LOL... I seriously doubt that screams, "I've got money."Oh yeah - that's just great - it screams - I've got money follow me home and rob me and kidnap my wife and hold her for ransom. Let's put it this way - would you feel safe driving it in Mexico or Brazil for instance?
Better to have a beat up old pickup that nobody wants.
Ok. 1986 is when the next generation XJ came out.Hey, I'll try to take these in order...
It's a straight six, 4.2l
1986 (not late 70's )
No armor. The headliner tried to fall off the other day and I used about a whole can of that spray adhesive to put it back up.
No, it does not scream "I've got money"
It whispers "look, I got a free car and I'm too cheap to do anything but drive it and whine about gas mileage "
The engine has been very good so far, it has a few electrical bugs (Lucas, prince of darkness) and the trans is a GM T400. Pretty solid unit. I'd lose a match to a real truck, but oddly, you don't see too many of those where I live. Everything's made of plastic. I win.
And as for battlejag? Drive around in the San Francisco bay area for a while. Every commute is a battle. I make toyota's quiver with fear. Very easy to drive in heavy, fast, and aggressive traffic in this tank, you give a courtesy signal and do your thing.
Everybody thinks California drivers are crazy, it's just survival skills we've picked up rubbing fenders at 90mph
I hear that a Chevy 350 will drop right in there.It's big, it's ugly, it gets 14mpg, but it's a damn sight more solid than 90% of the stuff on the road.
I'd take on any lexus, mercedes, honda, whatever without a second thought if it gets ugly out there.
I present to you, the battlejag
That is what I was getting at in my other post in "vehicles" about considering selling my Jeep Rubicon and getting an older vehicle that meets those requirements... although I had not thought of the "light" part....I'll take an old beetle over anything. light, reliable, off-road friendly, and can fix with coathanger and vise grips.