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Old 04-02-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Our Jeeps, 30 years from now . . . .

..... will we still be in love with them in the decades to come?

I got to thinking about that question this weekend as I was working on my CJ5 restoration (a 30+ year-old Jeep).

For many there is a sense of nostalgia surrounding the CJ-series Jeeps. That is why I'm rebuilding mine.

But truth be told, if it were my goal to build the more capable offroad machine, I would put all of my CJ-time and CJ-money into my JKUR!!! I feel my JK in stock trim is a far better offroad machine than my CJ. (The CJ has its advantages, and the JK its liabilities, but as a whole I'd choose the JK as my offroad vehicle almost every time.)

Where do you think your Jeep will be in 30 years? Will you be restoring your old Jeep like I am my CJ? Will your JK, or TJ, or YJ, or...... enjoy the same sense of nostalgia, and be restoration-worthy? Or will you abandon it for the "next-best-Jeep" design?

(All this assumes that internal combustion gasoline engines of any type are relevant at all in 30 years; but that is another discussion!)

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Lightbulb 30 yrs from now.............

............... well I am 65, so 30-yrs in the future, well, I hope to be healthy enough to still drive

I hope to live to be that 95-ys old, as we purchased the Life-time warranty on our JKU

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I still have a Mustang I bought 30 years ago, hopefully I'll still have my Jeep that long.
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Well I would be 60 so honestly, the way I like to mod things, I would be surprised if my TJ was the same as it sits right now.

I was thinking the same thing the other day while at a car show- most cars there were from the 60's muscle era and while cool, the cars from my youth were...well...less cool then the 60s era (was any car in the 80s cool??...really?)

I can stand by the idea that I would rather restore/drive either a CJ or a TJ. YJs and JKs just don't quite have the feel/look I 'love'.
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We'll be the old guys at car shows saying "I had one of those back in the day". Back in the 70's, you couldn't give away a 57 Chevy [mostly due to the gas crisis]. They didn't start gaining popularity by the hotrod crowd until the 80's. Now, a rolling chassis 2-door will go for $15k easy.
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was any car in the 80s cool??...really?




To answer the OP, I expect to still have my Jeep in 30 years. By then it will no longer be my DD, but hopefully will be the basis for bringing more people into the Jeep family. Kinda like one of my favorite songs to play in the Jeep:

I'm grown up now
3 daughters of my own
I let them drive my old jeep
Across the pasture at our home
Maybe one day they'll reach back in their file
And pull out that old memory
And think of me and smile
And say

It was just an old worn out jeep
Rusty old floor boards
Hot on my feet
A young girl two hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it made me feel
And he'd say
Turn it left, and steer it right
Straighten up girl now, you're doing just fine
Just a little valley by the river where we'd ride
But I was high on a mountain

When Daddy let me drive
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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entry/egress issue

The issue I find with the YJ is that it is extremely difficult for me to get in and out of. It is the high threshold and short leg room. At 70+ my legs don't bend that well. I have to push myself up in the seat to get the room to get my leg out. Then it is a hassle to get the other foot over the threshold.

I believe the newer ones have a lower threshold and would be more accessible. Haven't really tried one to find out yet. That is the one thing I see causing an issue with the older crowd staying with the CJ/YJ/TJ styles.

Will see if I have a harder time getting in and out... Or maybe that is what I need to stay young?
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Will see if I have a harder time getting in and out...
My JK is super-easy to get in and out of, especially when compared to my CJ, and my wife's F-350!!!
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I'll still have my LJ, it'll just hopefully be a bit more built by then...
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I'll be 67 and probably have an automatic, with hover conversion, of course. Off road will have a whole new meaning....
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To answer the OP, I expect to still have my Jeep in 30 years. By then it will no longer be my DD, but hopefully will be the basis for bringing more people into the Jeep family. Kinda like one of my favorite songs to play in the Jeep:

I'm grown up now
3 daughters of my own
I let them drive my old jeep
Across the pasture at our home
Maybe one day they'll reach back in their file
And pull out that old memory
And think of me and smile
And say

It was just an old worn out jeep
Rusty old floor boards
Hot on my feet
A young girl two hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it made me feel
And he'd say
Turn it left, and steer it right
Straighten up girl now, you're doing just fine
Just a little valley by the river where we'd ride
But I was high on a mountain

When Daddy let me drive
Dumbest part of that music video is the use of a Bronco instead of a jeep
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:33 PM   #12
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Dumbest part of that music video is the use of a Bronco instead of a jeep
I've never seen the music video. I'll be sure to avoid it so it doesn't make me hate this song.
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And 30 years from now some of ya'll will still be complaining "He didn't do the Jeep wave"
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I've had my 2003 Ram 2500 QC 4X4 for 9 years now. I'll have it until it's wrecked, stolen or I croak. I'd like to do the same with my TJ. I keep them garaged, and can maintain them myself.

I don't much like the plastic bumpers, smart screens, and other prissy hardware in modern cars. It won't last long term and it's too high maintenance.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #15
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I'm with the OP... I'll take a JK over any other jeep for wheeling, however...

bought my JK in 2009, and it was basically a direct replacement for my DJ-5. blue, RHD, everything the same, and I was going to put a for sale sign on the DJ and let it sit until someone made an offer I liked, however long that took. Turns out I couldn't even put the sign on it, and after thinking it through, there wouldn't have been any offer that would have been enough for me to sell it

I'm not getting rid of either jeep unless they get totalled, and even then I might have to buy it from the ins. co. if I think I can fix it.
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Slightly off topic

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Slightly off topic

Less horsepower in the Grand National than in my JK.
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Every new generation of Jeep is said to end the Jeep as we know it. YJ with its square headlights was a sacrilege. I am a first time Jeep owner and I started with the TJ. It looks like with every iteration the Jeep has moved closer and closer to a passenger vehicle. For me the CJ was the last real Jeep. TJ has stuck to the traditional theme pretty close but the most visual departure is the dash. It is straight out of a sedan. Nothing screams Jeep more than a flat metal dash with round instrument clusters.
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For me the CJ was the last real Jeep.
Funny you should say that. My father bought a new CJ5 off the lot in '79. (It's the same CJ I'm working on here: My CJ5 project . . . . .). He subsequently bought 3 Wranglers over the years as DD's and motor home tow-behinds, but kept the CJ.

He eventually drove the Wranglers far more than the CJ, but he always called his CJ "A REAL JEEP" . . . . . I don't agree, but that's certainly how he felt!!!
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Been there, done that. I’ve had my 1966 CJ-5 Tuxedo Park for 41 years. Yes, I have had some great times running the sand dunes of Lake Michigan to the two tracks of upper Michigan. My first date with my high school sweet heart was with that Jeep, my wife today. All my nieces and nephews learned how to drive with that Jeep. Even my great nephews will get their chance. It is definitely part of the family. I will do everything possible to maintain it in good working condition so that I can pass it on to one of my nephews.
Although I’ve had to replace the tub with fiberglass the drive train is original and that 46 year old Dauntless V-6 still provides all the power I need.
So if you got one, keep it. They will provide many years of unforgettable memories.
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To be honest about it, 30 years from now there will be few vehicles that will be popular for restoration, simply because of all the electronics in them. Having worked on both early 70s Datsun Zs and 90/00 Nissan Zs, the older car will always be more popular because of its simplicity. In 30 years, how in the world am I going to find a working hill descent control module for my JK that won't cost half the value for my Jeep? I'm sure people will do it, but if you have to strip all the wiz-bang do-dads out, may as well just find an old CJ.
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So which Jeep will you be driving in 2042?



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So which Jeep will you be driving in 2042?
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#2 or #3 for me but you can keep the first one.
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Hopefully if I'm lucky enough to have a son it will b his and he can enjoy it as I do now. Been n the family all but 3 years of it's life and like to keep it that way till it's death
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Hopefully if I'm lucky enough to have a son it will b his and he can enjoy it as I do now. Been n the family all but 3 years of it's life and like to keep it that way till it's death
Why do you need to have a Son to pass a Jeep along? My daughters BOTH want my jeep... Just Saying...
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Jeeps are one of the few that fit in the category of TIMELESS! The older they get the cooler they become. My dad bought my jeep in 94, gave it to me. And i will pass it to my son in 30 years.
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DaisyCutter mentioned above that he still has his 3/4 ton Dodge after 9 years. Makes me think of where our Jeeps could go. With all the advances in diesel technology the last 10 or 15 years I would love to see some of that pour into our Jeeps.

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