For a while now I’ve been eying this good old fashion American classic also known as the Jeep Cherokee. I was never a big fan of this particular model in the States, I would even argue that my 4Runner beats that car in every way imaginable. BUT… my 4Runner is only 2WD, rear wheel drive, too which sucks on snow, and has a 3.4 liter engine which is huge if you’re paying $8 bucks a gallon. And as I keep referring to my 4Runner as mine, that is of course no longer the case. This baby here has a 2.5 turbo diesel engine only offered in the European model, true to its origins is 4 wheel drive, and has a 5 speed manual transmission to boot, also a Europe only addition. It even has American flags all around!
There are a few details to consider;
1) This model after a small ‘face lift’ was only available between 1999 and 2001 after which it was discontinued. That means that at best I would be buying a 10 year old car.
2) Ten years means a lot of miles, er, kilometers. This particular model shown is supposed to only have 41,000 miles on it, but knowing Polish car salesmen tricks I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually had 141,000 instead.
3) Bang for the buck. For the $8,600 dollars they’re asking for this car there’s plenty of choice out there. I could be getting a car that’s just 4 or 5 years old, not 10, one that has an interior form and function from the 21st century and not one that has been unchanged since the 80’s, and maybe get something European therefor making it much more serviceable in local shops than an American made Jeep.
All this considered there’s just something about this car that just begs me to get it. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, and I’ve been finding Cherokees all over Poland for weeks to just see what’s out there. 4WD would be nice for winters here and having an SUV to deal with endless potholes around Wrocław would be great as well. For now it’s still to early for me as there’s the biggest factor of all that I forgot to include in all of this; money, or rather, lack of it.