With outdoor options left to desert, beaches and offroad, the need to have a robust 4×4 is inevitable. There are few names that commonly found in Qatar for the said outdoor activities: Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Pajero, and Jeep Cherokee. For light off-road, you can still use the “normal” 4×4 car, but sometimes it’s to good to be “abused” in desert, or sand dune.

I already have a city-&-light-offroad 4×4 Mitsubishi Outlander, but thanks to “poison” that my beloved Indonesian poured into me such that I am seduced to buy a second 4×4 special for outdoor and sand dune activities. Although the former can be brought and driven on the desert or dune bashing, it’s just too good to use.

So, here I am with 2001  Jeep Cherokee Classic.

My 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic
I live. I ride. I am. Jeep
Trail Rated 4x4. We test Jeep® 4x4s on the toughest trails in the world to prove one thing: They can take whatever you dish out. The Trail Rated® badge means that your Jeep 4x4 has been designed to perform in five categories of off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording.

Why Cherokee? It’s more affordable than Land Cruiser or Patrol (for example, 2001 Cherokee Classic is about 18K-22K, while Land Cruiser is above 60K, or 40K in the case of Patrol), yet it’s a though 4×4, and its offroad capability is comparable.

For all Indonesian Cherokee enthusiasts in Qatar we even establish a group: IPCRQL (literally: Old Cherokee Enthusiast Group). With as little as 11 members in December (6 Qatargas, 1 QP, 4 Shell GTL) and growing, IPCRQL is ready to infect other Indonesian with its “poisons” …hahahaha….beware guys!

Living in Qatar, we need to search for a new hobby, to make new friends, or to just live up the life here. To be honest, I did not understand 4×4, dune bashing, offroading, and Jeep, only after I bought it recently. And Cherokee helps me find a new hobby, make new friends and make life enjoyable here.


4 thoughts on “Cherokee”

    1. Boleh Pak. Nanti bila ada acara offroad saya info Pak Syafei. Insya Allah awal Feb ada session offroad. BTW saya juga masih belajar. Tapi jangan kuatir banyak kawan-kawan yang bisa bantu belajar.

  1. salam Pak Wahyu. what’s your thoughts on using the Cherokee XJ as a daily drive and long distance drive. Is it comfortable enough for family drives to Makkah etc.? (well, apart from the offroad stuff). How bout possibility of breakdown on normal use and roads?

    I am thinking of buying a 4×4 when i move to Doha after raya this year, and am looking at options.

    Kuala Lumpur

    1. Salam Pak Fakri. My only advice is for you to come to Qatar first and observe your targeted cars in use here. I don’t recommend Cherokee XJ for your long drive. There is a better option to this. Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol are national cars as are Yukon, Tahoe and alike. Cherokee is known for its overheating and AC problem. For long drive to Mekkah, MPV-based car is the best. In that case you may opt to AWD MPV unless you need one with offroad capability.

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