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RossD
RossD MegaDork
4/4/18 12:41 p.m.

As boring as it is... Jeep Cherokee XJ. They really are the Miata for when you need 4wd.

Papabishop
Papabishop New Reader
4/4/18 12:41 p.m.

Aerostar awd for the whole family!

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
4/4/18 12:45 p.m.

In reply to Papabishop :

By that logic, Previa AWD because why not have a mid-engined van?

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltraDork
4/4/18 1:17 p.m.

In reply to rslifkin :

Even better - a Toyota Van 4WD.  Although I think most of the remaining few have migrated to the Pacific Northwest.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin PowerDork
4/4/18 1:19 p.m.
rslifkin said:

In reply to Papabishop :

By that logic, Previa AWD because why not have a mid-engined supercharged van?

fixed

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 1:35 p.m.
Kreb said:

I love the Element hack in many ways, but seem to recall that it had a pretty sucky AWD system which is something to consider if you're actually going to bang on this type of vehicle a little. Many of these "cute utes" have AWD more appropriate for snow and gravel than serious rock and mud.  

I just sent a friend w/an AWD Element the (crappy) pic below of one I just saw at lunch. He happened to mention that with decent wheels & tires they’re apparently pretty competent on rough trails. 

Billy_Bottle_Caps
Billy_Bottle_Caps Dork
4/4/18 2:16 p.m.

I vote Suzuki sidekick or x90.solid capable vehicles. Parts are cheap and they are highway friendly.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
4/4/18 2:19 p.m.

suzuki's are the sweet spot for price vs. capability vs. aftermarket support.

Xj's are starting to creep up in cost.

Kj's can be lifted, but why...

I really like montero's...

 

I am no help.

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
4/4/18 2:35 p.m.

At this point, if you want a cheap XJ, you buy a ZJ or WJ.  They're cheaper than water and just as capable (but a little bigger).  And no stupid leaf springs...

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
4/4/18 2:56 p.m.

The KJ is the Patriot and whatever it's twin was? 

Please keep going, there are enough bad ideas to keep me two terrible cars a year for a decade and I want MORE!

NickD
NickD UltraDork
4/4/18 3:00 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

KJ is the first-generation Liberty. There was a CRD version that had a 160hp/295lb-ft 2.8L VM Motori common-rail turbo diesel from '05-'06 (and wasn't even legal to sell in all 50 states, such as California and New York). As I recall, the problem is, they are either gutless due to a ChryCo ECM reprogram or have a ton of power but a transmission ready to explode from not having the reprogram performed.

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
4/4/18 3:02 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

No, KJ is the 02 - 07 (1st gen) Liberty.  Compass / Patriot are the MK.  

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
4/4/18 3:18 p.m.

4WD Astro?

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
4/4/18 4:38 p.m.
rslifkin said:

At this point, if you want a cheap XJ, you buy a ZJ or WJ.  They're cheaper than water and just as capable (but a little bigger).  And no stupid leaf springs...

I approve of this message

NickD
NickD UltraDork
4/4/18 4:47 p.m.
Fueled by Caffeine said:
rslifkin said:

At this point, if you want a cheap XJ, you buy a ZJ or WJ.  They're cheaper than water and just as capable (but a little bigger).  And no stupid leaf springs...

I approve of this message

Also, ZJs have some of the most comfortable front seats known to man.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:01 p.m.

 OK, Subaru XT-6 Turbo

Loyale Turbo

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:02 p.m.

Isuzu Impulse RS

Bighorn Diesel

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:03 p.m.

Westie Synchro

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:05 p.m.

AWD Volvos...

 

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:05 p.m.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:06 p.m.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:07 p.m.

Volvo TP21 

OK, I admit that I have lost the point of this thread and am just posting odd cars with AWD

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:08 p.m.

Dont Care!  325IX 

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:10 p.m.

This thing

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/18 6:11 p.m.

Mitsu Galant VR4...complete with some doofus on the hood

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