Using Sauzal in the car is a lot of fun. Driving around in a convertible version of a car that only came with a hard top is even more fun. have to trash that car while jumping the most fun. But when that car Rare Manual Transmission Jeep Grand CherokeeIt’s hard not to feel just a little sad.
I’m not going to let people down, regardless of the headline you read Youtube Channel Backyard Broncos. Hell, I’ll even link their videos here on Jalopnik and give them even more clicks. But what I did to this poor “Holy Grail” five-speed Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ makes me very sad, and I need someone to talk to about it. So that someone is you, dear readers.
you know your friends who Really into music? Connoisseurs talking about technical concepts like “time signature” and other words you’ve never heard of? I have a friend named Bobby; Every time we traveled in the same car, he always played what he considered an expert in what is considered the best music in the world. It looked like crap.
This kind of stuff is fairly common; Someone becomes such an expert in a subject that they begin to value – perhaps especially value – subsurface elements that the layman cannot. They have gone down the rabbit hole.
The same concept applies to cars. I look at my coworkers’ vehicles and I drive. Sure, some of us have mainstream, cool cars like the Porsche 911, Ford Mustang, and VW GTI, but we also have cars like the Yugo GV, VW Passat W8, and the Chrysler Voyager Diesel in our collection.
That second group of cars is full of things that many would consider deep cuts, and yet, if you ask us why these are such great vehicles, we’ll have solid, rational answers, like my friend Bobby’s. Near always had a technically solid answer. Why was Radiohead the greatest band ever? And yet the average person will look at these machines and just say: “Meh.”
(Editor’s note: Radiohead isn’t a typical band, but it’s impossible to omit from David in this instance because it’s funny. David claims he was too busy listening to more obscure bands like Avril Lavigne to never be too familiar with Radiohead. Be.)
The “Holy Grail” Jeep Grand Cherokee falls into this class of cars. To most people, it looks like a regular Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ from 1993 to 1998. Nothing special. And yet, here comes an argument for why it deserves respect. I guess I might have to brace myself for something Previously written 9,000 times.
I went out of my way earlier this year Buy a jeep almost exactly like in the video above. This is a red 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee “Base” trim. This means that it was given the option of a gray grille, thinner door cladding instead of the usual ZJ cladding ending at the base of the door, a chrome accent strip on that cladding and bumpers, vinyl cloth seats, manual windows and doors, and Did not come with overhead grab handle. Most importantly, it came with a Five speed manual transmission.
As I have said on several occasions, the first generation Jeep Grand Cherokee with Stick Shift is one of the best Jeeps ever. not one of these the greatest (Those titles belong to war veterans like the Willys MB, M38, and farm trucks like the CJ-2A and Willys FC), but certainly one of the Best. That’s because it’s just incredibly versatile.
It’s cheap, has a lot of space (unlike most two-door Jeep Wranglers), it’s not too bulky (unlike the four-door Wrangler), it’s more comfortable on the road, with four coil springs than the beloved XJ And thanks to the heavy soundproofing, it’s not slow, and it’s very capable off-road. You can say the same mostly about Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 to 1998, but they unfortunately lack one thing this “Holy Grail” model has in common: reliability.
First-gen Grand Cherokee time bombs were ticking; Their Chrysler-made automatic transmissions failed at alarming rates. I actually believe that the main reason the ZJ isn’t as desirable as the XJ Cherokees has as much to do with the ZJ’s poor transmission as it does with the softer looks of the vehicle. The rare (a cursory Google search implies that only about 1,500 made it to production) manual Grand Cherokee with its Aisin five-speed transmission, however, did not suffer from these issues. He has a ZJ . had all the great qualities of with Reliability to boot.
The best Grand Cherokee base-models were manual, because the second complaint I hear most often behind transmission failure is a failure of the internal electronics. That’s why I bought my manual-window and manual-lock-equipped ZJ. I know this thing will go on till the end of time.
I’m sure ZJ will be in this video too. Sure, it looks like there was some rust in it, but it doesn’t He Bad. If, somehow, it’s worse than it sounds, and the vehicle had actually driven too far, it would have been nice to at least save the parts. But again, I wouldn’t hate to spend a good amount of time on these YouTubers. I just wish they would have picked up any other Jeep Grand Cherokee from 1993 to 1998 that they could find for sale in their local market. Or maybe it was the only one for sale, as the rest died years ago of a transmission failure.
Sure, Backyard Broncos Could weld a roof back on this ZJ, repair minor sledgehammer damage, and generally restore the vehicle to factory standards. It won’t be cheap. It won’t be fast. But if I may be so daring, it’s great vehicle entitled. IT can be funny too (it won’t be).
In any case, trashing a rare machine is definitely more new than trashing a crappy, regular ol’ Grand Cherokee, so from a click-ability standpoint, these guys nailed it. I’m a little sad, that’s all.