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Old 03-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #61
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Thanks!

So are there a lot of DIY guides for common repairs?

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I would venture to say yes, and in addition there are lots of pictures and videos here on the WF for common and not-so-common repairs. A wrangler is a relatively simple machine. Patience and understanding go a long way.

Also, "e-How" has some good pictures, video and step-by-step instructions which usually include a list of needed tools for quite a few common Wrangler fixes and maintenance items.

P.S. You might want to add A/C to your option list. I was sitting on the Tobin Bridge in a Camaro with the T-Tops out in rush hour traffic one Friday afternoon and was really glad to have the freezer cranking.

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Very cool. I went to Suffolk, but did MBA not JD. Parking on Beacon Hill is not too awfully bad. Cambridge and the Back Bay are a real challenge.

Good luck and keep us posted!
I was walking through the streets of Beacon Hill a few weeks ago. I said to myself, "the only auto I would considering owning whilst living here would be a Wrangler".

Short wheelbase, 4X4 for getting out of your spot in winter.
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Thanks!

So are there a lot of DIY guides for common repairs?
The Chilton's or Hayne's repair manuals are a great resource.

They're like Cliff's notes for auto repair.
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The Chilton's or Hayne's repair manuals are a great resource.

They're like Cliff's notes for auto repair.

Yeah I mean I'm sure there are manuals available. What I'm getting at is, when I'm elbows-deep into the engine bay fixing something, or I'm under the car and not knowing what the hell is going on, is the online wrangler community helpful at trouble shooting?

I know in BMW circles/forums everything has been done a thousand times and there are tons of people who are happy to help instruct a newb.

Hoping the wrangler folks are just as cool!
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #66
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Take a look around the forum and see for yourself. There is an incredible amount of information available here and a bunch of friendly knowledgable people to help you out. Jeep owners have a great, strong community and im sure you'll run into some fellow jeep owners where you live who would be more than happy to help you out if you need it.

Good luck searching for your future jeep!
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Yeah I mean I'm sure there are manuals available. What I'm getting at is, when I'm elbows-deep into the engine bay fixing something, or I'm under the car and not knowing what the hell is going on, is the online wrangler community helpful at trouble shooting?

I know in BMW circles/forums everything has been done a thousand times and there are tons of people who are happy to help instruct a newb.

Hoping the wrangler folks are just as cool!
They're pretty darn helpful and most will provide instructions with pictures and such.
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There is quite a bit on You Tube also.

You might find that if you do the how-to research before you start a maintenance or repair project that you won't need too much help once you are elbow deep in gear oil.

The folks on the WF really know their stuff. Take a look at some of the project and build threads, especially the ones with start to finish pictures. You will see a lot of knowledge and expertise being shared here.
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And there are those who, if nearby, will put themselves elbow deep in your Jeep also.
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For college, I would probably pick a Cherokee over a Wrangler, for a couple reasons.

You will find Cherokee's a lot easier and most of the time cheaper then a Wrangler. A lot of Cherokee's weren't beat on like Wranglers, so you will find them in good condition. They have more interior space and cargo room then a Wrangler.
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For college, I would probably pick a Cherokee over a Wrangler, for a couple reasons.

You will find Cherokee's a lot easier and most of the time cheaper then a Wrangler. A lot of Cherokee's weren't beat on like Wranglers, so you will find them in good condition. They have more interior space and cargo room then a Wrangler.
Its also not nearly as fun and you cant take the top off

I had a wrangler in college and it got me quite a few rides with girls who wanted to see what it was like to go "topless" haha
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Your all over the place,,,,,,,,,

As far as asking strangers what you might like and be better for you??????

Really???

With that said,,, I came from a "tooned" BMW 335i,, to a 2010 wrangler.. didnt look back.

Now Im in a 2012 JK,,, and loving the added kick in the pants with the skinney pedal !
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I love driving 335s lol!!!!!!!
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As someone said... Get the air conditioning !!! and the 4.0 I-6 Decide if you want full doors, my 2003 had both the hardtop and soft top.. The hardtop is beautiful for winter and off in the spring. I'm a old dog but my insurance on it is $300 a year full coverage.. I cant touch that with anything else I own. Enjoy looking for your perfect purchase.
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Haha Pete, I may be moving up to Boston, and was thinking that I would want a wrangler so that I wouldn't have to worry about dings and whatever else in the city.

I just don't know if I would be better off with the wrangler or not. I seem to be getting a tepid response so far (which I appreciate if it's an honest perspective).

Wranger Pros
Cool, drop the top, handles any weather, wouldn't have to worry about it in daily driving

Wrangler Cons
Mpg, reliability?, death wobble? (WTF), does not go fast or go around corners well

WRX pros
Fun to drive, fast, hatchback holds stuff, japanese reliability

WRX cons
Possible repairs on the turbo down the line/ more expensive repairs in general, I would probably obsess over the car like I do with my BMW, premium gas
I'd get a newer yj that's efi
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Agree w/JDsDream

Own a BMW 2003 530i sport, loved it until I drove my friends TJ. Bought one a week later, no regrets. Soon to be ex can have the BMW.



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You asked for opinions so here ya go.

It all comes down to what you really want. If you want a "car" buy the WRX, if you want a vehicle like no other than make it the Wrangler.

I went from a 5 series to a Wrangler myself. I still own both. Which one do you think I drive? The Wrangler! My poor Beamer hasn't seen pavement since I bought the Jeep 6 years ago.

Just like you, with my BMW, a spec of dirt was immediately removed. I would walk 3 city blocks to keep from having to park it where someone might open a door and hit it. She sparkled and shined and she was a big pita to keep the way I wanted her. Now with my Wrangler, I circle for the closest spot or a spot next to another Wrangler. If the weather is nice I MIGHT spray it down with the hose otherwise I let Mother Nature handle it.

As far as handling and performance, No you won't be hitting the turns in the same manner as you would in your Beamer or a WRX but then again, you won't be in a hurry to get anywhere either.

Reliability? The Wrangler is as reliable as any vehicle on the road today and a lot more reliable than most. I'm not sure about your BMW but mine has the Inline 6 and is still running strong at the ripe old age of 25. That is one of the many reasons that I bought my Wrangler.

You might also want to consider the re-sale value. Take a look at the re-sale on a 5 yr old WRX compared to a 5 yr old Wrangler. They really hold their value. I'm just throwing that in there. Most Wrangler owners couldn't care less about re-sale because they don't ever intend on parting with them. Myself included.

To sum it up...A Wrangler is the most fun you will ever have driving a vehicle but if you want a car, then a Wrangler isn't right for you.

Oh and the reason that CR never ranks the Wrangler highly is because there is no other vehicle to compare it to. It is in a class all it's own.

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