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Old 04-30-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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My Jeep Dilemma

I bought my Jeep after 8 months of searching, a little higher miles on it than I wanted(143k) but everything else was what I was looking for, and it was supposed to be a summer cruiser and I'd just stick it in the garage when I headed off to college, so he mileage wasn't a huge issue.

As we all know, life can throw you curve balls and screw up your plans, I was accepted to PSU, going to study to hopefully enter pre med and go on. My dad recently passed away, and with my mom and 5 kids, PSU was no longer an option money wise being out of state and it was the only place I applied to of about a week ago, so I'll have to stick around my town/house for the next .5-2 years and try to figure stuff out, I think my best option is doing two years in an honors program and transferring to Georgetown. Anyway, the Jeep, not meant to be a daily driver when I bought it, and the gas prices don't make it any better. I'd have about a 30-40 miles commute everyday or every other day, and probably to a job I've been avoiding for 18 years now, but that would be around my town.

The Jeep, which I have put less than 30 miles on since buying it, has stalled twice with the auto tranny, and it's sitting in my driveway with a dead battery for no reason now. The engine is solid, but all these stupid little things keep happening to it.

This is basically a question for people who have high mileage and drive a lot, I wanted my Jeep to last for a long time, and it would have if everything went according to plan, now it looks like it'll be gone in 2-3 years. My mom thinks I should sell it, I know next to nothing about cars and taking care of them, and if something breaks or needs replaced I'm SOL. How does your Jeep do driving far?

I've always loved Jeeps and love my Jeep, but it's a huge headache right now, I'm not sure what to do.

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Old 04-30-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
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1st off, sorry to hear about your Dad. Take you jeep to a shop and find out what the problem is. If you sell it now without it running you wont get much at all for it.If money is an issue why on earth would you buy a BMW?

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Old 04-30-2011, 11:33 PM   #3
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sorry to hear about your dad, but my jeeps a daily driver and i have 110k miles on my jeep i drive to school and work everyday and my jeeps lifted 2.5 inches on 33 inch mickey thompson m/t's and i get 11mpg but anyway my jeep runs and drives fine for a daily driver.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
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Drove mine for 5 years as a daily driver. Keep up the maintenance and get things fixed early they are great. Not great gas cars but you can't take a civic offroad
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:33 AM   #5
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I've got one with 196k on it and it does fine. I'm a mechanic by trade however, so I take for granted little things I do to it that someone who isn't mechanically inclined wouldn't be able to do. My suggestion to anyone who owns a jeep is to be mechanically inclined, get a service manual, and know when ur getting in over ur head. The problem ur having with ur jeep is probably minor, and most reputable shops should be able to diagnose and repair it. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:06 AM   #6
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I bought mine over a year ago with 129000 on it & am now sitting at 147ish. I commute around 50 miles daily & have very few minor problems. Although not the best commuters, unless you REALLY love Jeeps, they're solid vehicles if properly maintained. A Honda Pilot is our other car, & I personally start to miss my Jeep if I have to drive the Pilot for a few days.

Even if you're not mechanically inclined you can easily learn the basics, which will not only extend your Jeep's life, but will prove more than valuable for any vehicle you ever own. You don't necessarily need to be a mechanic to change your fluids, spark plugs, O2 sensor, disc brakes, air filter, etc. Proper maintenance of your vehicle doesn't require rocket science & I'm sure you're capable of doing so.

If it's paid for I'd keep it. Getting the minor problems fixed now will be cheaper than selling as is only to get another car. Another plus to owning a Jeep is the wealth of info out there. There is virtually no part/fix you can't find online with a wrangler.
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Do whatever is right for you in this moment. If selling it and getting a fuel efficient sedan is right, then do it. You could always buy a jeep later down the road. You've got your entire life to have your dream car, and wranglers aren't going anywhere.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:23 AM   #8
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Sorry about your father, I lost mine recently as well. Hard thing to deal with. I would get the alternator checked. I know it seems silly, but if it's not charging, when the battery gets low enough the engine will quit. I'm by no means an expert. But if thats the case, it would explain the dead battery. It's not hard to pull it out. Autozone or pepboys or any such car part stores will test it for free.(they'll be hoping it is dead so you'll buy a new one). If that's it it pretty easy to take out and put back. Not too expensive either. If it's not no harm done(unless you punch a chunk of metal when a wrench slips. try and not do that). Plus with a job like this, and a job like that, soon you will be mechanically inclined.


Best of luck, hope it's something simple

P.S. not to be a dick, but is there gas in it?
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:31 AM   #9
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I too am sorry to hear of your loss. Life can be tough some times. It can also be a blast.
There is some good advice here and whatever your current Jeep problem is, it probably isn't that serious. If you're not that mechanically inclined, find a friend and do some trouble shooting. Remove the battery, charge it and get it checked. Pep Boys, Kragen/Oriellys, sears, or whatever automotive parts service place you have around there should be able to test your battery. Also, once you get it running? Jump start or charge battery, they should be able to test your charging system too. It is really easy to replace the battery or alternator.
If you are unable to recruit help or do it yourself, you may want to take it to a reputable automotive repair facility and just pay to have it done. We can help you here if you have the time and want to learn how to do it yourself. These forums are great for free advice and education. Good luck with whatever road you choose. Jeeps are some of the easiest vehicles to work on. Keep that in mind. The newer cars are a bear. Although you may not be getting the best mileage, you will undoubtedly have the most fun in a JEEP.

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