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Old 11-03-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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What made you pick a Wrangler?

Personally I don't see myeslf using a possible future jeep as a rock crawler much, I've just always liked the look of a wrangler with the top and doors off. Not to mention, a Sahara with the MyGig system, a 6spd, and the power package is quite nice


I'm considering giving up my BMW to get into a wrangler...but I need some pushing, so what was the deciding factors that drove you to get a wrangler.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
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Just the pure love of the outdoors, and the Jeeps ability, to get you there. No other stock vehicle is as capable as the stock Jeep. The thrill of getting to places that you would never have been able to get too, with any other vehicle.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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I bought something I could have fun with while stock. I was in to sports cars before and my last SCCA car got crushed sitting on the curb by a 14 year old in a volvo. So I got the jeep. Never thought much about going off road but once that bug hit stock was gone.
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Do you guys have commuter vehicles or not? 20mpg isn't anything impressive at all, but I'm just wondering how many of you guys have the jeep as your daily driver AND fun car.
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Good portion of us on this forum use the jeep as our daily driver.

15-20 is better than 10-14mpg =P

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:35 AM   #6
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I drove mine this way for almost a year as my daily driver.



Now it just sits in the garage and is a fun only kinda toy.

I also have a 2500HD I use for towing my big jeep to and from the rocks. It gets worse mileage than the jeep.

I also have another wrangler that my wife daily drives. But we are swapping it around in exchange for something that gets good gas mileage.

Her jeep.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:43 AM   #7
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I drive mine everyday and take it out to play as often as I can. It loves trips to the gas station so I take it there once a week. I bought it because I wanted it. Never planned on off roading until Unlimited, one of our illustrious members here, took me down to the desert to wheel my first bunny trail, and I've been nutty about the rocks ever since.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:40 AM   #8
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Mine is mainly a toy, but serves double duty as backup in case one of our DDs has a breakdown! Oddly, the Jeep is our newest vehicle and has the fewest miles, but I still drive my car as a DD because I commute 100 miles per day, the car gets close to 30mpg on the highway AND it has a trunk! But my Jeep spends most of the spring and summer with the top and doors off, and my kids love bombing around town in it!
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:41 AM   #9
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i got a jeep b/c i would never even consider a different car!
I love jeeps, i have the jeep thing and if my parents had let me i would have put 9K into my 1955 Cja dn used that as my DD
If you're worried about the 20 MPG then your asking the wrong people, mine gets 13 in town and 15 on the highway and i dont even care! its definitly worth it, i figure im paying an extra $10 a month to drive my jeep (im 16 i dont drive that far) and in TOTALLY ok with that extra little bit of money!
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I enjoy driving it, not the best MPG but its not the worst. I don't like real large trucks that drive like boats nor do I like cars that like boats either. Learned to drive in a mustang and kinda got tired of feeling like I was riding in a go-cart. I can see around me better in the jeep more then in the mustang and it makes me feel safer.

Plus you can take the top off what more can you ask for?

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Old 11-03-2007, 12:27 PM   #11
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:31 PM   #12
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The wife got tired of me taking her BMW fishing and hunting.

j/k... But that's what I use my jeep for.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:48 PM   #13
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I got a Wrangler because I'm in a family that has all Cherokees.... I wanted a frame.
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:08 PM   #15
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I bought my Wrangler as a vehicle to tow behind my motorhome. Tons of research narrowed it down to either a Saturn coupe or a Wrangler. They were the top rated vehicles for what I was looking for. I'm not a Saturn kind of guy, so I went with the Wrangler. After a few trips down dirt roads I fell in love and was hooked. I started about the task of modifying it to do what I wanted it to do and how I wanted it to look.

It's my daily driver and I put over 200 miles on it every week. One of the people I car pool with complains that it is too noisy, too tall, and too rough. I just smile at her and say "It's a Jeep" and I wouldn't trade it for anything. (She’s going to really complain when I get the 1” body lift and the 35” tires installed.)

Good luck on your decision, and I offer you this one piece of advice: If you get a Wrangler want to retain the fantasy of it never being a rock crawler, keep it on the pavement. The damn things are like crack, you get a little taste and the next thing you know, it's a full blown addiction and then you start dreaming of bigger tires and better running gear. I’ve looked for support groups, but they only make it worse….
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:17 PM   #16
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mines a daily driver...gas isn't too bad...but its not the best.

its great though.
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:34 PM   #17
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my first car in my life was a YJ, my second car was a TJ and now i have my third car, another TJ?
is there something else out there than a wrangler...?
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:35 PM   #19
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I grew up around Jeeps. My first Memory was the Family Wagoneer in Montana. That was an awsome rig and we took it everywhere from the freeways to the rugged mountain pass trails. The milage on Jeeps isn't that great but the rigs I have owned have been very dependable and last a long time with minimal repairs. Jeeps will always have a place in our family. If gas gets to expensive to drive it to work I will buy a 1k econo box for my daily commute and use the Jeep around town.
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:12 PM   #20
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:59 PM   #21
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my sis wrecked my Grand Cherokee one night.. so my parents gave me my moms wrangler...

my dad bought my g.c. when i was 15.. he would of had it 4 months before i got my licenses .. sis took it out one night without my parents permission.. and flipped it 8 times.. (she came to pick me up from a party 4 hours late.. and in the wrong jeep) 3 months before my parents got that jeep.. my mom traded her red wrangler in for my sahara.. it had 40,000 miles on it when i got it from my mom.. she picked it up at the dealer with a mile on it
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:40 PM   #22
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My dad and I restored our CJ-5 as my 15th birthday present, but then we couldn't bring ourselves to drive it regularly. So we bought a CJ-7 and it turned out to be more of a project than we had though. So I went out and bought a YJ for myself cause I was sick of driving a Neon while I restored my CJ. Dad got Jealous so he bought a YJ for himself that he used as a weekend warrior and DD his XJ limited. I flipped the YJ 2 years out of high school and it became another project until my dad and I stopped getting along (he had a closed head injury and went a little crazy after his motorcycle accident) I drove Civics for a while and LOVED the gas mileage but I missed the Jeep so I bought my TJ over the summer and feel like I was reborn again. And true to form, my dad just went out and bought a TJ... too bad he and I live 4 hours apart now.

Why did I chose it though? It's the costume that fits me best. It's like me, it goes where it wants and it doesn't care what others think. It's freedom.

Plus I'm overcompensating like the rest of you. (except Tiny, you've got nothing to prove)
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:44 PM   #23
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I know I dont have one yet, but im done with the whole 'going fast' thing and want something else thats fun in a different way. Something to enjoy the beautiful weather we have here 8 months of the year. To feel alive driving through the mountains with the top and doors off. Same kinda reasons people buy cruising bikes.
I did that for a while myself (Del Sol with a 220hp GSR Frankenstein engine) you can only go 0-60 as fast as possible so many times before you realize, it's always the same.
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:57 PM   #24
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My hot rod gets better mileage than my daily driver, but I didn't buy either one with gas mileage in mind. My TJ gets about 15-17 mpg no matter what I'm doing with it while my Z-28 puts 400 hp to the ground and still gets 24 mpg on the highway.

But to answer the original question... having the ability to peel the top and doors off was my primary reason for getting a Jeep. Once you go topless and doorless, go-fast and t-tops just don't get it anymore.
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Old 11-03-2007, 06:25 PM   #25
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had one of those power wheels jeeps when I was little and my dad had a cj and I always wanted one but I couldent afford one so I was at a honda dealer and the jeep found me.... the only non honda on the lot was my jeep....and yes it did find me i didnt find it haha
Im so in love with my jeep that its almost unhealthy haha
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:53 PM   #26
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Well I have always wanted one..ever since the CJ's came out while I was in high school (dating myself here).

Life got int he way until recently. I have always rode motorcycles and sold my BMW 325i in Oct 2005 and rode for over 18 months in all weather.

Finally decided to get a car and started looking around. I wanted a truck for the universability. (is that a word). I geocache and started looking at 4x4 trucks. Not too worried about MPG since I ride a bike as a commuter. Saw the prices on used 4x4 trucks and then saw an add for brand new Wranglers and weighed my options and bingo...came home with a new Wrangler.
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My hot rod gets better mileage than my daily driver, but I didn't buy either one with gas mileage in mind. My TJ gets about 15-17 mpg no matter what I'm doing with it while my Z-28 puts 400 hp to the ground and still gets 24 mpg on the highway.

But to answer the original question... having the ability to peel the top and doors off was my primary reason for getting a Jeep. Once you go topless and doorless, go-fast and t-tops just don't get it anymore.
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I hunt, fish, and take my 2 dogs for long walks in the the woods year round. I had a 2000 cherokee but after launching a deer into orbit, (just radiator grill and hood damage) and electrical gremlins, I saw the add for employee pricing and I took the plunge and found my 2006 unlimited. My dogs love driving around in the back with the top down. It is also my DD, if I wanted gas mileage I wouldn't have bought a jeep..
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Ok, so for you JK owners. What is the mpg you get in the city?

Right now I drive a 2006 Ford Fusion 4banger! Around town in that thing I get 22-24 MPG and I wanted to upgrade to the V6 which would only get 17-20 mpg! So I figure 15-17 can't be that hard of a hit going with the Wrangler.

Although I doubt the wrangler could match the 4banger Ford Fusion's highway mpg, 36-40mpg.

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