ok so my comment ab moms and curbs was mean I apologize ....I know that my last comment was out of line and even though wouldn't make sense for jeep to try to market in that way .. I apologize ppl in not really that much of an a**
Its very noble of you to apologize.
As far as this discussion goes, you are absolutely right. My first 'car' was a 2 door 89 XJ. My 2nd 'car' is a 96 ZJ.
The Cherokee wins in all columns except for comfort, but thats why you buy a Grand
Cherokee.. And in all fairness, the XJ and ZJ aren't in the same class so I'll stop the comparo right there.
Jeep needs a back to the basics, bare bones, and overbuilt machine with a powerplant that gives excellent power and makes highway driving a breeze. Take basic truck axles and bolt them up under the machine.. Not because solid axles provide better ground clearance and overall better performance off-road where flex is needed -thats an added bonus- but because there are less moving parts. Less moving parts means there are less components that will wear out and less trips to the dealer and/or Autozone/Pepboys/Advanced Auto (Etc.) Give that machine a radio, crank windows, and a hard top. No fancy GPS or other shenanigans. This time around though, we could use a cupholder or two.
. But seriously, less electrical components = less hardware to fail which means no trips to the dealer for them to fix your recalled heated seats or troublesome "blend door" A/C heat controller.. Less trips to the dealer = better product = happier consumer.
Additionally, people these days are more concerned with "how many MPGs does it get?" instead of "will it leave me stranded in the middle of nowhere?" Sure, no one wants to deal with high gas prices, but this is one area where I don't wish to compromise. I would much rather have a vehicle that gets 2mpg all day long but gives me zero troubles vs a vehicle that gets 50mpg and has 'sudden acceleration' or faulty airbags or frames that crack in half..
I don't know if a modern day Cherokee would sell, based on the "gotta have everything at my finger tips" society that we are among currently, but let this be clear.. There is no replacement that comes even close to competing with the Cherokee.