It’s Time to say Goodbye…

…to my dear friend who has been with me on journeys far and wide…


….who has enjoyed picnics with us…


…provided comfort and shelter for us…


…witnessed many highs…


…and many lows…


Yes, I’m saying goodbye to my beloved Ole Jeepy.

After seven years of loyal, trouble-free service, during which Ole Jeepy and I have clocked up thousands and thousands of kilometres together, the intricacies of the French vehicle importation and registration system have forced us to finally part company.  The problems stem from the fact that Ole Jeepy was imported from Japan second-hand – something that used to happen a lot in Ireland and the UK.  If she had originally been European, there would have been no issue, but because not a single element of her construction has a CE (Conformité Européen) stamp on it and because Japanese emission controls in the 1990s were different to the current French emission controls, it became an exercise in futility.  We could have spent €2000 or more, trying to get her through the testing process, and at the end of the day we might still have failed.  Given that she’s eighteen years old and her current book value in Ireland is €1200… no.

We briefly considered driving her home and selling her there but, again, it would have cost us at least €1000, between diesel, the ferry, tolls and accommodation en route to get her back to Ireland… no.

So I have agreed to sell her to a 4X4 crazy friend here for parts.  She will live on in his Landcruiser… sniff.

Today was the day I collected her replacement.

Meet emmmm…. Jeepy!IMG_2995Not old, not new.  Just a genuine Jeep Cherokee Overland.  2003, 148,000 kilometres.

Wish me luck.  It’s always a risk buying a second hand vehicle.  Fingers crossed that she’ll still be dragging my horses around Provence in ten years time.

And say goodbye to this old lady.



I’ll miss her, but at least my steering wheel will be on the correct side of the road now.

11 thoughts on “It’s Time to say Goodbye…

  1. Good luck with the new Jeep. Is that a diesel too? Dang, I wish I could get a European Tacoma–the diesel version gets twice the mpg! Our oil barons just keep us tied up and held prisoner here in the states. At the rate we’re going, I’m going to be riding Harley to work. Ahem, would the city library please provide a spot on the town green for my horse?


    • It’s crazy how the American gas addiction is shamelessly fuelled (pun intended) by big business. And as for riding Harley to work, when I was a child, I used to dream of riding to school. Not that I had a pony, mind you.


  2. I love Jeeps. I had a Liberty back in 2005. Then got another one. I drive too far for work and it is such a gas guzzler I got practical and got a more fuel efficient vehicle. Now I’m in a Ford (not the poster child for fuel efficiency, but a friend has connections with the company so I got a great deal on a new car).

    I miss my Jeep, as bumpy as it was. I have never had an emotional connection with a car like I did that Jeep. The good news is my mom has a Jeep Liberty. So when I go back to Chicago for a visit I get to drive it. Then I’m happy again. Congrats on your new “baby.”


    • Yeah, Ole Jeepy was a hound for fuel as well. I’m hoping (new) Jeepy will be a bit more economical, being more modern. Fingers x’d on that score as well.
      We have the Fiat 500 for normal trips when it’s just the two of us (and the dogs) and we have the Jeep for when we have extra bodies visiting. Très economique!


  3. I know EXACTLY what you’re going through. I have “Tomboy”…a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup that’s been with me through thick and thin. She’s never (crossing her fingers) let me down. I’ve hauled bales of hay in her, yards of gravel and composted manure, building bricks, and bird feed…without a complaint from her.
    Fortunately, we aren’t saddled (pun intended) with such onerous and ridiculous rules such as the CE. Tomboy will be with me for as long as I can still drive and she’s still rolling. I have a fund saved for when her transmission/engine goes, and will have either or both rebuilt.
    She’s got over 200K on her and is still going strong.
    Good vehicles…it seems odd to think of one as a member of the family, but you do. You never forget the bad ones,(spelled Harley Davidson motorcycle-in my case it was a lemon in all but color) and you never forget the really good ones.


    • I keep telling myself not to be silly, it’s just a car, but the truth is I think I will never have one as good again. If the Cherokee gets me around locally for the next few years I’ll be happy.


  4. Ah Martine, the end of another era ;-(. Best of luck with newbe would have to say though that my experience with mine was disastrous. Bought as a 1 year old x demo it lasted less than 5 years and was actually undrivable for a finish. I do think the main prob was that Irish mechanics are not at their finest dealing with american engines and then again maybe it was just a dud 1 and I’m sure you’l have much better luck xxx


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