Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 10:26 pm:
You're gonna love the Liberty. I bought one for my wife (well, before she became the ex). Awesome in the snow, simply amazing. Point, gas, go. The only thing I hated? Those stupid power window switches.
There's some lift kits out there for 'em, you can get 33's under 'em easily enough. And they're plenty capable. If I stumble on a cheap CRD, I'll be in trouble (well, not me so much as my 92 XJ - it'll be gone soon as a CRD comes home).
I have a used one lined up. It is not even there! The rear joint must have been victim of a bad boot. It shows that It was full of water for a long time before it escaped . the PO repair was to just remove it. Appears axle and transfer case are fine. Probably never even used.
The 4×4 lever has 2WD, AWD, 4x4HI, N, 4LO. That was a surprise. Before I looked I figured it to be push button AWD.
I was only talking about the location of the switches. Whose bright idea was it to put four window switches on the freakin' console? They belong on a DOOR...a driver can get used to them, but a set of passengers who are only in the vehicle once in a while? C'mon guys...put switches where they always go...
My son has an HHR with them in the center dash. Yeah. Stupid.
One odd placement I liked was the wiper switch in the driver door on earlier Vettes. In my '04 they went Toyota with it. Separate stick on the right. Hate bumping it when getting sideways. Pisses me off having them run on dry glass until I can get my hand off the wheel.
These were $15 from Amazon. They didn't last a year before the reflective coating in the reflector box deteriorated and faded to white plastic. The lights seem to provide ~1/2 of what they used to, for illumination now. I assume the Chinese chrome coating wasn't UV stable. Plus the lenses leaked so the trapped moisture couldn't have helped.
I've said it before that we vote on the quality of the end product with our check books. I see this all of the time.
I deal with the "do it cheaper" customers and insurance companies all of the time. If I can I would rather buy undamaged original used parts than the aftermarket when available.
Most aftermarket stuff comes in two or more grades. CAPA certified are supposed to be of quality and duration beyond factory specifications. I have seen it miss time and again. Non certified is a crap shoot. Often flea market fodder.
I hate when someone wants to argue lifetime guarantee on a repair shooting from the cheap shot.