Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Auto" Biography #7 - 1998 Grand Cherokee - by Brad

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep previously belonged to my sister Gail, but once she committed to being a missionary in Papua New Guinea (and couldn't easily take it with her), we purchased her vehicle from her so we could have a four wheel drive vehicle to manage the winters in Wenatchee.


Our ownership of the Jeep was relatively short lived and therefore, few memories were developed. Here are a few facts...

This was the only vehicle we have owned that we could reasonably take off road. I definitely enjoyed that feature more than Lindsey (since she was either pregnant or had a baby in the car).

The brakes squealed really loud... we were told the only option was to replace the brake pads (which still had 50% left) and that might not even fix it. I opted to be cheap and live with the noise. I am not sure Lindsey appreciated my decision.

The Jeep was the first vehicle Wesley rode in (well, at least outside of Lindsey's belly).

Years Owned: Fall 2004 - October 2005

5 comments:

Peaby said...

Fact #5 - I almost made Linz crash it into the back of my car when I stopped suddenly in the snow ahead of her on the way from Wenatchee to IKEA! That was a crazy night...

Brad said...

That was a crazy night. What were we thinking? I guess driving over a very snowy pass was worth spending an extra few hours with you guys!

Thanks for helping us add to our vehicular memories. I am enjoying your input!

Gail said...

Oh my Jeep, I do miss that car. Though I miss having a car in general. The jeep had lots of fun off roading and driving the long trek from Dallas to Wenatchee, Baker to Salem, Seattle and Wenatchee. That jeep made it through the siblings since I owned it, Carol and Toby leased it from me and then Brad and Lindsey bought it. I am kind of surprised Mom and Dad didn't buy it.

Janet said...

Oh Gail, we already had our 1995 Jeep (and still do!) It has over 202,000 miles on it now.

Brad - rememeber when you found the "help" on the internet to use a hammer to pound your key into the ignition when it had trouble making a connection? That actually worked for awhile, didn't it?

Brad said...

Oh, that's right! I almost forgot about that, Mom. The ignition would be jammed and the key wouldn't turn. All it took was a firm tap on the end of the key while it was in the ignition and it would dislodge whatever was stuck and the Jeep would start.