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Michael’s 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4X4

This story is written by Michael (http://motorblogaz.wordpress.com/) about his 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4X4.

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This is my 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×4. This was the first car I purchased when I was 16 and still own to this day. This Jeep is responsible for really igniting my passion for cars. Many weekends were spent driving forest service roads with the windows down and the country music up, or navigating Broken Arrow trail in Sedona, AZ, or wrenching on it. I installed 4 KC HiLites on the roof, totaling 200 watts of American-made electric sunshine. A set of black Cragar steel wheels and a coat of bedliner on the fender flares helped set my Jeep apart from others in my Cherokee-popular hometown. My family actually owns two Jeep Cherokees, combined have traveled over half-a-million miles. The AMC 4.0 Inline 6 engine is bulletproof and was spawned back when men were men, trucks were trucks and engine blocks were cast iron. I have many plans for this Jeep, which, when added up monetarily sum in the range of $20,000. To this day, the Jeep starts instantly, makes 40psi of oil pressure at idle, and the air conditioning functions perfectly.  Continue reading

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2007 Nissan Xterra X Review

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Catering to the SUV boom that started in the 1990s, Nissan debuted the Xterra in 2000.  Marketed with the slogan, “Everything you need, nothing you don’t”, the Xterra catered to the adventurous and outdoorsy clientele. The first generation Xterra was derived from the Frontier’s chassis, classifying it as a body-on-frame SUV. It sold well, but it was criticized for its lack of refinement and compromised on road performance. I’ve had the opportunity to drive a 2004 Nissan Xterra SE with a four speed automatic transmission, and I was shocked at how poorly it handled, and how stiff its ride was. It was a cool car, but as an SUV, there were better options out there. The Xterra received a redesign in 2005, and stayed true to the previous generation’s values while offering more refinement and a better driving experience. Continue reading

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2005 Jeep Wrangler X Review

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“I caught her topless”

The Jeep Wrangler originated from the military vehicle, Willys Jeeps. Willys made a civilian version of the Jeep dubbed the CJ. In 1986, Chrysler (owner of Jeep) replaced the slow-selling CJ with the first mass market Wrangler. This Wrangler became successful and a symbol of American pride. The Wrangler was seen as a car which you just simply enjoy life in. No wonder the Wrangler has appeal as a midlife crisis car for some people. It was unique due to its off road ability, retro looks, and overall cool factor. The fact that you could take the doors and top off didn’t hurt either. The Wrangler was redesigned in 1997, and that is when the Wrangler really took off. Building on the older Wrangler’s traits, it was more comfortable, faster, and bigger, but still retained its off road prowess.

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado LS 2500 HD Review

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Disclaimer: This vehicle is not stock. Upgrades include 33 inch Cooper All Terrain tires, Spectra Cold Air Intake, Flow Master Series 50 muffler, and a 2 inch leveling kit.

As a vehicle that symbolizes America as a whole, the Chevrolet Silverado is the brand’s arguably most important vehicle. Even though the Silverado is a stand-alone model now, that wasn’t always the case. Chevrolet’s fullsize truck was actually called the C/K Series from 1975-1999. Silverado was a top level trim of the C/K series. In 1999, the C/K Series became no more, and the Silverado became a separate model. It is available in regular and heavy duty versions like this 2500 in this review. The first generation Silverado was a hit, due to its affordability and durability. The numerous configurations available was handy as these trucks became synonymous with the construction and commercial market, while also appealing to the consumer market. Continue reading

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