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Old 02-26-2014, 05:53 PM   #1
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So I am new to the Jeep world but I have been interested in the jeeps for a while now. I have been shopping for a new 2014 Jeep for a few weeks. So far the Sahara Unlimited is at the top of my list. I have 2 kids, ages 7&8. I know that jeeps are primarily for off-roading but I want one to be used as a DD and very little, if any, off-roading. I've looked at SUV's but none look as good or interest me as much as the jeeps. So far the dealerships have tried to sell me on the freedom edition, dragon edition, and Sahara Unlimited. I have read about the safety ratings but I cant imagine them to be that bad. I am looking for opinions on using my jeep as a DD with kids? So all opinions are greatly appreciated!

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Very safe vehicles and fun to drive. Kids love them!

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I am on my 5th Jeep. 1 Cherokee and 4 Wranglers. I have 4 kids and 7 grandkids so my children grew up riding in one Jeep or another as well as learning to drive stick with my Jeeps. There is nothing like kids and Jeeps especially Wranglers. Are you thinking of the JK or the JKU?

I would recommend the JKU as you have more family space but that is my two cents.
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I saw your thread title and thought "why someone is shopping for a female newbie?"

But seriously, Chrysler knows that allot of people buy Wranglers and never go off the pavement. They have allot of amenities available like heated seats, lighted cup holders, etc. while maintaining the off road capabilities that people have loved for over 70 years.

Feel free to cruze the forum pages and see what others have to say. We have everyone on the forum from the hard core rock crawlers to the pavement pounding mall crawlers. You will find, we love our Wranglers as one of the most versatile vehicles ever made.


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Old 02-26-2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the opinions. I am interested in the JKU. I couldn't imagine 2 doors with kids and all their activities.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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My wife drives our JKU most of the time and hauls our 2 kids around in it. All 4 of us love it! I recommend go for it! The kids love when the freedom panels are off. I can't wait until it warms up, so I can put the soft top on for the first time. They are going to enjoy it! I say go for it! You only live once, so you might as well enjoy yourself!
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I would think reading a bit about your needs the Sahara JKU would be just terrific as it comes with all kinds of niceties yet it can get tough if needed. One of my business partners just upgraded his JK to a JKU Sahara and he is so thrilled. He also has a bunch of grandkids climbing in/out of his JKU. If you get a Jeep make sure you understand how to work the seatbelts correctly for car seats and how to use the latch system instead if you like.
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Recommend the Sahara for you. Hard or soft top is up to you. DO NOT buy the Dragon edition. If you're not going off-road the Sahara has all the nice creature comforts you could ever want and plenty of ability to go off road if need be. You can get front passenger side airbags with the Sahara. The Jeeps are for the most part very safe, in front and rear crashes - they don't score so well in side impact crashes due to how thin the doors are (so you can remove them).

I'm currently waiting for my 4th Jeep in my life and I have 2 kids. My family loves Jeeps and my kids are almost as excited as I am for this one to arrive.

So long as you can keep up with some minor issues Jeeps have, you'll love your Wrangler. This IS NOT a Grand Cherokee and if you like something along those lines you may want to think of renting a Wrangler to see if you can live with it.

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You were very clear, IMHO, about your needs. Any dealer that doesn't say Sahara Unlimited is a moron or not listening. That model is perfect for your needs with all the creature comforts.
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I have the Sahara JKU and love it. We have 2 girls, both age 4. They fit perfect and love it when I take the top down. It's my DD and rides extremely well, and has navigation, connectivity, auto temperature control, and power everything. We've owned Ford Explorers and Expeditions for 20 years; none of them is as fun as this Jeep is.

Go for the Sahara JKU. Option it the way you want it - even if you have to order it from the factory- you'll never look back.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:25 PM   #11
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Jeeps are one of the few remaining body on frame vehicles produced today aside from pickup trucks. Vehicles using a unibody structure (read cars and most SUV's) are designed with crumple zones that absorb impact forces during a crash. With a body on frame structure, less impact forces are absorbed by the vehicle, allowing them to be transferred to the occupants, hence the lower crash ratings of a Jeep. With that being said, I'm on Jeep #3. As a police officer and crash reconstructionist, I've never thought twice about my family's safety in a Jeep. My 12 year old daughter and all of her friends beg me to drive it when we are going somewhere and I often find it missing from the garage if my wife leaves the house before I do. In the days of the TJ with only two doors, limited cargo space, and interior with few creature comforts, I would caution you to be sure it was something you could live with, but with the JK Unlimited, you get improved ride, acceptable space for a family, quieter interior ( at least when the top is up), more creature comforts, and maintain all of the fun. Good luck with your purchase, whichever trim level you decide on, and enjoy the freedom of topless driving! Oh, and don't forget to wave to your fellow Jeepers.
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well as everyone else said, go for the sahara unlimited. your a mother of two children, and this would be the perfect vehicle to transport them around as well as other family members and friends.

Let's not for the cargo capacity of the sahara JKU either... excellent for hauling things.

i think the OP hit the nail right on the head, sahara unlimited for the win !!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:07 PM   #13
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Thanks everybody! Just need a little reassurance that my babies would be ok. Going back to the dealership tomorrow. I have my eyes set on a new Sahara Unlimited! Will post pics soon. Then maybe some mods in the future!!
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Thanks everybody! Just need a little reassurance that my babies would be ok. Going back to the dealership tomorrow. I have my eyes set on a new Sahara Unlimited! Will post pics soon. Then maybe some mods in the future!!

All the best to you. As mentioned see if you can get the side airbags if possible.
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Good luck! I just got a Sahara recently, and I really love it. (although a 2-door, without any babies to haul around).

I bet your kiddos will love it when the freedom panels are off. Enjoy!
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+1 to everything already said

Sounds like you already know what you want. Safety is not an issue. My only advice would be to get both tops if you're able and ENJOY! Once you've driven it a week you'll wonder why you waited so long.
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Good luck on your Journey to Wrangler ownership. You will love the Sahara based on what you stated in your original post.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:32 PM   #18
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Do I dare let her onto our secret shame?

Top off, doors off, yeeeeee- ha fun.

My Grandkids start beggin me early in spring to get Papa's Jeep ready.
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Please..whatever you do dont buy the dragon edition....thats extra $$ for lame graphics that frankly are...well....lame
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Just be aware of what your getting into. Some people Why Is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Popular With Families? - KickingTires get a JKU and are better off with a minivan.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:35 AM   #21
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I have a toddler as well and yeah obviously a Jeep (11 JKU) - while its cool to say that its a safe vehicle you can't overlook the fact that it has a terrible side impact rating. I did my homework before buying and this is something I was comfortable with. The Jeep is safer in many regards, but dead on side impact is not one; thus, affecting the overall safety rating. Lifting helps this a bit - but lets not forget that this consideration is there.
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If it's truly going to be the family truckster, definitely spend some time opening and closing the rear hatch area of both a hard top and soft top. That will be very important to you as you're lugging groceries and sports gear, musical instruments, "insert kids hobby here", in and out of the Jeep. I switch between the hard and soft top depending on season. My boys play baseball and it's MUCH easier for them getting bat bags, etc., in and out with the hard top and glass liftgate than the soft top with tailgate bar and zippered windows. If you'll be using the rear cargo area frequently, you'll want to appreciate the differences first. It's always cheaper to get the hard top with the Jeep and add a soft top later if you wish than the reverse.
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If you want it to be extra safe, you can buy a used steel bumper. Makes jeeps a lot safer in my opinion, some will disagree
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I would not buy a jeep solely for its safety and crash ratings--it is the lowest rated suv out there--so if that is your main consideration you may want to reconsider

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I know you are interested in the Sahara, but what part is it that interests you?

Some things I would suggest as this is a family vehicle with kids:

If you do not need the heated seats get cloth and get a set of Trek Armor seat covers they will stand up much better to children and anything else for that matter.

Do not get the upgraded Alpine stereo with sub woofer unless you absolutely have too. There is no real sound upgrade and you lose so much space in the rear cargo area.

I would try to get the 3.73 gears especially if you are going to pack your family in there it will help with acceleration.

If you plan on putting things in the back a lot I would suggest the hardtop over the soft top. Plus you can always get a soft top later for pretty cheap.
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I would NOT consider the reason to buy a jeep is safety.
On the front inside of my soft top there is a yellow sticker that's said something to the effect that the doors are only meant to protect you from the Elements!

If safety is the major concern...there are better choices in a SUV
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If you want it to be extra safe, you can buy a used steel bumper. Makes jeeps a lot safer in my opinion, some will disagree
What would that do? Maybe if your rear ended...that's about it
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I would NOT consider the reason to buy a jeep is safety.
On the front inside of my soft top there is a yellow sticker that's said something to the effect that the doors are only meant to protect you from the Elements!

If safety is the major concern...there are better choices in a SUV
Agreed in fact here are the top four reasons not to make the Jeep Wrangler your first choice:

1. Safety
2. Reliability
3. Security--ability to lock up your stuff
4. Gas mileage

if these are not important then by all means it is the first choice in a family vehicle
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Get one. U and the kids will love it. I dd mine about 70 miles a day during the week. It goes on 18 hour one way trip each year. An I put two 6 foot kids in the back. Love every min of it

Been hit in the rear. Tore car apart. Not a scratch on the jeep. He went under the bumper and hit my hitch
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Agreed in fact here are the top four reasons not to make the Jeep Wrangler your first choice:

1. Safety
2. Reliability
3. Security--ability to lock up your stuff
4. Gas mileage

if these are not important then by all means it is the first choice in a family vehicle
Might I add: JKU s are not an SUV(IMO) they are a whole different beast, with many quirks. Anyone purchasing one, not knowing these quirks will be disappointed and possibly pissed.

5. The rear seat SUCKS
6. Getting in and out can be a chore ( especially with small children)
7. Grocery shopping can also be a chore ( if you plan to put bags in the rear, or pretty much anything else; don't get the softtop)
8. Your roof may leak (& getting it to stop can be exhausting)
9. The ride can be a little rough at times

I'm not trying to discourage, just stating facts that some people ignore or don't notice with a test drive or two.
I love my JKU, having had a TJ and a YJ previously, I knew what I was getting into (The JKU is definitely more refined, though).

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