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    1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review

    The Original Luxury Suv — How could you not like 13 feet of wood siding going down the road? Ever wonder how if felt to ride your leather couch to work? Step inside and find out.... This bad boy is the original luxury SUV. Think an Escalade is nice? This is its long lost relative. Why buy an over-priced wanna be? The original does the same thing and still offers true Jeep 4wd performance.

    Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

    Pros: No one did it better

    Cons: They stopped making true Utilities like this

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    1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review

    Its Fun . — great 4 door 4x4er. unstoppable with posi. didnt like the pricing for lifts and all. dont like how theres no chassis. so no body lift. great straight six motor. tons of extras you can put on fun jeep to drive in winter.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: great family/ 4x4 fun

    Cons: not much head room

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    The Granddaddy Of Suvs — It was way back on November 14, 1962, when Willys, creator of the famous Jeep, launched a vehicle that was 20 years ahead of its time and would, nilly-willy, become the role model for a whole new class of automobiles: The sport-utility vehicle or SUV. This vehicle was the Jeep Wagoneer, "the first station wagon to provide complete passenger car styling, comfort and convenience in combination with the advantages of four-wheel drive", said Willys PR at the time, and rightly so. Sure, there had been, 4WD wagons before, notably Chevy's Suburban (since 1935), and similar rides from Ford, Dodge, and IHC, but they had all been vehicles that looked, drove and felt like more or less slightly modified trucks with wagon bodies. The Wagoneer, on the other hand, aimed squarely at a type of buyer so very common today, a city dweller who wants a passenger car that looks as if it could take serious off-roading, but will only be taken on a fishing trip, at the most. Mind you, the Wagoneer was not a stand-alone model. It was accompanied by a whole line of brand new Jeep trucks called Gladiators that shared the Wagoneer's front end sheet metal and most of its innards, but were no-nonsense utility vehicles nonetheless. The Wagoneer would turn out to be a long-distance runner because it would be around through 1991 with few changes. My test car, driven once again for a German automotive publication, was one of the last, a 1990 Grand Wagoneer. Right from the start of our acquaintance, the big Jeep struck me as a dinosaur, a relic from the Sixties, which is exactly what it was, of course. It looked and felt like nothing had really changed since the introduction of the first Wagoneer 27 years before my test car rolled off the assembly line. Very little had, as a matter of fact. The original 1963 vehicle had used Willys' very own Tornado engine, an unusual (for the arch-conservative US automobile industry) 230 CID inline Six with an overhead camshaft and 140 gross horsepower. This exclusive - and expensive - powerplant was replaced during the 1965 model year by a more conventional OHV 232 CID Six with 145 gross horsepower provided by American Motors. AMC also supplied an optional V8, namely the 327 CID with 250 horsepower; an optional 3-speed automatic transmission came from General Motors. Kaiser-Jeep, the company into which Willys had morphed in '63, did not have the financial power to produce its own engines any longer and therefore had to rely on outside suppliers. AMC finally took over Kaiser-Jeep in 1970 and was the sole provider of powerplants after that. "My" 1990 Grand Wagoneer used AMC's tried-and-true 360 V8, throughly detoxed to churn out a puny 144 net horsepower at 3,200 rpm. By then, it was the only powerplant available in the big Jeep and powered the rear wheels through Chrysler Corporation's Torque-Flite 3-speed automatic (Chrysler had taken over AMC in 1987). Four-wheel-drive was provided by Selec-Trac, a Jeep-developed 2WD/4WD system that required a mere flick of a switch and always worked flawlessly during the test; most of the time was spent on-road in 2WD mode, though. Like I pointed out before, the Grand Wagoneer rode and handled like the Sixties' vehicle that it was, sedately and stately, quiet and comfortable when driven conservatively, wallowing and bouncing over speed bumps and other rough surfaces when driven harder, thanks to the Jeep's leaf-spring mounted front and rear axles. No, the best way to enjoy the Grand Wagoneer was to just cruise around and observe the reactions of onlookers who either smiled or stood agape at the sight of that heavy SUV clad in fake wood, a vehicle hardly ever seen in Germany. Music to the ears (at least to mine) was the basso profundo rumble of the good old-fashioned carbureted V8 that sounded like a great deal more than 144 horsepower. Much less pleasure was derived from frequent stops at the gas station when the 20.3-gallon fuel tank was running empty again. At approx. 4 dollars a gallon (back in 2000 when I tested the Jeep), filling up was a pain in the .....wallet. Today, gas costs twice that in Germany, which makes 2000 gas prices seem like the good ol' days. Anyway, if you want a classic SUV that drives like a 1960's street cruiser and can't be bothered with fuel economy, the Grand Wagoneer is for you. It's very competent in that role and should not be overlooked.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Style, solidity, comfort

    Cons: Lackluster power delivery, fuel economy

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    Reviews From Other Years

    1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews

    My Wagoneer By Chris

    great engine and its still running almost 20 years after it was built and has great acceleration and ok fuel mileage for a V8 SUV getting about 18 highway its the top of the line for a 1993 so its ... Read More

    Great First Car By Blakslee

    Performance - could use high end brakes. Power etc increased lots w/cold air intake(10%gain so 250hp and 300ish torque). Got the big 5.2L V8. Handling: eh, its an SUV. And did I mention it's got a che... Read More

    1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews

    The Grand Wagoneer Is A Head Turner, And Worth Any Cons It May Have! By Katie

    If you love the Wagoneers, and you can find a good looking/running lower mileage one, there is no reason not to get it! They are fun to drive and the space is great. One does not buy this car nowadays... Read More

    1991jeep Grand Wagoneer, Final Edition. Hunter Green By IanMichael

    I grew up with a Grand Wagoneer and it's been a dream of mine to own one since my parents sold their when I was 6 years old. That was 17 years ago. On a whim, I decided to buy this despite being somew... Read More

    1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews

    Cool Character, Total Utility By Tony

    My last car was a Mercedes GL for which I paid 80k dollars. This is way, way better. Nuff' said but this was the end of the era when style was more than just being acceptable to urban magazine write... Read More

    Great Weekend - Short Trip Vehicle By James_Private_Sale

    With its classic looks, if you can find a good one, you will have many people stopping you to talk about the vehicle and reminiscing about there own past experiences with the Grand Wagoneer. It is a p... Read More

    1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews

    Great Classic Car By April

    I love the look of the waggy and the ride. I love to drive it on long and short trips. It's hard to compare the experience to modern cars. Yes, it lacks a lot of modern conveniences and isn't as relia... Read More

    Great Classic Woody Vehicle By england243

    I enjoy this car; it is not good on gas mileage but it is beautiful and I get lots of looks when I drive it. Good off roading and sturdy vehicle. Parts are expensive but some companies online speciali... Read More

    1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reviews

    Love It By NassauPatriot

    Fun Car. Conversation Starter. People all want to talk with me about it. Engine & complete drive train are in excellent shape. Dana diffs. front & rear. Custom 2 inch lift done by professional car bui... Read More

    Everyone Turns To Look At This One. By Jon

    This is another icon in the garage and on the road. This Wagoneer is a late addition to the family garage. Have owned for aproximately four years and enjoyed the annual trip to the Christmas tree fa... Read More

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