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Old 09-23-2011, 01:01 AM   #1  
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Default Thinking of buying a 2002-2004 Overland, but...

... It doesn't seem to have the best reputation with owners and publications, for reliability and quality.

Is this SUV really as problematic as it seems?

What should I look for in Overlands when I inspect the vehicle?
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #2  
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There were some problems with certain electrical components of the Overland and Unlimited, namely the dual climate control blend doors would break or jam and the heated seats were a problem. Both have aftermarket fixes though. Check out www.wjjeeps.com for info on TSB's for those years.
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I agree with 04WJGuy. I have a 2002 Overland and the driver side heated seat needs repair. No problem with climate control however. The engine pulls great and has loads of power.

I previously owned the 2001 Jeep GC Laredo and have to say the bigger engine is more suited to this size vehicle (IMO). I have learned that the differentials require a friction additive when changing the fluid to avoid teeth chatter, so doing this at the 'quicky lube' may not be the best place and is not cheap at a dealer. Based upon the mileage I would investigate what expenses I'll have coming. Mine required shocks, brakes, tires, full fluid swaps etc between 90-100k. I found the Overland to be a bit soft on cornering with body roll. I have replaced the shocks and am currently looking at new aftermarket springs and rear sway bar.

Mine came with the Rogue chrome wheels, as time wore on the chrome flaked on the inner rim and can now slowly leak. I'm now in the market for new rims.

Besides the above, no real big complaints. As mentioned previously, www.wjjeeps.com is a great resource and helped me when I purchased my Overland.
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 2002-2004 Overland, but...

did the overland models require premium fuel for the HO engine....might be something to look into.
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The H.O. is supposed to be run on Premium fuel so it is more expensive to fill.
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I run mine on regular - the manual also states regular 87 is fine as I recall (for my year anyway)
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