by Ben Tate
Newer is not always better! The more things you have on a vehicle, the more you will have to eventually fix and replace.
I think that consumers now have the option of treating their cars like toys or having a drive thru concept of only keeping a car for a few years and then exchanging it for something else.
I have been guilty of this with owning about two vehicles every two to three years, (that includes my wife's cars as well) plus having my last high performance car one year almost to the day before I got my XJ.
My XJ is stock with no electric doors or seats, and only a tilt steering wheel. No cruise and no air bags.
I wanted a newer than 1995 XJ so I could have air bags, but found out that the XJ's were selling like hotcakes here, and I was lucky to get my old Jeep when I did.
I see a lot of expensive SUV's on the road, and people see my XJ as having missed the CFC program somehow, but it's paid for! Any changes I make to getting it to run better is an investment and not something someone else will inherit in two or three years through a dealer.
Older is better!
Larry's Comment: Thanks for potentially saving your Cherokee from the dreaded "Cash For Clunkers" (CFC) program. Too many good Jeeps met their untimely end in that program. Nice find!
Older IS better, especially when it is paid for!
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