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Over a 30-Year Run, Jeep Wagoneer Hardly Changed and Entirely Transformed

Posted January 12, 2021 12:00 AM by dstrohl

The horizontal grille of the very last 1991 Grand Wagoneer luxury sport-utility vehicle hid some of the same sheetmetal stampings that supported the basic and utilitarian upright grille on the very first 1963 Wagoneer.

That's long led to a belief that the Wagoneer remained relatively unchanged from its Brooks Stevens origins, but over those 28 years the Wagoneer saw far more than just cosmetic changes. It moved upmarket quickly, it weathered multiple parent companies, it adapted to fuel crises, and it wore a number of different nameplates, culminating in the Grand Wagoneer name it was best known for in the latter quarter of its existence - a name that will soon be resurrected on an ultra-premium hybrid mountain of an SUV from Jeep's current globe-spanning parent corporation. Not bad for a four-wheel-drive rig from Toledo.

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01/12/2021 1:27 PM

Other than the Jeep Wrangler, I wonder if the industry will ever get back to simple 4WD vehicles for people who actually NEED 4WD?

Take all the fancy crap out that just pampers the ego and bloats the curb weight (and price).

The 4WD/AWD craze that has swept the country must be the most successful advertising campaign ever. Somehow, they have managed to sell untold millions of refrigerators to Eskimos.

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01/13/2021 1:14 PM

Oh, but with all wheel drive you can get going so much faster on snow and ice.

Yes, people in Wisconsin really say stupid things like this.

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01/13/2021 4:53 PM

I see people driving that way here in Maryland. With the first snowfall each winter, all the vehicles I see in the ditch are either 4WD or AWD.

People with 2WD don't have that invincibility delusion and drive commensurately.

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01/15/2021 2:30 PM

Now all produce completely different cars than they used to be.

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01/15/2021 5:47 PM

Hey Brad, welcome to the crotchety old engineers club. Also know as the one place for all your Chevy Cavalier answers. LoL

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01/15/2021 10:22 PM

Inside joke.

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