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Pre-owned Jeep for occasional off-road with decent gas mileage?

Discussion in 'General Jeep Discussion' started by fredabernathy, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Dec 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    fredabernathy [OP] New Member

    Dec 3, 2016
    First Name:
    Hey ya'll

    I am a first-time Jeep buyer. I have always loved them and I figured now is the time to take the plunge. However I am not sure which model to get and I read conflicting reports on each one. I would love to get an opinion from you guys.

    Some facts:

    - I don't have a lot of cash (trying to keep it under 10k). I will be going with a pre-owned vehicle.

    - For that amount I am probably looking at something in the mid 2000s (maybe closer to '07-'08 depending on mileage)

    - I would like to find something with less than 100k.

    - I live in Southern California and I would not really take the vehicle off-road, except maybe on a rare occasion.

    I have been looking at the Liberty, the Patriot and the Grand Cherokee.

    Frankly, I love the look of the Liberty but I am told that the mileage sucks and that it is essentially a mini-truck. So driving it in the city/highway would defeat the purpose.

    I hear great things about the Patriot but it looks really plastic-y... not sure why everybody loves it so much.

    Finally the Grand Cherokee looks awesome but I am worried that it's really big and that gas mileage isn't so great.

    I know that ultimately "it's up to me" but... what would YOU choose?

  2. Dec 5, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    OFFGRID Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2016
    First Name:
    1979 Jeep CJ7, 258, TH350, NP208
    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Of the 3 that you mention The Grand Cherokee would be my choice. If it is a Jeep it gets bad mileage. If you get a GC try to get a V-8 for the better resale and in my opinion fewer problems, and I believe there are only 2mpg difference on the higway between the 8 and 6.
    jharris3 likes this.
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