I took my son to the Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth/Jeep/Eagle/AMC dealership two weekends ago to look at the new Dart. My first car was a '71 Dart, and I loved it.
I'd finally got fed up with the rear-end whine, transmisson clunking, steering clunking, random broken bits inside and out of my '04 Explorer. I'm a very nostalgic kind of guy, and I have a soft spot for every car I've owned and felt sad as each left my driveway.
Screw that Explorer. Good riddance. I put $5 worth of gas in it and rolled it to the dealership on E. Caught a glimpse of the original window sticker as I was hunting for the title. $42K! My god, I'd be pissed if I'd bought that car new! Thankfully I've only had it since 2008.
So we looked at the Darts. Briefly. Then we strolled down some other aisles.
"Oooh.." I think, "there's the Wranglers!" I recalled seeing the Ursa Minor tops were available for Wranglers, and we just got rid of our camper van.
So I see a "new" black '13 Sport with Hard Top for $23,999.
Took me a day to convince myself to do it. I went back to the dealership, and while waiting for my sales guy, wandered a bit more and saw a '13 Sahara Unlimited that's kinda loaded. Like, heated seats and remote starter and all. Discounted pretty well.
My wife practically pushed me into buying it. Freaked me out a bit, actually.
So we stretched the budget and bought it. On my birthday last Friday.
I wasn't hot on the Billet color at first, but it's grown on me. I couldn't have built one in a preferred color with far fewer goodies for what I paid for this.
Crappy pic, no idea if the link works.
I love this thing. Not quit the "cute" factor of our old, beloved '71 Wagoneer (affectionately referred to as "the Heep"), but this one starts every time, so there's that.
My boy and I drove out to Masonic, then on to Bodie, this past summer. Not exactly rock crawling, but daunting in that POS Exploder at times. We're looking forward to doing it again this year with a bit more confidence.
Sorry for the long-winded post. Thanks for this forum. It's been a great resource over the last couple weeks.