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The original military Jeep – the bloodline of which runs through every CJ model ever built, even to this day – may have helped us win the war, but maybe that just doesn’t impress you. Maybe Jeeps leave you nonplused when it comes to off-roading, which is about as America a sport as Baseball and Mega-Lotto. Maybe, just perhaps, you hate America itself.  Whatever, I’m not here to judge. But before you go off burning flags and punching kittens in their cute little faces, I want to know just what you do like – in place of Jeeps and freedom that is. 

When the off-road market started to heat up, back in the anything-goes sixties, the big three got on the Jeep-competing bandwagon offing such capable 4-wheelers as the Ford Bronco, the Plymouth Trail Duster, and Chevy’s Blazer. And even before those latecomers arrived at the ball International Harvester had its dance card filled up with the stout Scout. Even before that, Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Land Rover’s Land Rover could each be easily mistaken for a Jeep on foggy nights.

Okay, so whether you are a Jeep hater, and by corollary despise America as well, or are just someone who likes to take the off-road less travelled and hence appreciate one or more of the Jeep’s main competitors, which one do you jones on the most?

Image: [Hemmings]



Currently there are "111 comments" on this Article:

  1. muthalovin says:

    International Harvester Scout, like this Super Scout:

    <img src="http://images.wikia.com/tractors/images/c/c2/Scout-SSII-big.png&quot; width=550>

  2. OA5599 says:

    Big tires, lift kit, open air cruising…They're practically indistinguishable.

    <img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/jdubb1988/DONK3.jpg&quot; width=500>

    • citroen67 says:

      Just once, I would love to see one of these Donkers sporting some TSL Thornbirds wrapped around a set of bead-locked Bart "Super Truckers."

      Not that it would look any better, I just want to see it!

      • Irishzombieman says:

        1991. Fernley, Nevada. There was a kid at the high school there who had a Lincoln Mark VII body mounted to the frame of a Chevy long-bed 4×4. The whole thing was painted black primer, and had huge knobby Yokohama tires.

        That was a weird sort of awesome. This? Not.

        EDIT: Mark IV, not Mark VII. Stupid Roman numerals.

  3. tonyola says:

    I actually got to drive one of these as a work truck for soil surveying and construction control and used it for everything Florida could dish out. Capable and tough.
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/3374/1501/20933250058_large.jpg&quot; width=500>

  4. SSurfer321 says:

    <img src="http://www.geo-parts.com/images/2009/11/geo-tracker-1997.jpg"&gt;

    The Mrs. had one for 10 years and it served her well. I re-learned to drive a manual in it. Other than a small wiper motor failing no major repairs were required. We put a clutch in it and new tires on it but otherwise didn't require anything more than regular oil changes.

    IMG from Geo-parts.com

  5. Feds_II says:

    Because when it rolls over, you want to be able to pick it back up yourself

    <img src="http://www.kapsuzuki4x4.co.uk/images/jimny/jimny2.jpg&quot; width="500/">

  6. M44Power says:

    It all depends on what Jeep. For me, it breaks down like this:
    CJ: 40 Series Land Cruiser
    XJ: Nothing else is close to being as good at being both a utility vehicle and cool
    ZJ: 1st/2nd Gen Range Rover

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

      I'm 100% with you on "it depends".

      Though, I'm still partial to the ZJ. I'm kind of an idiot that way. The '94 Limited Quadra-Trac V8 was rather questionable in reliability/drivetrain build quality, but damn, if it didn't go every insane place I pointed it with the only 'mod' being 30.5" BFG A/Ts.

  7. LostOnJalopnik says:

    <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i001049.jpg"&gt;

    Although it probably drives like a waterbed, it at least looks like it could pass for a Jeep.

  8. longrooffan says:

    gotta go with this one…

    <img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5442/6947390978_2355019844.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="gipsy 002">

    although that yellow 2A in the background is still hard to beat….

  9. Target29 says:

    <img src="http://www.foremost.ca/gallery/tbus/tbus_07.jpg&quot; width="600">

    I am kind of partial to Foremost Industries. The rest of their vehicles can be found here – http://www.foremost.ca/index_vehicles.php

  10. scroggzilla says:

    FJ Land Bruisers, Nissan/Datsun Patrols and Gelandewagens are all nice.

    But, in my heart, nuthin' beats Big Oly.
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6148/6033224165_9eeeb17a08_z.jpg&quot; width="640" height="401" alt="71 baja 1000 parnelli jones-bill stroppe ford bronco big oly">

  11. Vavon says:

    As my first choice (the Lada Niva) has already been posted…
    I will go with my second choice: the 504 Wagon Dangel 4×4!
    <img src="http://78.img.v4.skyrock.net/781/voitures1982/pics/283162947_small_1.jpg"&gt;

  12. dukeisduke says:

    The first-gen Bronco, for sure.

  13. buzzboy7 says:

    What a bout a non-normal jeep? Something you don't see everyday? Maybe this 4BT swapped CJ 10a
    <img src="http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l235/gyoung13/2011-11-23_15-47-27_488.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Video: http://youtu.be/nh-CU0TnwyE

    Or a real non-jeep. A 4BT swapped 1974 FJ40.
    <img src="http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/50076/2627123340100471185S600x600Q85.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Video: <a href="http://youtu.be/9hR2eDHtur0” target=”_blank”>http://youtu.be/9hR2eDHtur0

  14. Irishzombieman says:

    I think I used the Pinzgauer a couple weeks past (or at least thought about it), so today I'm going with the Volvo C303:

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Volvo_C303_front_q.jpg&quot; width="400/">

    I particularly like the antitank variant. Cage and windshield fold down completely for ease of concealment.

    <img src="http://www.military-today.com/trucks/volvo_c303_l4.jpg&quot; width="400/">

  15. PotbellyJoe says:

    next comment

  16. PotbellyJoe says:

    [youtube KFwPXEeJ3aI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFwPXEeJ3aI youtube]

  17. mdharrell says:

    <img src="http://www.marqueart.com/marqueart/pictures/background/background_sp11_armoured_car/sv4996_rightfront.jpg&quot; width="500">

    "Once I had been proud of riding from Azrak to Akaba in three days; but now we drove it in two, and slept well of nights after this mournful comfort of being borne at ease in Rolls-Royces, like the great ones of war." T. E. Lawrence

  18. suju89 says:

    If I could find one…within distance…within means…
    <img src="http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/kjc/120304/662r1/0227666_20.jpeg&quot; width="500">

  19. facelvega says:

    Strictly for offroad use, give me a beefed up gas-engine golf cart over any truck you can name.

    <img src="http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/poc/120127/040r1/8532b01_27.jpeg&quot; width="500">

    • CptSevere says:

      There are a bunch of those around here, and they do fine running down a dirt road, but they don't have the torque to really take on the gnarly stuff. Better to go with a Rhino or something of the sort. I will agree that these lifted golf carts look neat, though.

      • facelvega says:

        I once took a standard golf car offroading with four people up very steep, root-covered inclines with no power modifications except breaking the throttle governor. It could go places the CJ and Wagoneer we had on site could never have made it. You did have to get people to sit over the wheels when they lost traction, though.

  20. Mad_Science says:

    How about a Ford?
    <img src="http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1944-ford-gpw-military-jeep-1.jpg"&gt;

    No? Ok, a Bantam, then:
    <img src="http://www.warwheels.net/images/BantamProtoRoss%20(2).jpg" width=400>

    Am I doing this right?

  21. citroen67 says:

    A nice alternative to a Jeep is a Niva, and a nice alternative to a Niva is one of these:
    <img src="http://carficionado.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/uaz-2.jpg&quot; width="600">
    The mighty UAZ 452!

  22. Joe says:

    Bunch of people said Land Cruiser, but did anybody say 1st-gen 4runner yet?

  23. jeepjeff says:

    I don't understand the question.

  24. Chris says:

    Sigh… This makes me miss my 1971 Ford Bronco. It was my first car and after being tuned and worked on by Bill Stroppe himself it was a very special part of the family.

  25. Stu_Rock says:

    The obvious answer for me: the Peugeot P4.
    [youtube SbAovD0fhIQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbAovD0fhIQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1 youtube]
    It's based on the Mercedes Geländewagen, but has Peugeot mechanicals.

  26. Tanshanomi says:

    Oh, yea…Studebaker's Zip Van had it all over Jeep's Fleetvans.
    Wait, that wasn't what you were asking?

    <img src="http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/photos/thumbs/lrg-1393-sos02a.jpg"&gt;

  27. ZomBee Racer says:

    I'm tellin ya, it's a damn jeep without a transfer case. You just gotta be careful of where you place the oil pan when crawling/jumping over rocks.

    Enjoy priceless looks of bewilderment when you stumble across roving packs of "real" Jeepers.

    <img src="http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1970-1978-amc-gremlin-10.jpg"&gt;

    And of course you need a disco-van. And if you live in snow country a snowcat. Or a disco-van snowcat.

    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/plugins/PostviaEmail/images/Peak_Adventures_Dodge_Van_Snow_Cat_For_Sale_Parked_resize.jpg"&gt;

  28. Dr.Fine says:

    When it gets stuck, just walk away.

    <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i003004.jpg&quot; width="500">

  29. Devin says:

    The Jeep Hurricane concept was just a knockoff of the Citroen 2CV Safari anyway.

    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-18dxF5d0ke8/TykllgG_vEI/AAAAAAAAHK0/k9-s3zDTqmo/s1600/Cit+2cv+Safari+show.jpg&quot; width="500">

  30. CptSevere says:

    Deuce and a Half!
    <img src="http://www.buschandbusch.com/deuce140.jpg"&gt;
    Oh, wait, Kaiser Jeep manufactured these (other companies did, too). It doesn't count. Nevermind.

  31. Van_Sarockin says:

    If this can't get you where you want to go, you're heading to the wrong place:
    <img src="http://www.dastank.com/Thing-Pix/328187.jpg&quot; width="600">

  32. coupeZ600 says:

    I took my out my '72 Honda out to clarify some specs at a welding shop the company I used to work for did a bunch of business with. When the Lead Welder/son of the owner saw it he asked if he could have a ride, and if I would take him over to his nearby house because he had forgotten his Lunch at home. He has me pull around the back of the house, and then keep going, which I thought was odd. We get to a big parking lot/junkyard and we get out and he shows me not one but TWO of these! One is pretty thrashed, but the other looks like it might not be too bad.

    "Oh My God! How much do you want for both of them?!!!"

    "There both Dad's, and he won't sell them, but he won't work on them either…. Won't even let Me work on them."

    The 360 cc, 2-stroke little brother of the Samurai, the Suzuki LJ10

  33. Brian says:

    <img src=http://img.over-blog.com/500×375/3/60/32/15/Mes-Images-11/800px-DodgePowerWagon.jpg>

  34. Marto says:

    Helicopter: The ultimate off-roader.

  35. Batshitbox says:

    Despite the avatar, I'm not going to say Scout 80.

    See, I've NEVER DRIVEN A JEEP. In fact, the only 4WD I ever owned was a mid '60s Land Rover 109. The only 4WDs I've driven besides that were a solid axle 4Runner and a Scout Traveller.

    If the question is geared towards the alternatives to the CJ, and I've never driven a 1/4 ton 4WD short wheelbase, then the world is my oyster for possible 'favorites', right?

  36. RahRahRecords says:

    For when a Samurai is still too big…
    <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/6/10510213_bae8edd86d.jpg"&gt;


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