m pretty sure it still holds that record.

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The Jeep on the other hand, has been solid axle front, and solid axle rear from the beginning. Yes I know that most Jeep models are now fully independent, but the Wrangler is still solid axle front and rear.

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Like I said before, the independent suspension design on the Hummer gives it incredible ground clearance. Unfortunately the fully independent design severely limits articulation. The solid axle suspension design on the Jeep has tons of articulation, but at the cost of limited ground clearance. Its a pick and choose type of situation.

Hummer vs Jeep: Power Plant

This is where it can get a little confusing, because throughout the years of a vehicle, it typically changes its power plant. This is the case with both the Hummer and Jeep.

Jeep engines range from inline-4’s, to inline 6’s, to V8’s. The most current Wrangler is equipped with a V6, and the next generation Wrangler is rumored to have a turbo 4 banger. The most notable, and well known Jeep engine is the 4.0L. Time and time again the 4.0L is said to be one of the single most reliable production engines ever. I can tell you first hand, the 4.0L is ridiculously strong. Its basically a tractor motor, so no matter what you put it through, it’ll just keep chugging along.

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Just like the Jeep, Hummer’s have come with a variety of engines. The military Humvee came with a diesel engine. The civilian Hummer could be had with a diesel, or a gas engine. But, it seems like most of them ended up as a diesel. The H2 came with a 6.0L gas V8 LS based truck engine from GM. The H3 came with an inline-5, and an optional V8 from 2008-2010, also from GM.

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To put this in simpler terms, most Hummers have either a diesel, or a gas V8. Jeep’s on the other hand come with relatively small gas engine, from an inline-4’s, to a V8’s.

Hummer vs Jeep: Off Road

This is probably the most important, and discussed part of this entire debate. After all, these are both off-road oriented vehicles, so it would make sense to compare them based on their off-road performance. Here’s the main flaw of most comparisons. In the land of the internet, where everything is more extreme than it needs to be, people compare these off of their rock-crawling performance. But the harsh reality is that most people who buy these vehicles just go out on simple trails.

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Like I mentioned before, the Hummer has fully independent suspension. That fully independent suspension gives exceptionally good ground clearance. This allows you drive straight over big rocks. But what happens when you can’t drive straight over an obstacle? You’ll probably need articulation to climb on top of it. Since the Hummer’s articulation is severely limited, this can occasionally create a problem.

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The Jeep on the other hand is somewhat opposite of the Hummer. Its solid axles make it have relatively low ground clearance. This means that instead of driving directly over a rock, you might have to drive on top of it.  This is completely okay since the solid axle suspension design gives it excellent articulation.

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Since the Hummer is based off of a modern military vehicle, it is pretty heavy. Its track is as wide as a tank tracks, and its overall a pretty large vehicle. Its weight and sheer size can also hold it back from getting over certain obstacles. The Jeep on the other hand is relatively small and lightweight, which gives it an upper hand when confronted with certain obstacles.

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Like I said, the harsh reality of this off-road debate is that most people don’t go all that hard. Most people just want to drive around some pretty simple trails. If thats all you want to do than the Hummer will work just fine. But, if you want to go places where light to medium rock crawling is involved, than you’ll need the extra articulation of a Jeep.

Humer vs Jeep: Which One is Better?

When deciding which one of these is better, it really comes down to what you’re doing with it. If you need something ridiculously heavy duty, than the Hummer will suit you better with its big V8, and strong components. The Jeep is much smaller, and more nimble, making it better at hard off-roading.

For me a Jeep is a better choice, simply because I personally don’t have a need for anything as heavy duty as a Hummer. Which one do you think is better? Let me know down in the comments!

Jeep vs Toyota: Which One is Better and Why?

One of the greatest and longest on-going debates is the Jeep vs Toyota debate. Off-road guys and gals all around the world have an opinion on this topic. Toyota fans hate Jeeps fans, and Jeep fans seem to hate Toyota fans. Jeeps people swear by Jeeps, and Toyota people swear by Toyota’s. There might not be a right or wrong answer to this debate, but lets go ahead and compare Jeep vs Toyota.

Jeep vs Toyota: Interior

This part of the debate is kind of awkward. Because Toyota’s are cheap vehicles and as such have cheap interiors, and Jeep’s are also cheap, with cheap interiors. So regardless of which one you think is better, they both kind of suck.

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Features of Toyota and Jeep interiors are fairly basic. You can get power everything, but base models are mostly manual everything, unless you’re talking about Land Cruisers, which are better off being compared to a Land Rover and not a Jeep. Both have a cloth interior on most models with an optional leather interior on higher up models.

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Quite honestly the interior on both old and new Jeeps and Toyota’s aren’t really something to bring up. They’re both fairly basic, even in 2016 they have fairly similar interiors.

Jeep vs Toyota: Reliability

This is one the single most important factors for most people. Reliability is generally the deciding factor for people who are looking for used cars, and even new cars. You might think that both Jeep and Toyota are fairly reliable. But that is not the case at all.

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As a big Jeep fan it pains me to see this chart, but the numbers don’t lie. According to these numbers, the Jeep brand is amongst the most unreliable automotive brands in the US. Toyota on the other hand is pretty high up on the list of brand reliability. That list covers 2014+ models of Jeep and Toyota. But what about the older models?

4.0L Engine

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Like i’ve mentioned in countless other articles, the Jeep 4.0L is known as one of the single most reliable engines ever built. It was built by AMC, and it was used in tractors, boats, and Jeeps. It does having cooling issues if you live in some place hot like I do in Arizona, but other than that its a stupidly strong little engine.

22re Engine

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Toyota SUV engine’s from the same time frame as the 4.0L Jeep include the 22re, 3.0L, and 3.4L. The 22re is a well known little engine, it doesn’t make much power but it never dies. Its arguable more reliable than the Jeep 4.0L. The 3.0L on the other hand is known for blowing up every 100k miles. By blowing up I mean over heating and killing the head gaskets. The 3.4L is much more reliable than the 3.0L, but doesn’t compare to the 22re or the Jeep 4.0L.

Jeep vs Toyota: Off-Road

Like i’ve mentioned in other articles, comparing vehicles off-road can be kind of difficult. This is because its not based on numbers like typical performance data. Yes there are numbers like ground clearance, but its not one single number that determines whether or not a vehicle is good off-road. Things like articulation, wheel base (length), wheel track (width), approach and departure angles, height, and various other little things can make a vehicle handle drastically different. But most importantly, driver experience will make a vehicle amazing or make it awful.

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Luckily, both Toyota and Jeep share a similar 4WD system. Unlike Land Rover’s both of these are true 4WD, and not AWD. 4WD locks the front and rear axle together at a 50/50 power distribution when the vehicle is put into 4WD. This means you’ll get consistent handling, especially when climbing hills or difficult obstacles.

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Unfortunately, Toyota’s use independent suspension up front, which severely limits articulation. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve seen some really flexy IFS trucks, but nothing compared to a solid axle, which Jeep’s have. Many Toyota owners do a solid axle swap, but honestly I’m kind of jealous of Toyota’s IFS. It might not be that great off-road, but it doesn’t death wobble, and it handles way nicer on the road.

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So, unless you’re doing some sort of rock crawling, you can probably get anywhere a Jeep can in a Toyota. Thats not guaranteed because I’ve seen plenty of Toyota’s get stuck in places where my Jeep didn’t even have to try, but that may just be driver error for the Toyota.

Jeep vs Toyota: Price

Price is one of the most important factors when picking out a vehicles. We must stay within our allotted budget. Plus any money you save can be put into modifications. Prices vary a lot based on location, condition, milage, and modifications.

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I can tell you from lots of experience that XJ Cherokee’s range from $1,500-$2,500 for a good stock one, all the way up to $6k for a good built one. Most XJ’s fall somewhere in the middle, not stock, but not built. My personal XJ cost $1,000, it was stock and had a fair share of issues, which isn’t a problem for me personally.

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I have never purchased a Toyota, and I only have a few friends who own Toyota’s, but from what i’ve found on Craigslist, 4runners range from $1,700 to $3,000 for a good stock one. Built 4runners go as high as $7k. So the prices are only marginally higher than an XJ Cherokee.

Jeep vs Toyota: Old Models

Assuming you’re an off-road enthusiast, these are the models that you are probably interested in. Thus far we’ve mostly talked about the older Toyota’s like the 2nd and 3rd gen 4runner, and older Jeep’s like the XJ Cherokee. Like I mentioned before, both are pretty bare bones when it comes to the interior.

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The biggest difference between older Toyota’s and older Jeep’s is the suspension design and the reliability of the engine. Like I mentioned before, the older 4runner’s 3.0L is pretty crappy engine. It constantly blows head gaskets and over heats. The Jeep 4.0L is a little temperamental with cooling, but it is one of the most reliable production engines ever made.

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The factory IFS on Toyota’s holds them back when off-roading, but can be easily swapped out for a solid axle set up. Jeep’s on the other hand are already equipped with a solid axle set up. This provides tons of articulation and allows stock Jeep’s to go places that stock Toyota’s can’t.

Jeep vs Toyota: New Models

As I die hard Jeep guy, this is where things kind of start to change for me, and the Jeep vs Toyota debate as a whole. Newer vehicles are coming with all sorts of fancy traction control system and things like “crawl control”. To put it simply, the playing field has leveled out, no longer are stock Jeep’s way better than stock Toyota’s. Jeep’s are still better, but only marginally so, unless you’re talking about the Rubicon model.

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I’ve got to give it to Toyota, they’ve really stepped up their game in the off-road industry the past few years. The all new Tacoma is loaded with off-road features such as “Crawl Control” which is essentially hill accent control combined with an advanced traction control system. The result? Being able to easily get out of hairy situations.

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The model year before the 2016 Tacoma also received the TRD Pro edition. The first time I saw a TRD Pro was the first time I actually thought about owning a Toyota for off-roading. The TRD Pro can be had on the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4runner. Its a factory package that includes larger tires and slight lift with Bilstein suspension.

As I mentioned before, both Toyota and Jeep still have pretty basic interior’s. Both are filled with fairly cheap plastics, decent leather, and a fancy touch screen info/entertainment system.

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Luckily for Toyota, newer Jeep’s are as unreliable as Land Rover’s, so Toyota defiantly takes the crown when it comes to newer vehicles. I would still personally prefer a Wrangler, but I really want a TRD Pro Tacoma one day.

Jeep vs Toyota: Summary

Like I said in the beginning of this article, there isn’t really a right or wrong answer when it comes to the Jeep vs Toyota debate. Both are pretty competent little off-road SUVs. The Toyota is a better daily driver with its IFS, but is a little lacking off-road because of it. The Jeep is better off-road but its solid front axle can make on road handling a little scary sometimes.

Either way, they’re both great little SUVs. If you want to get really serious about off-roading get a Jeep. If you want to daily drive and occasionally go on some trails, get a 4runner.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Which One is Actually Better?

If you’re just getting into off-roading, than chances are you’ve heard something about the Jeep vs Land Rover debate. Both are designed with off-roading in mind, and both are exceptionally good at it. One is built in America, the other is built in the UK, but which is actually better? Well, there’s a lot of different aspects to cover, as well as different generations of the Jeep vs Land Rover debate. So, lets dive in, and compare Jeep vs Land Rover.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Interior

Assuming you don’t live under a rock, than you should know that the Land Rover brand is known for its luxury. When you think of high end vehicles, most people will think of a Range Rover, and thats exactly what I’m talking about. The luxury of a Range Rover transfers over into other Land Rover models. For this example lets look at the Discovery II.

Discovery II Interior

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The Land Rover Discovery II was an impressive new version of the loved Discovery. With this new model, Land Rover upgraded nearly everything, including the interior. All Discovery II’s came standard with dual power sun-roofs, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, power seats, heated seats, Home-Link system, all leather everything, dual-zone climate control, and more. So, as you can see from that quick list of features, Land Rover’s are really luxurious. Even by modern standards, the Discovery II is a really nice vehicle.

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Jeep’s on the other hand are a little lacking in the luxury department. For this comparison lets look at the XJ Cherokee. The XJ came standard with cloth interior, manual windows, manual locks, manual seats, a standard climate control system, and nothing else fancy. Yes, you could get higher up XJ models like the Laredo, which came with power everything, leather seats, and an upgraded sound system. But, standard vs standard, Land Rover blows Jeep out of the water.

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Newer models on the other hand are much nicer for both Land Rover and Jeep, but Land Rover’s still have much nicer interior’s in 2016. At this point Land Rover has become a standard for luxury vehicles.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Reliability

Okay, so when it comes to reliability, what do you think would be more reliable? If you said to yourself “Land Rover’s and Range Rover’s are super  unreliable, so of course the Jeep must be the more reliable one!”, than you wouldn’t be alone. I too thought that since Jeep was American made, it would be way more reliable than anything European, but man was I wrong. Don’t believe me? Here’s reliability articles for both Jeep and Land Rover.

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Unfortunately the numbers don’t lie. As a big Jeep fan, it pains me to see this chart. This chart is a list of reported problems/repairs per 100 vehicles. The vehicles are all 2014 models. As you can see, Jeep and Land Rover, are nearly tied. Quite honestly, they’re both absolutely terrible when it comes to reliability.

Jeep 4.0L

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What about the good ole’ 4.0L Jeep engine? Yes, the 4.0L Jeep engine is one of the most reliable production engines ever, but the 4.0L Land Rover engine is also pretty good. While both have their Achilles heel, they’re both incredible durable engines.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Off-Road

These are both off-road oriented vehicles, so it would make sense to compare how they do off-road. As much as I would love to give you a good off-road comparison, its not that easy. “Why?” you might ask, its because off-roading is just more than ground clearance. Its articulation, wheel base, approach and departure angles, chassis strength, axles, and most importantly, the driver. I’ve seen Mazda 3’s go where some Jeep’s couldn’t, because the driver knew what he was doing.

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Before I tell you which is better off-road and why, let me tell you this. I am a big Jeep fan, and the other writer (Kristoffer) for this website is a big Land Rover fan. We’ve both taken our vehicles off-road tons of times, so I have a lot of real world experience with both of these vehicles.

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One big difference between the Discovery II and the XJ Cherokee, is how the 4WD system works. In the Land Rover, its actually AWD, which means that there is a differential in the transfer case. The Jeep on the other hand is 4WD, because when 4WD is engaged power is locked 50/50 between the front and rear axle. Why does this matter? Because it greatly changes the characteristics of how it handles off-road. See, the Land Rover is always in AWD, which means if you’re going down the road, and hit a sudden patch of ice you’ll be fine, but the Jeep has to be in 2WD on the road, which can cause that same patch of ice to send you flying off of the road.

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Another big difference between these two, is the traction management. While some Jeep XJ’s came with a rear LSD, most didn’t. If you know how open differentials work, than you know they’re not that great for off-roading. The Land Rover also came with open differentials. The difference here is that Land Rover’s come with a pretty advanced 4-wheel traction control system, whilst Jeep’s don’t. This traction control system is basically the equivalent of having lockers front and rear.

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There is so much more I could go into regarding the off-road performance of these two but it would take all day long. Bottom line, my Jeep(s) have gone places that Kristoffer’s Land Rover couldn’t, and his Land Rover has gone places my Jeep(s) couldn’t. We’ve both gotten stuck countless amounts of times over the years.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Old

Thus far we’ve focused on mainly the older Jeep’s and the older Land Rover’s. The Discovery II has a way nicer interior, and overall is a way nicer vehicle to drive every single day.  The XJ Cherokee is more reliable than the Discovery II, but not by much. When it comes to off-roading its more about the driver than the vehicle, and both Jeep’s and Land Rover’s are incredibly capable off-road machines. So when comparing older Jeep’s vs older Land Rover’s, you’ll find that quite honestly, the Land Rover’s are nicer to drive every single day. But the Jeep’s might be a better choice for reliability. It honestly comes down to personal preference.

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I’ve owned both and I can tell you right now that I would rather drive a Land Rover Discovery II every single day, and rather have a Jeep XJ Cherokee for an off-road rig.

Jeep vs Land Rover: New

If you’re not a car/truck enthusiast, and just want to know which one is the better option for you, than this is the part you’ve been waiting for.  When it comes to newer Jeep’s vs Land Rover’s things like off-road ability aren’t that important. Why is this? Because over time Land Rover has become less about off-roading and more about luxury.

One big difference with both Jeep and Land Rover is that now in 2016 they all comes with fully independent suspension, other than the Wrangler. The solid axle suspension design is quite ancient and can only handle so well on the road. The independent suspension might be loads better on the road, but its not so good off-road. Both now come with pretty advanced traction management systems, as well as a ton of other driver assists.

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One thing that hasn’t changed is the interior comparison. While new Jeeps are much nicer than old Jeeps, they still don’t compare to Land Rover’s. Like I mentioned earlier, the Land Rover brand has become the pinnacle of luxury SUV’s and luxury vehicles in general for that matter.

In all reality, modern Land Rover’s are way better than modern Jeep’s. But, as a die-hard Jeep person I would still rather have a new Wrangler than a new Land Rover.

Jeep vs Land Rover: Summary

So, when it comes to the Jeep vs Land Rover debate, the winner really depends on the age. Older Jeep’s aren’t that nice to drive on the road, but are slightly better than Land Rover’s off-road. Older Land Rover’s are arguably better than Jeep’s off-road, and are way nicer to drive on the street daily.

Newer Jeeps and newer Land Rover’s are both much nicer than their older models, but the Land Rover brand has gone in a different direction. Newer Jeep’s are unquestionably better off-road, but are still lacking when it comes to interior comfort, especially when compared to the Land Rover.

So basically it boils down to this. If you drive off-road a lot, get a Jeep. If you drive on the road and off-road a lot, get a Land Rover. Or just pick your personal preference. I prefer Jeep’s, but thats just me.

How to Replace the Thermostat on a 4.0L Jeep Cherokee

Is your Jeep over heating? Heater sucks? You should probably consider changing the thermostat on your Jeep. My Jeep didn’t have one as the previous owner removed it for whatever reason, so I needed to install a new one. This is a pretty simple job that can be done with basic tools by anyone who can turn a wrench, so lets dive in and show you how to replace your thermostat on your 4.0L Jeep.

Buying a New Thermostat

There are quite a few brands of thermostats, however I personally don’t have a preference. Generally you will have an option between a thermostat that opens at 160*, 180*, or 195*. The factory thermostat opens at 195*, however if you live somewhere hot like we do in Arizona, than I would recommend a 180* thermostat to help keep things cool under your hood.

Removing the Old Thermostat

1. You must first remove the coolant hoses attached to the thermostat housing. They both have simple clamps on them, and are pretty easy to remove. The hoses might be pretty stuck onto the thermostat so be prepared for a fight.

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2. Carefully disconnect the coolant temperature sensor and set the wiring out of the way.

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3. Remove the two, 1/2 inch bolts holding the thermostat housing on. The top one is much longer than the bottom one. The serpentine belt might be in the way of the lower bolt. If the belt is in the way, just loosen the tensioner and push the belt out of the way.

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4. Remove the thermostat housing from the cylinder head. If the thermostat housing is stuck on with RTV than carefully pry it off with a flat blade screw driver.

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Prepping the Housing

Before you install your new thermostat, you must clean the gasket surfaces.

1. Take a razor blade, and carefully scrap off any old gasket material, or RTV. Do this for both the housing gasket surface, as well as the cylinder head gasket surface. Be careful to not put large cuts on the surface.

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2. Then wipe both surfaces of with brake cleaner, or alcohol and a rag.

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Installing the New Thermostat

Now you can install your new thermostat housing.

1. Apply RTV to both the housing and cylinder head gasket surfaces and smear it so you have a nice even coat all around. If you have a gasket, then you can skip this part.

2. Apply a very small amount of RTV to the spring side surface of the thermostat, this will help keep it in place when installing.

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3. Set the thermostat with the little burp valve (as seen in the above picture)  facing upwards into the cylinder head. There is an recessed circle in the cylinder head for the thermostat to sit in.  Make sure the spring goes on the inside of the head. It should not be visible to you.

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4. Bolt the thermostat housing back on. I would recommend starting with the top bolt, leaving it loose, and then the bottom bolt. Tighten both bolts evenly, and don’t over tighten them.

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5. Reconnect the heater core hose and the radiator hose, and clamp them down.

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6. Allow RTV to dry for the recommended time. This is usually 1-2 hours for the sealant to set and a full 24 hours for the RTV to cure completely. Usually you can get away with only waiting a couple hours before proceeding to the next step, but the less time you give the RTV to dry the more likely you are to have a leak later on.

7. Check for debris and corrosion before reconnect the coolant temperature sensor. If corrosion is present clean and lubricate the connection with some electrical grease.

8. Refill cooling system with coolant. Make sure not to mix coolants as red and green coolant don’t mix well and can end up becoming a jelly like substance.

The last step is to start your Jeep up and let it idle. The temperature gauge should climb to 160*, 180*, or 195* depending on what thermostat you just installed. If the temperature continues to climb past that point you may have air in the cooling system or a part of your cooling system may need to be replaced or upgraded.

Summary

Replacing the thermostat on your 4.0 Jeep should only take about an hour or less, and is a fairly easy job even for the novice mechanic. If you have any questions or comments about this short tutorial please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Best First Car for a Guy – Jeep Cherokee

So, you’re a young guy, looking to purchase his first car, congratulations! You are probably considering things like fuel economy, horsepower, number of doors, or a variety of other things. I’m here today, to tell you to throw that all out the window, because I have already gone through this struggle, and I believe that I know the perfect first car for a guy.

Jeep Cherokee

You’ve probably heard some bad things about Jeeps, “they flip over easy”, “they get terrible gas mileage”. But, I personally believe that have far more pros than cons.

1. Size

They’re the perfect size for a first car. The Jeep Cherokee is compact, but large enough to haul around your friends, and your gear. The back seat is a little tight, but as long as you’re not 6’5 you’ll fit just fine. They’re super easy to park, and get through drive-through food chains, because thats what every teenager does.

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2. Engine

The AMC inline-6 is known for its bullet proof reliability. It will run in damn near all conditions, and seem to run forever. Both of my Cherokee’s that i’ve personally owned have had 210,000+ miles and ran perfectly. They are known for being a little temperamental with cooling, but that aside, they’re an excellent engine. By no means is the inline-6 powerful, but it makes lots of torque, which is exactly what you want for off-roading.

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3. Off-roading

If you’ve never been off-roading, it probably sounds like a silly thing to do to you. But, the first time you go off-roading, you’ll be hooked, I promise you. Most Jeep Cherokee’s are 4WD, making it easy to go pretty much anywhere. The Cherokee is also very lightweight thanks to its unibody construction, meaning it doesn’t have to try very hard to go the places you want. It also has a coil-spring suspension up front, giving it excellent articulation, and a leaf-spring rear suspension, making it very stable.

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4. Price

Cherokee’s are dirt cheap! There’s loads of them laying around, so prices are low. There’s also a huge following for the Cherokee, meaning that the after-market parts are nearly endless, and pretty cheap too. Depending on the location you live in, Cherokee’s can be bought for $1,000 – $4,000. Insurance is typically very cheap too, since is it considered a station-wagon/suv, which is pretty important when you’re a teenager with a small budget.

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Buying Guide

Im going to give you  quick run down of what to look for when buying a Cherokee.

  • Rust
  • Rear mail oil leak, a very expensive fix.
  • Oil pan leak
  • Over-heating, very common problem
  • “Death-wobble” which can be a pain in the rear to repair
  • Leaky rear brakes
  • Do not get anything expect the 4.0L inline-6!
  • The inline-6 inherently has a lot of lifter-tick, so don’t let that scare you away

These are the most common problems for Jeep’s. But none of these problems are deal breakers, just use them to your bargaining advantage. I would recommend staying away from certain year Jeeps, heres an overview of the Cherokee from 1984-2001

  • 1984-1986 had a V6 motor, stay away from it! (NO!!)
  • 1987-1990 the “renix” motor, I personally stay away from these ones, but some people swear by the renix motor. (Meh)
  • 1991-1995 the “high out-put” motor. More horse-power, much stronger Chrysler 8.25 rear axle replaces the Dana 35 rear axle. (Good)
  • 1996 OBDII introduced, much easier to diagnose issues (Good)
  • 1997-2001 improved rear axle shafts, stronger u-joints in the front axle. (Good)
  • 1997 wiring can be a little messy (Bad)
  • 1999 head crack problem (NO!!)
  • 2000 coil-on-plug ignition (Meh)
  • 2001 low-pinion front axle (Bad)

I personally recommend the 1991-1995 year Cherokee’s, these years seems to have the least amount of problems, and seem to be the most reliable.

Overview

The Jeep Cherokee is perfect for a first car because of its reliability, simplicity, off and on road capability, and its price. It’s also great for someone who wants to learn about working on cars, or just loves to tinker with cars. With over 3 million Cherokee’s made, its easy to find a nice one, purchase it, and have a great time.

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The Jeep JK Wrangler, The Worst Bang For Buck SUV

What is a Jeep JK? JK is the internal designation of the 2007 – present Wrangler. So, when someone says JK they mean 2007+ Wrangler. Jeep is known for their off road prowess, and they produce vehicles that can out perform most SUV’s in the dirt. But, they are far over priced compared to similar SUV’s.

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited prices start at $27k, and can exceed $43K for a fully loaded model. JK Wranglers are known for being slow, having small, cheap interiors, guzzling fuel and just not being that nice to drive on the street every day. Many used Jeep’s have problems with leaking tops, which isn’t fun if you live in a rainy area. Now, don’t get me wrong, a lifted JK can be an absolute monster on the trails, taking you anywhere you could ever want to go. But, they’re just not worth the money unless you’re a hardcore offroader, and even then, you could buy a TJ Wrangler (1997 – 2006) for far cheaper, and go just as many places. If you’re really cheap like me than you can be a $1,000 XJ Cherokee and out wheel almost all JK’s, even the ones that exceed $100,000!

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If you live in a “wealthy” area like Scottsdale, AZ, you might have noticed that less and less people own Range Rover’s, and more people own Wranglers now. There’s a reason for this, because JK’s are so expensive, they’ve become a “status” symbol. I can’t tell you how many soccer moms I’ve seen in lifted wrangler in wealthy areas. I’ve personally seen prices for used lifted Jeep’s exceed $65K, which is an absurd amount for an SUV in this class.

jeep-wrangler-04Now, the Jeep Wrangler is perfect for you, if you plan on off roading quite a bit, especially if you consider yourself an avid off roader. But, if you just like to hit trails every once and a while, you should look for other vehicles. Unless you’re a pretty experienced off-roader you really don’t need solid axles, or lockers, or any of the other fancy equipment on the JK wrangler. We would personal recommend going with a Toyota 4Runner or FJ Cruiser, for the simple fact that they’re more reliable, cheaper, and will still take you everywhere you heart desires.

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So, is there really a reason why new and used Wranglers are so expensive? Not really. They have the interior of a $15,000 car, and the space of a Chevy Spark. Seriously, don’t waste your money on a Wrangler unless you have no interest in being wise with your money.