Shannon Stacey

Feeling Jeep-ish

For the last three or four years, I’ve driven a ’97 Mercedes e420. Bought it very used with 103,000 miles on it. Mere teenage years for a MB. Before that I drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was a …96? 98? Don’t remember. It was pretty much a piece of crap, but I loved it. It suited me and I would have driven that Jeep into the ground before I parted with it. But my husband hated it with a passion, wanted a decent car and there went my Jeep.

The problem with the e420 was that it was rear wheel drive. We don’t have RWD-car friendly winters around here, but it didn’t matter because my husband drove his work van all the time, which left me the pickup and its happy four-wheel-drive. There were winters I’d go two or three weeks without driving the e420.

Recently his occupational status changed (for the better) and now he’ll be commuting. In the truck. The nerve of him, wanting to drive his own truck! Since I don’t think the school would appreciate getting a phone call asking them to just keep my kid because I can’t get out of my own driveway, I had to find a cheap, used, but not crappy 4×4.

I had my heart set on a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It wouldn’t be the same as having my Jeep back, but I’d still be happy. Sadly, the ones in my price range were not good. Really not good. But I found a 2002 Toyota 4Runner with 154k miles on it, but it’s tight and sound and rust-free. Even though it wasn’t a Jeep, it was the responsible, adult choice to make.

To make me feel better, the Short Kid said, “Well, it’s kind of Jeepish.”

So this is the newest member of the Stacey family. Her name is Jeepish. :)

5 comments to “Feeling Jeep-ish”

  1. library addict
      · December 3rd, 2011 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Pretty. I had an ancient Jeep Grand Cherokee that I really liked. Sadly the 4wd went out, but I still loved driving it in the snow. It went off to car heaven last year.

  2. Lynda the Guppy
      · December 4th, 2011 at 12:35 am · Link

    I find it funny that your car got a name faster than your dog did. LOLOL.


  3. Lisa J
      · December 4th, 2011 at 9:27 am · Link

    This year I gave up my little purple Ford Escort. The little purple car and I had a great relationship, but she wasn’t real snow friendly and never has been. Since I live in Minnesota, this was a problem. I bought an Audi A4 wagon and my brother now has my little purple darling. He loves the 27 miles to the gallon (he has NEVER had a car that did so well in MPG) and I have a car which can go through the snow. While I miss my baby (we were together 14 years and 150,000 miles), I love the AWD, Bose stereo, and come summer I think I’ll love the sunroof. The new car is a 98 with 155,000 miles, but my brother (a mechanic) said it should be good for at least 300,000 miles, so let’s hope I get 14 good years out of her.

  4. azteclady
      · December 4th, 2011 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Oh my lord, i love it! “Jeep-ish”

  5. Shannon
      · December 6th, 2011 at 9:58 am · Link

    I guess it is pretty funny. Took weeks to name the dog and mere minutes to name Jeepish. :lol:

    I get so attached to my vehicles. (Well, not the Mercedes. That was never “my” car, even though it was the mom-mobile.) I hate when they have to move on, either to a new owner or car heaven.


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