I Just Bought This $500 Jeep Comanche For No Reason Other Than That It's Awesome

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Yesterday, after telling my friend I’d just bought a Jeep Comanche, she responded about this 11th vehicle in my fleet: “Nice! What are your plans for it?” I had no answer. I frankly have no idea why I bought the Jeep other than that it is absolutely awesome; Just look at this thing!

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I’ve got to get rid of some cars. I realize this is getting tiresome, since I’ve been saying this for years, but I’m just being real. The problem is that, while I did sell my Postal Jeep not too long ago, and I parted ways with a shitty Honda Accord, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and two Jeep Cherokees, the influx of cars seems to always exceed the number I actually sell. This is why I wrote last year that Nine Cars Is Too Many Cars, and yet now I own 11. If nine cars is too many cars, then surely, so is 11. I think that’s how logic works.

But none of this matters, because my recent purchase was out of my control—I had no choice, really. My friend Abe from the climbing gym I frequent, and a fellow 2012 FCA summer intern, told me that his former boss at Chrysler was looking to sell a Jeep Comanche for cheap to someone who would appreciate it. I asked how cheap; Abe told me “real cheap.”

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He later sent these pictures:

Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
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Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.
Image from Abe. Probably taken by Steve.

I really didn’t need another vehicle, and the Jeep’s lower extremities did look a bit crusty in the photos, but Abe also texted that the little pickup is a 1991, meaning it has the coveted Chrysler fuel injection system on its also-coveted 4.0-liter inline six. Plus, it’s four-wheel drive, and though the Jeep sadly has the rather robust but boring Aisin-Warner automatic transmission and not the wonderful Aisin five-speed, it apparently runs and drives great, I was told.

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So I had no choice but to visit the seller, Steve. He lives only 10 minutes from my house and was offering a running, driving, 4x4, inline-six-equipped Jeep Comanche for 500 smackers—I’d be a fool not to at least take a peek.

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Steve was great. After a brief introduction, he gave me his creeper so I could slide under the Jeep and have a look at the rust (I’ll do a full breakdown of this Jeep’s faults later. The rust isn’t great). He told me a bit about the Jeep’s history, and then handed me the keys. I went on a 20 minute test drive, fell in love instantly, and when I arrived back at Steve’s house, I told him we had a deal.

I picked the Jeep up a couple of days later, and Steve handed me some great information, including a document he made noting everything I should sell if I decide to junk this Jeep at some point in the future, and what those parts are worth. Plus, he—an avid junkyard enthusiast—told me what I should snag from any Comanches I might find in the yard:

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Steve also gave me this sheet of maintenance/modifications done to the “MJ” Comanche over the years:

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On top of that, he handed me a custom cupholder that fits perfectly in the little notch in the center of the bench seat:

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I have been driving the MJ for the past few weeks, loving every damn second. The truck is phenomenal in every way. I mean, look at this beautiful interior! Vinyl floors, bench seat, manual windows—what more could you want in a pickup?:

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Sure, it’s a bummer that it’s an automatic, but it’s the best type of auto: a column shift, which is especially handy should I ever have someone sitting in the center seat.

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No, I don’t have plans for this machine, other than to drive it. It gives me a second vehicle to use in the winter in addition to my $500 XJ, which is also a nicely-running vehicle sold to me by someone who spent time working at Chrysler.

I think that’s really the issue, here. FCA employees keep giving me smoking hot deals on Jeeps, and now look at me: I’m drowning in a fleet of 11 vehicles.

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In some ways, it’s the dream, really.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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