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Old 08-14-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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What do you guys love about your jeeps?

I'm looking for my first vehicle and I love jeeps and trucks I'm torn between an f150 and a jeep. I wanna know what you guys love about your jeeps and why you bought yours to maybe help me in my desicion.

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Old 08-14-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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If you haul or carry alot of equipment, then get the truck. Jeeps are more about a way of living, and adventuring out into places no one will go; or can't go. They aren't much on cargo room right off the lot. The truck you will pretty much buy it and leave it alone. With Wranglers you are always looking for ways to making it as unique as you are. And like I tell my wife when she sees me wave at another driver and they wave back, "all wrangler drivers are friends."

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Old 08-14-2014, 11:54 AM   #3
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I love that my daily driver is also extremely capable off road. Its a blast to drive with the top and doors off. I love the body style/look of jeeps. I also like available aftermarket parts and accessories there are. Its a pretty basic vehicle and easy to work.
Oh and the chicks dig it!
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:57 AM   #4
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I bought mine after a trip in my buddy's Silverado through some canyons in Death Valley. We made it but it was awfully tight in some spots. I found a 97 TJ at a great price and snapped it up.
I like the fact that it's just fun to drive, multiple options such as running naked or all sorts of personalizing mods. The best part is going places most people will never see outside of my photos. Miles back through a canyon to stumble on a mining operation from the 1890s is worth the purchase alone.
I'll never be without a Jeep. Did I mention it's just fun!?
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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I just got my first jeep and it's very diffcult to descibe. I've had trucks all my life as well as a few cars. The jeep is just fun. Nothing really about it stands out to me that I could say "this is why I bought one" but the overall experience is that it's just fun to drive.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #6
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AND, you will find any excuse to drive it. Even down the driveway to get the morning paper. They're like a beautiful woman with seductive eyes. Hard to ignore and you can't stay away.
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If you haul or carry alot of equipment, then get the truck. Jeeps are more about a way of living, and adventuring out into places no one will go; or can't go. They aren't much on cargo room right off the lot. The truck you will pretty much buy it and leave it alone. With Wranglers you are always looking for ways to making it as unique as you are. And like I tell my wife when she sees me wave at another driver and they wave back, "all wrangler drivers are friends."
x2 with basically everything said here.

There's a sense of community with wrangler drivers
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:16 PM   #8
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x2 with basically everything said here. There's a sense of community with wrangler drivers
Very true. I'm not a tech guy and certainly no mechanic. My TJ is pretty close to to stock but I can sit and have a beer with just about any other Wrangler owner, anywhere. You just can't do that with any other "normal" vehicle. People look at you funny if you walk up and go, "Whatcha got there?" and start poking around. <GRIN>
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:50 PM   #9
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For me, the Jeep is not just transportation, it's a lifestyle.

It always there, ready for the next adventure. It's a little primitive and rugged. It has rattles and squeaks. It has character.

Sure, some of that gets really old on a long road trip. But when you get to the end of that road and shift it into 4lo, it's all worth it...




That being said, it's nice to have a pickup truck because there isn't a lot that fits into a 2 door Wrangler. And if I had a longer commute to work I'd be looking more seriously at an economy car that was more comfortable and got better fuel economy. A Wrangler is not necessarily the most practical vehicle but it is a whole lot of fun.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:55 PM   #10
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For me I usually never think of practicality I always buy things because they seem fun, I love to go explore too and go mudding. The only thing is the lack of power but I think I could deal with that.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:30 PM   #11
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:56 AM   #12
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I can see places in person that most folks will only ever see in books!

I can get it dirty, hose it out, and valet park in the same day.

I can drag it over boulders, through mud and water - and to work.

It makes me smile to just wave at random strangers a la the Jeep wave.

I can take pieces off at random. I have yet to see a Prius rolling doorless lol.

The most fun you will ever have at 3 mph....or less.

I can scratch it up and remember "That scratch there was an awesome trail!" and smile.

My favorite part tho is probably the whole Jeep culture. We belong to a local Jeep club and have met some absolutely great folks!

And of course I cant forget that my Jeep is how I met my Lunatic. We met on a Jeep club run in the middle of the desert. How many folks can say that lol!

Oh and I CAN LOAD IT UP WITH STICKERS!!!!
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:18 AM   #13
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What I love about my jeep is the feeling of empowerment. I feel like I can go any where and do any thing. I have had dozens of vehicles ( mostly pickups ) and several fwd vehicles. None of them made me feel the way my jeep does. She's old and full of creaks and squeaks but she goes. I'll be out driving in the country and see an old muddy rutted up road and it's like " Challenge Accepted! ". I go places all the time in my jeep that I never even thought of going in my other trucks. I rode street bikes for years and sold my last one because I was tired of reading about fellow riders getting killed by inattentive morons in cars. My Jeep gives me the best of both worlds. I can take the top off and feel the wind in my hair and I have lots of steel around me in the event of a crash. Jeeps are awesome! I wish I had bought one years ago.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:20 AM   #14
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Thank you all for your input, I'm going to look at a jeep this weekend and hopefully become a part of the jeep family!
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:46 AM   #15
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I bought my first Jeep when I was 14 years old, before I even had a drivers license, and I've always owned a Jeep for the 40 years since then. I like the small size of the 2-door model; the maneuverability, the easy driveability, and the capability. I must say that I also like the ruggedness of a Jeep. The feeling that my Jeep will get me to where I'm going, no matter the road conditions, or the weather. Sometimes it takes some modifications to the Jeep if the trail is severe, but I know I can get there if I need to.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:50 AM   #16
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If you get one you will probably always have at least one.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #17
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I've a few copies of both vehicles and they very different beasts. IMO, the best word that describes the Jeep is "Fun" and the F150 "Function". If you need to haul cargo often, there is no practical substitute for the pickup. But if you plan on driving off road frequently, live in a big city or want you vehicle that is just fun to drive, then the JK is your choice. The JK does have a few quirks and the F150s I had were rock solid.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:36 AM   #18
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The pickup and the Jeep are at opposite ends of the "specialized" spectrum.

For example, I have an F250 and a Wrangler X. The wheelbase of the F250 is 154 inches, and for the Wranger it's 93 inches. Just the wheelbase of the F250 is as long as the whole Wranger, bumpers and all.

So, if I'm maneuvering in the woods between trees (or in the city between cars in a tight parking situation), I surely would want the Wranger.

But, if I'm carrying camping equipment for a family and hauling a 30-foot travel trailer, I surely would want the F250.

Both vehicles are wonderful when used for what they are best for. Used otherwise, there can be problems.

So, you need to know what you want to accomplish in order to pick the right tool.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:23 PM   #19
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The pickup and the Jeep are at opposite ends of the "specialized" spectrum. For example, I have an F250 and a Wrangler X. The wheelbase of the F250 is 154 inches, and for the Wranger it's 93 inches. Just the wheelbase of the F250 is as long as the whole Wranger, bumpers and all. So, if I'm maneuvering in the woods between trees (or in the city between cars in a tight parking situation), I surely would want the Wranger. But, if I'm carrying camping equipment for a family and hauling a 30-foot travel trailer, I surely would want the F250. Both vehicles are wonderful when used for what they are best for. Used otherwise, there can be problems. So, you need to know what you want to accomplish in order to pick the right tool.
it would be my daily driver and also my first vehicle, I'm 16
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:48 PM   #20
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It seats me. The wife.And with the back seat out and a platform in the dog. No space is wasted. And it will go anywhere. Add a trailer and it works better than a pickup.
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:20 PM   #21
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The off-road capability of even a stock Jeep, with the ability to perform highway duties in a reasonable level of comfort (all a matter of persecutive, I know...) is what sold me on Wranglers.

I don't have the need to haul stuff, really, so a pickup didn't make much sense. And, I've seen so many 'trucks' get hung up on Arizona trails compared to what I've seen Jeeps do.

Drove small, foreign cars for nearly 20 years prior to purchasing a Jeep.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #22
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It isn't an overloaded, bland, barge of pseudo-luxury that attempts to isolate me from the world.

You must interact with it and in doing so, it rewards you with the smells of the outdoors, nature as it is meant to be, sights that usually only seen by the few, and a vehicle that still hasn't been completely sissified.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:55 PM   #23
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I've had a very large pickup and now am on my second Jeep. The truth is that the pickup was never as much fun to drive as the Jeep I had before it, nor as much fun as the Jeep I now have.

Both the Jeeps I have had were 2 door, with great turning radius's, awesome off road/wintry weather capabilities, manual transmission, and easy to park or do emergency maneuvers with. The near vertical windshield of a Wrangler doesn't collect much snow or ice and I can do all the necessary diagnosis and work on them without using mechanics. My pickup truck was very large, a beast actually by comparison (heavy duty) and a four door, with automatic transmission. It was great to be up high in the pickup (higher than my 1st Jeep), the ride was refined/smooth, and it worked well in snow because it was a 4x4. On the down side it was so large that parking anywhere and parking lot maneuvering was a whole different experience, gas mileage was worse than the Wranglers, rear visibility was pretty terrible, and I felt like there was a lot of large pieces of sheet metal to get dinged (and the truck was so big parking wise I suspect that was why I was always worried). I've never had issues with folding down or removing the rear seats of my Jeeps to make room for stuff I want to haul, but having the massive amount of space in the pickup was great for very large items (ladders/sheetrock/appliances, etc).

If I had to do things over again, I wouldn't have ever gotten the pickup truck and I would have just fixed up my 1st Jeep to accommodate my needs (safety needs in particular as rust was eating it up and I didn't realize that with some welding/fabricating and POR 15 I could have solved that suspension issue completely). I definitely had sellers remorse when I sold it and I tried to buy it back repeatedly (but the young lady who bought it from me fell in love with it herself). Driving a Jeep truly is a lifestyle thing and it's hard for me to explain why it just seems right for me.
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Not much to add to everyone else's comments other than I am going to say at 54 years of age I have never had so much fun in my life. It is a lifestyle that is unique and I have made so many wonderful jeeper friends.

It is fun to drive to work naked when it is 45 degrees outside and you just bundle up and throw that heater on. I have driven it naked at 38 degrees and I really didn't care that I was cold because there is something about driving it topless that puts a smile on my face every single time I get behind the wheel.

I ditch and dodge the rain storms. I could care less if I get soaking wet or if my jeep gets wet - that is why it has drain plugs. Now I am extra careful with the electronics on my steering wheel and my stereo (which has already been replaced due to rain flood). I just throw a plastic trash bag over the steering wheel and put some towels up on the dash to soak up the rain.

I have learned the best way to tarp my jeep in less than 5 minutes. I have learned the many great uses of bungee cords. I have learned not to have any receipts or paperwork laying loose as those go flying out the jeep driving down the highway at 70mph.

It is FUN. It is a blast to drive off road and go to places that not many people get to see and to feel comfortable doing so without stressing if you are going to get stuck somewhere.
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Being a car guy and a jeeper the only solution was to put a screaming small block chevy in my cj7. That way I have the great v-8 sound and can go anywhere.
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I really love everything about it.
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It seats me. The wife.And with the back seat out and a platform in the dog. No space is wasted. And it will go anywhere. Add a trailer and it works better than a pickup.
Yup,I understand that

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Raw connected basic. Simple. That's also why I dislike the JK. Even my. TJ is to complex. Best Jeeps for me were CJ2 thru CJ8.
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