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Old 06-16-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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On the fence about getting a Jeep? Look no further.

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.

"The Wave"- 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.

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Old 06-16-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Not a "car" sorry. But, I am happy that you are a fan. Me too.

I'm not sure about your view on a few things, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
As far as a rough ride, I would have to disagree. My Jeep rides much better than a low to the ground sports car. Now, that is a rough ride. My Jeep even rides better than my 1967 GTA Mustang with air shocks. I might agree if you were to compare the general ride of the pre-1997 Wranglers, since I rode in one. But, 1997 Stock Wranglers and after had a much improved ride. My 1997 Stock Sport Wrangler rides great and its quiet too.

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Old 06-16-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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You forgot about the chicks. Chicks love Jeeps and the men who drive them. This is a fact. It's like shooting fish in a barrel with no water in it.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:57 PM   #4
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Not a "car" sorry. But, I am happy that you are a fan. Me too.

I'm not sure about your view on a few things, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
As far as a rough ride, I would have to disagree. My Jeep rides much better than a low to the ground sports car. Now, that is a rough ride. My Jeep even rides better than my 1967 GTA Mustang with air shocks. I might agree if you were to compare the general ride of the pre-1997 Wranglers, since I rode in one. But, 1997 Stock Wranglers and after had a much improved ride. My 1997 Stock Sport Wrangler rides great and its quiet too.
Instead of car it should've been vehicle. Thats the most writing I've done in a long time... As for the ride. I think that because I came from driving vehicles such as Lincoln's and Cadillacs, I thought the ride was obviously a little rougher than I was used to. Not bad, you just feel everything a lot more. I assumed people would disagree with something's but I was throwing my two cents in and giving people who are the the fence what I thought if it counts for anything...
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You forgot about the chicks. Chicks love Jeeps and the men who drive them. This is a fact. It's like shooting fish in a barrel with no water in it.
You're absolutely right... its crazy..
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Making it your own...........

Can't agree more, this has been the first vehicle I've owned that I cant stop thinking about things to do to it. Every other vehicle, once the new has worn off, it is another vehicle to get you around. Service and clean it sure, gotta take care of all of your vehicles. But the Jeep is the first that you drool over all of the different parts catalogs with goodies that can go on or in it.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:41 PM   #7
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The "making it your own" thing is a big part of why i got rid of my newer altima. It handled better, was more comfy, twice the mileage, but it had ZERO soul. So happy to be back in a Jeep even if I will be broke all the time because of it.
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Hear hear!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:35 PM   #10
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The "making it your own" thing is a big part of why i got rid of my newer altima. It handled better, was more comfy, twice the mileage, but it had ZERO soul. So happy to be back in a Jeep even if I will be broke all the time because of it.
I have done so much to mine in the last three months. It was worth every dime. I still have a long list of more things to come!
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I have done so much to mine in the last three months. It was worth every dime. I still have a long list of more things to come!
There is no end
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I have done so much to mine in the last three months. It was worth every dime. I still have a long list of more things to come!
I know what you mean , I spent enough money to buy Miami but its been fun for the 20 miles I have driven it in the last year.
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If anyone ever says their vehicle is better than my jeep I always ask " Oh did your vehicle defeat the Nazis? Didn't think so." Argument over.
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A little update.

A couple weeks ago I went on my annual trip to Wasaga Beach, Ontario and took my jeep. After it rained hard for two days up there my cousins and I were told by a local about some good trails to take the jeep on. Now, my jeep for the most part is bone stock and has less than flattering road tires on it. I also don't have a winch so I was a little nervous about getting stuck back there... but we went anyway.

I cannot believe what a stock jeep is capable of. Not only did we drive over a good size tree that had fallen over on the trail but we also were up passed the rock rails in mud and the jeep didn't even seem to struggle with it. I knew they were good off road but I was truly amazed at how good, even stock. Since that day I have been dying to get back out on a trail and see some mud again. I also have some nice pinstripes on the side of her now from the trees.. and I admire then. All three cousins that were in the jeep with me are now in love with jeeps.
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Next time put in 4WD and prepare for you jaw to hit the steering wheel ...
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Next time put in 4WD and prepare for you jaw to hit the steering wheel ...
Oh I did. Which is the main reason I think it made it out of there. I still drool just thinking about it
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