Originally Posted by Repo503
Never owned a 5.9. Have owned a '93 5.2, an 02 Overland, as well as a 98 Navigator, 01 GMC Yukon Denali, 03 MB E500 and a '10 MB E550 4matic. Never owned truely fast cars but have driven plenty. Flogged a z06 just three weeks ago at PIR.
Anyway the point I was trying to make isn't that the 5.9 is a shitty vehicle...just that people get stuck on it like it was the greatest jeep ever made. I am definetly not the kinda person that buys nothing but one brand of car either, just whatever is best, or best suits me at the time.
Also hard to take anyone seriously when they type "LOL"
Well, it is the internet afterall and it's an expression used for a silly ha ha, not that I'm sitting here laughing. I don't use it excessively, but substitute it for smileys at times. Different strokes to different folks, I guess...
Perhaps it's the way you came across with your statement, I don't know. I believe the 5.9 is held in high regard because it was a good performer on the street (for an SUV), yet did really well offroad and had the "jeep" look. Sure it has shortcomings, but to me, it had the right balance of everything that it should (of course we all have a dream list of what we think the mfr should come out with, but realistically...) and allowed a good amount of 'easy' modification. Is it the end all to be all, no...nothing is, but it was a cool vehicle that was released only one year and received items you couldn't get with other models. Not to mention, the quality of the leather made you feel that it was at least partially worth the $43k they went for. It was not meant to be the latest and greatest, but a final hoorah for the ZJ...To blatantly call it unreliable and a gas hog, etc., spews ignorance and what ends up sounding like hearsay/magazine reading and hence my comment. didn't mean to offend, but illustrate a point...I wouldn't say it's the best Jeep ever either (I think the Rubicon is pretty cool, but can't live with the impracticality aspect of it), but a good platform to start with and one of the last true 4x4's
As for export markets, yeah, they change a lot of little things and I don't think they're saying it's a different design more of a different setup with bushing materials, shock/spring rates, etc.? Then again, I suppose in some markets they could go all out and even have "lifted" versions already, etc...
Ever see all the Toyota or Daihatsu vehicles around the world and their various configurations? (as an example)