Hello everyone! I have now owned a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara for about 3 months and before I bought it I spent hours on this forum doing research about what to get and looking for answers to common myths about owning a Jeep. Everyone who doesn't own one always has so many bad things to say so I decided I would make a thread to tell you my thoughts after owning a Wrangler for a short period of time. I am not any kind of expert in the field but I believe something like this would have helped me. I have worked around and driven 100's of different vehicles in the last 6 years so I have a little bit of knowledge. So here we go!
"The gas mileage is terrible"
- This is what I was told over and over again from the beginning. I have not seen this because I came from driving larger luxury sedans my whole life. I probably fill up about once a week. The key to getting decent gas mileage is to not drive like a bat outta hell. I stay around 18mpg and am more than happy with that.
"The roofs leak!"
- Here in upstate NY we get our fair share of rain/snow. I have both a soft top and a hard top for mine and I have never really encountered any leaking in either. The only time my hard top ever leaked was when the hard top freedom panels were put on incorrectly. But other than that I've stayed dry.
"They don't handle well on the road"
- You obviously wouldn't drive this vehicle like you would drive a sports car. Just driving a Jeep you can tell that it would be much happier on a dirt trail or mud. BUT, I can honestly say between the incredible turning radius the overall ride especially at higher speeds as been pleasantly suprising.
"They ride rough"
- That they do. Is it unbearable? No not at all. I enjoy driving my Jeep as a daily driver and have never once thought poorly about the ride comfort.
"They are cold in the winter"
- This is by far the biggest misconception I have experienced. I am pretty positive the heater in my Jeep could leave blisters on my arms and legs if I had it all the way up. I have never once been cold.
There are many other things about owning a Jeep that I have encountered that made me love the fact that I became an owner. Things I didn't really think about when I decided to buy one.
"Making it your own"
- You could ask a hundred different jeep owners to come and meet in one spot to look at their Jeeps and every single one would be different. Wranglers are able to be customized more than any other vehicle on the road. If there's something your thinking about doing to your Wrangler, you can find it somewhere. If you can't, someone on this forum can show you how to make your own and do it yourself.
- It may seem dumb to people who don't own Wranglers, but the Jeep wave is one of the coolest things ever, especially the first time it happens. The immediate friendship between owners is neat. I have been filling up or getting out of my Wrangler in a parking lot and other owners will either wave or start talking to me about Jeep stuff. It's actually pretty awesome unless you're extremely anti-social.
"The fun factor"
- Honestly, driving my Jeep is fun every day. I look forward to my short commute to work because I get to drive it. Then, once the weather breaks you can take the top and the doors off and it becomes even more fun. There is no better feeling than hitting the road and/or trail with no doors or roof.
"The worry factor"
- Since I have owned a Wrangler, I never worry about the weather or mother nature in general stopping me from going where ever I want to go. The first snowstorm I encountered in my Wrangler it seemed to feel right at home and easily plowed through thick and heavy mounds of snow. No more white knuckle driving waiting for your car to start spinning violently or sliding through turns and ending up in someones front yard or a ditch. I have never felt more safe. I spent the day pulling cars out of ditches and snow mounds.
Overall, my Wrangler is the best car I have ever owned or driven. If you are on the fence about it, do it. You won't regret it. It's fun to drive, you don't have to worry, and best of all you have the fine folks on this forum to help you in any situation you may find yourself in while owning it. If I could do it again, I would have bought a Wrangler the day I got my license.