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Old 03-31-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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2 dr vs Unlimited?

Hey everyone,
I'm looking to purchase a 2012 or 13' Wrangler by the end of the year and have been intensely viewing all threads among the forum for the last few months. Being 23 yrs old and it being my first new car purchase I'm looking to keep this vehicle for the next 15-20 years. This Jeep will be my dd and only vehicle since I have recently sold my car for a moped to save every cent for this rig. As I currently live in Vail, CO, I would also be doing light-moderate off-roading with it and the mod bug would likely hit. Only options wanted are stock soft top with 3.73 gears and a/c

So my questions are"
What are the advantages and disadvanges off and on-road between the wrangler 2 dr and unlimited besides the obvious ones (cargo space, 4 drs, wheel-base)?

Is it worth spending the extra few k and get the unlimited for the extra space (especially since my 2 yr old newfoundland dog will riding in the back almost all the time)?

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Old 03-31-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Jeeps don't have 4x doors.

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Old 03-31-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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So my questions are"
What are the advantages and disadvanges off and on-road between the wrangler 2 dr and unlimited besides the obvious ones (cargo space, 4 drs, wheel-base)?

you have basically just listed all of the advantages and disadvantages. No joke, the jku can do the things a longer wheelbase vehicle can while you loose the manuverbilty of the 2dr
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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If you've been viewing all the threads for months---!!!

Why are you asking--it's purely individual and subjective--habits/hobbies/goalsd/friends-etc-

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Old 03-31-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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One is a bit longer with rear doors, the other,well.... isnt.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:30 PM   #6
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If my JK was going to be used and kept for the duration and based upon your age with friends, future plans, etc., I would get a 4dr. Sport. You already know the advantages/disadvantages.
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If my JK was going to be used and kept for the duration and based upon your age with friends, future plans, etc., I would get a 4dr. Sport.
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If you plan on having it for many, many years, you might have a 2 yr old human in a carseat instead of a newfoundland, and you'll want the extra space. The JKU offers a lot of advantages as an everyday vehicle that the JK doesn't. It's a lot easier to move things with the space in a JKU, it's a lot easier to carry more gear or people for any reason. Etc., etc.

The JKU also has higher towing capacity, which could come in very handy over the course of 15-20 years.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:33 PM   #8
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Living in Vail, you need the length for your skis. I debated and debated, but glad I got the JKU.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:43 PM   #9
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Do you also need us to decide between auo and manual or hard top versus soft?
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:51 PM   #10
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Four door now...two door to go with it once you're pulling in the big bucks.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:55 PM   #11
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2 door

hi, get the 2 door much more fun....imo
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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4 door if you like to camp..... lots more space AND long enough to sleep inside if you don't want to set up a tent...
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:08 PM   #13
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I have a 6 month old Newfoundlander. Trust me, get a 4 door. They would only fit in a 2 door with the back seats down then your are stuck with a 2 seater.

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Old 03-31-2012, 11:11 PM   #14
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hi, get the 2 door much more fun....imo
Exactly why I got the 2dr, too. In fact, if not for 2dr, I'd get FJ.

Less obvious things:
+ I can remove and reinstall the hardtop of 2dr without assistance
- 4dr has a significantly larger fuel tank
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:36 PM   #15
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Exactly why I got the 2dr, too. In fact, if not for 2dr, I'd get FJ.

Less obvious things:
+ I can remove and reinstall the hardtop of 2dr without assistance
- 4dr has a significantly larger fuel tank
Good point. 4 door. Less trips to the gas station!
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:48 PM   #16
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4 door if you like to camp..... lots more space AND long enough to sleep inside if you don't want to set up a tent...
If you "sleep" in the back then you will end up with occupants in those seats. Don't let you daughters date boys with vans, stationwagons, or JKU's.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:05 AM   #17
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A surprising, and perhaps disappointing number of people who post here seem to have no problem with the fact that they are going to an internet forum for help to decide things via crowdsourcing that they should be deciding for themselves with careful study and thought.

The fact that Jeep enthusiasts hang out here doesn't mean that we can somehow determine someone's needs or wants. It's completely and utterly subjective.

The concept of the question itself is flawed, which is evidenced by the direction these threads usually head in, which is everyone crowing about how what works for them is what should be what works for others, or laughably enough getting upset about it.

It's silliness, but a silliness that endures for some reason.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:31 AM   #18
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Another young guy here (21)
Went to the dealer last year (March 17th 2011)
Drove off with a brand new Black JK Sport Soft-top 3.73 with A/C
It's usually only me and my girlfriend in the Jeep with the back seat sitting in the garage.
Didn't really see the need for a JKU.
If we have kids somewhere down the road, I'll MANDLE it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #19
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Overall, 4 door JKU way more practical....!
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:12 PM   #20
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I like the look of the 2 doors and that's what I have, but I can see the argument for the 4 door model. Either way you win. But, I think the 2 door looks better and is the more classic look.
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I agree with the people that say it's up to the individual. If it were up to me, I'd get as much Jeep as I can afford.

That's how I ended up with my JKU. I went to the dealer looking at a new 2-door, saw a 4 year old 4-door, already lifted with 33s for the same price and fell in love.




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A surprising, and perhaps disappointing number of people who post here seem to have no problem with the fact that they are going to an internet forum for help to decide things via crowdsourcing that they should be deciding for themselves with careful study and thought.

The fact that Jeep enthusiasts hang out here doesn't mean that we can somehow determine someone's needs or wants. It's completely and utterly subjective.

The concept of the question itself is flawed, which is evidenced by the direction these threads usually head in, which is everyone crowing about how what works for them is what should be what works for others, or laughably enough getting upset about it.

It's silliness, but a silliness that endures for some reason.
Before making this thread I was expecting several responses such as this one from members because I see them posted on every other thread. As much as your rant about how this thread is useless to a future jeeper is extrememly helpful to me, I'll give my advice to refrain from viewing and commenting on these threads if they are ruining your forum experience. As this thread my appear useless to you as you have expressed, the people who have taken their time to give their honest opinion on the subject have really helped me out. Although I agree that these type of decisions are based on personal preferences, it's nice to hear some valuable comments on one of the largest purchases I'll ever make
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Before making this thread I was expecting several responses such as this one from members because I see them posted on every other thread. As much as your rant about how this thread is useless to a future jeeper is extrememly helpful to me, I'll give my advice to refrain from viewing and commenting on these threads if they are ruining your forum experience. As this thread my appear useless to you as you have expressed, the people who have taken their time to give their honest opinion on the subject have really helped me out. Although I agree that these type of decisions are based on personal preferences, it's nice to hear some valuable comments on one of the largest purchases I'll ever make
Well said. I agree too. Learn things like how well a gentle giant will fit in the back of your jeep. Things that may have been overlooked, you now know. I love these threads where you can give little bits of advice to the new jeepers out there.

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Old 04-01-2012, 09:04 PM   #24
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From my experience and observations. I have owned and wheel very well built TJ's and an TJ Unlimited (LJ) along side a very well built 4dr JK over most of the "hard" trails in Moab. There really isn't a time when the 4dr. was at a disadvantage. In my opinion the 4dr. is actually better and does most ledges and climbs easier, and rarely is the extra length an issue. Also there is allot less "toss" (where your being tossed side to side) on rough trails, so after a long day on the trails you are less tired. Which is why I now have a 2012 JKUR...
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Well.... I bought... and still have my '99 TJ "BC" (before kids).

My kids are now 10 n 12... so I've managed to go this long without much issue. Of course... the wife's ride is a minivan!

But in all this time... the wife still hasn't/won't learn to drive manual transmission :-) Not a bad thing... but if I ever need the van, it strands the wife with no transportation.

But with the older kid now in boy scouts... the younger 1 yr away, and the fact that they always need drivers for campouts etc... I'm finding myself in need of carrying capacity. (altho I was able to drive me, 3 kids + gear with the aid of a trailer hitch platform).

So it may be the time to retire from my been-bombproof TJ to a JKU. But of course... it will still be manual transmission ;-)

I broached the idea of keeping the TJ...but I don't think that's gonna happen!

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