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.
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.