Forza Horizon 5 players are buying up Willys Jeeps in the hundreds

Forza Horizon 5 Willys Jeep
Forza Horizon 5 Willys Jeep (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 have started buying up the entire Willys Jeep market in-game before gifting them to random strangers in the hundreds.
  • The trend, emerging following the discovery of a quick progression method, has seen new players flooded with free Willys Jeeps via the game's gifting system.

Forza Horizon 5 recently hit store shelves, and with players taking their first drive through Mexico, some are already making moves to get rich quick. The latest installment in Microsoft's hit franchise launched on Xbox consoles and PC on Tuesday, with some players already manipulating its markets and rising through the ranks at a rapid pace. The Willys MB Jeep has found itself the center of this new controversy — and now they're being gifted to new players in the hundreds.

The affordable off-road military icon doesn't stack up against Forza Horizon 5's cutting-edge supercars, but that's exactly what appeals to some. It's a cheap car, available from just 40,000 credits, with an easy upgrade path using a handful of skill points. Upgrades will earn buyers one "Super Wheelspin," a coveted loot box-style reward available in Forza Horizon 5, offering high cash payouts and some of the game's rarest vehicles.

The up-and-coming exploit has seen players buying up Willys Jeeps in the hundreds, providing one of the fastest ways to progress at launch. Forza Horizon 5 also allows players to "gift" vehicles to strangers, with some players finding their skill points refunded after donating vehicles, rather than deleting them. New players are being flooded with free Willys Jeeps from the outset, as a second-order effect.

The Willys MB Jeep is now the unexpected face of Forza Horizon 5 forums through launch, spurring memes associated with the exploit. Forza Horizon 5 developer Playground Games is yet to respond to the trend, although an imminent patch wouldn't be surprising, considering players are sidestepping the traditional progression systems.

Our Forza Horizon 5 review named the title one of the best racing experiences available in 2021, offering hundreds of hours of content for virtual petrolheads. It's a stunning open-world racer, especially on Microsoft's latest Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, although it also holds up strong on the older Xbox One console family. While the PC version has faced crashes on some systems, we're rounding up the latest Forza Horizon 5 bugs and launch issues, and how to fix them.

Forza Horizon 5 is now available from $60 on Xbox consoles and PC, coupled with its day-one inclusion with all Xbox Game Pass subscription tiers.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • For many, cheating is the actual game.
  • It's not cheating. A player isn't doing anything that wasn't intended. I did it to raise a little bit of money I needed to buy a car. It was painfully slow to do. It's likely very few people will use this to try and obtain every car for instance, not to say that some won't. The game has a good flow and getting wheelspins is quite easy if you run up them skill points. People may exploit it early in their Forza Horizon career, not that there is a wrong way to play a sandbox game, I just don't see people using this as nothing more than a crutch where they need a couple hundred thousand in game credits to complete a purchase like I did.
  • That's a thin line to some. Some feel any exploit is cheating, even if it is using the tools available to the game. Others it has to only be in MP. To each their own I guess.
  • In my book, any tactic a single player game allows and doesn't get patched (years) after it's common knowledge is fair game. Bethesda RPGs all have a combination of tricks that help those in the know, ranging from 100% chameleon melee in OBLIVION to the Water farm play in FALLOUT 4. Ditto for duplication tricks and super potions.
    If they wanted them gone, they could patch them. And some recurr in so many games they might be in on purpose.
  • Yeah, sorry, to me it's cheating.
  • They're all optional. You can be a purist if you like but some folks enjoy gaming the game.
    To each their own.