Ming is taking off to China for a month which will likely leave me in a bit of a lurch for a key part of the ski season since I don’t trust the Neon to make it up to the ski hill. I am also going to be taking a avalanche course next weekend up at the ski hill and have a trip to Whistler in February that I won’t be able to carpool to.
So I’m kicking around the idea of a cheap 4WD/AWD vehicle. There seem to be a few mid-1990’s Jeep Grand Cherokee’s in the ~$4000 range (see Edmunds TMV for 1995.) Good idea? Bad idea? Other recommendations for cars in that same category? (i.e. something with 4WD or AWD drive)
Use case scenarios for the vehicle:
- Driving to hockey twice a week year round: ~30 miles/game
- Driving to skiing once a week during the winter: ~160 miles/trip
- Driving to week night biking during the summer: ~45 miles/trip
- Driving to weekend biking during the summer: ~100 miles/trip
Clearly I’m not putting a lot of miles on it since I don’t drive to work and don’t drive around town much.
Update: Ford Explorer seems to be in the same category. Though they’re a little big for me.
Update 2: Ford Bronco seems like another good option.
Update 3: Links about Jeep Grand Cherokee’s: