The simple fact is, the ZJ is 20 years old. (I'm actually a little disappointed there wasn't a 20th Anniversary Edition. I demand a 25th Anni edition, come 2018) I bought mine for $1200, a lot of us bought ours for less. The lowest-mileage ZJ I've seen in person had a little over 170,000 miles. The highest has over 300. These are properly old vehicles, and their features, performance, and capability is as such. My ZJ has proven time and again, I can't count on it every day, and while it's more comfortable than my 25-year-old sports car, that's not saying a lot. Not to mention it keeps blowing up its mufflers, so it's loud and tough to live with, and then the steering? I mean it's numb to start, but then there's all the wobble because the steering design is terrible.
ZJs are old and defunct. I love mine. It breaks my heart that I have to sell it. But as much as I love it, as proud as I am to be a Grand Cherokee guy, from day 1, I willingly concede it is not the best in its class anymore. It's old. It has worthy successors, stronger children and grandchildren. Grand Children. The WK2 is the most qualified successor to the Grand Cherokee name. It has earned its name by showing its capability, its performance, its comfort. I have nothing but respect for it. It may be leagues more expensive now, than a ZJ is now, but it's not all that much more expensive now, than a ZJ was then.
You know you drive a ZJ when you don't drive the best car on the road. When the car you drive is no longer the fastest, the most capable, or the most comfortable. When the car you drive is beaten-up, abused, worn, torn, used, and old. When, frankly, there are better options for the money.
You know you drive a ZJ when, despite that, to you, nothing could ever be better.
1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited
2016 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Edition
Signature rules are dumb