If you are looking to live a life of luxury, then today Good price or no dice Jeep is not the car for you. If instead you like the idea of launching your own windows and changing your own gears, then we have plenty to discuss. That will include the price of this simplistic Cherokee.
Yesterday’s comments 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 followed two main currents of thought. The first was something along the lines of “meh, it’s a C4”, while the other was much more lust-driven and involved a noticeable amount of implied drooling. An asking price of $17,900 sealed the deal for the lecherous droolers, earning the ZR-1 a solid 75% Nice Price win.
A fairly common meme is the image of the guy tapping his finger to his temple with the quote “you can’t ____ if you don’t ____”, implying that the lack of certain niceties relieves you of the problems that those niceties sometimes involve.
All this brings us to today 2000 Jeep Cherokee 4X4 because it’s as basic a car as you can imagine, which means it shouldn’t cause too much trouble because there really aren’t any a lot on this that could go wrong.
This Jeep displays a modest 94,000 miles on the odometer and comes with a clean title, both attributes that support we are off to a good start. It also has a fresh paint job, what the seller says is “rust treatment”, and… well, that’s about it.
Everything else is as basic as possible. It’s a two-door XJ that’s pretty rare, meaning fewer door seals failing as well as less chance of water trapping and rusting. This body rolls on black painted steel wheels which are a timeless design and should serve for years without issue. Inside, there’s nothing but upholstery and hand-crank windows that’ll get the job done with little mess.
Even the mechanics are pretty basic, and that’s where parsimony might start to get in the way. At issue is the 2.5-four liter OHV under the hood. It’s a spinoff of the bigger straight-six, but with just 120 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, it’s down on muscle. Luckily, it’s mated to a five-speed manual rather than a party black box. A Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system complements the simple mechanics
According to the announcement, he “Runs great” and the seller says the Jeep is ready to drive and enjoy. The ad also says it has new leaf springs in the rear and recently had an “electrical overhaul”, although no details are provided as to how extensive.
The interior shows some wear, notably in a tear on the side of the driver’s seat, but it’s by no means unlivable. Continuing the bare minimum theme, the instrument cluster is made up of a speedometer and fuel gauge, leaving all other information to be communicated by warning lights and, possibly, odd noises. Being a model built during this century, it at least comes with a pair of airbags in the dash. I don’t know if it also offers air conditioning.
As noted, that’s not a lot, and that means there’s not much that could go wrong. Aside from the four under the hood, everything here seems like a perfectly satisfying ride for someone who just wants to get by and isn’t quite into flashy trinkets or the latest fashions. How much should such a frugal shopper expect to spend to find out if less really is more?
The seller is asking $7,499 for the Jeep and I would like you to weigh in on the truck and that price now. What are you saying? IIs this very basic Cherokee worth that $7,499 price tag as advertised? Or, does the Jeep just not have enough kit to order that many caboodles?
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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