My Jeep Fleet.

My Jeep fleet is currently composed of four Jeeps representing three different Jeep models. They include a Jeep Cherokee (XJ), Jeep Wrangler (TJ), and two Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ)’s.

Jeep Cherokee XJ Oval

1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)

The first Jeep in my current fleet was bought to be a third vehicle and a off-road beach buggy about eight or nine years ago. I bought a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport (XJ) with 143,000 miles on it. Today that Jeep is at 228,000 miles on it. It was a New England Jeep and has always suffered from the winter road salt corrosion. I have done plenty of work on it bringing it back to an acceptable baseline, as well as making upgrades and improvements to it.

My Jeep XJ has a 3.25” bastard pack lift and rides on 30 x 9.5 x 15 General Grabbers AT2 tires. I have built it to off road on the beach because I love surf fishing. It has beefy custom battery cables and roof lights.

Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ Oval

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (ZJ)

The second addition to my current Jeep fleet was bought for my wife to use as a daily driver about four years ago. This Jeep is a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (ZJ) with 180,000 miles on it, it now has about 216,000 miles on it. Today, it is a daily driver for one of the kids. It rides on 235 x 75 x 15 General Grabbers AT2 tires.

Jeep Wrangler TJ Oval

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (TJ)

The third addition to my Jeep fleet was a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (TJ) bought three years ago with 142,000 miles on it for my wife to drive as a daily driver. It now has 148,000 miles on it. This Jeep rides on 31 x10.5 x 15 AT tires that will soon be replaced with the same size General Grabbers AT2.

This Jeep is about to receive modifications to ready it for beach and other off-road use. That will include a small lift, bumpers, and a winch.

Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ Oval

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (ZJ)

The final Jeep in the current fleet line up is a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (ZJ) for the daily use by one of the kids. It was purchase about a year ago with about 152,000 miles on it, it now has about 167,000 miles on it. It rides on 235 x 75 x 15 General Grabbers AT2 tires.

The Common Link of All of These Jeeps?

All these Jeeps share a common engine—the 4.0 liter in-line six-cylinder engine. I love this engine—strong, powerful, and durable. It is very easy to work on and parts are readily available and relatively cheap. These engines commonly push 300,000 or more miles before a rebuild.

The Past

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (ZJ)

In the distant past, I leased a brand new 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (ZJ) with the same in-line six cylinder engine as my current fleet.

Someday It's Going to be a Jeep.

The Future

The future of my Jeep fleet will probably include some or all of the following Jeeps:

1980’s Jeep CJ7

When I have the space, I plan on finding a 1985 Jeep CJ 7 in need of some TLC. I would like to do a full restore stripped down to the frame.

1990’s Jeep Wrangler YJ

I would love to find one of these that I can do a restore, upgrade, and modified off roader with a 1990’s Jeep YJ. This vehicle has leaf springs both front and rear.

2000/2001 Jeep XJ

When I am ready to retire the 1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) in my fleet, I will look for a replacement with a 2000 or 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ). This might be in about 3-4 years.