Need Impartial Arbitrators
From Dave from Portland, Oregon (503-977-5185)
I think this is the only place I could get the help I need, and I hope no insult will be taken that I have not chosen a GM 4x as my vehicle of choice.
Although I've been intrigued by the look of the Jimmy and Blazer II's, I've decided that I'm going to buy either a 4-runner or a Cherokee from the late 80s or early 90s. I am still open to arguments in favor of a Jimmy or Blazer, since I really haven't checked out either, so "have at" if you'd like to sway me in one of those directions.
So, I've come here to get "unbiased" opinions on 4-runners and Cherokees of those years. I'm not as concerned with ride as being able to work on a car myself, and having good availability of parts at prices that are not astronomical. I also have a goal of 15 mpg city, 20 mpg country. I also intend to keep this vehicle for MANY years as my main ride. (I STILL HAVE my 1964 Dodge Dart, bought in 1977, so that's how serious I am about getting the right car. I also researched that little beastie before buying it: the library's Consumer Reports rated it as the best service and repair record of any U.S. car ever).
In any event, those are my goals. Also, I will use it mostly in the city, but I do a lot of getaways to country and mountain parts. Not for 4-wheeling for the most part, but exploring. So though I have to be pretty much ready for anything, I don't need sustained extreme conditions. But I figure that if I buy something that is built for such conditions, I will increase my odds of getting something that will last.
Thanks very much for forwarding any thoughts and insights you might have.