I have a 2003 Jeep Rubicon. It is well built for trails, rockcrawling and drives well on the road. My worry is that While I am a decent garage mechanic, I cannot and have no clue regarding the repair, etc of the computer control systems.
My thought is that I could sell this and get an older vehicle that runs mechanically (carb/points and all) and renovate to a nearly new status. I want to maintain some 4wd capability, but am getting out of the extreme stuff.
I am thinking and older Jeep CJ, Wagoneer or Cherokee (full size) or an older Chevy blazer or suburban.
Keys being durability, availability of parts, able to run in extreme weather conditions...
Any other thoughts?
I own a BUNCH of old jeeps, AMC built CJ's, Trucks & FSJ's, and I've been a mechanic for 30 odd years, so I can speak with some authority on the subject of vehicles.
I'm also a student of history, so I will probably be able to shed some insight on that also...
So, here goes.
First of all, CJ jeeps are VERY simple to work on and maintain if you an auto mechanic
First of all, CJ parts are scarce, and when you do find the parts you need, they are usually made by some fly by night outfit or import company, so they are junk,
And since they are 'Special Order' parts, they are EXPENSIVE!
CJ's are just as difficult to work on if you have never rebuilt an engine, transmission or axle, or build a wiring harness from scratch as any of the new vehicles...
Fuel injection is a GOOD THING!
Although you don't know what you are specifically looking at under the hood, aside from recognizing the carb, you wouldn't know what most of the stuff did when it was on the engine in mechanical form...
I like Rubicons, they are sturdy, well built vehicles that have VERY FEW PROBLEMS!
Read up on some of the Rubicon 'Issues', and plan for those problems.
As for the 'Apocalypse Car' theory...
That is just SILLY!
There have been religious cults
(Including the current Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions)
That have predicted the end of the world for as long as there have been men able to comprehend the idea....
AND IT'S NEVER HAPPENED!
The proof is, you are here, so all in the last 100,000 years have been WRONG!
It's a pretty good bet the guys right now, in your life time are WRONG too!
Your time, effort & money would be much better off if you were to adjust your goals, and make you life less complicated right now...
Instead of wasting money on, and dwelling on, an 'Apocalypse'...
Do something about your ravenous Consumerism!
Don't try and 'Buy' your way out of problems, find solutions that are at hand!
Do something about your carbon footprint.
Global warming IS an issue that might threaten the human race with an 'Apocalypse', but not in YOUR lifetime.
You are sowing the seeds for pain and suffering for your KIDS & GRAND KIDS!
Do something about your government officials and community officials that like to throw money away on anything but Infrastructure.
Constantly update the infrastructure, much like PROFITABLE PRIVATE COMPANIES DO,
So the city/county isn't loosing money on leaks, failures and trying to keep long outdated hardware up and running.
Do something about you personal space and community.
If YOU endow or maintain the road right of way next to your property, then that is money and effort the state/county/city does NOT have to spend, and in direct cause and effect, can spend on infrastructure updates, like actually FIXING the road way it's self!
You guys spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME thinking of ways to make your area melt down and blow up!
Start thinking of ways to help out and keep that from happening!
Friends and neighbors DO NOT burn each others houses down, they don't riot and attack their neighbors.
Go out and make some friends and act like neighbors!