Sir Sam wrote:
Incredible Guide, Sir Sam; it's daunting for someone like me who is trying to decide on buying a 2005 CRD or not. Any thoughts?
I think most of the problems that occur for CRD owners are caused by 1) not following the advice in the Noob Guide and 2)following the advice of dealerships who often misdiagnose problems.
Things like knowing that your issue is caused by a plugged fuel filter, or that its time to clean your MAP, will potentially save you thousands on a dealer visit.
I don't think you need to be an expert mechanic, but I do think you need to be able and willing to do very basic stuff on the CRD if your going to own it.
I have to agree with this ^^^^ I am not an expert mechanic by any means. I can change oil, most filters, clean or check sersors and belts, I can do a basic tune up on a gasser, I can do my own break pads if I have to also. I have replaced a head gasket on a car once with help but I would't try that again. If you can do some basic things and are willing to learn and read here A CRD will be a good Jeep for you.
I have never had nor do I think I will have a dealer service mine unless i find one with a good mechanic that knows CRD's, other wise a good Diesel mechanic or shop that does Sprinters and VW TDI's might be better for things you can't do on your own.