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Old 10-21-2012, 20:32   #1
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Which SUV?

Of these two... '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited or 2001 Mercedes ML55 AMG.

I've always loved the 1 year only 5.9 Grand Cherokee. Handsome, ballsy, and typically very well cared for. There's one local with 68k miles for $7500.

A couple weeks ago I remembered the Benz. 100 hp and 30 ft/lbs of torque ballsier than the Jeep. I know the first ML's weren't well regarded when they debuted in '98, but most of the ills had been addressed by the time the Alabama Hammer (ML55) came about in 2000. There's one of these local as well, 125k miles, asking $9000, but currently being auctioned at no reserve, starting at $5000. I took a cursory look at it this week, looks good on the outside, wheels could use a refinish, will need tires and rotors halfway soon. I might go drive it tomorrow.

Which would you choose?
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Old 10-21-2012, 20:34   #2
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Preferably, neither. If those are the only two options, I'd choose the Jeep. Cheaper maintenance, cheaper parts, better availability of parts, easier to work on.
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Old 10-21-2012, 20:37   #3
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between the two, I would go with the jeep just do to the fact that it would be easier to find parts for in my town (small town in north alabama) and a good bit cheaper than parts for a mercedes benz (even though that model is built within 2 hours from me).

but if that's not an issue for you, get the mercedes
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Old 10-21-2012, 21:04   #4
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Nothing made by Chrysler is worth owning.
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Old 10-21-2012, 21:04   #5
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You'll pay for the Mercedes twice, once when you buy it and the second time when you try maintain it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 21:42   #6
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+1 for the ZJ.
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Old 10-21-2012, 21:57   #7
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I'd be worried about the 46RE in the ZJ, I replaced mine at 52k, with 68k on it, it's probably time for a rebuild or a new one.
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Old 10-21-2012, 22:14   #8
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Neither. What you are going to spend on parts for the "Meche" (Mercedez), you will waste it on the thirsty sailor 5.9L on gas. Im in the market for a high towing, fuel efficient midsize SUV and so far the champions are:
2004/2005 Toyota 4Runner
2004/2005 GMC Envoy XL
For the same price range you mentioned. Both of these vehicles configured with V6 engines 4WD and Tow Package.
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Old 10-21-2012, 22:33   #9
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I'd be worried about the 46RE in the ZJ, I replaced mine at 52k, with 68k on it, it's probably time for a rebuild or a new one.
The transmission is a particular concern of mine on the Jeep. Just hear too many bad things about Chrysler transmissions.

From the little I've read, the Mercedes gearbox seems solid.
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Old 10-21-2012, 22:37   #10
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I say neither as well. There has got to be other options around you. But if I HAD to choose between the two, I would choose the Jeep only because of the cost and availability of parts in the long run.
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Old 10-21-2012, 23:28   #11
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There really are no other choices in a muscle/Hi Po SUV that maintains some off road capability. It'll be one of these two until a 2011+ Porsche Cayenne manual has a few years to depreciate.
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Old 10-21-2012, 23:42   #12
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I'd definitely go with the Jeep, like has been stated, easier to work on, easier to get parts, and parts are a lot cheaper. My uncle only drives Grand Cherokees, pre-Chrysler ones, because they can easily do 300k without any major repairs.
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