Why some say Cherokee XJs are not real Jeeps
Here are some interesting comments from the group members on why some people say Jeep Cherokee XJ is not a real Jeep. I neither agree nor disagree with these statements, but am sharing here only to address this question.
One member, named Keny, wrote it's "because the first Jeeps were these. Then they became into Civilian production the CJs, then Wranglers. That's basically why. If you want to be on production wise. How ever, Willy's owned Jeep and expanded the Jeeps being offered into the station wagon and pickup, so, those "non-Jeep" say.
Jeep Cherokee "is a real jeep but my 99 xj still cant quite compare to my old 99 tj wrangler. Wranglers are just better. Wrangler is like a Toyota t100 compared to a Tacoma. Its just not as good of quality and its pretty weak in comparison. Just my opinion i have frame stiffners now so most my complaints are taken care of and the XJ feels a lot stronger. If your first jeep was a wrangler like me there is going to be a lot about the XJ you wont like," writes group member Dusk.
Luke, another group members says it's because " XJs are missing the drop top summer party vehicle feel that you get in a Wrangler and all the comfort issues that come with it. I don't think it has much to do with actual wheeling. Basically, "if you don't understand the suffering we go through to daily drive a Wrangler, you can never understand the passion we feel."
Actually, the whole "not a real Jeep" thing is just pointless. The new Cherokee is a Jeep, the new Renegade is a Jeep. The fact that they are different doesn't change the fact that they are Jeeps and made by Jeep.
Jeep is a brand, but its one of the more unique brands in the auto industry, writes a group member named Kenny. "Up until recently, Jeep always had its own line without any "cross over siblings" Liberty/Nitro and I want to say Compass/Caliber are shared and now the Grand Cherokee/Durango. Before that, Jeep only shared minimal stuff. Then Chrysler plucked the AMC 2.5 in '96 for the Dakota trucks along with Jeep using the 5.2/5.9 in the GC and then when they dropped the 4.0 in the GC, the 3.7 and 4.7 were shared. The Wrangler, after dropping the 4.0, even used the minivan 3.8 V-6 for a few years before the 3.6 was put in them. Jeep is more watered down than ever.
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