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Old 05-06-2013, 10:12 AM   #61
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I had a Tacoma. Great truck actually like my dads Nissan better but it still was a great truck. The thing though was I never thought about it. It was a vehicle I owned. A good vehicle but just something that got me from here to there. Now with my Jeep it is a different story. I actually want to get out and drive it. I look at it and smile. It is more then just a vehicle I drive. It is an experience. But thats just me. I never had a group of people gather around my truck and drool. My Jeep on the other hand people will walk out of their way to walk by it just to look closer.

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:09 PM   #62
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[QUOTE=KC_Hawker;3706453]FWIW - I had a 2007 Ram 1500 for 3 years that NEVER had an issue.

That's great, but I hardly call a truck an indication of stellar reliability after only 3 yrs. Shoot its not even out of warranty. My trouble free 11 yr old Z71, sure. Trouble free 150 k + Nissan, sure. 3 yrs, ummm, no.

A quick check of Jk problems, leaks, ball joints, BCM failures, etc, will show a LOT more problems than the Yota the OP was looking at for a reliable ride. Stuff we live with to have a Jeep.

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #63
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I sounds like a Wrangle would not be to practical for you. Unless you had the space and were willing to buy a small trailer for hauling small things around.
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As the OP described I agree with this.

If mine were a daily driver I would have given up the convertible aspect and went with a 4 runner. I don't rock crawl or mud bog, the Taco or 4runner would handle the trail riding and beach trips.

Now if you see yourself having the top down and doors off often, then get the JKU and a trailer. Keep the Wrangler stock for onroad comfort.

PS: If you plan on highway driving above 70mph with gusty winds, get the hard top. I got to experience hood flutter and soft top lifting off the passenger front door at highway speeds this weekend. Not fun.

I also agree with buying a full size since they are now getting better gas mileage and can haul more.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:56 PM   #64
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FWIW - I had a 2007 Ram 1500 for 3 years that NEVER had an issue.

That's great, but I hardly call a truck an indication of stellar reliability after only 3 yrs. Shoot its not even out of warranty. My trouble free 11 yr old Z71, sure. Trouble free 150 k + Nissan, sure. 3 yrs, ummm, no.

A quick check of Jk problems, leaks, ball joints, BCM failures, etc, will show a LOT more problems than the Yota the OP was looking at for a reliable ride. Stuff we live with to have a Jeep.
All those problems listed above and the need of a truck bed is about to push me to buy a truck. I hate it b/c I really like the jeep but its about time for it to go I'm afraid...
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #65
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I also looked at the Taco, my main point is I want to plow my driveway.

The Taco didn't have a schedule for plowing, the Jeep does.

Seats, the Taco seats are on the floor! Being long legged I had leg room but my legs never touched the seat.

My dogs, can keep'm in the Jeep.

No heated side mirrors on the Taco.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:30 PM   #66
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Honestly, it all depends on IF you keep it 10 years and 150k. Did that when I was younger and when I forced myself to commute a long distance to "save money" on a house outside of town.

Now I live in town and don't really plan to keep a car over 5 years unless its as a second vehicle so it is not an issue what happens on an old jeep.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:18 AM   #67
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Well, I ended up selling my 2012 Wrangler so I have a few things that will soon be going up for auction. I bought a full size truck and I tell ya... its nice having a truck again.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #68
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Well, I ended up selling my 2012 Wrangler so I have a few things that will soon be going up for auction. I bought a full size truck and I tell ya... its nice having a truck again.
Congrats... I sold my CJ and got a pickup to haul the dirt bikes. It felt great -for about a month!

No doubting the versatility of a pickup, but I went a long time without a Jeep and missed it pretty much the whole time. Looking at a crew cab Tacoma for wifemobile. We have a crew cab Titan and while its versatile and awesome for road trips, she's intimidated parking it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #69
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I hear ya. No doubt I will miss some of the fun of the jeep and top down rides but the utility of a truck bed is just better than the solution I was always told... "buy a trailer if ya need to haul".... well a trailer isnt always hooked to the jeep and when I needed it, I usually didnt have it hooked up. But the parking is a pain on the new full size truck for sure. I bought a new 4 door Ram and since I'm 6'5, the fit is better and like I said... Love the truck bed and using it like crazy already. I am about to post a spare tire 2 bike carrier for sale at a good deal. Let me know if you or anyone else might be interested.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #70
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Well, what happens if the Tacoma and the Wrangler have $ex?

You get a 2003-2009 4Runner.

Same interior room as a 4-Door JK and same utility, but with much improved comfort and ride quality and a V8 option for your towing needs. Still ladder frame, still solid rear axle, still heavy duty drivetrain, but more comfort and NO LEAKY ROOF!

Plus, you can buy them for half the price of either the Taco or JK. BoOm I just fixed your conundrum. You're welcome.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #71
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I hear ya. No doubt I will miss some of the fun of the jeep and top down rides but the utility of a truck bed is just better than the solution I was always told... "buy a trailer if ya need to haul".... well a trailer isnt always hooked to the jeep and when I needed it, I usually didnt have it hooked up. But the parking is a pain on the new full size truck for sure. I bought a new 4 door Ram and since I'm 6'5, the fit is better and like I said... Love the truck bed and using it like crazy already. I am about to post a spare tire 2 bike carrier for sale at a good deal. Let me know if you or anyone else might be interested.
So which Ram did you get? Just curious. Love me some Dodge trucks too.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #72
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I got a one year old SLT model with the 5.7L Hemi. Good Lord its got power but the gas bill shows the engine has a drinking problem. I get on average 16mpg around town but i found out jeeps will get the same with 35's on them! As I said, loved the jeep but the ram was a good value for the cost and just what I needed. Where in the world do I go to sell the bike carrier on this forum?!?!?!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #73
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This thread has got to have the longest average post length of any thread I've read yet on this forum... right up my long winded alley.

There are a lot of good arguments to not buy a Jeep. I went through the exact same reasoning when shopping for a touring motorcycle. The reasoning side of my brain wanted me to buy a BMW, but the emotional side wanted a Harley in a bad way. Guess who won.

In the end, the advantages that a Tacoma has over a Jeep do not outweigh the immeasurable qualities that a Jeep has that appeals to me. In the end, I doubt very seriously that a Jeep owner will be unsatisfied with their decision, with a few exceptions (same is true of Harley owners). I ran into one of the "down" sides just yesterday: had to haul some new patio furniture home and it did not fit in the Jeep. So, I rented a truck for $20 from Home Depot... big friggin' deal. That $20 was nothing compared to shrieks of glee from my wife I got when I took her off-roading last weekend with the top off and the cool, pine scented, breeze pushing her hair all around her face.

Best $20 I ever spent. Period.

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