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Re: I Need Some Wagoneer Advice
I have an 89 Grand Wagoneer 360. You definitely want the V8 for towing.
I have a buddy here in Kansas who has owned about ten Wagoneers, and
currently has four. He consistently gets 150,000 to 200,000 miles with
excellent upkeep. I only have 52,000 miles on mine with no mechanical
problems to date. The second most common problem after rust is the rear
window. Shorts in the wiring, dirt and moisture getting into the tailgate
and screwing up the keyed switch to raise/lower the window. Rear window
seals have been regular problems for many folks I know but have not been
for me so far. My wife drove this vehicle for two years and it doesn't
travel well for kids in the back seat (too bouncy to let them snooze)
Soooo,[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I bought her a Gran Caravan. (Just don't know how I let that happen [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]).
All told, I love the Wagoneers. Just like jeepey-jeeps (mine is an 85 CJ7)
you have to put up with some of their quirks. You should be able to find
something with a fair amount of body work for 3000-4000 if you get looking.
With that in mind, you'll probably find many Wagoneers with the clearcoat
completely oxidized on the hood and roof. Good luck in your search [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]