Toodles, Jeep. Hello, Prius!

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

I had my ’97 Jeep Grand Cherokee for 4 years (4 years and 3 days to be exact). I loved it. It was the first SUV I owned. It brought me and my 3 dogs back & forth to Michigan before I moved to Wisconsin. Several trips home – some good, some bad. Hundreds of miles driving around trying to figure out how I was going to turn my life around. Then a few thousand carrying me on the journey that was quite possibly the most fun year of my life.

I really enjoyed driving it. However,  I did not enjoy the hefty repair bills that kept piling up. I talked about replacing it for about a year and a half but I couldn’t bare to part with it. Finally another vehicle became a necessity. It had multiple front end issues that were repaired and another handful of costly repairs creeping up on me. Plus, it had 234,000+ miles on it.

It was time.

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

2006 Toyota Prius

Two months ago I traded the Jeep in for this sexy little beauty right here.  A 2006 Toyota Prius. I’m in love with this car. I’m averaging 48+ mpg versus 15 with the Jeep. It’s roomy enough so I don’t miss having the Jeep. It gives me peace of mind that I didn’t have with the Jeep for a lot of years. Freya absolutely loves the car. The Jeep was a little tricky for her to jump in and out of with her bad knees and it’s just a little skip into the backseat of the Prius.

I really thought I was going to have some withdrawals after giving up my SUV. I haven’t had a single one yet. In fact the more I drive the car, the more I fall in love with it. The only thing that makes me the slightest bit nervous (and the sole reason I considered keeping the Jeep) is winter.  A car that’s low to the ground might make me a bit uneasy. I’m used to having a big 4×4 that would plow through giant snow drifts and easily crawl up the billion hills between home and work.

Completed “#8: Buy a different car” of 101 Things in 1001 Days.

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