How did we at Strada migrate to a 4x4 utility vehicle, with a transfer case and a low range?
After years of having 2 cars, of which one was the "mommy" car which usually operated within a 10 km radius of the house doing a myriad of family errands. We move, its a relatively new area, the road in front of the house has a slight incline.
Yes...in winter every time it snowed once backed out of the driveway it was usually easier to go down the incline, than to wrestle with snow trying to go up the incline. At that time traction control did not exist yet, the cars would always find an imaginative way to try and make it up the incline. Imaginative...absolutely in never wanting to do it in a straight line.
This was also a time when "luxury cars" were still a magnet for envy, and mischievous behavior.
At one point in late summer an opportunity appears on a slightly used 1990 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Back then it seemed that everyone had a Jeep. We jumped on the opportunity and replaced the car with the Jeep (utility vehicle) which became the official "mommy" car.
It was a leap of faith going from a car to a 4x4, although this Jeep has a full complement of features similar to a luxury car. Back then it also attracted less attention which was a good thing.
Why was it a leap of faith? You go from an independent suspension all around, disc brakes, wonderful handling, to solid axles front and back, front discs and rear drums, vague steering.
But when it snowed, the Jeep was extremely useful going up the slight incline, not getting stuck anywhere.
Yes...that Jeep sort of became a member of the family for a few years.
One last thing:
The rear tailgate and cargo area was useful on many occasions through the years.