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Old 10-18-2011, 12:47 PM   #61
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Just sold my 08 Subaru WRX STi. It loved to play in the dirt, gravel, mud to a certain degree. The plastics and thin sheet metal and nail polish paint didn't like it however. Now looking into a Wrangler Unlimited and I'm sure it will be just as fun if not more so. I'm sure I'll miss 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, excellent brakes, and other things such as the exhaust note. Looking forward to hopefully playing in the dirt, gravel, and mud in something more suited to the task.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:20 PM   #62
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I just have both:

- 2012 JKU Sahara
- 2005 Lotus Elise

Night and day, but both crazy fun.

The Jeep is my 'daily' and the Lotus is my track/fun/summer car.

Yes, going from a track toy like the Lotus make the Jeep seem like driving a barge, but you know what it is and what it does.

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:33 PM   #63
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Yes, I traded my Z4 for a new Rubicon earlier this month.

It's quite a change. I do like the Jeep, but I miss flying around corners.

I may pick up a Ninja next spring @ an effort to have the best of both.



I don't see driving a Jeep forever or even overly long term. But for the moment I do quite enjoy the versatility of never being stuck by a road/land impediment.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #64
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I traded my 1987 Mustang GT for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. I use to race the Mustang at our local track. I pine for my little white car at times but love driving my Jeep. And I don't have to worry about the speed thing in the Jeep. I also love all you can see when you slow down just a little and take the back roads.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #65
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Actually, there is more to my definition of fun to that. I have to admit, a big part of it is having a convertible. Next part is having a stick ...
Having made essentially the same change, Z4 roadster to Jeep, I can say it's quite a change of pace.

The shift throw in the Jeep feels like you are driving a semi as compared to a BMW/Porsche. & I hate where they put reverse. It may have made sense when transmissions were limited to 5 forward gears. But with a 6 speed gearbox, it really should be next to 1st, not 6th. But I've finally gotten somewhat used to that (though I've had to change how I shift).

It's a different kind of fun in the Jeep as compared to a roadster. It's really just not a fair comparison. Ideally I'd have both, like the fellow above with the Lotus. Eventually my ideal is to pick up a Cayman S to add to the stable.

You do get used to the change. You can't corner nearly as quickly or leapfrog around traffic. Even if you could corner you'd slide out of the unbolstered seats (I had fantastic M seats with big side bolsters). But the new 3.6 with a manual does a fine job of getting you around. I've never felt it lacks for power. But perhaps that why I am only getting ~15 mpg lol.
The interior finish is not quite up to the level you are used to. There are a lot more plastics. But with the sat nav/media center the interior looks more than respectable. The steering wheel is great.
My only real gripe with the interior is with the headrests. Why are they canted forward?

Overall I have no regrets making the change. But I do miss having a sports car. As I said above, I'm considering picking up a new bike for the interim.


One thing that surprised me was the awful rear visibility due to the rear headrests and tire. I thought I had poor visibility in the Z with the top up. But the Jeep's rear visibility is pretty poor out the rear window.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:28 PM   #66
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Traded the Mustang GT/SC. I don't miss the car at all. I always felt like someone wanted to race. Pulled off a few stupid maneuvers in that car that could have gotten myself or others killed. Just way to much power for my own good (540 HP). Don't get me wrong, I loved that mustang but with the Jeep, I find myself driving a lot more civilized and dont do stupid crap and now no one wants to race...6xSquirrel HP!!! I actually get pissed when I see someone doing the same crap I used to do. Hypocritical I know!!!

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:34 PM   #67
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I came from a 2007 G35 sedan. While much faster, the thing I miss the most is the Infiniti service department.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:40 PM   #68
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Hell No!!!! If I want to go fast, I'll get on my Harley!!

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