If in the market for a 4×4 or off-road vehicle, you could do much worse than a Jeep. With several models to choose from, there is sure to be something that’ll be perfect for your needs. Rough terrain enthusiasts will love the Wrangler whilst those ferrying the kids around might prefer the spacious Grand Cherokee.
Whatever your taste, we’re going to provide you with a number of things you should keep in mind before taking the plunge.
All 4×4 vehicles, especially older models, suffer from poor fuel economy or gas mileage. This is due to a large unrefined engine and a heavy chassis – routinely in excess of 2 tonnes – to lug about.
The Jeep range is no exception so you shouldn’t expect the economy of a Toyota Prius. What you can do to reduce your fuel bill is opt for a diesel model instead. Diesel technology has come a long way over the past two decades making them a great choice for those seeking sufficient power but potentially lower running costs.
Newer is Better
Whilst older Jeep models such as those from the earlier 2000s are now very cheap to buy, they have long been left behind by technological advancement. This is clear to see in their dated interiors and agricultural gearboxes. They are still great vehicles but were in need of updating when they were released.
2011 saw the release of the current model Grand Cherokee which was since updated again for 2013. This would be our model of choice as it offers usability to rival the BMW X5 and Mercedes ML. Jeep’s 3.0 CRD engine is still present but makes a reliable and relatively efficient workhorse.
Electrical problems are a recurring theme in modern car ownership. Gone are the days of carburettors, HT leads and mechanical fuelling; everything is now run by a computer. Computers are great when they work but can make a car inoperable when they don’t. Common complaints surround faulty wiring looms which can cause symptoms such as electric window inconsistency and flat batteries.
The trend for large oversized wheels doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. Whilst they have their uses, large wheel and wide tyre combinations can ruin a car’s handling and ride quality.
Sizing down will often make all the difference so consider 18 inch wheels instead of 20 or 21.
Choose Your Gearbox Wisely
The automatic gearbox available in the Wrangler isn’t as good as it could be with the 6 speed manual being the much better choice. It’s a shame as an automatic transmission should go hand in hand with this type of vehicle.
Maintenance, Service and Repairs
Overall, a good range of vehicles. Maintenance requirements are as per any other vehicle of this type. Routine servicing and replacement of all fluids should keep them going for hundreds of thousands of miles. If you’re in the UAE, Jeep maintenance in Dubai can be carried out by several of the specialists in the area. Get in touch with one for a quotation.
With the harsh climate here in the UAE, a Jeep makes a great choice in getting you to your destination in comfort.