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HCOTY Nominee: A Multi-Generational 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

LongRoofian December 14, 2015 Hooniversal Car of the Year 7 Comments

 

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Well my fellow Hoons, it is that time of year once again and this olelongrooffan is not talking about cold weather, long johns and hot cocoa. No, it is time once again for the Hooniversal Car of the Year nominations. While I was putting this together, I researched my past nominees (curiously absent was a winner) and with the exception of 2012 when I nominated Ralstig’s Miata RaceCar, all of my nominees have been longroofs. Anyone surprised? Well, this year this olelongrooffan is going to nominate yet another longroof, albeit one with a longroof family connection.

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This baby blue Jeep belongs to one of my favorite nephews, NotSoLilJim. But prior to that, it belonged to my pop, TheGentlemanFarmer, who purchased it secondhand in the early 90’s. That’s it sandwiched between one of my sister’s newer Cherokee Sport and my older Cherokee Limited while we all had gotten together on a vacation out in the Carolinas back in 1998. In typical old man fashion, this olelongrooffan only remembers the year based on how old my daughter was at the time. My younger fellow Hoons have this to look forward to. Those Hoons my age know this already. It was pretty hysterical at the time. The three families gathered on that vacation all lived in different cities and none of us were aware of what the other was driving. It was quite a sight to see when me and the then missus came cruising up in our Black Beauty only to see that two of its cousins had arrived before us.

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And yes, this is a longroof. A coupla years later TheGentlemanFarmer decided he wanted to upgrade to an Infiniti Pathfinder and he inquired of his brood of children who needed a new ride? Turns out NotSoLilJim was just starting out his family and needed something to tote around his two strapping lads. TheGentlemanFarmer let this thing go to NotSoLilJim for the mere sum of $5,000.00 with Bus_Plunge acting as NotSoLilJim’s bank. The then ten year old Cherokee was sporting just 113,000 miles.

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And this olelongrooffan is fairly certain this sticker was not on the rear windscreen when it changed hands.

A brief recap. This olelongrooffan bacame a contributor here in Hooniverse in May, 2010. That year I did not nominate a car but last year, 2014, I nominated this Skyhawk. In 2013, it was this Nomad. In 2011, it was this worn out Colony Park.

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But back to this year’s nominee. Sure, this 25 year old is showing some thin spots here and there as well as

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A minimal number of battle scars

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But overall it is in clean upright shape. And NotSoLilJim is proud to call it his daily driver. Hell, this olelongrooffan would too.

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Hell, he even wrenches on it himself. And last week he drove it six hours to Dallas for a series of meetings.

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And this olelongrooffan has this to say about that. NotSoLilJim keeps this thing as clean as his grandpop did. And the fact this quarter century old buggy is now sporting over 201,000 miles, I am confident it will be around a whole helluva lot longer.

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So what do my fellow Hoons think? 25 years old, over 200,000 miles, grandfather/grandson owned and still out there daily driving. If this is not a Hooniversal Car of the Year winner, this olelongrooffan is gonna quit this whole nomination process.

Well, at least until 2016.

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  • mve

    You got my vote. That thing sure is purty.

  • boxdin

    Love Cherokees and had a great 2000 model 2 door. But top speed was 70 or so due to drivetrain binding and vibrations. Sold it and got a Dakota reg cab V8 5sp 4×4 and it would go 110mph without any sign of fuss what so ever, and the next day crawl over rocks etc. Dakotas are good trucks.

  • jeepjeff

    Vintage MulletsGalore.com sticker! That site was the height of internet hilarity when I was in college. More than just camero jokes, but also camaro jokes. It’s been shut down for a while now, and I doubt you can get those stickers anymore.

    Obviously, I love it. My stepfather had a tan Cherokee when I was learning to drive, so I have some fond memories of these trucks. I’m also really partial to that 4.0L High Output badge. So the whole “works on it himself” family truck pulls on the heartstrings.

    This is going to be tough to beat. Particularly since a certain Ranchero is disqualified.

  • bus plunge

    I remember well when the Gentleman Farmer bought that Infiniti Pathfinder. I stole a line from Murphy Brown and asked him why he didn’t just buy a Ford Explorer and tape 20 grand to the hood…

  • 1977ChevyTruck

    Love the Jeep XJ/MJ twins, and I’d love to own a mint 4.0L, five speed, 4×4 Comanche, or 2 door Cherokee.

    Hell, I’d be pretty darn happy with a 4 door, too!

  • karonetwentyc

    This is a brilliant choice for a passed-down-through-the-generations vehicle. XJ Cherokees with the 4.0 and AW4 automatic will run pretty much indefinitely if you just look after them.

  • JDSKULL

    Nothing but an old car.