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Old 08-05-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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For those of you with familes...

My first thread! For those of you with growing families, I'm thinking of trading in my 97 TJ 4L for a new JKU and I have some questions.

How does the JKU fit your familial needs while still being true to your Jeep heart? Would you consider it a good alternative?

Are the back seats comfortable?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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Old 08-05-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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I got 2 teenagers and a 3 month old baby girl.They all fit fine back there as far as city driving and plenty of room in the cargo area for baby stroller and groceries.

I dont use the JK when i go out of state or long distance driving but around town its perfect.And JKUs are very capable offroad.

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Old 08-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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I got 2 teenagers and a 3 month old baby girl.They all fit fine back there as far as city driving and plenty of room in the cargo area for baby stroller and groceries.

I dont use the JK when i go out of state or long distance driving but around town its perfect.And JKUs are very capable offroad.
x 2 - long trips with 3 in the back are rough on those in the back. Haven't traveled more than 2 hours with just two in the back yet, but I think the'd be fine.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Went from a tj to JKU when found out second one is one the way. The second doors give you great access to the little ones, back seat is ok as far as comfort, could be better but not horrible. The "trunk" space is great for all the extra crap needed for everyone. I am extremely pleased w offroad capability, but because of the longer wheelbase you will high center more, just have to be aware and wheel accordingly. But you also have some benefits to longer wheelbase.
If you need mote room but still want a jeep, then you will be extremely pleased w a jku
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I've got 4 kids/9 grandkids and pull a trailer-

They all love the JKUR-me to

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I really hate to give up my TJ; I've had her for 10 years, but getting the car seat in there when my wife is out of town is... um... challenging. It's almost better to take the top off and put our son in over the back seat.

Anyway we are thinking it over and if we decide to move on it, we need to figure out if were going to get a 2011 or a 2012. From all the reviews I've been reading on here, the new engine is much better than the old.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I really hate to give up my TJ; I've had her for 10 years, but getting the car seat in there when my wife is out of town is... um... challenging. It's almost better to take the top off and put our son in over the back seat.

Anyway we are thinking it over and if we decide to move on it, we need to figure out if were going to get a 2011 or a 2012. From all the reviews I've been reading on here, the new engine is much better than the old.
Is the tj paid off? Drop insurance to liability, taxes are most likely minimal, and keep the tj AND have a JKU!! Best of both worlds!! something to think about, may not be feasible or practical though.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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We have two girls, 7 and 11. Until the 4 door came out, a Jeep was not an option with two young kids. We recently took a 3.5 hour trip to go on vacation without any issues. That may not seem like much, but my kids get bored fast, but they enjoyed the trip more than they ever had. While on vacation we met up with friends and had two adults and our 11 year old in the back seat comfortably.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #9
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My whole reason for buying a JKU (as opposed to a 2-door) in the first place was b/c we were expecting our second child & I needed something with a back seat

We took the Jeep on vacation & I managed to cram a weeks' worth of luggage plus a TON of baby junk (jogging stroller, pack-n-play, etc, etc) in the back & I could still see out the rear window.

We drove it over to my uncle's farm some 3+ hours away this past Fathers' day. Took it through all sorts of rural & unpaved roads & the baby slept most of the way... I suppose the rear seats are comfortable enough
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #10
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Is the tj paid off? Drop insurance to liability, taxes are most likely minimal, and keep the tj AND have a JKU!! Best of both worlds!! something to think about, may not be feasible or practical though.
The TJ has been paid off for years. I'd love to keep her and get a new one, but unfortunately that's my downpayment. Plus, with the kid and other stuff going on, I just don't get her out in the mud enough anymore.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:38 PM   #11
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I don't have my own children, but I've hauled plenty of others in our JKU with no complaints from adults or children! If the kids are as chill as their jeeper parents, they should be find and ought to not be demanding 9 square feet per child, plus one tv screen per child, individual air control etc. etc.....
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
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I've had a YJ, 2 TJ's and now a JKU. I got rid of the TJ when I had my son 4 years ago, it just didn't work for me having a baby. I have driven 4 different cars/SUV's since then and they suited my needs as far as space and usefulness but they were just freakin' BORING! My son is now 4 and I decided to get my joy back. I bought my JKU 2 months ago and I the only reason this is going to make any sense at all is because this is a Jeep forum - I feel like myself again for the first time in almost 5 years! After driving inferior, boring vehicle after inferior, boring vehicle after inferior, boring vehicle after inferior, boring vehicle, I can tell you my JKU drives like a Jeep AND my son LOVES IT! We vacationed in Hilton Head last month (9 hour drive each way), the JKU did great, was comfortable for everyone and carried everything we needed for the week with room to spare. If you are a Jeeper, the JKU is a fantastic choice!
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I know it's been a few days, but I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. We've decided to order a 2012 JKU Sport and are in the process of getting some quotes from local dealers. I'll let you know when we've placed the order! So excited, but will be bittersweet to trade in my TJ. We've had a nice run.
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I know it's been a few days, but I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. We've decided to order a 2012 JKU Sport and are in the process of getting some quotes from local dealers. I'll let you know when we've placed the order! So excited, but will be bittersweet to trade in my TJ. We've had a nice run.
stop into these threads before you order:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...2nd-94698.html

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ad-101089.html

Make sure you get what you want gearing wise its a mess right now...
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Yeah I saw some of that. I'm planning on getting the 3.73. I'll have to check back into those threads and see what the latest is. Thanks!
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Is the tj paid off? Drop insurance to liability, taxes are most likely minimal, and keep the tj AND have a JKU!! Best of both worlds!! something to think about, may not be feasible or practical though.
X2.... Keep the tj and get the jku :-)
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I really hate to give up my TJ; I've had her for 10 years, but getting the car seat in there when my wife is out of town is... um... challenging. It's almost better to take the top off and put our son in over the back seat.

Anyway we are thinking it over and if we decide to move on it, we need to figure out if were going to get a 2011 or a 2012. From all the reviews I've been reading on here, the new engine is much better than the old.
I sold my TJ for my JKU for family reasons (girls all seem to need alot of stuff when they go anywhere ). I was bummed at first cuz I thought I'd miss my TJ. But, the JK is awesome! A little bit of work and it beats the TJ hands down. The longer wheelbase makes it a bit more stable on the trails and dunes. It don't fit in the tight places the TJ did, bit it's awesome!
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I know it's been a few days, but I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. We've decided to order a 2012 JKU Sport and are in the process of getting some quotes from local dealers. I'll let you know when we've placed the order! So excited, but will be bittersweet to trade in my TJ. We've had a nice run.
Congrats on your upcoming purchase, gotta post pics when ya get it!!
Don't forget about tread lightly to get your 2% below invoice pricing!
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Congrats on your upcoming purchase, gotta post pics when ya get it!!
Don't forget about tread lightly to get your 2% below invoice pricing!
I've talked to a few dealers I my area, but none seem to know anything about TL. Wish I lived closer to Pat @ Fields! I've already received one offer at 1% under invoice so I might try to see if I can use TL to get it down some more. We'll see.
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Have pat give you a quote of 2% under, walk in w that and tell them to match or beat. That's what I did and ended up with another 750 off when all said and done. Most have never heard of it, just tell them it's a preferred pricing deal.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:44 PM   #21
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I have two 6' + teenagers and my wrangler is the family drive. 18 hour trip to flordia. No problems. I even ride in back. I am 300 lbs and i fit well.

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