I've always kind of liked jeeps, from way back when but never really looked to own one, buy one, test drive one. And then for awhile it was just not practical.
This past spring, my kid bought a nice 99 sport (which he has fixed up super nice, I should post pictures) I took it for a drive, loved it. I ended up with a 08 rubi as a result. Just recently middle kid (who would drool over mustangs) needed a car as his little tercel hunk of junk took a big crap. He scraped together a few grand and found a nice little 97 that wasn't in too bad of shape and now is working to get it fixed up some. Come to find out my dad just bought an 08 X over the summer and just yesterday my big found a nice 99 for his GF. It's immaculate and under 50K miles. I guess we are becoming a big jeep family.
The boys have been trail riding on our property a few times together. As a mom, I gotta say it's much less stressful than when they were atving on the property.
Once we move out there, hubby wants to find one like the middle kid's, not much money but good for cruising around the property or running to town.
I guess the jeep thing is like the flu, come in contact and it's catching!
I think it's the most practicle thing I have. We live in the country, a pick up truck is the first practicle vehicle (got that, don't need two) so the next practicle mode of trans would be the jeep.
I have a daughter going on fifteen, I think she'll be going the jeep route too. If only for the simple fact her big brother has gotten pretty knowledgable about working on them.
It is nice to see my two sons with something in common now, they off road and wrench together. The jeeps brought us alittle sibling harmony for a change. I'll have to post pictures of them on Thanksgiving day out in the woods. I'll try and upload this evening.
No kidding. Husband wants to find a project jeep to play around out back with the boys or run to town in. They were talking CJ's but from what I have read, as cool as they are, I am guessing it would be harder to find parts/restore etc and perhaps not so good on hills and in the woods. So now he's thinking about something like the middle kid bought. The middle kids is just a four banger but he picked it up for about 2500 and aside from a few flaws on the fenders, a small tear on the soft top and a few scratches it is pretty darn clean and runs like a champ. He's working now on getting a lift and some new tires as he's got the tiny ones.
Big kid lifted his, got new tires, new bumpers and a winch already.
it does run in the family!
my dad sold me his, now that I'm a freshman at college, he has the joy of driving it every day. He called me on Sunday morning at 9 am (way to early for us college kids) to inform me that he went offroading in my Jeep and had a blast lol
Oldest son's GF just got her jeep last week. It is a beauty, 98, same demin blue color my son's. (they are now like twinkies)
It is perfect for her, she's a girly girl, (driving a loaded 300 prior to her jeep) It's automatic, which was her demand, it has electric start and autolocks so she's happy and it is clean! Paint is perfect, always kept covered and indoors, interior immaculate and about 40K miles on it. She's got some nice wheels on it too.
So the first night she was in it we had an ice storm. I too learned it is a totally different animal when you are used to a car with traction control She called my son in a panic, he gave her instructions on how to get it in 4WD and we all instructed her to drive straight home. It was nasty out.
A day latter we got hit with snow. She showed up here in the middle of it. She walked in the door and looked at me and squealed, "IT'S SO MUCH FUN!" and went on to say how all the cars were barely getting through and told me how she just motored right on through and had fun driving up our funky walled driveway the just fills up with snow due to the fields across the road.
Cracks me up. She's a tiny thing, my son laughs because she has to drive with the seat all the way forward to reach the peddles but another convert has been born.
I fully agreed with her. I had a blast driving home in the snow storm once I got out of traffic and on the back roads. Usually a trip home or to work in an IL snow storm is a nightmare but yep, fun fun (once you get out of the damn cities/towns where it is full of idiots)
You have a beautiful and PERFECT FAMILY!!! You got it made(**you are blest**), you own a beautiful Jeep(ROOOOBY!!), your two sons own a jeep, you have an uncle that has.......well, you know what I mean.
Your post made me feel all warm and happy inside.!!!!
Dad has one, not uncle but I am sure my uncle has had a few. He's owned just about everything, usually 1950-late sixties. He has a real sweat restored old dodge power wagon. It is very cool, a beast but cool.