A Tale of Two Cars: Beast of a power train. Mediocre passenger compartment
The review falls into two areas: (1) power train, (2) amenities. POWER TRAIN This car, now 17 years old, has over 200,000 miles on it. In all this time, nothing has ever broken down or needed replacement in the engine, radiator, ignition system, exhaust system, engine electrical, transmission, on-demand 4WD differential, power steering, axles/wheels, or brakes (excluding consumable parts and recommended maintenance). 5 STARS. DRIVER AMENITIES (a) The car's air conditioning system has experienced catastrophic failure on three occasions, costing thousands to repair;; the last failure has not been repaired due to lack of funds. (b) The vacuum-driven airflow routing selectors (e.g., VENT<>RECIRC, airflow output location, etc) have become inoperative, making it impossible to select DEFROST output (to windshield), which is unsafe. (c) The electrical wiring has degraded to where the driver's door can't be operated using the remote (transmitter and receiver are known good); some interior lights no longer come on (bulbs are good); one driver's-door window switch won't operate right-rear window (can be operated by switch below window); etc. 2 1/2 STARS. So, this is a TALE OF TWO CARS: (1) a BEAST of a power train (2) a MEDIOCRE auto body. Unfortunately, repairing the environmental features listed above would cost me well over $6k ' more than the car is worth. FWIW, the car now lives with me in California, but its first 15 years were spent in New Mexico, where it was originally purchased. The NM high-desert environment is hard on cars.