Here to pick your brain for the knowledge I know you have and I am lacking. My husband and I were motorcycle riders for 5 years. Due to a 76 year old (medically unfit driver) crossing the double yellow line and plowing down 3 bikers, my husband lost his left leg below the knee. We both have been recovering for the past year and I wanted to find a "NEW FUN" for us to share again. I believe the JEEP will hit the spot!
Went to a local dealership yesterday and test drove the Sahara in both manual and automatic, one soft top and one hardtop. LOVED IT! Test drove a RUBICON the weekend before but the Sahana seemed to be a smoother ride. (I know...that's just the character of the JEEP.
) Like a 4 door and have to have the 4WD. Very active family (camping, boating, snowskiing and such) but probably would not be rock climbing with the Jeep. But now down to the questions:
Manual vs Automatic:
Been reading here about the lack of power. I found that the 6 speed manual felt like there needed to be a 7th gear when driving it on the highway. Is that what all are talking about "needing more power"? The automatic did not give that feel. Do you experienced Jeep owners still feel the automatic lacks in power? And if so, when do you feel that? I am thinking my husband will want to drive it and with a left leg prostetic, auto may be better. Love the manual though.
Soft top vs Hard top
: Found both blocked out the noise when driving it. Our jeep will be garage kept but wondered your thoughts on the two and if you recommend the dual top package? Do you really notice a difference in the temperture between the two?
There is a media center 730N CD/DVD/HDD/NAV Radio with 368W 7-speaker Infinity Sound system including subwoofer in it. I agree with someone that posted, they just want to hear the music themselves and not share it with everyone in the next 2. So knowing that, is this system a pretty good one?
Noticed someone stated "chrome and Jeep don't go together". Well, I gotta say I love the look. Not sure about the runner boards but like everything else. (Grille; Fuel Filler Door; Exterior Mirrors; Taillamp Guards and the Exhaust Tip) Is there a nicer version of chrome in after market parts? Or does anyone have experience and feel these items are not worth getting?
, with your knowledge of the Jeep products, would you wait till August for the 2011's to hit the dealerships? Will they be making any limited editions? Think the dealer is going to offer us a pretty sweet deal on the 2010 since they have a large stock and looking to move it. Not to mention...it is the end of the month
Thank you all in advance for guidance.