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Old 12-08-2009, 04:37 AM   #1
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First-Time Jeep Buyer with Questions

First, thank you for a great place to talk about the Wrangler. I have wanted one since I first saw Jurassic Park back when I was in elementary school. Fast forward about 15 years and here I am getting ready to make a purchase in the very near future. Let me break down what my situation is.

Jeep will be my DD and only vehicle. Commute ~40 miles round trip to work no more than four days a week. Most of it is 65 mph turnpike (live south of Pittsburgh). Most other times I will be driving locally in a semi-rural area. I like to do some tailgating for Pitt, Steeler, and Pirate games so I like to take a grill and cooler. I'm 24 y/o and a serial dater so from time to time I will have a girlfriend riding with me. Other times, I may have one or two friends with me. Winters here suck and summers are wonderful. Once a year I make the trip to see family in VA and NC. As far as off-road usage, it will be minimal really. Hunting in the fall. Mild hill climbs and some mudding will happen from time to time in the summer. No plans of messing up my DD. Best way to describe my wants/needs for Jeep is an everyday driver with amazing winter capability and open-air fun in the summer months with 85% of my time on-road and 15% basic off-roading. So here are my questions.

1. 2dr or 4dr. I like the look of the 2dr better and because I want to go open air in the summer, 2drs may be easier to deal with. Any real advantage of one or the other based on my above description?

2. Soft-top or hard-top? Plan on getting the bikini set-up from Mopar regardless. May leave it on all year depending.

3. Auto or 6 spd? Cruise control is my only real must.

4. No plans on lifting as my needs really don't warrant it except for looks. Wheel size I would like 17 or 18 with 32 or 33 AT tires. Is this combo good for my needs?

5. Plan on dropping K&N air filter and K&N oil filter. Anything else to add?

6. Only exterior add-ons will be side steps and mirror relocation kit (advice on which one to get). Interior will be seat covers and armrests.

7. Now the million dollar question: Do I wait till 2nd/3rd quarter for 2011 Wrangler to see if I can get the new V6 and refreshed interior or buy the 2010? I think waiting for the new V6 may be worthwhile. Thoughts?

Thanks for reading and I can't wait to be a Jeep owner.

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Old 12-08-2009, 04:53 AM   #2
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Also planning on adding new shocks for better ride on pavement. Any need for new spacers, etc?

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1. 2dr or 4dr. I like the look of the 2dr better and because I want to go open air in the summer, 2drs may be easier to deal with. Any real advantage of one or the other based on my above description?

**** I got the 2 door for manuverability, I also use mine as a DD and it is my only vehicle, other than the wife's mustang. ************

2. Soft-top or hard-top? Plan on getting the bikini set-up from Mopar regardless. May leave it on all year depending.

**** I have the softtop, easy to drop down at any given time, and just as easy to raise. It's been in the 20's here and I have no problems with the cold, the heat keeps me warm just like a standard vehicle. ********

3. Auto or 6 spd? Cruise control is my only real must.

**** Considering the fact that most of your driving will be on pavement, the auto is fine. I have the auto, and in the light off-roading that I do, it has never posed an issue. ****************

4. No plans on lifting as my needs really don't warrant it except for looks. Wheel size I would like 17 or 18 with 32 or 33 AT tires. Is this combo good for my needs?

**** I have the 17's and they are fine, I was thinking about a lift, however, after some discussion here on the forums, I decided that it wasn't worth the money or loss in stability considering that it is my dd. I plan on some custom wheels and a more aggressive looking tire for looks. **********

5. Plan on dropping K&N air filter and K&N oil filter. Anything else to add?

**** I personally find the air filter to be a waste of cash. A standard filter is jus fine, properly maintained. The oil filter is certainly your choice. *******

6. Only exterior add-ons will be side steps and mirror relocation kit (advice on which one to get). Interior will be seat covers and armrests.

**** LOL, you 'THINK' that now, but it will probably change. ********

7. Now the million dollar question: Do I wait till 2nd/3rd quarter for 2011 Wrangler to see if I can get the new V6 and refreshed interior or buy the 2010? I think waiting for the new V6 may be worthwhile. Thoughts?

**** If you can wait, you may as well do it. The new 6 looks pretty promising. **********

Also planning on adding new shocks for better ride on pavement. Any need for new spacers, etc?

**** Not necessary for your needs, stock stuff is more than sufficient. I find my ride is not too different than the one in my Father-In-Law's F150 4x4. *******



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Old 12-08-2009, 12:40 PM   #4
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7. Now the million dollar question: Do I wait till 2nd/3rd quarter for 2011 Wrangler to see if I can get the new V6 and refreshed interior or buy the 2010? I think waiting for the new V6 may be worthwhile. Thoughts?

Thanks for reading and I can't wait to be a Jeep owner.

DU
OK, I read that whole thing, thinking it was going to be "would I be happy with a CJ or should I go with a TJ" and your big worry is whether to get a 2010 or 2011?

Jeeps got 99 problems, but that ain't one. You're going to be happy either way.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #5
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jayz@bestop is right... i dont see why to wait especially with your description of what you want out of it. i would do softtop because you will prolly not like putting on and taking off the hardtop during the summer when you want to ride around. auto if your in alot of traffic all the time. i used to drive standard but i got spoiled with the last vehicle being auto... and i would stick with 2dr for what your looking at unless you plan on bringing 3-4 people with you alot of the time... doesnt sound like that is the case.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:51 PM   #6
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Hey thanks for the help. Yeah, the whole 2010 vs 2011 thing is kinda silly but the truth is with the new V6 possibly coming to the Wrangler middle of 2010 for 2011 model makes more than a lot of people reconsider buying the 07-10 JK. I plan on buying early 2010 so maybe I will have a better idea of what is going on.

And WranglerX2009, if I really put down all the things I want to do for my Jeep exterior (Windshield Aux Lights, Front Bumper with aux lights, new rear bumper, armor, new hood with scoop, tube doors for summer) Well, you get the picture. Have to pick things that make sense . . . oh wait, they all do. Even a lot of things I "don't need" like shocks will be put on just to help even if a little. I guess this is going to be my project. And down the road when I can save up a little more cash, I will probably keep this one and use it for off-road fun.

Thanks and i'll definitely wave

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:58 PM   #7
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3) I gotta say the 6 speed is the way to go. So much more control, and the cruise control still works fine on the highway. At least to me, a Jeep without a standard transmission seems a little off.

I know there are others that disagree with me, but I personally anticipate being able to get into a standard car. Kind of a badge of honor amongst my generation where few people still know how to handle a standard.
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1. 2dr or 4dr. I like the look of the 2dr better and because I want to go open air in the summer, 2drs may be easier to deal with. Any real advantage of one or the other based on my above description?

**** I got the 2 door for manuverability, I also use mine as a DD and it is my only vehicle, other than the wife's mustang. ************

2. Soft-top or hard-top? Plan on getting the bikini set-up from Mopar regardless. May leave it on all year depending.

**** I have the softtop, easy to drop down at any given time, and just as easy to raise. It's been in the 20's here and I have no problems with the cold, the heat keeps me warm just like a standard vehicle. ********

4. No plans on lifting as my needs really don't warrant it except for looks. Wheel size I would like 17 or 18 with 32 or 33 AT tires. Is this combo good for my needs?

**** I have the 17's and they are fine, I was thinking about a lift, however, after some discussion here on the forums, I decided that it wasn't worth the money or loss in stability considering that it is my dd. I plan on some custom wheels and a more aggressive looking tire for looks. **********

6. Only exterior add-ons will be side steps and mirror relocation kit (advice on which one to get). Interior will be seat covers and armrests.

**** LOL, you 'THINK' that now, but it will probably change. ********

Also planning on adding new shocks for better ride on pavement. Any need for new spacers, etc?

**** Not necessary for your needs, stock stuff is more than sufficient. I find my ride is not too different than the one in my Father-In-Law's F150 4x4. *******
I definitely agree with all of the above. I'm surprised at how well my JK heats up after a lot of trouble with my TJ. I've even gone top down in 40 degree weather with the heater blasting/jacket/hat. I LOVE the freedom this vehicle gives you

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