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Old 04-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Availability of Jeep parts in Mexico/Central America

Hi guys! I know this one is not a moto question (sadly). But I could really use some help!

In December, my boyfriend and I will be making an overland trip from Washington State to Panama. We will be staying in hotels/hostels. Can you advise as to whether it's common to be able to find Jeep parts down there? In Costa Rica, I saw a lot of Japanese cars, but no Jeeps.
Whether or not we can find parts will have a big influence on car choice!!

Again, I really need the help from someone who's been there. Thank you!
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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There is a big Jeep dealer here in Guatemala and also a lot of Jeeps on the road
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:12 AM   #3
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Some people have parts shipped down for their motos. I guess with a vehicle they may be bit larger. I wouldn't have a problem driving a Jeep to Panama as long as it is in good working order.

I'm prepping a Jeep now for some future overland trip
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Specifically which Jeep are we talking about here. Mexico is awash in new Jeeps, while parts for older ones aren't as easily had, but they're still around.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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I'd suggest a landrover defender, or an older Toyota 4-runner. Or a hardened (but not lifted) wrangler.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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The one I have is a 1995 Cherokee XJ. According to the Chrysler international site finder there is at least one dealership in each country.
We are definitely on a budget, so a nice shiny landcruiser is out of the question!
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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Unless you plan to test the vehicle in real off road off road conditions, it's just another car/truck doing the regular roads kinda thing.

Unless you have lockers and plan to push it, you won't be able to get into too much trouble anyway.

Dana and Spicer driveline parts are available.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #9
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unless you plan to test the vehicle in real off road off road conditions, it's just another car/truck doing the regular roads kinda thing.

Unless you have lockers and plan to push it, you won't be able to get into too much trouble anyway.

Dana and spicer driveline parts are available.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #10
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Toyota Landcruiser all the way, when I stop traveling on bikes that is what is next
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Toyota Landcruiser all the way, when I stop traveling on bikes that is what is next
Light Vanawagon VW stuff or go Unimog.
Both offer 'all in one'.
Try one poison and see how she feels...
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:23 PM   #12
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just a little warning: just because there are dealerships all over in latin america, doesn't mean they stock parts. in nicaragua, you can wait 90 days for part like a clutch pump for vehicles that they sell there every day. costa rica is the same. panama a little better. don't know much about guate and hond.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #13
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Chrysler, in Mexico, can have some insane wait times. Try one year for a 4.0 liter Cherokee water neck.
An independent shop will serve you better than Chrysler will here.
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With a vehicle that size, why are you worried about getting parts down here when you can just carry them with you? I would be able to load that thing with an extra transmission, transfer case, frnt and rear axles, tires, fuel cans, floor jack and jack stands, not to mention little parts like water pump, fuel pump, filters, seals, tools etc... On a motorcycle there is LIMITED space and we can fit most of what we need. Granted a vehicle is bigger, with some bigger parts, but you have a huge space to parts ratio compared to us. If you're on a 'budget' whatever that is, given your fuel economy, it's best to take parts with you to avoid shipping costs which will cost a bit and time to get them shipped down here.

I used to be an auto tech and the engine should withstand the trip. Remember maintenance schedule to avoid breakdowns. Attend to something before it becomes an issue or a breakdown. No triple A down here. The vehicle should make it no issues. The biggest thing I would worry about is the shitty transmission, expensive and sometimes hard to come by.

Have fun in the cage. Should be a fun trip!

+1 on the toyota's and land rover and vw vanagan (met a couple in a vw vanagan in El Salvador going from Alberta to Panama and back.)
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:29 AM   #15
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With a vehicle that size, why are you worried about getting parts down here when you can just carry them with you? I would be able to load that thing with an extra transmission, transfer case, frnt and rear axles, tires, fuel cans, floor jack and jack stands, not to mention little parts like water pump, fuel pump, filters, seals, tools etc... On a motorcycle there is LIMITED space and we can fit most of what we need. Granted a vehicle is bigger, with some bigger parts, but you have a huge space to parts ratio compared to us. If you're on a 'budget' whatever that is, given your fuel economy, it's best to take parts with you to avoid shipping costs which will cost a bit and time to get them shipped down here

this is a joke, right?
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