08-24-2011, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Wrangler Advice please....
This is my first post, but I've been reading through the threads. I'd like some advice on buying a Wrangler. Here's the story:
I have an 80 mile round trip commute to work each day, all highway, 60 MPH. I'm currently driving a wore out Chevrolet Malibu. This is the only car I've ever owned, and will probably be the last. I've had the car for about 6 years and put about 200K miles on it. It's been a great car, never had to make any repairs. But, I'm not a car person.
That being said, I'm looking to purchase a "new to me" Wrangler for commuting. I am looking for a 2005 or newer, less than 50K miles, manual transmission, 2 doors, and A/C. Other than that, I'm not picky. I don't want large mud tires, I would stick with a 31" or so smaller A/T. I definately don't want an Unlimited, or any of the fancy GPS/DVD options. I really don't like the BIG wheels on the 2011 Wrangler I looked at, either.
I've found several used Wranglers locally that I like, but I can't decide what I want. Should I get an 06' with the 4.0 (it has 21K miles) or should I go for a newer one with the 3.8 V6? I know the 4.0 is a reliable engine, and from what I've read on here, the 3.8 is reliable also.
I'd like some opinions from you guys about commuting in a Wrangler.
What kind of fuel mileage can I really expect? My car is getting about 23 MPG now...
Does the V6 give better fuel economy than the 4.0 liter?
Hardtop or softtop? The softtop on my CJ sucks, are the new ones better?
Do all Wranglers have lock-in/lock-out hubs? It really doesn't matter, I'd just like to know.
This won't be my 1st 4WD. I have a 2000 Chevy 4WD (15 MPG), an 84 Dodge 4WD (terrible MPG), and a 78 CJ-5(8-12 MPG, it has a 304 and 33"s). I'm saying this to say that I know a Wrangler won't be ideal for commuting, but I want to try it for a while.
BTW, I'm 6'5" tall, so leg room is a concern. The 2011 Wranglers I drove had enough room. Will all the models have about the same interior room?
Any opinions from you guys would be welcome.