Last week our E-i-C, who lives in temperate climes, made a reference to winter fading away and the comentariat that lives the subarctic took him to task. So for those of you in reader-ville, north of the 50th parallel, here’s something to get you to the mailbox until hope returns. Find this 1999 Jeep Wrangler with Mattracks for sale in Kalispell, MT for $32,500 via craigslist.
From the seller:
“Selling my 1999 Jeep Wrangler with only 36K miles!!!! The best part are the tracks. These are the Mattracks 105 series. Rated with a GVW of 10,500 lbs. Take a look on youtube if you are not familiar with these. They are awsome!! Current price for the tracks from Mattracks is $28K + install. The Jeep runs great. Comes with stock rims and tires for summer driving (as pictured in the last picture). Everything is pretty stock except for the disconnecting sway bar (more travel in the front with the tracks on). Also had the interior floor / tub completely rhino lined (no carpet). Makes for the perfect off road vehicle. Cleanup as easy as a quick wash out with a garden hose! This is by far the ultimate off road vehicle, perfect for winter fun. The only thing I would do is upgrade the steering. With these tracks (lots of surface area on the ground), it can be difficult to make tight turns. Definitely doable as is, but would be a nice upgrade. There seems to be plenty of power with the 4.0L engine. The tracks have internal gear reduction of 2/3. Puts more power at the wheels (ie if the spedometer is reading 30MPH, you are actually going 20MPH). Top speed of around 40, but feels better around 20-30MPH. I don’t need to sell, so please no low ball offers. If you know what you are looking at this is a steal. Hard enough finding a Jeep Wrangler with 36K miles, but add a set of tracks — all I can say is Awesome!! Give me a call at <redacted>.”
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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.