Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: CJ-7 or Cherokee
Your answer depends on why you buy a Jeep. I still cringe when I see a FSJ Wagoneer go by... I really loved my old '85... it took many years get over trading it in for a Caravan. Oh well, too soon old, too late smart... however now I've had an 83 CJ for 6 years.... it's a real love hate relationship.
In the six years I've owned it it's got fuel injection and a fiberglass tub and front clip, fairly new engine, new rebuilld on the transmission and in a few weeks as soon as it warms up it'll get a new coat of paint. I know the vehicle inside and out, it's flaws and strong points. I know I can fix ANY part of it without a manual... I can get'er home if it breaks.
It's kind of like a puppy. Darn their cute, and cuddly, but then I remember having to train them, house break them. That pup can't compete to the dog that spent 16 years with me. Only when the 16 year old dies would I ever think of getting a "new" improved dog.
Yep, as much as I miss the ole WJ, I really like this CJ even more. It's a lot like me, just gets better with age. It limps a little as it get's older and so do I.
But when it spring, summer and fall, you can't beat a nice slow, top off, doors off drive through the country.
You'll miss many things in the XJ... but if you want to go and get citified and yuppified.. well, I guess so... it's a still a Jeep and I love looking at a well built XJ. Like all Jeeps thier still like that puppy, cute, fun to play with and will at some time become your friend.