i'm a 37, foreign student and happy new owner of my first JEEP
, a 2007 Compass 2.4L bought 4000$ at auctions, with 110k odometer... i want to say 110k *only* because everyone around me told me like "what a deal!" but where i come from, 110k miles is like 176,000km, it's HUGE. it's a vehicle i would never have bought with such a mileage, especially when it's running on gas.
i always runned on diesel by the past, and i still think it's a better technology, more efficient and powerful, but unfortunately so much polluting! here in USA, we run on gas, so let's give it a try!
what a surprise when i discovered it had not only one but TWO catalytic converters... never heard of it back in France. i thought it was only for diesel ones. and moreover this catalytic was running low, and i had to change it. changing the O2 sensors didn't do the trick. unfortunately after 4 hours of trying, i realized it had to be changed from underneath, because of a *dumb* design and because it is a 4WD. 1200$ more. ouch.
well, i'm still happy with it, but the low mileage, about 21m/gal, it's definitely not efficient.
i also had to buy an Actron 9185 with graphing abilities, so i can check any parameter live
that's very funny i think
anyway, i like to mechanic, and i'll try to do the most i can by myself, so i'll stick here when i will be in need
have a wonderfull day