Seen throughout the series as MacGyver’s main form of transport, the Jeep has undergone some transformations over the 7 seasons.
The first appearance of MacGyver’s jeep was in season 1 episode ‘Ugly Duckling’ in which Mac drives an earlier version black open-top jeep. From season 2 onwards we see the YJ which flip-flops between having and not having doors and front winch. We also see the license plate change between scenes in ‘Soft Touch’ and another different plate is seen throughout the ‘Birthday’ episode.
From Season 3 onward the jeep became a hardtop model presumably because of the change in filming location from sunny California to colder wetter Vancouver. We also see MacGyver has a mobile “car phone” fitted between the front seats as well as a fire extinguisher within easy reach of the driver’s seat.
We know from this behind the scenes shot that there were at least 2 jeeps used for filming. One has the dented front fender from a season 2 episode which indicates that they used the same jeeps throughout the show, moving them from California up to Vancouver with the change of filming locations.
In earlier episodes of season 2, we can see the Jeeps color as being brown. As the season went on the constant dirt on the jeep gave way to the more permanent distressed look we came to know for the jeep.
There has been some confusion over the model year being a year later than season 2’s airing date. It’s not uncommon for a limited number of vehicles to be made available prior to the release date for various purposes and it’s our understanding that this was the case for the jeeps used on the show.
Seasons 2 – 7
Wrangler (YJ) Laredo
1BND849 (season: 2)
1RJQ104 (seasons: 3-7)
2OCE485 (some scenes in ‘Soft Touch’)
1PXC289 (‘Birthday’ episode)