First New Wrangler - And, here's why I bought what I bought - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Jeep Discussions > General Jeep Discussion

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 06-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1
Ineed911 is on a distinguished road
First New Wrangler - And, here's why I bought what I bought

I have wanted a Jeep Wrangler since 1998. In fact, I ordered a black Sahara from a friend of mine that worked at a Jeep dealership that year. He was not thrilled that I backed out of the deal. It was clearly my fault because I did not realize how bad of a commuter vehicle it was until my first test drive.

So, now I am old and have kids, and have been enjoying driving my A4 but I got the bug again. Finally, my wife told me to test drive the JK unlimited. If I liked it better than the 2-door, then I could worry about what to do next. So, I tested a JKU Sport for an afternoon with my wife. She loved it, and so did I. The ride was much more civilized but it still had all of the benefits of being a Wrangler.

I decided that I would dump the Audi and take the plunge. Now, I just had to figure out what to buy. I love the look of a lifted Jeep (ex. and started looking into what it would take to do this. My budget was fairly flexible, so the real key was getting the right Jeep to start with. I looked into getting a Sport S JKU, then adding a 2.5-3.5" lift with 35: tires, etc. I also knew that I would need to get the max tow package to start with or I would pay later. Then, I started reading about all of the mistakes that others have made - wrong gears, not lifted properly (I have lowered vehicles and always required at least two trips to a good mechanic to get right), gas mileage. There are about one million things to consider.

In the end, I realized how much smarter and ambitious some of the folks on these threads are. I am but a lowly video engineer, and am not that inclined mechanically. I may have an impressive bench press, but my skills to modify a vehicle are near nil. So, what did I do?

I looked at who I really am, as a person, and why I wanted the Jeep:
  • I loved the thought of the "convertible" with the characteristics of an off road vehicle - not a low riding car.
  • I have kids (one that is 5) and want them to be able to get into the Jeep
  • I know enough to know that I don't know what I don't know
  • I need to keep the Jeep realistic to allow for daily driving

So, in the end, I bought a Sahara with the 3.21 gears and an automatic transmission. The Sahara has a few features that I wanted, and (importantly) some features that my wife wanted. It stands a little higher than the Sport at stock height, but if my 5 year old falls, she will not break an ankle. My wife wants to be able to drive it, so I went with an automatic. And, I know that I am not going off road in any real way, so the 3.21's are fine.

All-in-all, I am just happy to have the Jeep. I realized instantly that it is about just getting one, and then figuring out where to go next. So, I am in it now. Let the fun part of my life begin... NOW!
Ineed911 is offline   Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
speedyrev's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 189
speedyrev is on a distinguished road
That's what it's all about :-D

speedyrev is offline   Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
JKUdad's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Maricopa County
Posts: 71
JKUdad is on a distinguished road
All-in-all, I am just happy to have the Jeep.

Ditto my friend.. Enjoy !!!
4 low and Go!!!!
JKUdad is offline   Quote

first jeep , jku , new owner , sahara

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:44 PM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner