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Old 12-22-2011, 09:30 AM   #1
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Are you attached to your Jeep?

Probably a weird question to ask in a Wrangler forum but have you gotten attached to your Jeep?

Currently I have an 01 Grand Cherokee Laredo that I will be trading in when my new Sahara Unlimited arrives shortly. I have to say that I'm honestly sad that I'm trading her in.... Seriously, this Jeep has been with me since college and has moved my wife and I across the country twice. She's seen the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, The Golden Gate Bridge, Crater Lake, Arches National Park and The Giant Redwoods of Northern California. Whenever we've gone hiking, camping, white water rafting or skiing she's gotten us there.

At this point I'm trying to figure out a way to take someone out of her and put it in the new Jeep to carry on her spirit in a way. I can't figure out what though...

Am I crazy or do other people love their Jeeps as much?

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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I love my Jeep and have named it, and yet I do ultimately see it as a means to accessing nature and helping people. I think an off-road vehicle somehow becomes the equivalent of a horse in the old days.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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I don't LOVE my jeep, I really enjoy her, but not love-

I'll only be attached if she rolls !!

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:48 AM   #4
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I really like my jeep. And if for any reason i had to get rid of it, itd be tough lol
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
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Since she's been around for so long (7 years) I almost feel like she's another member of the family. That's all my wife keeps talking about whenever we jump in latley. "I'm going to miss Jeepy. She's been there for all the important parts of our life".

I have to agree with what Abdul said. For some people (like myself and my wife) the Jeep has been a modern day horse.

JimBox - I figured you'd jump in here, but honestly thought you'd say that you loved her... or at least REALLY liked her!
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #6
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I'm occasionally attached, when i wear a pair of pants that still have belt loops left...
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I bought my Jeep for the teenager that is trapped in my aging body. He and I have always wanted a Jeep. We are cheered every day that it is in our life! We are definitely attached !
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Since she's been around for so long (7 years) I almost feel like she's another member of the family. That's all my wife keeps talking about whenever we jump in latley. "I'm going to miss Jeepy. She's been there for all the important parts of our life".

I have to agree with what Abdul said. For some people (like myself and my wife) the Jeep has been a modern day horse.

JimBox - I figured you'd jump in here, but honestly thought you'd say that you loved her... or at least REALLY liked her!
I do really appreciate the JKU because of all the abilities and attractions-

Yes I am very fond of that Chrysler concoction, but I've hadda lotta Chrysler vehicles and they've all been top drawer--nuff said !

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Old 12-24-2011, 06:08 PM   #9
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Now that you mention it, I AM attached to my Jeep. I rescued my '97 TJ from my son about 6-7 yrs. ago. He bought it, quickly trashed it and then left it for dead.

I took it in, repaired it, made some mods and have driven it everywhere I go (especially in my adventures) ever since. I feel it's become an extension of me. It's become my mobile man-cave (especially since I had to give up my REAL man-cave for a baby's room since my 1st grandchild came along last September).

Would I give her up for a new or newer model? Nope. Do I want a different one at all? Nope. SHE is MY Jeep and I plan to keep her for a long, long time.

In fact, she's currently in the shop going through a complete make-over - new paint, undercoating and bedlining for starters. I've been without her about 2 weeks now and have about another one to two weeks to go. I think I'm going through withdrawal.

Driving my wife's Ford just doesn't cut it. There just doesn't seem to be anything out there called "The Taurus Wave". Well, no one is waving back anyway...

I just can't wait to get MY Jeep back.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:36 PM   #10
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Since my kids don't even like my JEEP, nobody to pass it to, told them I want to be buried in it. It's the last truck I plan to own.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:32 PM   #11
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i love my jeep, i've had it for 7 years last october. but with that said, i'd sell it tomorrow if i needed money for my family. i'm attached but not that attached... anyways, its just a jeep...
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:19 PM   #12
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Probably a weird question to ask in a Wrangler forum but have you gotten attached to your Jeep?

At this point I'm trying to figure out a way to take someone out of her and put it in the new Jeep to carry on her spirit in a way. I can't figure out what though...

Am I crazy or do other people love their Jeeps as much?
Indeed, you are not crazy...

I have had such feelings, even for the nondescript Toyota Corolla that I traded in the for the Honda CR-V (which I traded off for the Jeep). I could just feel it, it feeling rejected because I didn't want to fix it up anymore and move onto something else.

The only way I could reconcile that feeling within me is recognizing that it points to feeling abandoned as a child (because of my deafness, which was unknown to my parents for what seemed like forever to a seven-year-old). I do distinctly remember a time when we went on nature rides into the countryside, and I would be playing by myself not too far from the car, I was always watching the car (because I couldn't hear) because I was afraid my parents would forget me and leave me behind. I don't know how I came up with that even though I was deaf and still only knew a handful of words.

Here I sat, in the car one last time, knowing that the end was near and it was going to be parted out for other cars still on the road. I could not leave the essence of that car, the memories within the car, left alone in the salvage yard... I imagined I had the grasp of the essence of the car, all its memories that I put there over the years, and I pulled it inside me, like it was being funneled into me. So now, the car isn't alone out there 1300 miles away, but the memories and the essence resides within me. It's with me forever. It is a part of me that has seen a few adventures in the CR-V and now the Jeep, and hopefully soon will see some new ones in the Scout II when it's done. It is no longer a car that I was driving as an object, but as a part of me that gets to drive a vehicle as part of my journey through life, on the lonely road through time.

So now, I use this as a survival strategy to help me deal with moving on, with separation from one life onward to another one. When I move from a place, I take the last moment there to pull all that I know from the home, all the memories, into me, and then I see there is nothing there around me, because it's now all inside me. The place is now just a bunch of lights, walls, pipes, wood, and drywall. Spiritually cleansed of my presence there. It becomes ready for the next resident. I use this method to move on at least until I know how to deal with this in another way. That way, I make peace with a part of my life that once was. It is also a way of assuring "it" that I am not doing this out of rejection or hatred, but an understanding that it's time to go, and yes, I did enjoy my time there.

I did feel a sense of, "Well, it's time for the playing to stop for now, as I have to get to work to make a living and keep you fueled and fixed up for future trips," at the end of the recent Ohio trip.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:10 PM   #13
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I'm attached to my jeep. When I was dating Crystal(now my wife) i was driving my Cj. My daughter was born and she took a few rides in it with her car seat strapped to just the floor( no rear seat). We up graded to an older but less rotted Cj. My son was born and a second seat belt was installed so he could join the family on our adventures. For safety we upgraded to a TJ . A couple of years later we out grew the TJ when my second son was born. So we traded her in for a JKU.
Every milestone we have shared as a family a jeep has been part of. So yeah I can say I love my jeep.

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Old 12-25-2011, 03:23 PM   #14
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I love my jeep............................
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:31 PM   #15
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Wont trade mine for anything
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:33 PM   #16
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #17
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I never really wanted a Jeep. I did want a Porsche. But we moved to northern NM, so I revised my dream car to match my dream location. I live in an amazing part of the country, and the Jeep can get me to all of it, all year 'round.

I think I'd feel more attached to it if it was a stick, but I didn't like the Jeep stick when I test drove it, and most of the time, the automatic makes way more sense. Again, I'm a practical person.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:01 PM   #18
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Unless it gets totaled. I will never part ways with my tj. And if it does. I'll save every possible good part and put it into a new tj
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:56 AM   #19
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i have had my 97 tj for 12 years in march..it is just like a part of the family...i plan on keeping this one forever
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Sometimes I want a F150 and I usually kick myslef later for saying that.
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My plan since the day I bought my LJ new has been to keep it forever. If my XJ had been 4wd I would have kept it instead and bought something totally different.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:22 AM   #22
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I have had my JK since August, and I have become emotionally attached to it in a way I never have with a motor vehicle.

And that includes my Harley.

It also includes my dad's '57 Bel Air and his '66 Mustang.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:10 AM   #23
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My attraction to my jeep is sorta like a mail order bride type of attraction. I found my match, submitted my application, paid the free and even have pictures of my my new love - but I have yet to meet her, touch her, talk to her, smell her, etc etc.
We're scheduled to meet the first week of february when I fly back across the pond, pick her up from a dealership in Bloomington, Indiana and drive her to our home in Cleveland, Ohio.
I'm sure she'll be everything and more than I've ever hoped for. It just feels right. I'm sure she's "the one". I just know it.
As Tom Petty says, the waiting is the hardest part.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:11 AM   #24
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(face palm) I thought the post said "attracted" not "attached"...whatever...
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:21 AM   #25
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Ive had my 2000tj for 10 years now and I'm still trying to decide if I'm attached or just too cheap to buy another car.. As for the OP, how much are you getting for a 2001 on trade-in? If its really low which I'm sure it is why don't you just keep it?
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:06 PM   #26
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Yes and yes. I recently looked at some new trucks and i just couldn't pull the trigger and let her go. I've had five other cars before her for a year to three each, the jeep, going on seven. I love how jeeps are great for year round fun and weather. The close nit community of jeep owners all the way to the *wave* i think i'd be hard pressed to find another vehicle i'd love this much.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #27
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I love my jeep to the point The Old Lady is jealous. I have vowed to Never get rid of the my jeep. So I can pass the jeep down to my Son when he’s old enough and at least somewhat responsible.
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Nope, it's an inanimate object, just a means to get from a-b.If I was offered the right price for it, it would be gone tomorrow. Sorry.
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Nope, it's an inanimate object, just a means to get from a-b.If I was offered the right price for it, it would be gone tomorrow. Sorry.
Right. That's why the woman is gone, but you still have the Jeep.
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deff attached to mine, i share a 92 f150 with my aunt which was passed down to us when my grandfather (her father) passed away, it stays at her house 1hr30mins from me, i went to get it 3 days ago and left the jeep there, had to do some work on the truck and i miss the jeep like crazy...i gotta work at 12 tomorrow and am gettin up early just to go back and get the jeep before work ;]

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