Would you Off-Road This $2,400 Mini-Jeep Willys UTV?

At least it's less than a tenth of a Jeep's starting price

Many companies build a mini-Jeep Willys like this one, from 110 to 150cc.

While I was in Moab, UT earlier this year, I saw a mini-Jeep Willys replica buzzing down the main street. Surprisingly, I overhead the owner say it could quality as an all-terrain Type II vehicle, meaning it could be street legal in some areas.

If you check it out, you’ll notice full lights, mirrors, horn, seat-belt and enough provisions that it could meet most of the Type I and II requirements. Maybe.

This thing is about half the size of a golf cart and it is very low to the ground. Not to mention, there is no roll-bar, which could be a big issue off-road. To me, it was more of a putt-putt toy than a proper UTV. Then, I saw it buzz around on a patch of dirt near Klondike Bluffs. This thing was as competent as an old, kids ATV.

This is a Coolster ATV Parts mini Jeep. Yes, you can fit a real adult in one.

Still, it pissed me off that the driver didn’t bother with a marker flag or anything. I barely saw the guy as he zoomed near me, and I was driving my tiny Suzuki Samurai. No cage, no flag, no bueno.

It got me thinking about the fact that it hauled ass off-road, so I opted to into these little Willys knock-offs.

There are several different models that look similar. The older models have the engine under the hood, with a chain driven rear axle. Many of the newer ones have the engine in the back, on top of the rear axle. There are a bunch of golf carts out there that sport the Mini-Jeep style as well, but that’s totally different.

This MadeMoto ATV comes in an FJ, Rover and Mini-Jeep design. Some companies import a similar vehicle into the United States.

One company that is currently selling these things is for U.S. customers is Coolster, with a base price of $2,400.

Equipped with a semi-automatic 3-speed + reverse transmission, front Drum and rear disc brake provides sure and efficient stopping power in a variety of conditions, electric starting provides much easier control and handling, and gives the rider the great convenience in the event of a stall, durable chain drive, and chains are easy to repair and replace, big front and rear 18” chrome wheels, with adjustable seat.

Some of the features listed below should be taken with a grain of salt. For instance, I don’t think the single rear inboard disc brake counts for two of the “four-wheel disc brakes.”

Features:

  • Two passengers
  • Rugged four-stroke engine
  • Semi-automatic 3-Speed with reverse
  • Electric start with lights, turn signals & horn
  • Seat belts
  • Dash lights for neutral and reverse
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Rugged off-road tires with custom chrome wheels
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Steel frame
  • 18 x 9 x 5.8-inch Tires on 8-inch rims
  • Heavy-duty chain drive
  • Includes spare, functioning jerry can and folding windshield
  • The Brand Upgraded Series 2 Deluxe Willy’s Jeep Offroad Vehicle comes with a four-stroke air-cooled engine.
  • This unique machine develops plenty of low down torque allowing for drift
  • Wheel spins and top speeds up to 37+ mph.
  • 125cc Mini Jeep has a Honda clone-designed overhead cam gas engine, single independent front and rear disc brakes
  • Front push bar
  • Rugged four-wheel shock suspension
  • Extra engine protection bar
  • Full rack & pinion steering
  • Easy to service chain drive
  • Padded seats
  • Drivers seat is adjustable

So, would you buy one of these? If so, tell us why. Also, please consider some additional safety equipment if you do get one!

Speaking of something that’s rather Jeep-like

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.