- Nov 29, 2006
- Dallas, TX
- F150, CJ7, Mustang GT, Tenere, Griso
Buy a 2WD Cherokee.
Indeed. I spent a good hour behind the wheel of an '00 Sport Classic 4x4 on the highway and I have to say it's very well behaved. Even the brake pedal is nice and firm, for being an off-roader box, it drives very well.
Having driven both, and owned a few cherokee's, I can tell you that the Cherokee drives 10000x better than the blazer.
The blazer feels top heavy and wollowy, the cherokee feel planted and responsive. (comparatively)
And unlike the Saturn's engine, it is hard to kill an AMC L6.
Yup, one of the most indestructable gas engines ever.
Just avoid the 84-86 like the plague because they have the miserable GM 2.8 V6. Ideally, shoot for a 91+ as they have the H.O version of the 4.0.
Hell no, buy a 4WD XJ Cherokee. All 4WD Cherokees are also 2WD Cherokees, they ('87 or newer) only came with selectable 231 (2WD, 4PT, 4HI) or 242 (2WD, 4PT, 4FT, 4LO) transfer cases.
Avoid the 4-bangers unless you're just stripping out the 4.11 or 4.56-geared axles to put them in something that has a non-shit engine.
Ideally, I'd look for a '97-'99 4.0L Cherokee. You get the most powerful version of the 4.0L L6, best transmissions (AW4 & AX15) post-refresh styling, metal hatch (instead of fiberglass), external slip yoke on the transfer case (can run without the rear drive shaft without the TC losing fluid), and you run an even chance of getting one with an 8.25" rear axle while keeping the High Pinion version of the front axle they lost in the '00-'01 models.
He wants a cheap car. The 2WD is significantly cheaper than the 4x4s. Ideally I agree the '97-'99s are the way to go. The interior improvement alone makes them worthwhile.
Today Kiki and I spotted a Lamborghini LM002 parked next to a Countach! A few minutes later we paced a Maserati GranTurismo.
We got a couple of photos of the LM002 with her phone, I'll let her be the one to upload them.
Please make sure she doesn't forget. I'm excited to see those.
Sorry for the quality, it's hard to sneakily take photos from the car, through an iron gate and across that massive yard.