Jeep not reliable?
I think a lot of people on this board refer to the whole Jeep family as "not reliable", among other negative things (stiff, not very safe, etc.)
After talking to the local DC importer, a good friend of mine, who used to live in the States, he told me that there's a "slight" misunderstanding to that so common oppinion. All the Jeeps are reliable. They'll run and run, and run again. They'll go through water, snow, mud, ice, dirt, over the rocks...(you name it)...and they'll still run. That is, for the factory setup. The stock one. Now, according to his experience, when you start adding things, building it up, it comes to work under conditions that it wasn't exacly ment to. Not that upgrading is a bad thing to do - just it needs to be done with a lot of head. Like, if you put some serious meats, it's not enough just to lift the rig to fit bigger tires - all the joints suffer, the diff, T/C... a lot of parts suffer more 'cos they were created with (for example) 31s in mind, not 36s or bigger. And missing to upgrade ANY of the parts related will result, sooner or later, in a failure.
He said one should upgrade EVERYTHING when switching to something that is not factory default. Even the metal the rig is made of, the frame... they're made with specific forces in mind, and as thin as possible, but operational. Adding additional stress will result in various malfunctions, sooner or later.
And the fact is, that even if we do all the upgrades not changing all that is necessary, those poor Jeeps still work, long after they'd surposed to break. Why? 'Cuz they're so darn tuff. Good. Excellent. Kings. (please add as necessary).
Why I wrote this post, anyway? I guess 'cos I hate seeing some convincing others that "Jeep is all but reliable". It is, more than one could ever immagine. Just stop for a second and give a quick look at all the abuse they're getting... What other vehicle would last? Try putting double-weight tire & rims on any other vehicle-car you see around, and watch for it's axles blow. On the street. And then put it off-road. Run it (locked) over some rocks - nothing serious, some moderate trail (2+)?
I guess it's not because of good publicity that every off-road vehicle )or SUV, for that matter) around the world is addressed as "Jeep", even if it's a Toy, Mitsubishi, or any other. He!!, the new Porsche (dunno it's code-name) was presented in local newspapers as "ultimate Jeep".