The Only Jeep I’d Buy

The Only Jeep I’d Buy

rev up your engines jordania says Scotty what do
you think of a 99-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee specifically the outsets 4.0 and a v8
4.7 variants okay not a Jeep fan these days but that was before fiatter taking
over the company those six cylinder four liter engines can run forever I’ve seen
those things with four or five hundred thousand miles the engines are fantastic
and the 4.7 v8 there are also very strong engines now the problem with both
of those vehicles and especially the v8 they are tremendous tremendous gas
hogs Jeep was one of the biggest traded in vehicles when some of these
places had cash for clunkers programs because they got such horrible gas
mileage and as they age they broke was like the most traded end vehicle on a
cash for clunkers program so that tells you something about it but if you’re
talking about an older one and it doesn’t have outrageous miles you can
get them cheap and it might be a nice Knockaround vehicle you don’t buy a
vehicle like that and think hey I’m gonna put twenty thousand miles on it
use it as an everyday driver now they’re not made for that if you want a weekend
coin you can find a good one with lower mileage a have some fun with it cynic
says Scotty what are your thoughts on 1989 honda CRX control
manual transmission i’m looking about okay those are great cars back in the
day it’s still running it shows that how well-made it was 31 year old car that’s
an old car if you want something as a Knockaround car and it runs on the
ship’s good doesn’t overheat you don’t see a bunch of smoke come out of the
exhaust burning oil when you’re driving it go ahead don’t pay much more it’s not
worth all that much money but don’t think you can buy a car like that and
drive a twenty thousand miles a year without spending a lot of money when
cars are 31 years old all the rubbers old you’re gonna have to eventually
replace it all depends on what you’re new you get it cheap it could be a fun
knock around card yes but don’t do like some of my customers and think oh I can
get a good price on that and then it gets good gas mileage and I’ll start
driving it as my regular commuter car no not a smart move because all that rubber
stuff is gonna start breaking and you can get parts for them cuz it’s odd yeah
but you got any fix that are a lot of the time I try to find something new or
if you wanted an everyday dependable car but if you want a fun little knock on
toy go ahead yeah just don’t pay that much they’re not worth that much money
when they’re that old and they’re just a run of them
not a product they mass-produced and I hundreds of thousands of those things
bar says Scotty I recently acquired at 2001 mitsubishi montero
sport 180 thousand miles says misfire and one of the cylinders I’m gonna do a
tune up but you’re not drive it till the wheel falls off or get rid of it well
that depends now you said you acquired it if you got
it for nothing driving until the wheels fell off if you
bought it hopefully in pay much for it because v6 Montero’s the engines and
transmissions with 180,000 miles are on their last legs and you will put a small
fortune in it if you did pay any kind of money for it I’d say get rid of it
immediately before you start throwing money into it do tune it up and pray
that the misfire is a spark plug or spark plug wire or something like that
don’t put any money into the engine if you find out the head gaskets gone get
rid of it immediately do not try to fix them putting a head gasket in one of
those v6 Montero’s and it can cost you anywhere from 1,200 to $3,500 and that’s
if the rest of the engine isn’t damaged so don’t go too far and if you get
misfire gone what the heck why not drive it till the wheel falls off if you have
no money or very little money involved in it I hope you didn’t pay much acorn says is it ok to spray at205 reseal on a CV axle boot to keep it supple yes the
at205 reseal is a rejuvenator of rubbers and really do anything to any other
materials but it’s great for rubber so if you’re spraying it on it will keep
the rubber rejuvenate its note won’t crack as much I personally do that on my
own cars some guys will spray em on the radiator hoses to here’s a caveat for
that radiator hoses as crazy as it sounds they actually crack on
deteriorate from the inside out you know in a car that’s 15 years on the outside
looks okay but the inside is all starting to go bad if you got a car that
old take one of the hoses off and look inside you see it’s all cracked replace
it then but for the CV rubber boots worn there’s really no pressure on them
there’s no pressure that’s pushing out like a radiator hose and they wear out
from the outside cuz the inside is coated with grease so yeah actually it’s
but I did keep them lasting as long as possible,
Bradley Nolan says I’m considering buying a 2016 Lexus NX with 80,000 miles
with the 2-liter turbo would this be a good vehicle
to last the 2-liter turbo is a smaller engine with the turbocharger on now
Toyota’s make good engines yes but there’s no way a turbocharged
four-cylinder engine will last as long as a normally aspirated 6-cylinder
engine there’s so much less I’ve seen those 6-cylinder Lexus engines
with 300,000 miles on they still don’t burn all out never seen a 4-cylinder
turbo good even half that before they started burning my joy so it can be an
OK car for driving around if you’re really baby cars but if you drive them
hard you’re better with a 6 it’s how you drive if you’re a real fast driver have
your foot on the accelerator I get a 6 I wouldn’t get a Ford turbo because it
will wear out faster there’s no doubting man Keith w says is a 2013 Ford Taurus
any good it depends on two things one the transmissions were somewhat weak you want if you think about buying one have a mechanic get his fancy scam tool road
test to check the transmission data to see if the transmission is good check
did somebody actually take care of it if it was taken care of it could be a
decent car now it’s 17 years old so one don’t pay much money for it’s not worth
anything it’s not it never be a collector’s item or anything if it’s got
like 150 60,000 miles it’s probably all worn out and I wouldn’t buy it at all
unless it was five hundred bucks or something but it was lower mileage and
mechanics said it was a good car could be decent just don’t pay too much money
for it nobody pays too much money for a 17 year old car unless it’s some kind of
collector’s item default skin 2018 says Scotty is it a good idea to run an open
thermostat that stuck my car seems to run well the thermostat when it’s shot
let’s the engine warm up faster then it opens up if yours is stuck
open you may not even notice the difference in the summer when it’s hot
outside cuz it opens up anyways you live up north it’s not gonna run well when it
gets cold because then the engine is gonna run too cold how you can tell
whether it’s gonna damage the car not it’s watch it’s a temperature gauge in
your car let’s say your temperature gauge normally runs right in the middle
if it continues to run right in the middle after it warms up sure it’s not
gonna hurt anything but when it’s really cold outside and it serves that stuck
open it won’t run in the middle anymore it will run way colder and an engine that runs cold is bad for two reasons one it doesn’t get up to
operating temperature it’s gonna get worse gas mileage but running at that
lower temperature can actually damage the engine bearings and stuff over time
now I’m talking about thousands and thousands of thousands of miles but now
let’s say you lived in Australia where it’s hot all the time as long as the
temperature gage ran in the middle of why you warmed it up it wouldn’t hurt
the car at all it’s the temperature gauge that matters you watch that gauge
and if it doesn’t run normal you’d want to put another one in cuz they’re made
to run best at the normal temperature they’re designed for not too cold
James Thompkins says I bought a 2016 camry xse with 45,000 miles after having
a bad experience with the 2015 Chrysler 200 C traded it in for the camry
and I’m happy smart move you know the Chrysler 200 C’s they don’t
even make them anymore they’re rolling piles of junk that’s one Fiat had taken
over and they had a lot of Italian parts I ran in one once just to see it they
were like I thought phenomenal gasps mileage I got 40 something miles a gallon
on highway arguing that but it was at any piece of junk and it was one of
those Fiat automatic transmissions and it shifted hordley even though it only
had like 12,000 miles on it so you made a smart move there I agree with you
you didn’t go from the frying pan into the fire he went from the frying pan
onto a nice couch that was a smart move 747flier says hey Scotty I never changed
the transmission fluid on my 03 Corolla with the standard transmission only
35,000 miles let’s shift great should I change it or leave it on okay
well it’s got a standard transmission so I mean you leave it alone now standard
transmissions are completely different than automatic transmissions an
automatic transmission as you’re driving the fluid dynamics shifted that goes by
pressures and the friction that’s in the fluid to make the car drive it has to be
clean it can clog up little holes not shift right a standard transmission just
has gears you’re shifting it with your own hands the only thing that goes on
inside a standard transmission is there’s standard transmission fluid and
it’s splash lubrication the gear spinning pick it up and throw it all
inside and it lubricates it by splash so it’s not that important that it is
perfectly clean now if you want to be a fanatic you
change the standard transmission fluid every 80,000 miles or something that’s
what I do my own cars it’s only splash lubrication it’s not
that important you don’t wake up 35,000 miles even though it’s 17 years old I
wouldn’t worry about it but when you get 80 90 thousand miles that changed the
fluid it’s easy there’s a drain plug in a template you drain it all drips out
then you go to the add plug and you pour it in until it starts coming back out
the add plug in it’s fault really simple job to do letting the plane ask hey my
mom’s car wasn’t a path the tornadoes in Dallas but she was on the edge a tree
limb fell and nearly crushed a car only came out it was dirt and leaves on the
pain crack casing I left taillight does anything else she should look for she
drives it around fix the taillight it’s cranked and stuff
you might get a ticket if you change some people’s faces it can be harassment
there as long as it runs okay and it didn’t get any water into the car you really
shouldn’t have to worry about anything other than the paint being scratched and
stuff like that you got lucky on that one because it didn’t crunch down a lot
of times you say that’s a 2015 Infiniti if they get a big tree on and they’ll
just total the car because the bodywork will be more than the cars worth being a
five-year-old infinity so at least you got lucky there and you can still drive
the car around I would say park further away from trees don’t park right under
the trees with big limbs on them things are falling down a crash around you when
we have hurricanes in Houston you know what I do I actually pull my cars out
into the front of the house on the street cuz it doesn’t flood where I am
but my driveway has big trees in it and I don’t want the trees falling down one
time we did have a tree fall right out of my driveway it was a long time ago
when I wasn’t a complete slob like I am today and my garage had enough room that my car was parked in the garage so it turns out to my old Toyota Corollas that
farmers parked in a garage one tree landed in front of it I
couldn’t get it out luckily I upside entrances to the garage
cuz it was blocked and I went I got my chainsaw cut it into pieces I could get
the car not always said the storms coming don’t get in your trees monkey
car away from what’s a smart thing to do so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell

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  2. Hey Scott I've been looking around the web for my first car and I'd like to get a 2010 Mustang GT is it worth it? If possible please put this in your next Video. Thank you very much. P.S I'm turning 18 soon so I was hoping for your input soon to help with my decision.

  3. Grand Cherokee are trash and are known for their horendous electric system failures. If you like getting stranded listen to Scotty on this one. I've towed more grand Cherokee than any other 4×4. Junk.

  4. I daily a first gen Honda crv with over 300k on it. Just regular oil/ fluid changes needed in forever. Only issue is a minor clunk starting passenger front, probs a tie rod end. Yes you can daily old hondas…

  5. Hi Scotty off the subject but do you know (well I have a 2002 4cyl camry )the spark plug gap for this ?When I look online I get two numbers 0.40 and 0.44.Thanks

  6. Ey Scotty, My 2001 Mitsubishi went 370,000 Miles. Only thing I ever replaced was the alternator, radiator, brakes, rotors, coil packs, spark plugs, etc. the typical maintenance. Id recommend to anyone looking into a Montero, that they check the rear frame just behind the rear wheels. Wouldn't be surprised if the frame wasnt even there. Seen it many times. Love your vids. Thanks for the entertainment

  7. Car blows blue smoke at startup. Only at startup, only an initial puff of it. I do believe it's a leaking valve, but not sure. If it is a valve seal is leaking will the motor go soon or should it still last a while?

  8. 96 cherokee, currently at 17 mpg. Was at 20 mpg couple months ago. It's an American model, it's got different parts for the evap systems. Mine is daily for a bit longer, it's honestly a toy and a collectable. But if you want a car that is going up in value, it's a great buy. But you're not going to jump in one and expect it'll be in good shape. It's got terrible insolation under the rug, you'll most likely have to rip that up. It collects water and will eat your floor.

  9. My mom puts 50k miles on her 99 Cherokee a year and we had no problems except a radiator alternator and starter in 3 years

  10. I had a 1980 Cherokee Chief. When I drove on the highway, I could actually see the gas tank go down. 🤣 I got around 9mpg.

  11. Scotty, why is it that now a day 400k or 500k is considered good? I remember in the 80's and 90's the "talk to impress " when it comes to engine longevity was about getting the counter back to all 0's (over 999k)

  12. Test after test has shown the potential danger of the rear-mounted fuel tanks in model year 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberties. I would not buy one.

  13. My aunt had this aforementioned Jeep Grand Cherokee from 2002. He is very reliable, never malfunctioned, regularly maintained. We even drove with my aunt in the trunk for one ride. We don't have him anymore but I miss him, he was fun to drive.

  14. 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ owner here and I agree with Scotty on the dependability factor of the older Jeeps. Tremendously dependable and rock solid drive trains (especially the 4.0 6 cylinder). The engine is a simple design albeit a bit of a gas guzzler but if you can work on stuff yourself, you can literally keep these engines running forever. With solid axles and leaf springs "old school" suspension, not the most comfortable vehicle to drive but serves well as an emergency backup vehicle. Whenever all of our newer cars are in the shop and somebody needs transportation, the XJ is called into service. Heck, even for a kid's first car it's a perfect vehicle.

  15. Bah, pre-2006 Wranger's are awesome, the CJ's, ZJ's and TJ's, pre-2006 Cherokees as well (XJ's). They are super easy to work on, and pretty much designed by the factory to be worked on by owners even in the field with limited tools. I am not a super genius mechanic and I have fixed every single thing on my 2006 Jeep, including what would have been some major work on other cars. Not to mention there is a world of cheap engine replacements out there for them when they do get 20-30 years old.

  16. My 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.0L 6-cyl has 280k miles on it and counting, and is still my daily driver in 2019… yeah the mileage does suck and it has a few other issues for sure, but hey, it gets me where I need to go, and in relative comfort too

  17. Hi Scotty, It`s Eder from Quebec.

    I have a old Focus 2009 that the charcoal canister was gone, and the hoses and EVAP pressure sensor was isolated by the last proprietary.

    OBDII show the code "P0453", but the car runs fine.

    Whats the implications to use charcoal canister isolated?


  18. Right again about the poor gas mileage on the old Cherokees. I drive my 96 XJ everyday in town. The trick is to keep them serviced. Small things will break on a 20 year old jeep. Name me a truck that doesn't have anything break after 20 years. The plus side is they are very easy to work on with easy to get parts.

  19. Scotty my wife made me steak for our anniversary so I dumped her I could of ate for $25 cents with a top ramen that women was stupid and a clunker🚶🚶🚶

  20. Scotty – How do these crappy car companies like Fiat and Renault get enough money to buy out other car companies like Chrysler and Nissan?

  21. The 99 grand Cherokee had the worst vehicle I ever owned. Not because of cause but because of the horrible misfire that I couldn’t fix no matter what I did, it was always random. And the electrical issues those things had

  22. The 99-04 Jeep GC aka WJ
    Good Jeeps and easy to work on.
    I had an 04 with the 4.0 and built to be a decent little off-roader.

  23. I bought a 97 Grand cherokee back in 2015 for $900 with 225k on the I6 and original transmission. I drove that car all over as my daily driver until this past spring when I sold it still in great mechanical and cosmetic shape for a newer Pontiac Vibe (better mileage, more likely to be reliable in a new city). I really miss my Jeep.

  24. You like the Ford Fusion. Do you like the Taurus as well??? I was gonna get a Fusion but I'd rather have the slightly larger Taurus.

  25. Mate a question about Lexus GS 300 2006 – 2008 model. Is it worth to look around for it in 2019 ? Based on year they were made they are quite expensive to buy ( 10k euro or even higher).

  26. Scotty Kilmer….
    If you get a turbo charge car from a dealership can the turbo be remove, and get it dyno tune … will the life of the engine increase? be the same? or get worse?

  27. I've got a 2000 Dodge Caravan (not Grand) with the 3.0L V6, last year of that engine in the Caravan.
    Last fall my dad and I replaced the thermostat. It never ran warm, so I always covered the grill to get it to run warmer, and ran the heating system on recirculate so the cold outside air wasn't used to move air through the heater core. Then it would usually run up around the first mark on the temp guage but it never ran at operating range in winter. After the thermostat was replaced, the van runs nice and warm in the North Dakota winters. Yes, I didn't pay much for it, $500.00 in 2012, and I haven't had to put much besides a couple sets of tires and new shocks and struts. I have a complete set of brakes front and rear to install and a new passenger side front fender and new grill to put in.
    It's got just over 200,000 miles. I know it's running on borrowed time, but I'm going to keep driving it.

  28. Scott I Need Help. I have a 2005 Dodge Neon SXT. The thing rumbles at a stop and the belt squeaks a ton. I put a new belt on put belt conditioner on and then I recently took it to mechanic cuz when I'm at a stop it rumbles and then when I take off its smooth again. The mechanic I took it to said that it needed a whole tension pulley assembly because it was leaking hydraulic fluid and then I asked my cousin in Florida that is AE mechanic and he said that mechanic is full of crap and that is not hydraulic fluid that's oil mix with dirt. he said I can put some degreaser on it to get it off but the whole tension pulley play is covered in the stuff and the belts dry so I can't figure out why it's rumbling so much. Plz Help

  29. My wife Drives a 1999 Jeep Wrangler got just over a 100 ,000 on it . Finally had a brake line rust out , so replace them all . 20 yrs old , still runs good . Earlier this yr replace the whole top / windows kit . About the only money investigated in last 5 yrs besides routine Maintenance

  30. What a load of CRAP.  
    Not only the 4.0L but also 3.7L V6 from the same 1996-2005 period are outstanding engines.  
    The 3.7 is quite reliable and will last an easy 250+k mi. or more miles if properly maintained 24 mpg highway mileage with good torque characteristics for most of the range. Auto Transmissions are TRUCK transmissions …. usually needing a front main seal replacement ~170-K and adjustment.
    In snow country where the roads are salted most Toyotas will be forgotten piles of rust especially the rockers and frame. .

  31. It’s true the inline 6 dodge/Chrysler is a beast. My nephew has a grand Cherokee with the in-line 6 and has 230k still going, leaks like a tanker but it’s still rolling

  32. I have put over 100K on my '03 GC with the HO 4.7 (it has over 200K on it now). It's my daily driver, and my weekend warrior.

  33. I got a steal for a 2003 4.7L V8 Jeep Cherokee in March with 136,000 and its now nearly November and it currently has 149,000 and I’ve had zero problems with it. I paid $705!
    It had a terrible knocking noise when I got it and so I got it taking a gamble. The problem? Turned out it just needed oil!! Runs like a charm!

  34. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ and love it. I have the Overland Edition. Full time 4×4. Great vehicle. I have a 4" lift and bigger tires on it amd love it. I got it from an estate auction with only 96k miles on it and turned it into a great weekend vehicle for me and my son for camping & fishing etc.

  35. Scotty I have a Jeep Liberty 2004 6 cyl 3.7L with 151k miles on it and drove it 1200 miles on vacation to the Smokies. It ran like a top. Would you consider it a good vehicle to keep a while? Was it made before Fiat (Fix-It-Again-Tony) bought Chrysler/Jeep? I LOVE you videos and consider you the best mechanic in USA. My Dad was a self taught mechanic for 50 years and leased Sunocos during those years…and he was the best…but you top HIM…which is really saying something.

  36. Hey Scotty! I have an 05 Saturn Vue 4 cylinder with 195000 miles on it. I live up north and when it gets cold outside, below 20 degrees the engine fan stays on all the time and does not shut off. It only does this when it is cold out, runs fine the rest of the year. I have tried the coolant sensor and the relay with no luck. what else can it be? Winter is coming and my winter beater takes forever to get heat in the cabin because the fan is on all the time. Thanks.

  37. I got a 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6 going on 300,000 miles I got it with 296,000 2yrs ago for $600. Everything is so original and still running strong besides having a clean it out and get new tires and a spare tire. And now I need to change the catalytic converter some of the little repairs I had to do. Total $2,000 include in a vehicle IV paid. What you think? I'm picking up a 2003 Ford Taurus SE 140,000 miles. It's clean, also what do you?


  39. My 99 Grand Cherokee 6 cylinder had 2 fuel pump replacements and 2 power window repairs in the first 36 months. Other than that it was a fun vehicle before I got rid of it.

  40. I bought a 2008 nissan Altima hybrid for 650 dollors with 175 thousand miles it has an oxygen sensor code and another code os it worth fixing.

  41. Whats wrong with daily driving a Jeep at 15 mpg when you inky paid $2500 for it? No way a new car with 25 mpg that cost $25,000will make more economic sense!

  42. Your experience/opinion with WJ Grand Cherokees is surprising, considering that everything from the automatic transmission, A/C blend door, warped rotors and suspension "death wobble" are notorious and constant issues.

  43. The 99-04 wj is daily worthy just take basic care of them youll get over 300k on either engine choice. The weak link is the trans. Great 4×4 capability and solid axles front and rear. Im sitting at 214k in my 96 grand cherokee with the 4.0 I6 and 225k on my 5.2L v8

  44. its true Scotty, the 4.0 6c and 24 valves are the land cruiser of jeeps and they run forever. The problem with Toyotas is expensive. but I am a big fan of Toyota and they are the best in the market. dont tell me, Mercedes, they are fine and perfect but if it has broken, it will drain your pocket

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