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Old 03-09-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Driving a Jeep is a symbol of...

To everyone of you, the beast you drive means something. It is the very root of who you are. In a few words, even just one in some cases, tell us the symbolism Jeep has imprinted on your life.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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It is a symbol of freedom to me. No way to break it down. You all can relate.

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At age 46... I finally bought myself what I had wanted when I was 16, an 88 Wrangler with 35s. I had all the family/responsible parent mobiles and now that my boys and my wife have safe airbag equipped vehicles I get to be a kid again! So while my buddies are driving their BMWs, Mercedes and other "mid-life Crisismobiles" I get to play in my JEEP!
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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Mine is a way out. A way to get out of the city away from all the stresses and worries of running a small business, a way of getting time out to recharge my batteries and I just love the out doors. You can do this with any vehicle but with a jeep you just can't help but smile!
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^^^^agree with all, lets not forget about "Badassedness"
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My son said to me yesterday (he is 11).... "Mom, how did you go so many years w/o a jeep.... Better yet how does anyone drive a car that isn't a Jeep?!"
I LOVE MY JEEP! Of course now I have to fight my son to keep my jeep! Jeep's are a way of life!
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #7
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To me it means freedom and individualism.
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To me it means freedom and individualism.
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  • Freedom = Nothing's will make you feel more free than driving a jeep with it's top down in the back country.
  • Individualism = Honestly, with the exception of the dealer's parking lot, have you seen 2 Jeeps that look exactly allike?
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I am a long time biker. A Jeep is a sort of comfy bike with windshield, heater and seats that come with a backrest. You can even talk the Mrs into coming with you for a ride. Image wise, it probably has a biker image but half as bad.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #11
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Isolation from the rest of society that I enjoy sharing with others Jeeper's in our attempt to stand out with unique and american vehicles. A vehicle that doesn't come from the same mold as every other piece of plastic garbage that claims to be a vehicle.
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^ I would disagree.
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^ I would disagree.
By all means, but that's how I feel.

Ask yourself, if everything you own is suddenly taken from you, would it change who you are? That's why my possessions don't define who I am.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #15
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Adventure, Fun, Individualism. It is a symbol that most can pick out, but only a few know and understand like we all do on WF and a lot of others. It is a symbol of our country and it can never be stopped or changed. It symbolizes our power and demonstrates the freedom of this country. It is the best vehicle simply because of its capabilities and its symbolism and how it is used and the people that drive it. You can just drive a regular car and just get by and go on by yourself or you can drive a JEEP!!! It is a brotherhood and is a sign and makes the Jeeper that drives it we may all come from anywhere in the world, from any background and yet we still take the time to wave. It is a honor to talk to other jeepers because they automatically have some of the same intrests as you. I am proud to drive a jeep and I hope I am speeking for all of the other Jeepers in the world.
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By all means, but that's how I feel.

Ask yourself, if everything you own is suddenly taken from you, would it change who you are? That's why my possessions don't define who I am.
True you would change. But you bought the things you bought because YOU wanted them. They represented what YOU want. So by all means, they kind of represent you.
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At age 46... I finally bought myself what I had wanted when I was 16, an 88 Wrangler with 35s. I had all the family/responsible parent mobiles and now that my boys and my wife have safe airbag equipped vehicles I get to be a kid again! So while my buddies are driving their BMWs, Mercedes and other "mid-life Crisismobiles" I get to play in my JEEP!
Yay!!!! Congrats!
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insanity. what person in sound mind drops the top and takes off the doors off a perfectly good vehicle or better yet removes said items and the front window in 6* weather.

to me jeeps and rock crawling is more a brotherhood then anything else we help each other out. we'll give the shirt off our backs for a jeeper or wheeler in need. i don't know how many times I've dropped the tailgate of the tow rig and pulled tools out. Both at trail heads and for random jeep owners on the side of the road who needed a hand.
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True you would change. But you bought the things you bought because YOU wanted them. They represented what YOU want. So by all means, they kind of represent you.
That's an interesting point, but it still doesn't change how I feel. My wants are indeed based on what I think to be of value to me personally. My possessions may be representative of what I value, so I agree, you can assume certain things about Jeepers. But again, I would still be the same person without all my possessions. So, my possessions do not make me who I am.
If someone thinks a certain thing about me because I drive a Jeep, well then that's their projection, but it doesn't influence who I am. I drive a Jeep because I like Jeeps, not for any image, or to make people think I'm a certain type of person. Jeep owners can feel a common bond, I totally understand that. But I think if that if you've been around this board long enough, you will see just how wrong pre-conceived notions of who people are based on their possessions can be.
It's actually very funny, I had this same discussion a few years ago on one of the hot rod boards I go on.
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Me. Plain and simple. The way it looks and the mods i do represent how i want it to look/perform. My jeep represents a part of my personality. It doesnt matter to me at all about how people percieve me when they see my jeep...all that matters is it makes me happy when i drive it, wheel it, and look at it.
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That's an interesting point, but it still doesn't change how I feel. My wants are indeed based on what I think to be of value to me personally. My possessions may be representative of what I value, so I agree, you can assume certain things about Jeepers. But again, I would still be the same person without all my possessions. So, my possessions do not make me who I am.
If someone thinks a certain thing about me because I drive a Jeep, well then that's their projection, but it doesn't influence who I am. I drive a Jeep because I like Jeeps, not for any image, or to make people think I'm a certain type of person. Jeep owners can feel a common bond, I totally understand that. But I think if that if you've been around this board long enough, you will see just how wrong pre-conceived notions of who people are based on their possessions can be.
It's actually very funny, I had this same discussion a few years ago on one of the hot rod boards I go on.
Nicley put. I disagreed at first but that makes alot of sense now.
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It gets me, my son and our guns to the country where we can put rounds downrange. Where we shoot, there aren't generally roads. When I test drove it, I really tested it and it came through well. My only complaint is that it's a little tall in the back for my dog to get in. She's a Newfoundland. Huge dog, but not designed for jumping. I'm looking for a solution if any of you have one.
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It's the icon of the USA.. Army, Navy and Marines.. well with me more Marine as it was my mode of transportation in Korea (51-53) Why did i wait till now to get my own
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Several years ago, on my way to Yellowstone NP, I stopped off in Chyenne, Wyoming. I saw several people riding 4-Wheelers on the city streets. I was told that it was legal in Chyenne, I was jealous, you can't do that where I live. I decided that the next best thing is a topless Jeep
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have you seen 2 Jeeps that look exactly allike?[/LIST]
Pretty damn close. I found one with the same tires I have. Same color. SAME Warn bumper and grill guard I wanted.... so I'm gonna have a buddy build one similar but stronger. I guess the only difference there "will" be are the windshield mounted lights and I will be getting a paintjob.
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By all means, but that's how I feel.

Ask yourself, if everything you own is suddenly taken from you, would it change who you are? That's why my possessions don't define who I am.
But that's not what this post is about. What does the Jeep symbolize? Not who does your Jeep make you?
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But that's not what this post is about. What does the Jeep symbolize? Not who does your Jeep make you?
He said nothing. He just likes driving jeeps because he likes them in them self. Not for an associated or assumed reason. at least that's what I got from it.
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^^^^agree with all, lets not forget about "Badassedness"
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I always thought this way too. Sometimes I purposefully drive topless and doorless when I know it's supposed to rain.

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