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Old 01-15-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Jeep or Dodge Ram?

I'm 17, and I've got a 2001 silver dodge ram 1500, and I love it because it's reliable, and I'm nearly positive I won't die if I get in a wreck. But I hate the gas mileage.

My grandmother has asked me to fix up her 97 red jeep wrangler to sell for her. It wasn't in the best of shape, but I like it because it's red, a manual, and a jeep of course. But that jeep has been beat to hell and back. On the plus side, it has freshly rebuilt engine in it!

Obviously you guys are going to be a little bias towards the jeep, but try to give me your honest opinion on what i should do.

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Go with the Jeep. You'll always wish you would have if you keep the dodge instead. I bought my wife a dodge dakota 10 years ago and wanted a Jeep then. Just got one finally in August. Now trying to talk the wife into getting one for herself
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You'll get the same or worse gas mileage in the jeep. I'd get the jeep though. There is a certain feeling you get knowing you own a jeep that can't be described
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I'd sell the ram and the jeep then buy a jeep that hasn't gone throught he beating you said your 97 has.. thats what i would do
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I'd sell the ram and the jeep then buy a jeep that hasn't gone throught he beating you said your 97 has.. thats what i would do
^^^Sage business advice.

Will the top and doors come off your Ram? Try it in your grandmother's Jeep. You'll never go back.
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I have a 2003 Ram 2500 4x4 and a 2005 Wrangler.

If I had to choose one, the Wrangler would be gone in a heartbeat. The pickup is 500% more versatile than the Wrangler. You'll be moving out on your own soon. Try fitting a mattress inside your Wrangler. Any decent trailer will exceed the Wrangler's tow capacity. And at least with your pickup you already have a good idea of it's reliability. Most importantly, for a teenager, even a shortbed pickup has a greatly superior fornication quotient for average sized humans.
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Your asking the wrong place for this opinion... my votes for the jeep.. chicks dig jeeps
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or see if you can buy it from her... 2 cars arent all that bad to insure..
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I don't need a pickup truck. I got friends with pickup trucks. And they call me when they get stuck in the mud and need to be pulled out. So if I need a mattress moved, I just call them.
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I have a 2003 Ram 2500 4x4 and a 2005 Wrangler.

If I had to choose one, the Wrangler would be gone in a heartbeat. The pickup is 500% more versatile than the Wrangler. You'll be moving out on your own soon. Try fitting a mattress inside your Wrangler. Any decent trailer will exceed the Wrangler's tow capacity. And at least with your pickup you already have a good idea of it's reliability. Most importantly, for a teenager, even a shortbed pickup has a greatly superior fornication quotient for average sized humans.
Your last statement, is true
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Tricked by Satan. Sad.
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Your asking the wrong place for this opinion... my votes for the jeep.. chicks dig jeeps
Amen brotha
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how bad could of your grandmother beat up that jeep????
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I have a 97 ram 2500 and a 98 TJ, I love them both dearly, but if I only had to choose 1 it would probably be the ram.

Although im hoping to pick up a rubicon this summer and then it would be a much closer toss up.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #17
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Just my opinion...
I'd choose the jeep.
You're 17...which means that unless your mommy and daddy plan to suckle you for the rest of your life, you are standing at the edge of a decade of being broke. Honestly, that's not a bad thing...arguably, it could be the best thing anyone goes through, cuz if you do it right, you learn a LOT.
there is nothing on a 97 jeep thatyou cannot learn to fix.....an 01 ram will have more systems that will require more equipment than can fit in a tool box. Not impossible...just less likely.
Whatever you choose...will probably be gone in the next 2-3 years and you'll be into fast cars or fancy cars or soccer-mom cars...evolution happens. (to most)
Between now and then you can learn a lot about automotive maintenance that will apply to any future vehicle.
Don't sweat the ability to haul stuff....I spent decades being the "friend with a truck" that everyone calls when they need something done. The ossasions where I had something in the bed were vastly out numbered by the time spent with loose crap just rattling around back there (or blowing out).
As for "social accommodation"...well....that's why they make blankets. And at 17, I have a hunch your imagination is far more encompassing that a truck bed.
Whichever option you select....enjoy. (that was referring to the question about vehicles)

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I think it depends on your needs. If you for any reason tow a lot or make a lot of long trips the obvious choice is the dodge. If you want something thats fun and can go a lot more places take the jeep. Depends on your lifestyle really.
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And at 17, I have a hunch your imagination is far more encompassing that a truck bed.
Whichever option you select....enjoy. (that was referring to the question about vehicles)

From a Texan, I interpret "far more encompassing" to include a horse trailer and a step stool.

LOL, sorry.
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If you're a non-Texan, I understand your need for a step-stool.

Lol. Hehehe.
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Since I have both a Dodge Truck and a Jeep, I will try to be unbias. My suggestion is evaluate your hobbies, interests,etc to help make a decision. For instance, if you are into camping and pack alot of gear or just generally use the bed alot for cargo, pull a trailer or boat, etc you are going to miss the truck if you choose the Jeep.

However the Jeep is more fun to drive, replacement seems to be cheaper, and chicks dig them. But be forewarned that there is a ton of aftermarket goodies for the the Jeep...which will likely mean you end up spending a lot of money on it if you are not careful.

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^^^Sage business advice.

Will the top and doors come off your Ram? Try it in your grandmother's Jeep. You'll never go back.
Sure it will! It's called a sawzall I about sold my wrangler and dumped funds into my wj until I realized I wouldn't be able to take the doors and top off, that changed that
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Oh and if you stand it upright you can fit a mattress in a topless jeep, I've done it
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Oh and if you stand it upright you can fit a mattress in a topless jeep, I've done it
Caution, kiddo.

I think he's referring to techniques for move a mattress in a jeep.

Not necessarily for using it there.

...for napping

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Caution, kiddo.

I think he's referring to techniques for move a mattress in a jeep.

Not necessarily for using it there.

...for napping

Etc
Yeah but have you seen what you can do with a roll cage? plenty of fun can be had in a wrangler
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I've owned full size trucks (Ram, F-150 and Silverado) and I've owned a few Jeeps. That's like saying Apples Vs Oranges as far as a daily driver goes. To me, the trucks have their place. It's why I have an S10 now as my daily driver. I use it for the truck capabilities but enjoy the 22-25MPG I get out of it being a 4 banger stickshift. I own the Jeep purely for the fun of owning and driving a Jeep. If I had to choose one, I'd probably choose the Jeep and just get a trailer for when I need to haul things. Thankfully, I don't have to choose and can have the best of both worlds.
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If you're a non-Texan, I understand your need for a step-stool.

Lol. Hehehe.

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Take the Jeep, if the time comes when you have to move out, and can't find someone with a truck, well that is why there is U-HAUL
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thats kinda funny.... we have both we have had our 01 dodge ram 1500 for a long time now and we still LOVE IT.. But we love our 98 wrangler too we only had it less then a month. its nice to have both.
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Just my opinion...
I'd choose the jeep.
You're 17...which means that unless your mommy and daddy plan to suckle you for the rest of your life, you are standing at the edge of a decade of being broke. Honestly, that's not a bad thing...arguably, it could be the best thing anyone goes through, cuz if you do it right, you learn a LOT.
there is nothing on a 97 jeep thatyou cannot learn to fix.....an 01 ram will have more systems that will require more equipment than can fit in a tool box. Not impossible...just less likely.
Whatever you choose...will probably be gone in the next 2-3 years and you'll be into fast cars or fancy cars or soccer-mom cars...evolution happens. (to most)
Between now and then you can learn a lot about automotive maintenance that will apply to any future vehicle.
Don't sweat the ability to haul stuff....I spent decades being the "friend with a truck" that everyone calls when they need something done. The ossasions where I had something in the bed were vastly out numbered by the time spent with loose crap just rattling around back there (or blowing out).
As for "social accommodation"...well....that's why they make blankets. And at 17, I have a hunch your imagination is far more encompassing that a truck bed.
Whichever option you select....enjoy. (that was referring to the question about vehicles)

I concur completely and 2nd that motion!

So whats the deal with the jeep, specs might help others chime in

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