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Old 01-04-2012, 08:21 AM   #31
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I got rid of a 2001 Bullitt show car and a daily driver 99 F-150 supercab in order to get the Jeep. Do I regret getting rid of the Bullitt? VERY much. Do I regret getting the Jeep? Not a chance in hell.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:30 AM   #32
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I have buyers remorse. I should have never bought my '08 Dodge Ram! I should have just bought my '08 JK X new so I would have the lifetime warranty. I traded in my '08 Dodge for my '08 Jeep in '11. I had the lifetime warranty on the Ram and wish I had just bought the Jeep at that time instead so I could still have that.

I LOVED my truck and miss it, but I can't imagine any vehicle making me as happy as my Jeep. I am keeping my JK forever.

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I think it just doesn't feel like its your yet. Give it time... Even just putting on a steering wheel cover or seat covers will start to get you attached.

Sometimes though, your memories will never fade from an old vehicle. I spent a lot of time with some in the past, I still regret selling off my 83' Datsun 280zx Special Edition. That car was sharp, fast and a hell of a lot of fun drifting but shoot, I wouldn't be able to fit the kids in there!!! I never felt another vehicle push me back in the seat like that SOB did. That is until a couple months ago when we picked my wife up a 2k Durango with the 5.9 Magnum. 360ci, nuf said!

Make a list of all the things you enjoyed in the old jeep. Then, start modding the new one to make it enjoyable for you.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #34
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I'm under the camp of impulse buy very big ticket items. Usually cars north of 40K so I tend to get it. Actually buying our JKU has given me buyers remorse on an old purchase (09 SRT8 ). I never thought I could enjoy a car as much as I enjoy my SRT until the jeep came along. Now I'm selling the SRT and getting another jeep!
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #35
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Sounds like you need to get your old one back for mods and mud slinging and let the wifey have the new one for her very own, before you go messing with it and try calling it yours
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #36
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I see two sets of issues here.

First, you dumped a lot of time and effort into your old Jeep and made it your own. You were comfortable and familiar with your old TJ. Knew it inside and out and so on.

Second, is that given your history, lifted TJs may very well always look like the "real Jeeps" to you. It's no different for any auto enthusiasts--the iteration of the vehicle you get hooked on first always seems the "truest" of the breed in your eyes.

There's not much you can do about the second set of issues other than "give it time" and see what happens. You should also take the thing wheeling so you can see that it in fact is definitely not a poseur vehicle.

As to the first set of issues, I hope you can see that you're short changing your new Jeep. It can't possibly compete with all the time, effort, and familiarity you had with your TJ. I think if you can see that it's unfair to try to make it compete, you'll feel better.

And you need to start the mods. There's a whole other world of JK mods out there that you're basically unfamiliar with. You can customize that new Jeep every bit as much as you did your TJ, and I expect if you spend some time and effort doing that your familiarity and comfort level will grow.

Before you know it, you'll want one of each.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #37
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Now that I've slept on it I'm feeling a little better about the whole thing. I'm trying to look at it as I've managed to offload my old Jeep, which was not without its problems, before they made it much harder to live with. As a matter of fact, I have to go back to the dealership today to go drive my old Jeep to 4 Wheel Parts as I have an appointment to have work done to fix Death Wobble that I have already paid for; that disclosure was part of the trade in deal. With the new one I no longer have to worry about finding a shady mechanic to pass me on safety each year (there are a lot of dumb rules here in Hawaii) and I don't have to deal with all the numerous problems that were sure to pop up because of its age but that I no longer have time to deal with due to my job and family (almost all the work I did to it was before I even got married and when I was doing a different job). Also, I always did want a Jeep that was an obnoxious color, and Cosmos Blue is definitely more annoying than Silver
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:10 PM   #38
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Absolutely no regrets. Motor w/ ample power , interior that belongs In a Vette and a 5 speed auto with JEEP on the grill no way.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #39
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Wow, I completely get this on almost every level. I am starting to fall in love with my JK a bit finally after some very minor mods and I am sure I'll feel the real love once some wheeling starts. For me, going from the TJ with a soft top and manual to the freedom top and auto is what kills me. No doubt that the JK is a "nicer" car in terms of its "luxury" and even ride but to me, it still has to earn its Jeepness for the love to flow. I will say that its finally getting dirty and the dirtier it gets, the more it feels right. My wife loves it but surprisingly, my 16 year old prefers his Explorer (kids!). At least it means he won't be sneaking the Jeep out, right?

I'm with the others, stick with it and make it yours. If after 6 months you still aren't feeling it, consider a trade.
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I miss the JK that I traded for the Power Wagon...

...except when I tow something...
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I have a guy coming Friday to pick up my 05 LJ Rubi. I have been really sad about it lately. Kind of the same situation. The wife never really liked it. I'll be ordering a 2012 JKUR to replace it. Although I am sad about the sale, I am excited to get a new Jeep. The mod process is tons of fun, I can't wait. Just be happy she didn't talk you out of a Jeep all together!
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:58 PM   #43
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This is gonna hurt, since you spoke about your Bronco with such love and reverence.

My Bronco was a turd. Good riddance. Sorry, man.
Meh, different strokes. I love Bronco's, but I loved mine because it was MINE.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:00 PM   #44
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Hi everyone. I'm not new to the forum, but I've been away for a long time. I just traded in my 2005 X for a 2012 Unlimited Rubicon and I think I may be having serious regrets. I have never loved a vehicle the way I loved my old Jeep.

You have one of two symptoms.

Motardness: You were attached to the old ride, had spent some time in her, and, even though you have absolutely upgraded, you have a little bit of attachment. This is forgivable. When I sold my 1980 Malibu (first car, sold it in 2000 iirc), I almost cried. Almost.

2/4 regrets: You sold a two door and bought a 4 door, which some people claim isn't a 'real Jeep.' I didn't like the 4 doors until I bought my 2 door...now I find them respectable.

What you have to think is...you have some fond memories of the old Wrangler, but for some reason it was time for you to part ways. Every time I walk by an older model, I look at the inside and think, "that is why I didn't buy one ten years ago." But every time I get inside my 2012 Sport, I smile...a great combination of comfortable and bad ass
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #45
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Honestly, I did have some by getting rid of a completely dependable/reliable/more convenient vehicle...Did I love driving it...NO.

I felt buying the Jeep, I knew I was getting something with worse MPG, possibly have reliability issues, But...I am proud, and LOVE driving this beast!

The buyers remorse was more of a letting go...It was gone after driving to work that first week.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #46
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After having a day to get used to it I am feeling a little better. I got to say goodbye to the old girl today when I cleaned the rest of my stuff out of it, I even got to drive it one more time. I got to spend a little more time with the new one, even testing out its practicality by flipping the seats down and loading it up with all the Christmas decorations to take to storage; that is something that would not have even been possible with the TJ.

I am a little disappointed to report that almost no one, especially in "real" Jeeps, is returning my waves. That bugs me a little, I may not have always initiated waves to stock JKs (too likely to be a tourist here in Hawaii and they just don't know any better) but I always returned a wave if they went first. I don't entirely blame them, with the painted hardtop it almost looks like an H3.
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Give it a week. You will love this new Jeep. I had an AWD CRV that was actually pretty nice, reliable, etc... I felt weird that first week getting into the Jeep, freakin love it now though! really weird, it's like a transition.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #48
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I know you 2011 owners got some regrets you would like to tell us all about? Just let it out and you will fill just a little better. After that go get the 2012 and it will really be better
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I know you 2011 owners got some regrets you would like to tell us all about? Just let it out and you will fill just a little better. After that go get the 2012 and it will really be better
I like the 2011 I just bought. It was the last one on the lot and the dealers ad teaser. Got it for $4500 under invoice.
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I had a 85 bronco and it was a super 4X4. Ford knew more about gearing trucks in 1985 then Jeep does today! Never had to regear the bronco as it drove down the highway with power to spare. Can't say that about the 11 jeep I bought last February. The most underpowered vehicle I ever owned, until I regeared and now it is better but not up to ford specs. It's a crying shame that Ford didn't buy jeep instead of these peons that have it now!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:48 AM   #51
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Sometimes I open the door to my garage just to look at it's awesomeness.
your jeep does look amazing. your avatar was actually my desktop wallpaper for a few weeks.
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I know you 2011 owners got some regrets you would like to tell us all about? Just let it out and you will fill just a little better. After that go get the 2012 and it will really be better
Yeah, no. Maybe, maybe MAYBE I'd have the slightest tiny little tinge of "Maybe I Should Have Waited" if the 2012 was rated at 20/25 mpg or higher. But it would be passing and I'd be over it in 5 minutes.

As it is, there isn't a single thing about the 2012 that makes me wish I had one. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but power gains alone are meaningless to me because my 2011 drives fine and I don't race it.

If I traded in my 2011 tomorrow, I'd get about $9k-$10k more than I owe on it, which would be a great down payment on a 2012. But I have zero desire to do that. I'd be more likely to buy a 2011 Rubicon. Truth of the matter is, I intend to be buried in my 2011.
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After having a day to get used to it I am feeling a little better. I got to say goodbye to the old girl today when I cleaned the rest of my stuff out of it, I even got to drive it one more time. I got to spend a little more time with the new one, even testing out its practicality by flipping the seats down and loading it up with all the Christmas decorations to take to storage; that is something that would not have even been possible with the TJ.

I am a little disappointed to report that almost no one, especially in "real" Jeeps, is returning my waves. That bugs me a little, I may not have always initiated waves to stock JKs (too likely to be a tourist here in Hawaii and they just don't know any better) but I always returned a wave if they went first. I don't entirely blame them, with the painted hardtop it almost looks like an H3.
FT...when I traded in my 05 Malibu for my '12 JK, I made sure nobody was looking after I locked it up, then I gave the spoiler a little pat goodbye. This was a generic fleet car that got me through college, and I had a tinge of sadness when I left her. I understand where you're coming from. Now, since it was a Malibu, that sadness was gone about 30 minutes later when I hit the streets. Since yours was a Wrangler (which I'm already attached to big time), it will take a little longer.

This "wave" deal is...whatever. If someone can't tell a Jeep from a Hummer before waving, they don't deserve to own a Jeep. I mean, the H3 is similar and whatnot, but only a fool couldn't tell the difference.

People in my area don't wave at all. Out of curiousity, after a month or so of driving, I gave a generic "two fingers off the steering wheel" wave to a couple cars. They both returned the wave, but would NOT have initiated it.

For fun, I've rolled down the window and given some serious hook'em horns to other drivers when I went through an intersection, and gotten waves or honks in reply...but this is all when I'm feeling stupid and giddy about life.

In short, I don't really think about 'the wave.'
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I only wave to hot girls. When they wave back, I don't have any buyer's remorse at all.

(kidding ...)
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:31 AM   #55
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We all might want to kick ourself sometimes for spending too much money on our jeeps. but at the end of the day, looking back. Totally worth it!!
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Which crook dealer did you go to?
I almost flew to CA to buy one and ship it back here because the local Jeeps dealers were acting so shady.
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I was strictly a XJ guy until recently. I just picked up a 03 TJ from a guy in the same situation. He got a good deal on a 07 JK and couldn't pass it up. Needless to say I was the beneficiary of his work, time and $$.

If you can't get it back for yourself hopefully your TJ will make it into the hands of someone who appreciates the work you did.

BTW I'm in Hawaii too.
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Which crook dealer did you go to?
I almost flew to CA to buy one and ship it back here because the local Jeeps dealers were acting so shady.
I got it from Cutter. I'm never happy with the experience of buying a car from the dealership, but it is what it is. I won't discuss the price I paid because that conversation always just turns into a dick measuring contest. I will say that I probably could have got it for less, but I definitely could have paid more. 0% interest rate helps soften the blow, though.
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I was strictly a XJ guy until recently. I just picked up a 03 TJ from a guy in the same situation. He got a good deal on a 07 JK and couldn't pass it up. Needless to say I was the beneficiary of his work, time and $$.

If you can't get it back for yourself hopefully your TJ will make it into the hands of someone who appreciates the work you did.

BTW I'm in Hawaii too.
I hope they don't have cause to regret any of the work I did. The old Jeep had its little quirks, I'd hate to have try discovering them all at once versus over time as I did. I wish them luck!
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It will take a few months,at least for me it did.I still miss my old 06 tj....I actually went back to try to buy it back 2 days after picking up the jk but it was sold....its slow but it will happen

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