im an aussie father of 2 young children and am in two minds whether I should buy a wrangler.
atm im getting round in a 06 discovery3 mainly for family comfort but am sick of the off road short falls with the vehicle. dont get me wrong its goes great offroad but lacks the confidence when tracks get tough.
ive always wanted a jeep but not sure it will b suitable for the family needs.
it will be mainly used for weekend camping trips towing my fully loaded 1200kg camping trailer with long drive on road to get to the 4x4 camping trails. plus a little weekly driving round town.
I would also need to deck it out with camping mods and not sure how easy these mods can be done ie. roof racks, dual batteries, long range fuel tanks etc.
any advice for and against would be great. Im honestly not sure if this would be an okay family car??
I got married almost 2 years ago and
soon after we knew my wife was pregnant, I told her we were getting a Jeep before our baby was to be born. Two reasons:
1. I always wanted a Wrangler... They are beautiful pieces of machinery that are easy to mod to your needs, more than capable off road (as long as you know what you are doing), fun to drive as a DD or weekend excursion, offer plenty of room for two adults and two children (really 3 if you have little ones) with room to spare for gear in the rear (I opted for an Unlimited Sahara), and are just generally bad@$$.
2. Well... I went and forgot the second reason... Number one should be enough for you! Pull the trigger! You won't be disappointed (I wasn't).
I've had my JKUS for 7 months now and I have a beautiful baby boy (5 and a half months old). He loves riding in the Jeep and I love driving him around. Nothing like giving a child a Wrangler to look out of as you drive around wherever your wheels take you (He loves looking at the trees... He just stares and smiles at each one as we go by them). Good luck!
any ideas on how well they pull a camping trailer??
Going to be honest here... Wranglers have very low tow ratings. Some members on here will report going over the rating with no problems, but I'm not that risky. I've pulled a 12ft flatbed with some furniture without so much as a hiccup... Very smooth, easy ride. A small camper or pop-up type sleeper should not be any trouble... It really depends on the options you go with as far as gear ratio and how heavy your camping trailer is.
I have three toddlers and they love riding in our 4 door wrangler. It is indeed a capable "family" vehicle.
In terms of offroad mods, I don't believe there's a simplier or cheaper new vehicle for mods on the market today. You have endless choices for roof racks, bumpers, fuel cells, CB radios, blah blah.
The only problem for you is the tow ratings. I"m not sure why, but Wranglers have fairly low ratings given their power. Perhaps it's the high center of gravity for all models as well as the short wheel base for the 2 door Wranglers. Make sure you figure out how much weight you'll be towing and then look up the applicable numbers for the Wrangler you're considering.
2010 JKU "Mountain" Edition
TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift : Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Shocks : 33x12.5R15 Goodyear DuraTracs : 15x8 Black Rock 909s : Other Stuff . . .
I have a wife, daughter and a 130 lb. black lab. I went with an unlimited due to the interior space and to cover the potential "family expansion". I also cart people around occasionally for lunch and trips downtown to the studio. 4 adults fit fine and 5 can work in a pinch. No one has made a complaint and usually enjoys the ride as the doors and/or roof are off most of the time.
Towing capacity is a downside. The 2-door is "rated" for about 900 kg. and the 4-door ups it to almost 1600 kg. I'm sure the config of the jeep can alter those stats though... for better or for worse.
Being that you said youre Aussie, you should have the 2.8 CRD available. That should give you more than enough towing power. If you look over at expedition portal, there should be some modified wranglers with extended tanks for overlanding. Short of that, the Wranglers are basically big lego kits. If someone has dreamed it, theyve built it, or can.
took a 2012 wrangler unlimited sports, manual 3.6l for a test drive today. very impressed with how quite the engine and road noise was. fell in love with the vehicle then and there.
I would love to test drive the automatic diesel model but the sales lady said there is a 6month wait for delivery for demo models and even then she said they sell within a week.
As for the towing I spoke to a bloke who installs mod on all jeeps and he said def the diesel for long distance towing but the 3.6l is ample for towing a relatively light camping trailer. so I spose it will now come down to budget and availabilty.
now I just need to sell the discovery3 and ill be def in the wrangler market.
thanks all for you input folks and ill post when im the proud owner of a wrangler...yeeeooowww!!