I stopped to photograph this Jeep Cherokee because the two-doors are far less plentiful than the four-doors, which themselves are starting to thin out here in Rustopia. I guess most people bought these to do what we buy CUVs for now, and that demanded four-door utility. But this Cherokee was certainly not bought for that purpose, and the proof is inside.
A five-speed transmission! If the two doors, which squelch easy entry and egress for little Ashley and Jayden, were not enough to shift this four-wheeler’s mission, the stick shift certainly was. And judging by the trim in evidence, this is probably as basic a Cherokee as you could buy at the time.
Twenty years later, it carries on with few signs of hard use. In that teal color, it is a real rolling throwback to its day. Doesn’t it seem like most of the mid-90s teal cars were basic transportation that have gone on to the Great Junkyard Beyond?
So yes, there were many reasons to pause and consider this Cherokee. Discovering the manual transmission was just icing on the cake.
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