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Old 07-05-2020, 01:43 PM
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So I've always wanted a jeep just never had one. Would just be a play toy, which probably have enough of them now, Not a daily driver by any means. Question is. I'm 6'5". Would I be uncomfortable driving? What model would have the most leg room? I would be looking at older year models, 2000 to 2015. Any years to stay away from.
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Contrary to some, unless you are going to build it out to a trail vehicle where an older 2dr TJ generation (1997-2006) will be more nimble, I would go with a JK (2007-2018) 4dr unlimited; although the new JL's are really sweet.
The JK will have the most room in it, including leg room. I would opt for a 2013 or later with the 3.6 liter engine.
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I'd love to buy a jeep if they were made in Japan to Japanese quality control standards...
Sadly they simply don't have that kind of a customer satisfaction record...
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2nd for the 4 door, just cant beat the better ride quality the longer wheelbase gives you.
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You won't fit. My opinion is that Jeeps are not tall guy friendly. Seat all the way down and all the way back puts your head about an inch or so under the roll bar. I'm 6-4 and have had a few jeeps and didn't feel comfortable at all with the tight clearance. As such I'm eager to see the new Ford Bronco as I do enjoy the convertible 4x4 experience...
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GO for the new JL 4 door unlimited, especially with the extra legroom you need. I am 6'1", and have had several jeeps. The newer JLs have more legroom in the back seat too, I can sit behind the driver, front seat in full rearward position, and my knees don't touch the front seat. Can't do that on a JK. Plus, you can fold the back seats down, without having to move the front seats up. Definitely be sure you get later than a 2013 though, the newer engine is much better.

And, although it pains me to say this, get the automatic transmission, its easier to have as a second vehicle, since a LOT of younger drivers, can't drive a stick. A stick shift, is a millennial anti theft device for the most part.
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Had a 1999 TJ, it’s not the most spacious vehicle I’ve ever had but at 6’4 I fit in it just fine. Was awesome little toy to drive around with the top off and cruise the coast.
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I had a ‘91 years ago and now a ‘15 JKU since new. They hold their resale value so well I don’t see the point of buying a used 4-5yo vs new so if you can swing it grab a ‘20 JLU. We live in the city so the JKU is perfect for driving around and finding parking. Added a AEV 2.5” dual sport and 34” KO2’s

I’m 6’2” 215 and fit fine in it and ergonomic wise way more comfortable to drive than my wife’s ‘18 X5 god I hate that thing.
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Some time after 1997 they put spacers above the drivers seat bracket in the TJ’s. or so I was told by someone that drives a TJ.
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I agree with Mike above. The new JL's have come a long way. We bought a 2019 JL 2 door automatic back in October just to drive around the beach, We have really enjoyed it and have over 10,000 miles already. I think you would have a tough time in a 2 door. I'm 6' and the seat is all the way down and back, We did not look at the JLU which is the 4 door model and sounds like it has more driver room. Once you start driving it, you will drive it all the time! Can't beat just cruising around with the top down! There are a lot of trails in the Upstate and NC. The beach is a blast too!

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I had a Jeep CJ7 in high school.
I was a big Jeep enthusiast.

Until I got my first 4wd pickup truck with air conditioning.
Deathly quiet by comparison
Cool and comfortable


There wasn't any going back.
Haven't missed it.
Particularly on humid rainy days.
I can do without another soft top..... Basically forever.

Few years back girl at the car rental counter upgraded me to a Camaro convertible. She thought she was doing me a favor. I hated that car.
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If you get a late year model, one with a secure gateway module, you'll pretty much be forced to use a Jeep dealership for anything involving computers should you desire to modify the vehicle or have it repaired.
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I'm a fan over the older Jeeps, CJs, TJs, and the early YJ's with the 4.0 liter inline 6 engines.
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mbb makes a good point.................if you can't take the heat or road noise irritates you..............a jeep may not be a good idea. Columbia in the summer is hotter than hades! However JLU's do have AC and hard tops!
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Contrary to some, unless you are going to build it out to a trail vehicle where an older 2dr TJ generation (1997-2006) will be more nimble, I would go with a JK (2007-2018) 4dr unlimited; although the new JL's are really sweet.
The JK will have the most room in it, including leg room. I would opt for a 2013 or later with the 3.6 liter engine.
^This. I’m 6’2”, and 3 “ is a big difference, I fit fine in my 2017 JKU, Rubicon model. I opted for the hardtop, put 35” tires and a 2” Mopar lift kit. Runs down the highway fine at 70, AC works great, love it.
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Just bought the wife a yj in April to take the grandkids on the beach
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My 2500 is in the shop so I rented a 2019 Jeep Wrangler 4dr. I am 6’3”+ and fit fine in it. Not much room in rear seat behind me though.
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Buy an old CJ 7 with a v-8 hardtop. Take the top off. Problem solved.
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Have a 2017 JK 2 door hardtop and love it. Have a few simple mods like bull bar, leveling kit, pedal commander and a few others. If you are looking for the ride of a full sized pickup, I would skip the jeep and buy a full sized pickup. The unlimited definitely rides better than the 2 door. Jeep has the strongest A/C of any vehicle I’ve ever owned.
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Originally Posted by Uncas View Post
I'd love to buy a jeep if they were made in Japan to Japanese quality control standards...
Sadly they simply don't have that kind of a customer satisfaction record...
You either love it or you hate it, never met anyone that was in between when it comes to Jeeps. I had a 93 YJ for 6 years, the kids were in car seats when I first got it, and they loved it. My daughter even asked for one when it came time for her to drive. I sure do miss having one. Good thing is if you get one and end up not liking it, you should easily get your money back.

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