I had a great 40something Willys Jeep when
I was in my early teens in the early 70s.
I could point it up or down a scary steep
hill with all my stuff in the back, plus a
deer or elk, and it would idle to the top
or bottom with no trouble. I could climb
pretty much anything with that little
beast. At 17, I also had a 60-something
Wagoneer that saved my arse and froze it
off in the same winter. Haven't had one
since but needed a good all-around vehicle
and after driving both a friend's and my
boss's Grand Cherokees, I was hooked
again. I sold my 3rd little Dodge D50 and,
after a couple weeks, found a pristine
1-owner BLACK/Black/black 96 with the 4.0
and many bells and whistles. I did a
little dealing and got it for a sweet
price of $5k. It has only 79K miles on it
and came with a folder containing every
record and receipt from the day it rolled
off the assembly line. I am quite a happy
camper after a whole week of driving it
through our deep snow and nasty mountain
winter weather here in the boonies of
OK I sold the 96 ZJ to a friend
after I bought a new 08 Dodge Nitro a few
days ago. However, over the winter I went
Cherokee Crazee and bought all the "I
don't want to mess with it anymore"
cheepjeeps I could find on Craigslist. I
have 6 now I think, and another one a mile
or so away that the guy is looking for the
title on. I haven't paid over 350 for any
of them. Most were 250 or less.
one is a nice white 88 Pioneer USA Olympic
Super Duper Special. The hood and fenders
were crunched so I picked up a white 93
Sport that had rear damage and made one
decent Cherokee. Just traded that in on my
wife's new Subaru and tripled my
Sooo...I couldn't live without a ZJ
so I bought a 98 for 2300. It is a
Canadian model with metric gauges and
takes premium fuel(at lower elevations it
is needed but not at 5000 feet where I am)
and has a BIG exhaust system. Gets AWESOME
fuel mileage and has better power than the
OK, so now I am single and
moved to Southern Utah. Gave away all the
project Jeeps except a 90 Cherokee Laredo
with an electrical issue. It died and
won't start. I now have a nice 90 Pioneer
XJ that I traded for, so no cash
outlay..., and already have plans to lift
it with parts I already have. JEEPS ARE
ADDICTIVE! Runs sweet, it is clean, and
only needs a steering stabilizer.
Update: I put a small lift and 31s on
it. Looked great! Then I hit a fence and
tore up the right side. Replaced the door
and mirror and it is fully functional now
but not quite as nice.
Imoved to Oregon and had to leave my
Pioneer at a friend's and missed it so
much that I started watching craigslist
for a deal. I GOT ONE!
I just bought a
91 Cherokee Limited with nice leather,
power everything, etc.
Engine/tranny,interior AND exterior is
great but there is an injector issue to
deal with. However....I ONLY PAID $400
BUCKS FOR IT!!! WOO HOO!!!!!
Oh yeah, it
has an AWESOME roof rack with a flat
toolbox built into the back and there is
also a reciever mounted step to access it
easily. I am SOOOO happy!
I ordered a set of
"upgrade" Bosch injectors for 75
bucks. Hopefully all will be wonderful
when I get them installed.
Jump ahead a few jeeps.... None now
but looking at another 96 ZJ Limited 4.0.
Black! Like my first ZJ. :)