How much does a jeepney cost these days?

By Vernon B. Sarne

A new Sarao jeepney unit

We always inform you about prices of newly launched vehicles. Our buyers' guide offers you a comprehensive listing of the prices of all the cars available in our market. In our magazine's New Car Guide section, we even provide you with sample financing computations for specific models. For today, just because it's Philippine Independence Day, we tell you how much a jeepney currently costs.

We've been wondering for quite a while just how Sarao Motors might be faring at the moment, now that Filipinos have been given access to more modern, safer, more comfortable and competitively priced modes of transport. Add to this the fact that there have been calls from some sectors to finally banish jeepneys from our roads--citing environmental issues, for one--and it's easy to assume that Sarao has gone out of business.

Thanks to our occasional "Facebook research," we now know that Sarao Motors is alive and well, still fabricating and selling jeepneys out of its main shop in Pulanglupa in Las Pińas. And guess what: The legendary jeepney assembler even maintains a Facebook page. Talk about adapting to the modern times. That's how we stumbled upon a January 2010 price list of the company's jeepney offerings.

For the record, a fully-appointed 20-passenger jeepney--with an "Isuzu 4BC1 engine, 75-percent stainless-steel body, stereo system, stickers, halogen lights, side aluminum jalousies"--is priced at P510,000 if you buy it in cash. That's P35,000 cheaper than a manual-transmission, 1.0-liter Kia Picanto. You can get one for just P460,000 minus the "fancy" frills. You can further save P20,000 if you opt for a galvanized iron body instead of stainless steel.

And if you happen to have a surplus diesel engine lying around? You can get just a stainless-steel body with chassis for just P215,000, or a galvanized iron body with chassis for just P160,000. If you want two extra passenger seats at the back, you just add P15,000 for a body-and-chassis package, and P20,000 for a complete running unit.

Don't you just wish brand-new passenger cars were this affordable?

Photos from Sarao Motors' Facebook page

A listing of Sarao jeepney prices


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  • GTi Jun 12 2011 @ 03:56pm
    4BC2? Wala bang 4JB1? siguradong malakas sa krudo yun...
  • maranello_5775 Jun 12 2011 @ 03:59pm
    I hope someday the Philippine Jeepney will evolve into something more comfortable and safer mode of transport
  • junjopz Jun 12 2011 @ 04:18pm
    MABUHAY ang SARAO motors! nnn
  • anonemus Jun 12 2011 @ 04:35pm
    Mabuhay ang Sarao Motors!
  • vonschnipp Jun 12 2011 @ 04:53pm
    They should make something like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (4 door) for private owners. I'm sure it would sell.
  • barry Jun 12 2011 @ 05:12pm
    ang armak motors din sa laguna, buhay pa rin?
  • myas110 Jun 12 2011 @ 05:55pm
    wala na rin yata ang armak, even Lawin motors wala na rin. they must also feature David motors whose assembling air-con jeepneys (and other assemblers of air-con type jeepney)
  • caliber38 Jun 12 2011 @ 06:11pm
    hmm.... pwede kayang mag-add ng aircon diyan? :D
  • iam3739 Jun 12 2011 @ 10:48pm
    They should make pick-up, FB van, 4x4 four door conversions and source more euro-compliant engines.
  • maklo02 Jun 12 2011 @ 11:45pm
    I really like the Jeepney as an icon for Philippine automotive. But they're becoming like pests in a rice field:| Masyado na sila dumadami and dumadagdag sa traffic and usok. But if they make more environment friendly jeeps, then fine at least they're helping.
  • AKP1973 Jun 13 2011 @ 07:01am
    Namiss ko yung ARMAK, LAWIN, CHARIOT (made in cebu city) way back early 90's.
  • GTi Jun 13 2011 @ 03:44pm
    Really wish they would modernize the jeepney. Adding airconditioning would be nice, and then use at least front disc brakes and a Euro compliant direct injection diesel engine. Oh, and make the windshield area larger! I can't believe how they drive with such a small windshield.
  • iskwakalogz Jun 13 2011 @ 03:53pm
    jeepney only symbolize filipino dependence and poverty.. it is good only to export these things to other countries which has limited access to transportation. here it only causes pollution, rude and undisciplined drivers and lack of order.
  • aNthraxx Jun 13 2011 @ 06:24pm
    i also would like to refer you to pasahero sosyal a jeepney maker here in Iloilo City?panay, its a different design than the sarao jeeps. In fact i would like to suggest that you dedicate or feature from time to time not only during independence day the different jeepney makers in the country (it is after all the dominant transport), you may find the designs and engineering concepts interesting.
  • Vernon B. Sarne
    Vernon B. Sarne Jun 13 2011 @ 07:39pm
    @aNthraxx and myas110 - Thanks for the suggestions.
  • mielricci0210 Jun 13 2011 @ 09:38pm
    hey sir vernon, why not featur the nelson motors in davao city as welln
  • jabroni Jun 14 2011 @ 12:23am
    parang magandang front cover ang jeep sa TG Magazine.
  • techno_rk Jun 30 2011 @ 07:24pm
    @GTi They will mount any capable diesel engine onto the jeepney. They can purchase a complete and brand new 4JB1 engine at Isuzu Powertrain, which will cost around P450000, including transmission and axles. Add P215000 for the fanciest body, plus labor cost, bringing it to almost P700000.
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