Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

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Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by csuengr » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:25 pm

Due to an unfortunate financial situation, my 1977 Cherokee is now my only vehicle. I have also moved to Sterling Colorado. It is a small town in the eastern part of Colorado. Well big for the eastern part. But everything is apparently two hours away, and there is much I like to do along the Colorado front range. Going to work isn't an issue. Takes me ten minutes and that is doing ten below the posted speed limit. But I am returning to the Denver or Loveland area almost every weekend, so last trip was just shy of 300 miles.

I fixed the AC, again. The housing the blower motor attaches to broke, so the fan was sitting on the bottom of the housing, much noise and bad smell. Fixed with some ABS cement and burlap as I was out of fiberglass mat.

Another bad thing, 14.5 mpg. I cleaned the air filter, which hasn't been done in well over a year. See if that helps a bit.

Worse thing. Seeing many MUCH newer vehicles broken down on the side of the road.

Good thing. Being able to cruise at 80 mpg and still be under 3000 rpm.
1977 Cherokee S, Ford 5.0, 5 speed, BW 1356, 33 x 10.50 BFG's. No longer my DD.
2007 Mercury Milan, 2.3L, 5-speed, now my DD. 29 mpg average.

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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by Tatsadasayago » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:03 pm

14.5 MPG is pretty darn good for a V-8 FSJ bro.
I'd be more concerned about the many failure parts if I had to use mine for a DD.
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by ghcoe » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:42 pm

I use my '77 Cherokee as a daily driver and I only get around 9.75 MPG. I would rather put gas in the Cherokee than pay on a car payment. Probably still cheaper to drive the Cherokee once you add it all up.....
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by Tatsadasayago » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:00 pm

I took a round trip from Sacramento to Reno today and was shocked at the number of new and late model vehicles sitting on the side of the freeway. Of at least 30 I counted in the 300+ mile round trip only one was disabled by a flat tire.
But still, I don't trust my Chief to make it to the first stop sign from my house even though it hasn't given me a reason to distrust it in over 2 years...

Old people and their anxieties I guess.
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by merrill77 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:01 pm

Tatsadasayago wrote:Old people and their anxieties I guess.
I like to call that wisdom. :D
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by Greenmachine » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:23 pm

I wouldn't hesitate to drive mine anywhere (unless it's in the high 80's or hotter as I don't have the AC working and I'm spoiled in my old age). My Cherokee with the fuel injected 360 and 4 speed gets high 13's in fuel mileage and my 2009 2500HD 4x4 6.0 gets low 12's....
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by csuengr » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:26 pm

Well, my transmission (5sp manual) went belly up. Was driving to work and it decided to get stuck in fourth gear. Went back home (4th gear starts are fun) and pulled the top cover of the transmission off. I have about .2" of play in the input and output shafts.

Been driving my dad's 02' Dakota.
1977 Cherokee S, Ford 5.0, 5 speed, BW 1356, 33 x 10.50 BFG's. No longer my DD.
2007 Mercury Milan, 2.3L, 5-speed, now my DD. 29 mpg average.


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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by 230ohc » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:43 am

ghcoe wrote:I use my '77 Cherokee as a daily driver and I only get around 9.75 MPG. I would rather put gas in the Cherokee than pay on a car payment. Probably still cheaper to drive the Cherokee once you add it all up.....
I agree.
I regretfully own a new car after being tired of looking for a good used daily to replace my last totaled out ride.
The car is fantastic, don't get me wrong.
I enjoy it, however it is a financial burden at $400 a month note payment and $2000+ annual insurance.

But good for you keeping your Cherokee on the road as long as it lasted!
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Re: Life with a 40 year old Jeep as a daily driver.

Post by ghcoe » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:07 am

230ohc wrote:
ghcoe wrote:I use my '77 Cherokee as a daily driver and I only get around 9.75 MPG. I would rather put gas in the Cherokee than pay on a car payment. Probably still cheaper to drive the Cherokee once you add it all up.....
I agree.
I regretfully own a new car after being tired of looking for a good used daily to replace my last totaled out ride.
The car is fantastic, don't get me wrong.
I enjoy it, however it is a financial burden at $400 a month note payment and $2000+ annual insurance.

But good for you keeping your Cherokee on the road as long as it lasted!
Still running. Had a rocker arm problem a few weeks ago, but hot that sorted out now. It has taken me on a lot of youtube trips https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYuRx2 ... wVwZJ5oztg?. I have two big trips next month so we shall see how it does.
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