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Old 12-04-2015, 06:38 AM
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The OP may want it, but I would not.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:39 AM
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As a 2nd or 3rd vehicle they are fine. JEEP novelty wears off quick.

Daily driver .... not for me.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:40 AM
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I've had 3 TJs and thinking about a JKU next year.

Cons:

*They ride terribly
*Consumer Reports worse rated vehicle
*sub par reliability
*ergonomics suck
*don't tow that much

Pros:
*Fun
*capable
*don't look like a freaking crossover station wagon
*FUN
*The TOP COMES OFF


And I agree a 4Runner is a better daily driver option. I've had 2 but they don't win in the Fun category.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:41 AM
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I have had countless jeeps. Yes, you want one. For a daily driver, maybe not?
I've loved them since I was a child. I have not been w/o a jeep 20+ years. However, I have always had at least one other vehicle. Top and doors stay off my jeep from March-September. It's a grown man's go-cart.
2012 and up has the 3.6. It has @ 40% more hp than the 2011 and earlier models. The motor likes to rev much unlike the straight 6's used through 2006.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:41 AM
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If you want the real Jeep experience get the 2 door with a soft top and manual transmission. Every Jeep cult member has to pay their dues like the rest of us....no trunk space to speak of, deafening wind noise, terrible climate control and the stick shift just adds to the bumpy ride.

Trade that in a year or two later and get the best Jeep your money can buy. No matter how terrible the reviews are, anything will be better than your first Jeep. That's how you get hooked!
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:45 AM
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I would get a 4 Runner instead, as mentioned. Or maybe a Toyota FJ. I had horrible experience with my TJ. Lots of quality/electrical issues and the front wouldn't stay in alignment. I have no idea how Wranglers hold their value so strongly.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
I would get a 4 Runner instead, as mentioned. Or maybe a Toyota FJ. I had horrible experience with my TJ. Lots of quality/electrical issues and the front wouldn't stay in alignment. I have no idea how Wranglers hold their value so strongly.
That's not a "horrible experience." That is the Jeep experience. Revel in it, fix your own broken crappy hardware and bask in the Jeep glory.

You must have a CRV now.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:54 AM
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We have a jk (2 dr) up along Lake Michigan in northern mi. We get lots of snow. They are fun to play in and look cool in the summer. In the winter a hardtop is a must. Unless they changed the roof design,They have crap for rain gutters and every time you open the door water runs in. That bothers the wife. We put an insulation kit on the roof to cut down on noise and improve the heat retention.
On the plus side there are lots of add-ons and aftermarket things that can be done with jeeps.

Because the jeep is a "specialty"or maybe an image buy they tend to be expensive when buying new. We looked and talked with people and an insider told us that often people lease them then don't like them as daily drivers. You can often find one coming off lease with really low miles and warranty left which allows you to extend the warranty, which I recommend, at an attractive price point. If you find a Sahara model it usually comes with both tops and nav.

Truthfully of all the vehicles I have driven in the snow the best by far has been the Lexus lx470. The awd is superb and the weight and power excellent.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:55 AM
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4-door, long wheel based Wrangler

Cherokee w/ a removable top

my current/2nd cherokee only has 183k(i put the last 120k on her)

both my wranglers were driven to well over 150k

Jeeps R Jeeps

w/ proper care & regular maintenance they will take good care of you & your family

mine have taken me from sea level all the way up & over the ContinentalDivide(13000+feet) on many trips across this nation

yes parts wear out and have to be repaired/replaced, if you keep 'em long enough

IT'S A JEEP THING, THEY WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND

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Ya, 15k miles before the tire tread feathered was really great. Bought it new and never modified the suspension. The "death wobble" was also fun when hitting bumps on the interstate. Dealer was no help. Ya'll can keep loving them.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
Ya, 15k miles before the tire tread feathered was really great. Bought it new and never modified the suspension. The "death wobble" was also fun when hitting bumps on the interstate. Dealer was no help. Ya'll can keep loving them.
I had death wobble. Track bar bushings fixed it. Things wear out. Again this is the tradeoffs you make for having solid front axle for off road ability.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:06 AM
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Nothing better in bad weather. Running a Subaru type vehicle in DEEP snow will only get you stuck. You need something higher off the ground like a Jeep to run in deep show.
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Death wobble is scary, but most of the time, it is an easy fix for a jeep (not dealer) mechanic.

Jeeps suck, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, terrible gas mileage, rough ride, simple design, made by Chrysler Corp. Of course I own and love my TJ. Daily driver is the 4 runner.

In Florida, the great white north could be Georgia or South Carolina.

I would find a 4 runner in the south that hasn't been rusted out, then move north.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:05 AM
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New JKUs are barely comparable to previous versions, they ride well, have all the latest features are quiet and get decent mileage. IMO no better daily driver car out there, super easy to maneuver and park, easy in and out for everyone, cannot be door dinged in the parking lot so for once I can park in the narrow open parking space near the entrance. I have a crew cab pickup that I never drive anymore since getting the Jeep.
Get a newer one with the Pentastar, auto and 3.73 gears.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:12 AM
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FYI- I have several friends with the 08+ jk's. Oddly most of the hardtops leak and most of the soft tops don't. Several have both tops and this is still the case. There is also a firewall grommet on the passenger side that leaks (on many jk's) almost as bad as if it wasn't there. Not hard to fix but... Jeep has a 400+ page pdf on water leaks in jk's.
That said, my next jeep will be a 2012+ jk unlimited rubi. I'm going to keep my 04 rubi though.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:20 AM
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If you've gotta ask..... then you don't want one. Let's face it, Jeep is a $hitty brand now. Just look at who they're associated with "come on down to John Doe's Crysler, _____, Dodge" I get a lot of rental cars; and given the choice I pick a Hyundai over almost any Jeep product (unless they give me the loaded out Cherokee... those are nice, but still feel like the steering wheel isn't connected to the front end).

Really though, it's a cult. If you're not in it already then you probably don't want to be. Look at a 4runner or crew cab Tacoma. They've got the best 4wd out there IMO.... and I own a Ford.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:22 AM
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If it was going to be a short trip / trail rig I'd say go for it. As a daily driver, on the road only vehicle... hell no. They are bad on gas, they are slow, they handle like shit, they ride like shit, they are noisy inside, they cant tow worth a shit.... They are literally bad at everything accept going off road.

If you will never tow anything why not this? The WRX will beat the brakes off of that Jeep in every conceivable situation you are likely to encounter other than rock crawling.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:29 AM
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If you don't care about MPG or handling at least get a well made vehicle that has a truck bed. This thing is likely to be better than the Jeep in every single conceivable situation as well. Plus it looks better and can actually haul shit. Of course if it were me I would just get a fill size crew cab 4x4.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:36 AM
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I doubt any of the posters saying they ride and handle bad have actually driven a newer JKU.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
I doubt any of the posters saying they ride and handle bad have actually driven a newer JKU.
My first jeep was 1981 CJ-8. I have driven several new JK's and agree with you. The suggestion of auto and 3.73's or better is a good one.

The OP started knowing it was ancient technology. I doubt he really needs any suggestions to buy a subaru or toyo

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