Availability of Jeep parts in Mexico/Central America

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Scooter_Junkie_Girl, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Scooter_Junkie_Girl

    Scooter_Junkie_Girl Get some. Get a lot. Get it all.

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    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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  2. GuateRider

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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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  3. moto-treks

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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 :D
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

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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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  5. bananaman

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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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  6. Airhead Wrangler

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    Nissan pickups are EVERYWHERE.
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  7. Scooter_Junkie_Girl

    Scooter_Junkie_Girl Get some. Get a lot. Get it all.

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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! :rofl
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  8. Lone Rider

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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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  9. bananaman

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    +1
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  10. Throttlemeister

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    Toyota Landcruiser all the way, when I stop traveling on bikes that is what is next:deal
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  11. Lone Rider

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    Light Vanawagon VW stuff or go Unimog.
    Both offer 'all in one'.
    Try one poison and see how she feels...
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  12. TeeVee

    TeeVee His mudda was a mudda!

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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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  13. MikeMike

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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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  14. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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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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  15. TeeVee

    TeeVee His mudda was a mudda!

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    this is a joke, right?
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  16. markharf

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    A joke? What makes you think so? Personally, I make a point of always carrying spare transmissions, transfer cases, axles and tires whenever preparing to drive a few thousand miles on paved highways.

    OP, I've done the trip a few times by motorcycle--from Bellingham, in fact. It's an easy trip unless you make it difficult by choice. You could easily do it in a Yugo (although if it were me I'd go Nissan or Toyota, not Jeep).

    Pre-maintenance is always a good idea, minor repairs easily obtained wherever you go, major repairs often dealt with by busing or flying back to the USA to escort parts in person....but a good vehicle isn't going to need major repairs unless you're planning to abuse it heartily.

    Hope that's helpful.

    Mark
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  17. bananaman

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    There's an autozone, pepboys, napa, and/or other independent dealer in every middle-sized town from Mexico to Ushuaia.

    There are junk yards everywhere.

    In Laredo Nuevo a few years ago I was having trouble with a fuel injector for my 1100GS and I fixed it with a piece off an old volkswagon.
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  18. MikeMike

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    That would be Nuevo Laredo, right?
    You do prove a very, very valid point and that is...Bosch is Bosch.:clap
    The parts catalog might say one thing but the part doesn't care whether it is plumbed into a BMW motorcycle or a VW product.:deal
    People can learn a lesson from what you are saying.
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  19. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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    Not really a joke, just saying with a vehicle that big I would pack the essentials of what might need to be repaired and bring it along: doesn't cost in time and money to have it shipped and possibly not received. Don't we, who are traveling by bike, do the same? I think so! Which in this case, there is PLENTY of room for the essentials! Yank the back seat and there you go, more room. Tools and parts can be stored in the engine compartment with lock boxes. There is an underhood welder you can get installed in case shit really hits the fan. You can also make boxes that can be affixed under the vehicle, isn't there room on the roof for lock box also? HHHMMMM, yup, PLENTY of room.:clap You honestly think that guys who are taking their LandRovers abroad and all over who knows where and in remote places are heading out to the local parts shop? :rofl Somehow I doubt it. Not trying to sound ridiculous or anything like that just making a point of being self sufficient and bringing what you may need. It's not really that big of deal. Less is more! Since there's many other voices tossed around I'll leave no further replies.

    Sorry some feel that I was joking or out of line. But perhaps thinking 'out of the box' is also a good thing. But since some think I'm ridiculous in my post or response, I'll no longer reply. Should make some nay sayers happier.

    Cheers!
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  20. markharf

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    No spare transmission, transfer case, front and rear axles, and tires? Damn.
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