Earlier today, I left a giant pool of drool in the design dome of Chrysler’s Tech Center as I gazed at the company’s new Easter Jeep Safari concept cars. Of all the pretty sheetmetal, though, one vehicle made me truly weak at the knees: a hot-rodded Wrangler called Quicksand.
It’s the Easter Jeep Safari, the time of year when Jeep teases the world with unattainable concept vehicles that us ordinary humans will never be able to attain. But this year is different. Jeep did what we all would do and bought a ‘90s ZJ Grand Cherokee off of Craigslist.
Well, this almost got extremely real.
Nowadays, everyone seems to think trucks and Jeeps should all have big fat meats on them, but I disagree. Narrow tires are just better.
That’ll show ‘em!
No matter what preconceived notions you have about it being for little kids or whatever, Monster Jam is cool. And if it weren’t cool enough already, a driver landed a front flip in a monster truck on Saturday night.
For car enthusiasts, a manual transmission is always the answer. But when it comes to off-road enthusiasts, that’s not always the case. That’s because automatics can actually be a huge benefit in the rough stuff, as the folks from the Team O’Neil Rally School point out in this video.
“What time’s high tide, mate? Maybe we can sail it out of here!”
You are familiar with this car, yes? The 2017 Maserati Levante? Known for its stellar quality and unbeatable reliability, right? Of course not. It is Italian.
Have you seen what Mercedes ML55 AMGs are selling for these days? Friends, we’re all just a few thousand bucks and a plasma torch away from having 340-horsepower AMG V8-powered AWD hot rods!
So you want a little adventure rig but you’re not willing to take out a second mortgage for a used Wrangler. I bet you’re already looking at old Toyota 4Runners and Jeep Cherokees, but have you seen how cheap Nissan Xterras are these days?
Over 100,000 YouTubers have clicked on “Lift the Veil’s” video about how the Moon Lunar Rover is actually just a Willys CJ-3B in disguise. I just want you all to know that, while it would be really awesome to see an old Willys off-roading on the moon, this video is a steaming pile of horse manure.
The Donner pass through the Sierra Nevada mountain range is not for the weak. It’s also apparently not for the strong, as even the indefatigable Jeep four-liter engine couldn’t save this Cherokee from being consumed by old-man winter.
Always tow a vehicle by its frame, not its body. I’ll repeat: by THE FRAME, and not THE BODY. Otherwise, your tow rope may leave a piece or two of your car behind. Like the entire frame.