Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Australian Jeep Forum

I just joined this very informative and active Aussie Jeep forum. Looks like a great source of info and ideas for trips and modification ideas and advice.

Monday, 29 January 2007

Virtual Jeep Club

Here's a USA based Jeep forum that I found with lots of good content and ideas for modifications.

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Friday, 26 January 2007

Driven into the ground

Fantastic footage of a group of Brits with an old XJ Cherokee that didn't pass inspection. They gave her a good run before taking her to the scrapyard.

It shows how tough these things are.


Thursday, 25 January 2007

Jeep Cherokee XJ - Still made in China

After being discontinued and replaced in 2001 by the Cherokee KJ/Liberty, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is still being produced in China as the jeep2500. It has the familiar XJ shape sheet metal and looks like a real XJ from behind the headlights back.

The front looks more modern, a cross between a Nissan X-Trail and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's obvious though, when looking from above, behind, or down the side, that this is still an XJ.

The interior is also updated with a modern brushed aluminium look.

This is a modern XJ and comes with dual front airbags, ABS and EBD in a 2.4 litre and a 4 litre engine. I don't know what the 2.4 does to the performance. I would imagine that it's a lot less powerful than a real 4 litre XJ, unless it's a diesel. It's comes in 4x4 and 4x2 flavours.

It's only made in left-hand drive, but having grown to love the shape and style of the XJ, if these were sold in Australia I'd buy one in preference to the KJ Cherokee/Liberty. Umm, who am I kidding? No I wouldn't.

It does seem odd though to be producing a car in the 21st century that's so like the original from the 1980's. It's almost VW Beetle-esque in that way.

Sunday, 21 January 2007

Another Cherokee that I almost bought

When I bought the black Cherokee, I had already put a deposit on this one with a dealer. It was better, in that the mileage was a bit lower, it had an ARB bull bar, side steps, driving lights and LPG, but no sunroof. Plus, it was $4,000 more expensive. So I cancelled and got my deposit back, but I did like the colour and the extras.

Saturday, 20 January 2007

Marysville - Victoria - Australia

These are some pics I took of my 1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ in its natural habitat in the forest near Marysville, Victoria. This was the first time I took it off road since I bought it in January 2006.

I didn't go too far because I have zero 4X4 skills and felt like I wouldn't know what to do if I got into trouble.