I would like to see that as well, but unfortunately, people don't seem to want real trucks. They want "SUV's" to haul groceries and kids around, and pretend that they could go off-road if they wanted to. Apparently that must be why Chrysler dropped the Ramcharger in favor of the Durango. Where are the trucks that are actually built to throw half a cord of firewood in the back, along with camping gear, and will drive over trees and rocks through the brush? It was pretty hard to find any after about 1993.
Its called a Hummer.............or a Ram 4 X 4 or a Silverado full size 4 x 4 to name a few........plus I tow a 1 yd. Concrete Mixer behind mine. Trucks are better now in my opinion. I had a Jeep Cherokee 4 x4 which wasn't dependable once the mileage went over 60,000 miles and was a compromise. Now the new trucks have nice amenities,more versatile and better passenger accomodations then before.
Yup, you've just proved my point exactly. You're touting the "passenger accommodations" and "nice amenities" but not a word about bottoming out on boulders and logs, driving through ditches and wash-outs, and pushing down saplings and small trees. While I am impressed by the Ram 1500 and 2500 TRX off-road models, those bumpers sit far too low and there is too much plastic in front for my taste. So you pull a cement mixer. Fine, so will a '74 Monaco station wagon, but nobody is going to take that off-road either. I would love to see an H-2 or H-3 off-road, but sadly, I never have yet.
Hey the new trucks are great, but I just bought an 89 Comanche Pioneer for $800 with 130,000 original miles and no rust on the body. It runs great and for the price I can leave it at work or whatever.
So for 30,000 you could have a 2nd living room. But I'll take a good little truck for 800.
I've got a91 comanche I've had for 10 yrs and a 04 1500 hemi both 4wd, both great trucks, but 2 different animals,1 thing for sure ill never sell either 1.
For 3 years I have been trying to buy an 89 Comanche from a guy that just has it sitting in his back yard, I can not get him to part with this truck! I'm a die-hard Jeep fan, there's never been a vehicle I've had more enjoyment from than my old YJ (Wrangler) and Cherokees! My Chev Diesel just doesn't give me the same use. My question; any recommendations on a preferred year of the Comanche for reliability or options? I've had two Cherokees and the YJ so I don't believe there were too many changes between, I know the faults, and the strengths of my old Jeeps. Any suggestion would be great.
I bought a 1989 Comanche Pioneer, with an in line six, 5 speed, long box, 4x4, and the "metric tonne package". I bought it new in 1990 and it is without a doubt the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. (and I've owned lots). Apart from normal maintenance, brakes, tires, etc., it has also been extremely economical. It now has 210,000 kilometers on it and it still looks and runs almost as new.I'm 63 now and I'll probably expire before it does...
I'm 16 years old and have a 1989 Jeep Comanche short bed.
It was broken down when my dad gave to me, so I got in and fixed it. I've got 34" off road tires on it w/2in lift. I think the jeep is a very reliable truck cuz I'm hard on it, but it does the job and much more.
Hi my name is Norman, I've owned a 89 Jeep Comanche long bed for 2 years I love it, it is the greatest truck I've ever owned. It has over 190,000 miles on it, and if I get an itch to race in it, I know it will hold up. I am one of the biggest Jeep fans out there.
As for fixing things on it, only three things so far; I've had to change the brake switch, the rear pumpkin seal, and the valve cover gaskets. These trucks are very reliable and handle very well.
I had a 1990 MJ last year, paid 500 USD for it, put a home made 3 inch lift in it, SOA swap in the rear, and made coil spacers for the front. I put about 30k miles on it, so then it had 120, sold it for 2 grand and that kid's still running it around.
Now my new project is a 89 MJ, crappy Peugeot trans, but oh well, it has a 6 inch lift in it, 33s, body's nice with 160k.
Only problem is in the rear frame, typical MJ, the front mounts for the leaf springs rotted and broke off the unibody, so I am currently making a whole frame for it. I'm just getting 1/8in steel and making it slip right over the unibody, welding it to the good parts of the unibody/floor, and off we go. Should be a fun lil truck when I get it done.
This one I'll keep with my Jeep collection, park it next to my 89 YJ, 4 inch lift, 32s, worked Chevy 350 with an ax15.