Hey everyone, love this website, very pro.
My name is Jake, I have always loved offroading, and I have always loved the outdoors.
I had previously done a ton of backpacking in remote areas but am now getting into more civilized camping because of my girlfriend.
"Overlanding" is a good compromise of the two. That's where my Jeep's story begins.
I bought this XJ bone stock when I was 18.
It was my first car and I had only had my license for about a month when this Jeep fell into my lap. I would love to "overland" with a landcruiser as my family has had about seven different years/styles and they have served their purpose extremely well or a G wagon or something because they are just plain cool but as I have been officially "on my own" for some time, my budget will not allow.
Back to the Jeep.
It is a 1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ
SE (means that I am lucky that the darn thing has a clock basically)
I was lucky enough to have AC and cruise control as well.
Unlucky in that that is about all it had.
I love the basic seats and the tan interior as well as the overall simplicity of it.
It also has ZERO rust and is EXTREMELY clean inside and out.
I got it from a friend who buys and sells Gov't auction vehicles.
It was originally owned by the US Forest Service and had 63K original miles.
It was also an awful blueish-purple. Unacceptable.
Its first two changes were done by the friend who found it for me. He had it painted the nice dark blue it is now as well as rebuilt the brakes and some of the electronics.
I have to say I love it!
First day I got the little guy:
And I was bored (supposed to be shopping), found an embankment at the mall and remembered seeing all the cool guys flexing their jeeps anywhere they can...
So what do I do?... What any other sensible person would do...
Drive up it!
As you may have guessed, I did not get too far.
Also, you can see a scrape on the drivers side door... a couple months after I got it, an illegal immigrant (b**** had no license, no registration, no insurance, no nothing. Im surprised she spoke what little english she did... "No police, por favor.") ran a stop sign and right into me, she wasn't paying attention because she was yelling at the kids in the back seat. I just applied the brake but couldn't swerve due to other cars so i just held on tight and prepared myself. I was so mad at this lady that I immediately called the police and my girlfriend before I strangled her there in the middle of the street.
My frown eventually turned upside down because AAA told me I would be getting a check for almost $2k to fix the scrape. Thats about 1/3 of what I paid for it!