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Old 07-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Why doesn't everyone drive a Jeep, or five unexpected benefits

I knew I'd enjoy driving our new Islander (I'll be referring to my vehicle as the Islander to spite those haters on the special edition thread!), but here are 5 unexpected benefits I've discovered in the first week:

1. Fresh air: I appreciate the fresh air over the stagnant a/c at work/old car because even when it's hot, the wind feels cool.

2. Forces me to get tasks and errands done, so my family and I can play. Finished the lawn in 1.5 hours yesterday (usually two)!

3. Makes completing tasks that require driving more enjoyable.

4. Family time: we've started making lists of the places we can take the kids, and crossing them off.

5. Romance. My wife and I took the kids to the ocean last night. After playing on the surf for an hour, they were zonked and slept for the twilight drive along the coast. About as peaceful a time as I can remember.

In short, I've not stopped smiling this week. It's a Jeep thing?

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Fuel economy, size (either under sized, 2 door or finding the 4 door too big) vehicle fires.

Not to mention some people are just ignorant to the fact that the Jeep is a much more sophisticated vehicle than it used to be. I swear some family members were thinking my JK was like an old CJ. Asking if it had A/C, or a top even. Some people see the " Jeep Wrangler" and automatically think barbaric CJ.

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Fuel economy, size (either under sized, 2 door or finding the 4 door too big) vehicle fires.

Not to mention some people are just ignorant to the fact that the Jeep is a much more sophisticated vehicle than it used to be. I swear some family members were thinking my JK was like an old CJ. Asking if it had A/C, or a top even. Some people see the " Jeep Wrangler" and automatically think barbaric CJ.

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Absolutely. I think everyone that's gotten in my JKU has said something along the lines of:

"Whoa, a Jeep with A/C!?"
"Wow, you have power windows!? I didn't think they made these like that."
"I thought it would be more flimsy."
"Wait, you have a nav system in a Wrangler!?"

But the best one is my half-spoiled mom with her convertible BMW:
"Oh yea? Well I can push a button and my roof goes down."

I just looked at her and repeated someone's quote on here:
"You can go fast, I can go anywhere."

They've definitely come a long way in terms of features and accessories.
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The biggest reason is probably fuel economy, 17-20mpg isn't very acceptable to most people. They are also pretty expensive for what they are, and most people don't need the real off-road ability which is what you're paying for
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They read Consumer reports

Hey now, was that a slam on this Noob?

Okay...I'm over it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:51 PM   #8
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I've heard people whine about road noise, leaky soft tops, that they are "impracticable" or "not for every day driving."
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I've heard people whine about road noise, leaky soft tops, that they are "impracticable" or "not for every day driving."
This falls into the public at large being ignorant as to the progression of the Jeep Wrangler brand. See my post above

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The urge to use the hood and roof of a Prius to test my suspension travel is overwhelming...it's a matter of time before I'm going to apprehended by the police, high-centered on a Hybrid too large to climb over...then where will I be?
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I thought Edmund's review really captures the essence of a Wrangler and answers the question why more people don't own one.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Rarely does a car reviewed on Edmunds.com have as many pros and cons as the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Most vehicles have a lot of one and not much of the other. The Wrangler, on the other hand, has a wealth of extremes. It has old-school solid axles at both ends and standard crank windows. It's incredibly noisy and rough-riding. The soft top is a puzzle to operate and is basically a big "break in!" sign to potential thieves. Indeed, measured against virtually any other new SUV, the Wrangler is in many ways, well, terrible.
And yet the Jeep Wrangler not only remains appealing but remains one of the best-selling SUVs in the country as well. Part of the reason why is because some of those foibles are actually indicative of an incredibly honest, back-to-basics off-roader. Of course, the Wrangler also looks pretty cool and can dive headlong into places where few other vehicles would dare dip their toes. Plus, what other new car allows you to remove not only the roof, but the doors and windshield as well? The answer is none.
Of course, some of the Wrangler's issues can't be brushed off as simply "quaint." The soft top's issues are real, as are long braking distances and limited secured storage. But there is finally good news for what lies under the hood. Gone is the agricultural and gutless old V6, and in its place Chrysler's new "Pentastar" 285-hp V6. Smooth, robust and reasonably efficient, this engine radically transforms the Wrangler. Boasting a whopping 83 more horses than the outgoing engine, the new V6 is more than a second quicker from zero to 60 mph. A newly available five-speed automatic improves power delivery and efficiency as well.
Whether you get a basic two-door Wrangler with crank windows and a soft top or a high-dollar four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with heated leather seats and a hardtop, this iconic Jeep is without question a unique vehicle. However, we highly recommend taking it on a lengthy test-drive and paying attention to the above issues to see if you could really deal with them on a day-to-day basis. It's not uncommon for folks to be taken in by the Wrangler's cool factor only to quickly realize after purchase that a compact crossover or a more livable off-roader like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser would've been a wiser choice.
If you know what you're getting into, however, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is a wonderful way to not only get back to basics, but nature as well.
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I thought Edmund's review really captures the essence of a Wrangler and answers the question why more people don't own one.

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Rarely does a car reviewed on Edmunds.com have as many pros and cons as the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Most vehicles have a lot of one and not much of the other. The Wrangler, on the other hand, has a wealth of extremes. It has old-school solid axles at both ends and standard crank windows. It's incredibly noisy and rough-riding. The soft top is a puzzle to operate and is basically a big "break in!" sign to potential thieves. Indeed, measured against virtually any other new SUV, the Wrangler is in many ways, well, terrible.
And yet the Jeep Wrangler not only remains appealing but remains one of the best-selling SUVs in the country as well. Part of the reason why is because some of those foibles are actually indicative of an incredibly honest, back-to-basics off-roader. Of course, the Wrangler also looks pretty cool and can dive headlong into places where few other vehicles would dare dip their toes. Plus, what other new car allows you to remove not only the roof, but the doors and windshield as well? The answer is none.
Of course, some of the Wrangler's issues can't be brushed off as simply "quaint." The soft top's issues are real, as are long braking distances and limited secured storage. But there is finally good news for what lies under the hood. Gone is the agricultural and gutless old V6, and in its place Chrysler's new "Pentastar" 285-hp V6. Smooth, robust and reasonably efficient, this engine radically transforms the Wrangler. Boasting a whopping 83 more horses than the outgoing engine, the new V6 is more than a second quicker from zero to 60 mph. A newly available five-speed automatic improves power delivery and efficiency as well.
Whether you get a basic two-door Wrangler with crank windows and a soft top or a high-dollar four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with heated leather seats and a hardtop, this iconic Jeep is without question a unique vehicle. However, we highly recommend taking it on a lengthy test-drive and paying attention to the above issues to see if you could really deal with them on a day-to-day basis. It's not uncommon for folks to be taken in by the Wrangler's cool factor only to quickly realize after purchase that a compact crossover or a more livable off-roader like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser would've been a wiser choice.
If you know what you're getting into, however, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is a wonderful way to not only get back to basics, but nature as well.

This seems idiotic to me. Full Doors, hard top, JKU or JKUR and you have fixed all of the "cons". So what, now we have the perfect vehicle.

Whats hard about vehicle reviews is that they have to write them from a "neutral" perspective and provide a description that will be informative to EVERYONE, which is, honestly, impossible to do.

We all know the truth...

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