I realized that I’ve been remiss in posting and even the low hanging fruit of easy posts about my life in general haven’t been done. I’ve been so depressed about the election… but that rant is for later.
I Can Has Jeep.
Well… that’s enough oblique references to the internet. In general, it feels really good to have a vehicle again. We’ve been sharing my wife’s Taurus for some time now and the cost of using the car for a day is four hours of driving (two hour return trip taking my wife to work).
I’m excited because I think I got a very good deal. The jeep has had two owners: a 3 year lease that put on 60k and a university professor that put on another almost 100k over the following 7 years. It’s a 2000 “WJ” (for jeep people in the know) with the v8 (better mileage than the 6) with the quadradrive transmission (jeep’s fanciest for this year bracket). When I bought it, it needed its oil pan replaced and it needs it’s pinion bearings and seals replaced. Paid $2500 and the parts should run me $500 more.
I’ve already done the oil pan (and it was a pain). That post will be up soon. I’ve got all the parts and tools for the differential work, but that effort was interrupted by the transmission problem (another post in the works). This also came at a time when the Taurus was giving more and more trouble and I’ve been spending rather a lot of time in the shop lately.
The interior is really nice. It would appear that the purchaser started with a laredo and added just about everything required to make it a limited. It’s only missing the fancy climate control (which is apparently flaky anyways) as far as I can tell. It has the full-on tow package (which is a big bonus for me) … and surprisingly the jeep can pull a whopping 6500 lbs. The v8 also means that it has the “good” transmission (ie: smart, computer controlled and with two overdrive gears).
Am I boring you all? Well… if I can keep it running, I will likely continue to be happy!