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Old 02-19-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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need advice . how far would you drive your jeep.

hi. i'm a newbie and have been lurking for awhile but haven't been able to find an answere to my question so thought i would join up and just ask if i may. you all seem very knowledgable and i need some good advice before i spend a bunch of money.

my question is would a jeep work for what i want to do?. i am finally, nearly, able to afford to buy a jeep (pbly new) as the kids are just about out of the house (three daughters). anyway it's time to replace a vehicle so what i want to do is this.

buy a jeep. i am only interested in the wrangler type model.

use it for my wifes short daily commute (< 10mi. one way).

i'm not too worried about mpg since it's a short commute.

couple times a year drive the jeep to colorado or elsewhere for touring around and mild off roading. i live in iowa so we're talking a couple states away.

air conditioning for my wife is obviously a requirement as well as a good heater. temps here range from -20 winter to 105 summer.

i farm part time so ride and noise i coudn't care less about. i like to hear my engine run anyway.

how far have you guys driven your jeeps on vacation etc?.

i realize there are different engine, drive train, tires etc, options available to customize for my requirements so perhaps i could get a jeep set up for what i need?. i would be looking at factory options for the most part since i'm not at the level where i would need alot of after market work.

does this sound like it will work or am i full of organic agricultural matter?.

thanks for any advice.
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I've never had my Jeep more than probably 75 miles away from my house, though I wouldn't hesitate to do so. It's only 11 years old and has only 108,000 miles so it is still just getting broken in.

The heater and air conditioner have always bee more than sufficient for me. The heater will roast you and the AC does pretty well, though I have harsly ever had it on. When it's warm,the top goes into storage.

I'm glad you aren't concerned about road noise. You'll have to live with it with a Jeep.

I don't know if I would exactly drive a couple states and off-road my Jeep. I wouldn't want to get stranded, but I know some people do it regularly.

Good luck. If a cushy ride is not an issue for you, then a Jeep is a nice choice.

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as far as driving distance, my 97 SE has made it to fla and back(from tenn) a couple of times and has driven to minnesota and back. and a good thing about wranglers is that if something breaks, they're pretty easy to fix.
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I'm just like you...

I live 7 miles from my Job and drive my Jeep to work everyday...

My Jeep is a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with an automatic transmission, I bought it 3 years ago and it has been just about everywhere with me. Big Bend, The Texas Coast, Amarillo, Dallas, Red River NM, El Paso and all over the Texas Hill Country.

I have broken a few things on my wheeling trips but nothing that has ever left me stranded; small boo boos I could patch up and limp home. Admittedly, I’m much harder on my Jeep than I should be when wheeling; but as a day to day driver my Jeep lives a life of leisure.

She is treated to Mobil “1” Synthetic Oil every 3,000 miles and she has never missed a service appointment. The 4x4 diffs get serviced once a year and I flush the transmission and cooling system ever year too. Not to mention at least 3 hand-washes a month and a good interior steam cleaning 3 to 4 a year. My Jeep still looks smells and drives like it did the day I drove her off the lot.

This last week she turned 32,000 miles and I treated her to a new set of Goodyear 285 MTRs thanks to AnciraJeepParts.com, one of my JeepTales Site Sponsors. Next week she is going to get a Warn 9.5 Ti winch from one of my new sponsors at Warn.

I started teaching my daughter to drive it when she was just "10" and she now drives better than most adults. My daughter thinks I'm going to give her my Rubicon some day....."HA"

My Jeep has been like a good horse, and I fall more in love with it everything I drive it. I know I’m a little OCD about her, but it’s a Jeep; What do you expect?
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:00 PM   #5
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Welcome to WR and good choice if your looking for a Jeep. Bought my 2003 off the lot new and it has about 35000 miles on it. We drove to Florida to see Mickey....2 adults and 2 kids, strapped the bags on one of those hitch carriers, and off we went. Mine is a daily driver and recreational wheeler. Like amerijeep said: heater will burn you up and I do use the air on occation (it's good, too)
I love my Jeep

I have only one problem with my Jeep: it's difficult to get in and maintian my modesty when wearing a skirt
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I have only one problem with my Jeep: it's difficult to get in and maintian my modesty when wearing a skirt
You know I had forgotten about that...

I always drive when I'm with my wife and daughter ride in the Rubicon with me.

I guess that is why they always wear Jeans when we go anywhere together.
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:42 PM   #7
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thank you to everyone for the advice. from reading your replies sounds like the heater gets hot, the a.c. gets cold, and looks like you aren't afraid to drive as far as you want to go. was encouraging also to hear the family rides along as well with no real difficulty. my wife i think will really enjoy a jeep as she has always wanted one.

also apparently i should not wear a dress when driving a jeep. oh well guess you take the good with the bad

if you don't mind i'll be asking for advice on specific options for my application when it comes time to actually spend some money.

thanks again and i'm back to lurking for now.
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I used to drive it 50 miles to school each day (100 mi minimum daily), sometimes several times per day. Then I moved into town - now I just drive it across the city (20 mins each way). I've taken it on a 400 mile trip through mexico each way before - loved having it!

To be honest - I'd drive to the edge of the earth and back in it if I could.
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Yeah, the jeep will treat you right. I have regularly cruised mine to SoCal from Phoenix at 850 miles round trip. Always treats me right (except for the time when I threw a driveshaft at 80 mph and it cracked TCase and Tranny).

You'll get a lot of miles around your farm in a jeep too. It's great. I love it, I want some more of it.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:51 PM   #10
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Careful with all this talk about guys wearing skirts...unless you guys are scottish. I think that you guys will love having a Jeep. Since you will be looking at a new one you will get a decent ride out of it too. The coil spring suspension in the TJ's really help the road manners compared to the older leaf sprung Jeeps. You may want to look at the unlimited. It has a longer wheelbase which will give you a lot more interior space and a better ride.
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I think you'll love it. Mine has made a few trips with no troubles at all. The only negative is space. Lugage space is at a premium when traveling. You've only got about a foot behind the rear seat so if you have more than one or two bags you'll need an exterior rack of some sort.

Good luck on your purchase and enjoy.
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Well for the past week mine has become my daily driver, as the truck has been in the shop. 40 miles one way no issues, have 135k miles on it. had another jeep I drove 6 to 13 hrs for a trail rides wheeled and drove home, no problems. My wife drives her 97 to work every few days as well, about 20 miles or so one way. no issues with that one either, love it and tell me we can never sell it.
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after reading all the replies i'm definately unloading the pontiac transport and getting a jeep wrangler. only pblm is i'm getting geared up a little and may jump the gun a bit and by one sooner than i planned. hopefully the transport will develop an expensive problem.
hope to get a new or near new 6 cyl, 6 speed manual.
good to here you guys/girls are useing them for commutes and family drivers as well.
can use it on the farm also. = more justification.

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i drive 6 hours every weekend to come home from college to help out my mom at home when my dad is out shipping and no problems, never have had to been towed, i love driving it so a lil road noise but dependability from jeep is unmatched, i had an 89 cherokee all through high school that pushed the 260,000 mark cant beat the I-6
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after reading all the replies i'm definately unloading the pontiac transport and getting a jeep wrangler. only pblm is i'm getting geared up a little and may jump the gun a bit and by one sooner than i planned. hopefully the transport will develop an expensive problem.
hope to get a new or near new 6 cyl, 6 speed manual.
good to here you guys/girls are useing them for commutes and family drivers as well.
can use it on the farm also. = more justification.

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Sounds like the Transport has already developed an expensive problem. You want a jeep, there's your expensive problem.
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unfortunately your pbly right on both counts concerning my expensive problem. however the real problem is i have three other expensive items, atleast until they get married.

i'm going to beat the transport to work everyday. won't be long till it HAS to go. only advantage to the transport is i can wear a dress. (just kidding, really just kidding).

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unfortunately your pbly right on both counts concerning my expensive problem. however the real problem is i have three other expensive items, atleast until they get married.

i'm going to beat the transport to work everyday. won't be long till it HAS to go. only advantage to the transport is i can wear a dress. (just kidding, really just kidding).

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Scott, I got 2 single hard working sons.........might could help with 2/3 of your expense
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Scott, I got 2 single hard working sons.........might could help with 2/3 of your expense


deal. i'll even throw in the 3rd one for free, and a pontiac transport.

all deals are final. no deposit no return.

just kidding they're good kids just a hand full at this age.
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unfortunately your pbly right on both counts concerning my expensive problem. however the real problem is i have three other expensive items, atleast until they get married.

i'm going to beat the transport to work everyday. won't be long till it HAS to go. only advantage to the transport is i can wear a dress. (just kidding, really just kidding).

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Don't start this again...didn't I tell you about that already.
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Don't start this again...didn't I tell you about that already.

woops. sorry. guess i better leave the dress in the barn lot.

yikes!.
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