Originally Posted by JoshK
For winter driving I would rather have the ranger. My dads Cherokee sucks in the winter compared to how my ranger did.
Sounds like I would pick the ranger for the things you haul. That bed space would be nice.
Only problem is the extended cab sucks to ride in as a adult. I would assume your kids are smaller though
14 and 15 Y.O. girls.
99% of the time it would be Just me or one kid in the vehicle. The Cherokee has the 231 T-case installed (only Part Time 4wd). I took the 242 T-case out of it (pretty sure the chain was too lose...slipping over the gears)...but that could be rebuilt (thus giving it the 4wd Full Time option).
Honestly...most opinions (aside from the above) are for keeping the Cherokee. I'll still take a look at the guys Ranger...my concern was more for the durability of the 3.0L and the Auto Trans it's mated with (esp. with 150k miles)....the AW4 and I6 are (supposedly) both pretty good.
The Cherokee was purchased for $400...and it had new tires (and it was worth about what the tires were....needed enough work). I'm into it for $1200 total (purchase/title/parts, etc.)..so not a lot of $$ invested one way or the other...
My Daily Driver is a '91 BMW 318is that I keep running with 225-250k miles on it (I put about 75k of them on it myself). It gets 30mpg. So whatever I do, it will probably be a sub 6k/year vehicle for a while.