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Old 05-23-2010, 08:45 AM
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Looking at the 2010 Sahara

Hello All,

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?

Sound system: 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?

?Chrome Packages?: 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?

Lastly, 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.

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Welcome to the group.... I have the auto and test drove both and while the manual feels as if it transmits more of the engine's power to the ground, I am just too lazy to shift gears anymore in our city traffic. It wasn't that much difference to bother me. Also if you are looking to tow, I often tow the gear trailer for my scout troop (about 3500) and it does "ok", but then I was also used to pulling things with a Dodge 3500 CTD. As for the tops, unless you live in extreme cold, go with the soft top, it's a lot easier when you are ready to go topless, and if you are out and need the top up in a pinch, well... you get the picture.

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If you are buying new get the 6 cylinder with an automatic. Depends where you live. Hard tops are nice, quiet, and cool with the AC. Stop by a dealer and test drive one.
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Thank you both for your replies. On our way back out to the dealership again. Will keep you all posted on my findings and results.

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welcome to the forum... hope you find a Jeep the works for you
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the rubicon will be a little stiffer than the sahara and x/sport. of course on my sahara i just put in rubicon springs/shocks as an upgrade. the sahara will have a bit more body roll around town in turns. the rubicon wasnt overly stiff for me, and i liked the change.

if your 6 speed felt like it needed a 7th gear you probably have 4.10 gears in the one you drove. 4.10 gears will rev about 2600rpm at 70mph in 6th gear. 3.73 gears would be a little better and only rev 2300rpm at 70. I think the automatics are pretty good with a 4.10 as their final ratio is lower than the manuals final ratio. (.84)

The Infinity stereo package is one of the best oem's i've heard, and ive upgraded stereos in most of my cars over the last 15 years. Wont be touching this one.

the dual top package is always most desireable, and you can always sell one top later for good money if you end up only using 1 style.
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Welcome! The Auto/Manual debate goes on forever, it just comes down to your situation and what you want.
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Welcome to the forum! Good luck on finding the right Jeep for you and your husband and the recovery!

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