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Old 10-10-2013, 07:11 AM   #31
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For plowing my driveway, which is a 500' winding road through the woods, with tight parking areas. Its a b*tch doing it w/ a full-sized pickup--not maneuverable enough.

Don't see a lot of plow-talk here, oddly. Jeeps are fabulous snow pushers, though.

but yeah, I'd be lying if I didn't say, "I always wanted one". Jeep had an ad campaign/slogan a bunch of years ago, where that was actually the tag line: "you know you always wanted one." Seems to me, it was kind of a short-lived ad run, but it struck me, because it was so true.

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Old 10-10-2013, 07:42 AM   #32
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I had a CJ7 Renegade ...bought it new in '85 and enjoyed the hell out of it. It came with a hardtop, 4 liter straight six, and a 4 spd manual. My wife bought me a console and a soft top for Father's Day that year and I put in a stereo radio and rear speakers. It was really a fun vehicle but certainly not a family vehicle with having two growing boys in the back.
Sold it 2 years later and bought a '87 Ford Bronco as a compromise.
Now 28 years later, kids are grown and out of the house. Motorcycle is only good for a few months a year in Vermont, so I decided to get a JK for me and the wife. It's fun to drive, and can use the soft top as a sunroof or convertible, good on gas, makes great U-turns and I can take it on old "class 4 roads" and have a ball. Besides that, the wife has an Equinox AWD for herself, and I have a 2012 Silverado crewcab 4x4 for most other things. While I won't do any mods to the JK, it'll just be my fun vehicle for dubbing around and short drives to the store (25 miles away).

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It's changeable, customizable, no blizzard will stop it, if the end of the world comes I can plow my way into the back country guns-a-blazing MRE's in tow and live like Ted Nugent. My kids (8 & 4 both girls)LOVE it!
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #34
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For me it's all about outdoors, fishing, camping, skiing, multiple tops, no top...

Wife is telling everybody it's my mid-crissis toy, but I always wanted one, now that the kids finally have their own car and that I don't have to haul them anymore, it was just the right time ( I didn't want a four doors Wrangler), and it's manual, nobody else at home can drive it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #35
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Because I've wanted one ever since I drove a Wrangler Power Wheels when I was 6 years old..
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #36
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Because I got stuck in the mud on my hunting lease once.... Once.

And because I've wanted one for quite a while. Its so awesome!
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:01 PM   #37
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For me it was the cost of insurance. Had my choice down to a 74 Renegade, or a 74 Vette. At 17 it was a wallet decision.

But the Jeep won me over. Road ends? No problem, pull the lever and keep on going.
Vettes don't seem to like off road. And I was always burning a leg on the side pipes.

Now I just deal with the torn belt loops.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #38
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I know why i drive a Jeep. Cause they are the best. My dad is the reason i drive one. He had CJ5 in the 70's for hunting. Here is a pic of the 5 i had in my garage for a year restoring for him. He drives it all over the woods of Idaho with those skinny pizza cutter tires. Down trails you couldnt fit a JKU on, at least without scratching and denting the hell out of it. ha. Dont be all pissy JK guys...
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #39
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I know why i drive a Jeep. Cause they are the best. My dad is the reason i drive one. He had CJ5 in the 70's for hunting. Here is a pic of the 5 i had in my garage for a year restoring for him. He drives it all over the woods of Idaho with those skinny pizza cutter tires. Down trails you couldnt fit a JKU on, at least without scratching and denting the hell out of it. ha. Dont be all pissy JK guys...
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #40
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I have always wanted a crawler, grew up camping near the rubicon and would always get excited when a line of crawlers would drive by. I put my 2004 ram up for sale on a whim, told the wife and got a typical " oh yeah? Ok that's nice" response. 2 days later I was without a vehicle but had $8300 in hand.

The next logical step was to spend way to much money on a completely impractical vehicle that doesn't have enough room for groceries let alone my family. It leaks, it's noisy, it's questionably reliable at times....it's awesome and it's mine! It takes me where I need to go, it's more reliable than I give it credit for, any vehicle that can be beat up and drug over boulders then drive you 85 miles back home, is ok in my book.
Same thing haha. I've always wanted a jeep since i was a teenager so I finally got around to putting my truck up on craigslist just to test the market and 2 days later I had no vehicle so I had to get really serious about finding a jeep. Luckily a guy my roommate works with just had a kid and needed to unload his '05 LJ. And here I am now... empty pocketed and happy as can be
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #41
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I've always liked the look. Always wanted one, but my ex was into the luxury SUV thing. That one left and I traded the Luxury SUV for a 2 door 14 JK. N ow that I have I have regrets. That regret being that I leased it since I was not sure if I'd like it or not and now I LOVE the thing, but only have 12k miles per year. Argghh! Wont be my last one for sure!
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:12 PM   #42
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There are four vehicles I have always wanted: A jeep, a full sized truck, a muscle car and a bike.

A few months ago I sold my F150 and my Shelby GT500 and picked up an old '06 TJ. I guess the only thing left to get is a bike...

In all honesty, I love driving a stick. I like having 4wd or AWD in the Chicago winters (LOVED my Subaru Forester 5-speed) and I wanted a convertible. The jeep is the only vehicle you can buy in the US with all 3 of those things...

Plus, they are so customizable that even tho my jeep is basicaly still a yellow Barbie jeep with a couple of cool decals, when I get ready to upgrade and make it my own, I will have trouble deciding what I want to do to it because of all of the options...
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:38 PM   #43
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I guess I got mine to fill out the "want list" I've owned full size pick ups (2 Dodge Ram quad cabs), muscle cars (1972 Olds 442, 1978 Corvette silver anniversary) and motorcycles ( several dirt bikes, Harley sportster, dyna wide glide and springer soft tail) but this is my first jeep!
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:27 PM   #44
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I grew up in the woods. I remember standing up on the seats of my dad and uncles trucks hunting, running trails and snow wheeling. Always liked wheeling but my family always ran fullsize trucks.

One day when I was about 15 an older gent came to a local wheeling spot in an old CJ5 with 33x12.50s, a locker in the rear and every skid plate and piece of armor you could imagine. He didnt go through any deep mud but he climbed every frickin thing around. He did stuff Id never imagined all day long. We would think he was stuck and offer help and he would decline and say "nah, It will bite sometime".

He had his brother in law for a spotter riding on the hood holding a beer in one hand and the tow bar in the other like he was riding a slow motion bull and every once in a while he would dismount and kick a rock under a tire or something.

This was before "rock gardens". They concurred every mud trail and climbed over rock piles that were there to keep trucks out of that area. They would climb over big stumps, logs and all kinds of stuff and never got stuck. Sometimes he would sit there spinning his tires and giving it the wiggle for 20 minutes till the mud or rocks dries out and eventually that old jeep would start hopping and bite and move.

That was it. I had to have one. Ive had 7 jeeps over the years.. My entire family is die hard Ford guys and they branded me a traitor off the bat for getting into Jeeps. I have converted 3 of them by going wheeling with them and when they think its the end of the road I just keep creeping off into the woods. Or when they get stuck I come over the cb and say "hell, Im still in 2wd"... That really ruffles their feathers.lol

So I guess off road capability is my reason. If I could only have one rig it would be a jeep. I have multiple vehicles for multiple purposes but the jeep is by far the favorite to drive, work on and talk about...
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:46 PM   #45
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I grew up with our family owning a '46 Willis. After many years of being Jeepless and having suppressed the memories of my childhood Jeep adventures, my family took a Jeep tour in the Bahamas this summer. Half way through the tour we were all eating lunch and all looked at each other and said we've got to get a Jeep! A month later we had our 2001 Wrangler. Love it!
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #46
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Living here in Chicago ,with four seasons , Its something to enjoy year round . Its there anything else ? Nice weather you get naked , cold , snow , close it up...Plus the fact that I can make it my own , with all the add ons ... no jeep has to be the same ...
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:12 PM   #47
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because anything else would look goofy with black doors.



But I like the old school vinyl look.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:17 PM   #48
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Living here in Chicago ,with four seasons , Its something to enjoy year round . Its there anything else ? Nice weather you get naked , cold , snow , close it up...Plus the fact that I can make it my own , with all the add ons ... no jeep has to be the same ...
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:00 AM   #49
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I spent the first 3 years of my life in my dads CJ7. When the steel mills closed down he had to sell it to provide for the family. 17 years later he got another CJ and shortly after that I got my first TJ. After 3 days of owning it that thing went from red to brown when he said "lets go climb some hills." When I joined the military I reluctantly sold it because I was overseas. When I returned home 2 years later I got a YJ and it wasn't what I wanted. This July I bought my seen second TJ sight unseen and February can't come soon enough! Long story short, it's been in my blood since the day I came home from the hospital, and I hope I can pass the feeling onto my kids.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:01 AM   #50
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Started out in a CJ7, brought my new born daughter home in it. Successful career filled with RS6, SL55, Z06's and a high end wife. Kids in the military, wife country-fied now back in my dream vehicle.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:32 AM   #51
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I've always wanted one but it was actually my wife that pushed me to buy one. She thinks its hers, lol.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #52
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #53
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Having owned 2 prev yj wranglers since able to drive I always wanted a tj and since buying this one it's been he's vehicle ever I have out all my money making it "mine" but that's beauty of jeep it's perfect vehicle for all year round. Between it and my Harley I feel I have best of both worlds now. And my 2 year old daughter loves it so much that she can spot a jeep from miles away when we are out. And when she's with her mom any red jeep she sees is always "daddy's jeep" lol
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I bought mine to flat-tow behind the motorhome, put a mild lift on it, and putt around Forest Service Roads when camping.



Then, I joined an off-road club. Best thing I ever did.





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Dad said I couldnt get a z28 when I needed a new car. Wrangler was the next logical option.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:00 PM   #57
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Why? Life changed. Kid off to college, sold our ATVs but still wanted to off-road some, grew tired of my F150. My Jeep gave me a fun convertible, great 4WD and a great reason not to haul stuff.
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Got introduced in the military service driving the old M 38's & 151's then forgot about them. Fast forward 36 years while out 4 wheeling in our truck we came across several Jeepers and we thought how cool they are are we should get one. We bought a new 04 Rubicon and now we are hooked. We just bought a second one. It's a 13 JKU modded with lift, tires, wheels, fenders, bumpers, winch and soon to get re-geared. We wheel as much as possible these days and the Jeeps are just so capable and fun.
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Like most have said, I always wanted one. For some reason, every time I went to buy I wound up with something else. Usually it was a truck or a Mustang. I finally got one, and wish I had done it years ago. It's the most fun I've had in a ride when not in the back seat.
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I think there were several reasons why I got the Jeep:

1) I was thoroughly tired of the poor streets in Los Angeles county where I often scrape bottom on my old car. I wanted more ground clearance

2) When I look around the big parking lot at work, I'm not impressed by BMW or Lexus and the only vehicle that popped out was the wrangler. Now that's a vehicle.

3) I'm a mild prepper and I was interested in having something with off-road capability which would serve as a better bug-out vehicle

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