The XJ Jeep Cherokee Was the Most Influential SUV in Car History, and Goats Jumping on a Porsche

The XJ Jeep Cherokee Was the Most Influential SUV in Car History, and Goats Jumping on a Porsche

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00:05
all right so i've known peter for many years and i know him pretty well and i just don't think that this is gonna make him happy you know even though that's an old boxster it could be any one of his prized vehicles and we've got two of these uh satanic goats on it not one but two of them so maybe now maybe now it'll happen maybe we'll get that company goat roast i've been
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dreaming about with mint jelly and applesauce and roast potatoes uh this could be uh this could finally be it anyway hopefully they decide to stay with that porsche not come over here and start troubling me oh god one's getting down it looks like and there's the other one lurking off to the side yeah all right well we'll keep an eye on them but for the moment there they are over there
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good morning this is bill from curious cars and autohouse of naples on you know it's a good enough florida wednesday morning i have to say uh the temperatures in the mid 60s it's fine it's nice it will be hot later but yeah we know it's coming the heat is on the way it gets here around 11 o'clock hangs out until five and uh frankly it's only gonna get worse as the months progress uh it's uh it's only in october or november now where we're gonna get a
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reprieve and get back to some decent weather hopefully uh unless we're robbed of another winter so uh i've consigned myself to it it is what it is and i'm gonna live with it uh even if i plan to con you know complain about it incessantly uh that is gonna be my goal and of course that does help me get through it much as this uh whiskey has helped me get through this coronavirus thing which of course is still going on you still read about it here about it things have been pretty good in florida in the long run i guess i'm happy to be
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here of all places because florida does seem to have had a hand on it uh pretty good you know we've uh remained mostly open uh you know obviously you go into the grocery store you have to mask up and uh you know i just feel ridiculous with the whole thing but i'll do my part you know if that's what it takes and uh but when i read about what it's like in other places i guess i'm pretty happy to be here so uh what else can i say there's not much going on i've got auctions coming up at the end of the month so i'll be running
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out of town still hard to buy cars i took a picture yesterday of the carmax which is next door to autohouse and frankly it's as abandoned as i've ever seen it in the in 15 years however long it's been there 12 13. it's just never looked like that and it's insane it's indicative of what's going on right now uh the supply of new cars is dwindling used cars have become kind of you know in demand and it's much tougher to get a hold of them so
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i don't foresee that getting any better in the near future and uh you know you get what you get um the goats they were out this morning you know i got some video of them they were standing on the boxster which is i know that's gonna cause scandal uh beyond word so we'll see where that goes but my high hopes is that we're gonna have roast meg of goat uh in the very near future as a you know an auto house team dinner or something uh we're all going to uh you know have a big feast based on that
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and that's something that's going to make me very very happy when it happens so bird activity quiet cat activity also quiet haven't seen any of them i hear a little bit of chirping but you're always going to so but none have swooped down into my face or anything so that's a plus and no big ones lingering overhead so we're free and clear to get right into this car which is a jeep cherokee uh this is the xj platform
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which is truly the most famous of the bunch and uh certainly by a long shot the most influential the cherokee came out in what 74 it ran through five generations uh all the way through current actually the current one is the fifth generation now again named the cherokee the first one was a big sucker it was the sj and it continued on even after it ended in 83 as the um uh you know basically
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the same thing as the grand wagoneer that's very famous now and collectible uh so jeep did keep a big suv going but the second generation the xj was mind-blowing when it came out and was a very big deal briefly it was replaced by the kj and the kk but they were both sold as the liberty because they didn't want product confusion with the grand cherokee which was of course pretty popular for jeep and then finally this current generation
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we have now the kl it's gone back to being the jeep cherokee but i don't think for long frankly i don't know how long they're going to be able to keep the name it's not unlike the washington football team and you know frankly i really okay i volunteer myself i want to be named for an attack helicopter you know the bill i think that would be an awesome attack helicopter and if i can't have one named after me then i think there should be one named after um oh god what's his name a bernie sanders
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i mean this thing could fly low it could come in uh from the left and it could yell and shout at you know its enemies and and then bore them into a sense of complacency security before attacks them to death to build windmills off hyannis port or something i i just think it could be a fantastic name for an attack helicopter because obviously we're not going to be able to use native american names anymore although i do think it's highly complimentary i mean uh when
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you've got one of these apache helicopters coming over the ridge everybody's scared shitless and i think that is a uh that's a tip of the hat in my opinion but yeah what do i know um anyway back to this one so this is the xj this one came out in 1984. uh it was not the first of its type it was a response of sorts to the uh the now downsized s10 blazer from chevrolet and the bronco 2 from ford which were yeah called the miniature
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truckettes if you will uh in a very untested market segment called the small suv i know it seems amazing now to think of it that way but of course it was true when those things came out there really wasn't nobody really knew what this segment was going to do people had a feeling about it obviously but it was an unknown at the time and the cherokee came out after them uh more or less but it was better than them and we're going to get into why and it eventually outsold them and it became
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probably the seminal 1980s suv that really brought about the change that uh that we'll also get into because i'm not entirely happy with the change but i can't necessarily hold it against this particular car uh anyway this was the first new jeep in 20 years it hadn't been done in a while it was the first one it was the first one that was not body on frame and that's also a big deal this was essentially a unibody jeep and this is going to make a lot of people nuts we can basically thank the french for
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this thing uh amc had a big partnership and of course amc owned it this is interesting this particular jeep the xj was made by three different car companies the uh first of all amc and then chrysler and then finally daimler chrysler so not only did it run from 84 through 01 in the united states but 2014 globally including china 30 years this thing was made basically but it was made by three different car companies
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along the way which is a little bit fascinating i guess that's not dissimilar to that sj the previous cherokee and the the wagoneer which had been made since the dawn of time i mean basically moses was driving one of those things around and they went all the way through 91 or so so that was a long time as well but you can thank the french what the hell was his name a guy named francois castine probably saying it wrong but it doesn't really matter because he's a french guy he came from renault he was sent by them
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uh 2amc to help develop this vehicle he was a pretty hip guy had started out in motorsports for renault uh back in the 60s and essentially he revolutionized the way that cars went through development uh pretty fascinating stuff and then you know amc went from being the sort of redheaded stepchild of the car world to other car companies namely the big three being pretty fascinated by how they were developing their vehicles and for that you can thank francois
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casteen he had a lot to do with that so anyways body on frame construction uh there i go again you know i'm telling you again with the whiskey and whatever else it just screws up the bulleted points in my head with the unibody construction and there goes peter and his uh rather attractive turbo i have to say it's a lot better choice than the samara from a few weeks ago and i think he could use another tan light anyway uh unibody construction which was
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unusual for jeep but underneath they did severe underpinnings from the cj the solid axles and uh we're gonna get on to all that in a minute but that is a big part of what differentiated it from the miniature uh blazer and the bronco 2. oh boy so anyway 84 this thing comes out it's an unproven market it's untested uh here's where jeep really nailed it not only in the design of this thing or the underpinnings but where they really nailed it was by offering a four-door which the bronco ii
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and the s-10 did not have at that point uh nobody really thought the four-door was gonna be the thing uh you know the two-door was kind of where it was gonna be at well that didn't prove true at all the four-door became much more popular sold a lot better than the two-door and it paved the way for this cherokee to be uh frankly a pretty big deal it was the first suv to significantly eat into car sales and believe me a lot of companies noticed that uh you know people who would never have bought a truck before uh were all of a sudden driving these
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things around which was you know you think of it now and everybody drives an suv but back then nobody really did the family wagon was still going uh in fact that's how amc marketed this thing was as a sport wagon all one word and it was designed to sort of compete with the idea of the family truckster you know instead of having this big family wagon you would have this utility vehicle instead which would
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accomplish basically the same stuff in terms of cargo and capacity but would also add the utility of four-wheel drive and uh you know towing and things that could make it a much more versatile vehicle so it hit home and it hit home in a hurry and people just started buying it like crazy and i think with pretty good reason so anyway let's just get into this thing i'm gonna start inside the back
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yeah there's really a lot to get into with this truck but i'm going to try and keep this video more brief i really rambled on in the last one uh to the point oh god there's the phone let me see what this is we'll get right back into it there it is it's out when the goats leave the cat comes in hopefully it stays by that old pickup truck anyway okay so here's the thing the car was wildly successful in fact it was so successful that over its years of production they
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made 2.8 million of these things so there's quite a few of them still around they were also sold globally in uh left-hand drive and right-hand drive models uh they were made as police cars as fire truck well not not fire trucks with pumpers but you know for commercial or government use uh they were made for rural mail carriers in fact a lot of the ones that went to japan came back here to the united states after they got a foul of some sort of japanese law and have become mail carriers in the united
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states so uh you saw quite a few of these things and back in the 80s they were incredibly prolific because again all of a sudden people who bought cars wanted to wrap themselves up in what this thing was and you know you could argue that it was all hollow and symbolic and stupid because a lot of suv stuff frankly is but this truck really delivered and i think that's part of what uh what makes it so beloved today but anyway you can see in the back
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okay so this is it had a little temporary spare mounted here on the side which uh you know is pretty good for room uh they used leaf springs instead of coil springs in the back to keep the uh luggage space and cargo space reel so uh you can see there's a ton of room in the back of this thing uh there's no deterrent for toddlers so if you put one in the back here they're probably gonna crawl over the seats and come up and get you uh kind of a shame i like it uh with the mercedes-style net that keeps them in
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the back but what are you gonna do you can't have it all so anyway nice big and here's the other thing this thing was like 30 inches shorter and 1200 pounds lighter than the sj model that it replaced but it still kept 90 percent of the interior room a big part of that being the unibody construction of the way that they designed the suspension so it was extremely versatile and people noticed and that helped things out and anyway in the back you can see plenty of room also that rear seat not just folds down
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but it can also be removed entirely if you need tons of cargo which carries on to make this thing as versatile as can be and another part of the reason it's beloved uh this modern 93 still had the fiberglass uh back hatch but uh that later on got replaced by madam i don't know if that's because of uh cost or what uh you could say i left the original dealer sticker on here galliana chrysler plymouth jeep eagle if you remember them out of fort myers because it's nice to
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see an all florida vehicle this one owner thing i got to say that i got to interject real quick this is the greatest success story i've seen from dalton who has historically driven the biggest pieces of known to man i mean honestly dalton's cars have been horrific at best laughable terrible and then one day he shows up in this thing i'm not kidding this was a dalton purchase i gotta know where he got it from he's got the look at this right there right in front of us
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this cat is fearless and now it's gonna hang out under this thing go on shoe shoe thank god it's skittish um but anyway he shows up in this thing what the hell is this yeah i traded the s10 you know for this thing and i'm looking it over you know it's a one owner jeep uh he's got like the window sticker and service records it's all florida and i'm thinking this is unbelievable i mean i don't know if this is a broken clock is right twice a day thing or you know if he just had some weird spell of of
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something that worked for him but the minute i saw it i thought okay we got to have this thing this is he's going to destroy it he's going to ruin it it'll have like flat black spray paint in no time and uh you know be running around on a temporary spare so uh we had an old volkswagen pass it hanging around in the back maybe as a rabbit it doesn't matter whatever the hell it was and i traded him for it because i wanted to save and rescue this jeep and anyway we'll get more into that as we go but um all right you see i'm losing my
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place again i really am all right real quick i did i'm just going to get into this for a moment because it's a little bit fascinating we talked about francois castane and how he revolutionized the way these amc vehicles uh were developed and frankly this one this jeep made under amc uh was pretty revolutionary not just for being what it was this sort of revolutionary suv but also for being the first
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non-weird amc in many years i mean you have to remember that this was a company that had come out with the gremlin uh they'd come out with the pacer uh the matador uh then there was the concord uh you know these are all very very frankly strange cars and uh they tried to film a niche that the big three didn't and they did okay in many many ways but uh not always and uh they were certainly always weird where this one was not they did have the eagle series of
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four-wheel drives that you know were built on the concord platform and i thought they were very very cool and they were definitely unlike anything out at the time they were you know in a four-wheel drive sedans and wagons basically that you know some niche buyers liked and maybe they hearkened to what was to come in a similar way that this did but they were still frankly kind of weird in their own way and you can't give them the same credit that you would give to this cherokee xj
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so anyway castain is doing his thing he's getting this jeep together he's you know coming up with a really terrific product uh later on a guy named george bess the head of renault in france is gunned down by some separatist group in 86 or 85 i think 86 action direct or something but they've replayed it's not direct with a ect it's direct with a cte uh anyway they got him down in front of his house and his daughter horrible story
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new renault management comes on and they decide to hell with it we're going to get rid of the american stuff because the alliance which had been very successful for renault by the way in the early 1980s if you remember the renault alliance that was kind of an interesting car uh but it was losing popularity it was you know getting old in the tooth they didn't want to replace it with anything else and the way it went renault also had the fuego if you remember that thing and a good friend actually not really just a guy i knew a norwegian kid uh went to a different high school with
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another friend of mine uh he wedged his fuego between two trees at one point but um yeah that's neither here nor there so anyway because this guy was assassinated because renault now decides it wants out of amc which it owns uh it decides to ban out of america bail out of its new factories that it was building in ontario and it sold the whole thing mock stock and barreled and lee iacocca and chrysler for the bargain price of 1.5 billion i mean again lee iacocca just
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comes up with the brilliant little things that help his company help chrysler a lot so they bought the number one suv line in the united states basically this cherokee and they bought francois castine who had revolutionized the production at um at amc and now would do the very same to chrysler and that led to everyone adopting his technique so it was all very big deal and jeep people could very soundly thank the french for the way this all went i know that's devastating but it is what it is
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so there is the weird little tidbit but back then you've got this thing now outselling the bronco 2 and the um uh and the s10 blazer uh you've got uh women starting to buy them uh the two wheel drive versions come out so that people who aren't interested in four-wheel drive can you know have them as well and yeah it's kind of meaningless as a two-wheel drive but it sold and uh the popularity just started going and going and going it was going to be replaced in 93 but then
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you know why look at that bird coming in look at those things right there but why replace something that's selling well so they um they didn't they kept it going and they sold the new product alongside the old one let's get under the hood of this thing so here's where i know i'm going to get flack because you know we're talking about one of the greatest four-wheel drives uh made certainly in this modern era oh god and here i come up with a two wheel drive version uh we're also talking about a vehicle
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that has one of the greatest six cylinder engines of all time and i've got the four cylinder oh my god that's heavy but i would also like to point out oh this is going to be impossible oh for the love of god why did they put that prop rod so far back oh my god uh so anyway yeah here it is the four cylinder two-wheel drive version which again you know what let me just say this you get what you get okay i i buy these cars i find them i get the ones that are available today
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and this one you know this pretty remarkable survivor showed up like this so i'm taking the opportunity to talk about the genre as a whole not about this particular example so keep your flack to yourself for god's i already know it i already know it anyway when it came out in 84 there were two engines there was this one the 2.5 liter amc four-cylinder which was loosely based on the architecture of the existing inline-six that amc had
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and also then the chevy 2.8 liter v6 because they couldn't quite fit an inline in this thing being unibody it wasn't really meant for a big long engine uh i read a car and driver article about this car when it came out and they were testing them and they were prepared for the 4-cylinder to be absolute crap like it was in the bronco 2 and the s-10 they called them something like gasoline-powered noise machines that basically went nowhere and they were pleasantly surprised by this
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2.54 with the manual gearbox they found it to be peppy revvy a nice flat torque curve and motivated the truck very very nicely much better than they would have thought and a big part of that was that it was designed as a truck engine not as a car engine uh in fact the uh four liter the ultra famous four leader that this engine lives in the shadow of uh is pretty much the same architecture of this they just added two more cylinders to it so if that wasn't like i mean it's like
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i i don't know it's like you have two football players and uh two quarterbacks in the same family and you know one went on to have a pretty good college career and the other one is john elway you know i mean how do you compete with that i mean so this motor as good as it was had to live in the shadow of this rather incredible older brother uh you could see they even younger brother actually they notched the firewall out to be able to fit the uh six cylinder in there that inline six that's uh and
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man that was a big deal when it came out in 87 uh that four liter engine had i think then about 170 or so horsepower and uh was a rev i mean that was again 170 doesn't sound like much today but a mustang gt at the time had like 220 uh so it was a very peppy peppy uh six cylinder just as this uh is a pretty peppy four cylinder here it is in its final incarnation uh from 91 to 96 with chrysler fuel injection and putting out 130 horsepower
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so it does motivate the truck down the road pretty good uh and uh back in the day in the early ones you could get a four-speed manual that went away a five-speed manual which you could get with the six or the uh or the four uh the four speed was only the four and a three three-speed automatic which um you did not want to get with the four-cylinder because it turned it into absolute crap so uh in fact a few of the car and driver staff said they preferred the four uh to the chevy two-eight uh and i believe that the chevy 28 that 90 degree
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v6 is a pretty good engine uh but um yeah you know it's noisy it's not quite uh powerful and uh you know just didn't really have what uh the four leader that came out later did that's what really sealed this thing as one of the epic four-wheel drives of all time so anyway everything nice under the hood here proper you know florida car see if i can get this down without killing myself oh boy that's a heavy hood another thing
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okay so now there's the engines covered we'll get into the suspension real quick because that was fascinating uh as well so you've got this unibody construction uh you know with frame yeah sort of frame like members uh welded to it that house the front and the rear suspension assemblies they used solid axles from the cj front and rear which made this thing an off-roading monster you can see the angle of attack is terrific the bumper does not overhang that much over the
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front so it has pretty good ground clearance because it's not independent in the front it's a lot less complicated uh you know there's not a lot of maintenance going on also the ground clearance is consistent it's not going to change from one moment to the next based on the travel but the suspension on this two-wheel drive version instead of reinventing the wheel and putting you know coil springs or something on they just used a solid for an axle without a differential so it's more or less the same suspension as before there's another cat
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coming to team up with the other one and leap up and attach to my face but anyway uh so even the two wheel drive version has some sort of off-road credibility in the sense that it's got the same solid front axle uh that performs well it's got four links in the back it's got a stabilizing bar up front and then some low pressure gas shocks in the rear again they used leaf springs semi elliptical so that coil springs wouldn't incur into the interior space and of course a solid rear axle as well
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and this light unibody frame with all this rugged heavy-duty suspension makes this an off-roading monster and a lot of people still swear by it as one of the great four-wheelers of all time you're gonna see weird little nitwits driving them around with mud all over because it's just thought of that one a lot of them got beat to death out of the swamps and dirt roads and mountains so um you know it just is thought of as one of the great off-road vehicles and that is another thing of
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what differentiated it from the chevy and the bronco 2 which were body on frame with independent front suspension and just didn't do as well off-road this thing had a much better off-road system and four-wheel drive system than most of its buyers deserved uh you could get two different four-wheel drives in it at the time there was the command track and the select track uh the command track and i may have those reversed if i do sue me but uh the command track was more of a traditional thing with low range that
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you used in real off-road circumstances and the uh select track was almost like a modern all-wheel drive system uh where uh it had sort of a viscous coupling up front that would be able to run at highway speeds uh in four-wheel drive and you know slick conditions at 80 miles an hour and that was um yeah pretty useful stuff but i suppose the off-road guys really wanted uh wanted the uh the lower version for the you know the true off-roading uh i like the wheels on this thing and
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obviously this one's a pretty much a stripper model not with pole dancing but uh you know low on options pretty base uh and it probably came with steel wheels and uh maybe even white wall tires or something and uh this one back in the day this was one owner up until when dalton bought it a couple months ago this guy had owned it since new which was pretty impressive and he probably put these on in the 80s and i think he increased the tire size a little bit uh and when it came in the ti you know it didn't get driven much the tires were
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old so we threw on a nice set of goodyear wranglers on there to give it a pretty aggressive appearance but yeah anyway it is what it is the design is absolutely timeless i mean this is where this thing really i mean this is why i love this car it has everything it's got the whole package the design it's inherent of the early range rovers it's no more than you need it's no less than you need it's got subtle hints at the jeep styling you can see the vertical grill in the front the squared off wheel wells then you get
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into this greenhouse that's all business all angular big long rear window very rectangular very rectangular front and sides it is clean lovely immaculate design that while it definitely looks old and classic today it still looks fresh and there's a lot of people who just see this as the best suv design of all time and frankly i tend to agree with them i think they really hit it out of the park with this thing they nailed it it just has a look uh that i think uh really fits the uh
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times today and fit definitely fit the times back in the 80s when it was made came in a lot of different incarnations not just two-door four-door there was also a pickup truck called the comanche another warrior indian tribe this is not going to last i guarantee but the comanche was um a pretty neat pickup that uh and did what it was supposed to do and was based on the same platform you could get a bunch of different trim levels there was the burrito there was the wagoneer uh there was the um
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uh the limited there was the country uh all kinds of different stuff with you know varying degrees of fancy bits like leather power windows and so on and so forth so uh you know you could get it in a variety of different ways different engines different transmissions all of which added to its versatility i think the two-door again is the best-looking version i really like that long back window i think these are the ones that are going to be the most collectible i think the 97-01s are pulling the most money
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with the bring a trailer set right now they're the ones people want with the 4-liter and the mount updates even though it's basically the same as earlier versions in terms of styling they did add some updates here and there but every one of these now every clean old survivor is collectible at a minimum even if an entry level collectible and the prices are all trending upward uh even you know again there's a bunch of them out there so parts are easy mechanical parts are easy to come by body parts all that stuff you can get whatever you need for them
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and they do make a terrific sort of fun entry-level collectible vehicle that you can drive around and have fun with and you do get a lot of thumbs up from people these do more or less qualify for the jeep wave which i guess if that's your thing you're going to get it and this one has a trailer hitch all right so let me get my crap in the back i'm going to pull up again out of the sun and then we'll get into the inside and keep going all right bags in tags hanging from the back we're good to go you know as i look
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at that tag it makes me think of um all the craigslist and i obviously i'm looking for cars like crazy so i'm going through all these facebook craigslist ads ebay you know anywhere i can find a car and there's a variety of people who either use some sort of paint program or their thumbs to block out their license plates and i'm thinking man okay first of all why i mean this is a public thing that's being driven around with anyway i mean the license plates on the back of the car people are gonna see it uh you stick it out in the inter
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i mean have you ever tried to find somebody's name from their license plate i mean basically you would have to be kojac or some sort of international terrorist organization i mean there's just simply no way i mean you ask the dmv what time it is and they tell you no before they realize you don't want something other than that and then they'd hesitantly tell you what time it is but they're not going to give you the net you go to the dmv with a uh tag number they're not going to give your name and address they're just not so
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i don't know i don't know what makes people so paranoid about that but um yeah anyway let's just get into this thing love the big roof rack on this that was probably optional all these weird little things were uh so look at the weird seats in this thing they were actually from renault they were more or less the same ones from that little alliance with a little bit of tweaking to make them fit this thing they've got a sort of a weird platform going up into the sort of very small looking cushion on the bottom if you're a big fat guy your rump may
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push through that but apparently not maybe they use pretty tough foam but they were a bit of a sea change when they came out in terms of seats and they were better than the ones theoretically uh in the um uh the s10 and the bronco 2 even if they weren't they're a bit strange with the upholstery and cloth and stuff that they use but that's amc for you uh you know the fit and finish i mean this thing is cheap man i mean there's no doubt about that you see it's got window cranks these things that
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confuse snowflakes uh those in rotary phones and dial up internet you know all the stuff that they really don't want to think about unless they're hipsters uh cheap little arm rest you know all this gear but this one being sort of a base package if you will also makes it much easier to live with more dependable and that's why i've always kind of liked stripper models to an extent i do love having options there's no doubt i'd probably prefer power windows in this thing but there is a simplicity and utility to
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having the base package that i like uh okay the seats all fold forward because this thing had a long wheelbase they were able to put the back seats in front of the rear axle you can see there's the rear axle back there the back seats sit in front of it uh that again was not the case with the bronco 2 or the s10 and what that did was lead to easier entry and egress from the back so your canadians are going to be pretty spry and chipper getting in and out of there because they didn't use coral springs the seats nice and wide so you can
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three of them back there without a problem and then again the seats do fold down and remove completely for added utility so a very good design and you have to hand it to the french oh my god the poor jeep guys you have to had it told francois and uh you know what he went on to do a bunch of other i think he was a big part of what the making the viper for chrysler back in the 90s he was a pretty cool cat i gotta say but anyway the rear seats are very usable in this thing
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and another big part of what made them such a success and of course all of that is improved upon uh for people who want space with the four-door version okay uh you know you could get a variety of different uh gauge clusters in this thing this one's about as base as it gets you got an 85 mile an hour speedo and a uh a fuel gauge and then just you know three idiot lights and one dead one unless that does so yeah that's the up shift right there so uh so four idiot lights of sorts and then some more on the side here
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uh if you need them uh this thing probably came with an am am radio so the guy upgraded to some uh clarion cd from the 90s uh he did had air conditioning thank god so it's got nice cold air conditioning uh also uh wipe wash on the rear wiper you've got a cigarette lighter the manual gearbox is a really really nice option in these things very very desirable with the four liter and too rare and they bring a premium it's it's an absolute necessity with the four cylinder you made an automatic to this four
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cylinder and it's just crappy to drive this five-speed manual makes it very nice and peppy believe it or not even that center console was uh optional if it had the four-wheel drive system it would be with a lever right here and uh that would be nice to show you now but again this is the one that i got a weird little place to put drugs or switchblades or you know whatever it is you can fit in there probably had something else on other models and then a weird fold forward kind of glove box where again you can fit some crap in there a
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pretty short little dash in this thing you also get a center console a nice little spot for gun storage so you'd be able to fit a handgun or revolver in there also a pretty good basic three spoke steering wheel which i like but a very annoying warning buzzer uh you do have twin mirrors with a manual adjustment so back to that thing where you set up your right mirror and you have to reach over so you lose where you're going to be sitting to adjust it you adjust it come back decide it's not
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right go back adjust it again it's a long and irritating process let's go for a spin all right so there's that i'm gonna go to big four don't laugh at me i'm gonna call it that firing to life and again i mean it was a truck design that four-cylinder you know it was made for uh this purpose it was not uh you know adapted from a car model uh while other engines at the time had standard testing of about 250 hours renault
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tested this one and the 2h chevy by the way at 1 000 hours and wanted to be sure they were pretty reliable who knew renault had it in it let's go for a spin and this is going to be good because you don't have to take my word for it that the four in here is pretty good i mean remember it's basically the same architecture as that famous four leader if that motor wasn't so globally appreciated and famous this thing would be considered a lot better than people would know about it anyway before and they wouldn't be just
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oh god it has the four you know uh if the six cylinder was crappy everyone would love the four cylinders the same way the toyota trucks have a big following for their four cylinder models even when the sixes are out there uh dalton we have crappy windows today even on acarion ah you know it's not that bad i guess we've got some clouds i won't say it's the most refined four-cylinder out there you definitely hear it uh but it does have a surprising amount
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of torque and a surprising amount of pep uh and the steering frankly is better in these uh cars with the four cylinder because it takes like 50 or 60 pounds off the front suspension uh i suppose you could also argue the two wheel drive versions have more responsive steering because there's now not the weight of the four-wheel drive stuff up there as well so it becomes a little bit more responsive weight's a killer yeah it goes down the road nice i'm not gonna get you know too crazy driving on this residential street we have that woman
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with a strange hat who always carries the bag of and her dog with her so she could pop out at any time anyways here's the thing i should hate this thing i should really absolutely despise this car i mean this truck this suv what i guess we can really call it an suv it is in the truest sense of the phrase this car is the reason that the oldsmobile vista cruiser is dead and the nissan rogue is alive i mean it's it led to
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every stupid little car derived front-wheel drive mini suv that you see today everything is a mini suv everything the only rare exceptions are mid size and full sizing look at them everyone look there's just suvs and you can pin a lot of that on the popularity of this car it probably also led to acceptance of extreme sports another thing i find ridiculous it led to yuppies wearing 400 dollar hiking boots and designer
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you don't see many studebakers running around designer lumberjack shirts into an air-conditioned starbuck i mean even though this thing was incredibly unpretentious and purpose-built many of the people who bought it weren't they are extremely pretentious so i mean this thing is to blame for so much of what i detest about the car world today uh and i should hate it i should absolutely hate it every time i see some stupid little suv driving around
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if it wasn't for the way old people like minivans it's probably the only thing we'd see on the road and you know when i see the electric suv mustang coming out well you can find this you know this car more than any others this is what trained americans away from sedans and it killed the family sedan that killed the family wagon it killed the person a luxury car the coops were out the window everybody wanted an suv every 30 plus year old woman is miserable in life
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if she's not driving some vehicle that makes her look like a wildlife photographer or a general contractor i mean this thing is the bane of greenpeace not that that's terrible in my book but i mean it just led to so much about the car world currently that i hate so i should really really hate this thing but i don't because it was real it was you know it did exactly what it said it was going to do it did it with style class and durability it was simple easy to live with capable of everything
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it wanted to be capable and it got pretty good mileage incredible off-road manners incredible on-road manners again thanks to mr castain and you know his uh the revolutionary processes that despite having summit axles actually made this thing perform really really well on the road and it just led to everything bad it really did but it was good and uh of course that's why they sold so many that's why they're still popular today
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uh that's why i frankly like them uh even if uh even if i really shouldn't um you know when the 4 liter came out and it was the greatest engine of all time it just okay first of all the 4 liter cement of this thing is a terrific car uh 91 the ford explorer came out and that was it that was the end of it that was the vehicle that got everybody fleeing from wagons and sedans and coupes into suvs and uh there would have been no explorer if it wasn't for
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uh the incredible success of this cherokee so it does have a lot to blame i mean but here's another thing i mean in a world today in this state of affairs today where you can't believe half the you read here and see in the news or tv uh you know this thing is the real deal it's honest you can count on it it's dependable like a golden retriever i mean it's just it's something that you can believe in and uh you know that is not only why it's going to be beloved
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in car history but why it's um you know why it was so successful and why people still have an interest in them today and why you're still going to see them running around for many years to come so there it is i hate this one-handed shifting but you can see that four gets up and goes you know for what it is and i mean this is again 93 this one's the 130 horse version uh it's pretty peppy and it's pretty fun to drive i've really
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enjoyed putting a few miles on this thing uh it is for sam at auto house of naples if you have an interest uh 239 263 8500 on the web at autohousenaples.com uh thank you so much for having a look i appreciate it gonna try to get some more at least one more up this week i've got a green bonneville i'm working on i've been trying to get that car in for a long time we'll see if i can't get it ready i had to order a part for the 85 old so that got to made and there's a few other cars in the
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pipeline but yeah you know they're hard to get ready so thanks for having a look and we will see you with the next one take care

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