Decision time: New motor or new Jeep?
Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:08 PM
Options include swapping out the motor or buying a new (used) Jeep. Swapping costs about 1/2 of what buying a different rig would be, and really, I absolutely love this Jeep. She's been great to me. I'd like to save it if I can, but I need to think with my head, not my heart.
Any of you ever face this decision? What did you do? Thoughts? Advice?
Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:26 PM
And I do have a mechanic to pull the motor and find a lower mileage one for me .... so that's good. I just don't wanna throw that sort of coin down only to have some wheel bearings go, or something else major.
I have a weekend to think about it. That's good, and that's bad.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:42 PM
I'm starting to lean toward getting a new (used) Jeep. Maybe even kick it old school and find a Cherokee instead of a Grand Cherokee. I just don't know how long I can stand to drive a stock Jeep .... gotta have the toys for it!
Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:59 AM
I think I'll cry tonight. Fare thee well, sweet Jeep. You served me well.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:55 PM
I guess what I am saying is, how much future work are you expecting to have to do after the new engine? If you have done a lot of the other things to it like brakes, tires, transmission, clutch etc, it might still be worth keeping....
Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:00 PM
And so, I now have a 2006 Grand Cherokee. It's difficult to drive a stock vehicle, but it won't be long until this new Jeep has a lift kit on it. And I'm working out a deal with a local mechanic to swap some cash and labor (for help installing my new lift kit on the new Jeep) in exchange for the 1999 ride.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:12 PM
I'm just so used to tinkering and monkeying around with my Jeeps. There are so many toys and stuff to add to Jeeps to make them unique, and that's what I like to do. Lots of people had a 1999 Grand Cherokee, but it was cool to have one that no one else had. A quick progression, if you will .....
Half of the lift installed ....
Lift, wheels, tires ...
Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:36 PM
Pictures have been taken of the new ride and will be posted eventually, TEO. The new Jeep is much different than the Jeeps I'm used to. The independent front suspension makes for a very smooth ride, like a car. So it sucks in that sense because I don't feel like I'm driving a Jeep. But the wife likes it, so that's key. The motor is a 3.7L V6, which is different than the 4.0L straight 6 I'm used to. But everything I've read says it's comparable to the old motor and we'll find out soon after I get a trailer hitch on it and haul some firewood. It's got 46,000 miles on it, so hopefully it's my ride for at least another decade or so.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:08 PM
I'm always interested when I see the lift on a Jeep if the owner is using the Jeep for serious offroading or if they just like the way it looks. Not that there's anything wrong with just liking the look. You don't see many Liberties with lifts.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:32 PM
On the flip side, my 95 4runner is almost at 200k. It's reliable, but only running on 5 of 6 cylnders..so not much pickup.
Also, the body is getting some rusts spots and windshield seal is falling apart. I am looking into a 2000 or 2001 land cruiser come this winter. The fuckers are pricey though, but the motors can last over 300k mikes.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:52 PM
I has a Jeep (2002 Liberty with 125K). This is why I was asking. I'm always interested when I see the lift on a Jeep if the owner is using the Jeep for serious offroading or if they just like the way it looks. Not that there's anything wrong with just liking the look. You don't see many Liberties with lifts.
I used to make fun of my friends that had Jeeps with "brush guards" and all that shit... cuz they wouldn't dare go off road.
A lifted Liberty looks pretty good!
Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:01 PM
sick of payments, and not being able to satisfy my curiousity when a dirt road to nowhere shows up, or a huge ass mud field.
( I once had a 3 mph "chase" scene after a farmer caught me mudding in his cornfield (no crop) and headed in after me... it was DEEP and neither of us were going very far or fast... but I eventually made it out and he had to call a wrecker
Something like this I seek, yes:
Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:39 PM
The 3.7L in my Grand is the same motor that's in the Libertys and I hear good things about them. But they haven't been around long enough to get the street cred of the straight 6 Jeep used to build. I toyed with the idea of going back a regular Cherokee, but now that I have a family, I have to consider them too. Jeeps are so capable right out of the factory, so I admit I am drawn to the looks of a "tougher" Jeep, but it's functional for me as well. From time to time, I find myself in a situation with a creek or patch of mud to cross. The lifted Jeep last fall came in handy when I had to drive a farmer's field during deer hunting season. Otherwise, I would have had to drag the deer about 300-400 yards.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:44 PM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:46 PM
+ K mi. - so far, so good ! also have a '97 ZJ (Gr Cher ) TSI w.128k that i bought to replace '97 ZJ that tranny quit on @ 234K -motor still strong - it's yours if you want it - LI area - also have '98 ZJ for my son -(lot's of snowy roads between here and VT, where we spend much of winter, and on the beach here in summer). Have had luck finding on craigs - try to find mileage under 120K for around $2000.