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Old 02-24-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Is a jeep good for me?

New to the whole jeep thing never owned one but hopefully i will! BUT will a jeep be a good vehicle choice for me? I currently own a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 SWB single cab 5.3L and i jump with joy when i get 16 mpg. I dont do much off roading cause of work and not many places to off road until it rains, I dont do a whole lot of driving mainly to and from work (which i work off at other places a lot taking company trucks), the occasional trip to town which is 35-45 minutes away (live in a small town ZERO traffic lights). What do you guys think?

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A Wrangler isn't for everyone. Hard to say... Depends on where you live and how you will use it.

I do know that a Wrangler might be the most enjoyable vehicle on 4 wheels.....but...it does have its quirks.

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If you don't mind wind noise and prefer havin the radio up, or if you're a windows down type of guy and wanna have that free feeling when you drive, especially if you wanna get off the asphalt, you may have your vehicle here. Especially if you don't mind that kind of truck rugged feel when you drive (although jk's are a bit more tame) Its all about how you feel when you drive it. Just go give one a test drive
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Have you ever done a test drive in a Jeep wrangler? That's a good place to start. Here at WF we love our Jeeps or we wouldn't be here. My Jeep is my daily driver and I love it. I'm driving my dream vehicle. I can tell you a Jeep is great, but until you get behind the wheel you won't know. Go down to your local Jeep dealer and drive a 4 dr, 2 dr, Sport, Sahara etc..

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Aplenty of people DD a Jeep. Is it ideal? Not really. What it boils down to for many of the folks I know that commute in a Jeep is simply that they wanted one. Yes, you sacrifice some creature comforts, but if you're not satisfied with what you're driving, why drive it? Test drive a couple of trim levels and see if it's for you.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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Top and doors off days are well worth it, where do you live?
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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I agree with ElectricJay, start with a test drive and see where it leads you. I had never been off road before I bought my wrangler, now I go as often as I can. We have two children and this is our daily driver, we love it. Even without heat in the back! Ha! I waited many years to get my Jeep and I don't want to drive anything else. Wishing you luck and I hope you love it as much as we do!
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Aplenty of people DD a Jeep. Is it ideal? Not really. What it boils down to for many of the folks I know that commute in a Jeep is simply that they wanted one. Yes, you sacrifice some creature comforts, but if you're not satisfied with what you're driving, why drive it? Test drive a couple of trim levels and see if it's for you.
It's not as much of a creature comfort sacrifice as my previous YJ and TJs.
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Rent one before you buy if you can find one.
Most of my driving is to/from work and to meetings. I can honestly say I love driving my Jeep every day. My F150 was more "comfortable" in many ways, but not fun by any means. When the weather was good the top came off, then the doors and made the commute that much more fun. I loved going to meetings, since it meant I got to drive my Jeep.

You're already prepared for the poor MPG, though depending on the model you get you'll probably do better. You can't haul as much, but that can be a good thing too. The one think you'll be shocked by are all the after market goodies for the Jeep that you will eventually want, I mean need.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:48 PM   #11
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im not real worried about comforts i drive a single cab chevy for christ sake not much to it!!! Not dogging chevy but come on chevy you can do better. and to billy i live in a small town youve never heard of if i told you youd think im either in cali or mexico with out all the la and el gibberish. I have an uncle who owns a jeep 4 door and i might see if he'll let his favorite nephew drive it around a bit. Also if i do get one which would yall advise mani or automadi? Y Guy i have a lil bed on the chevy if i need a bed i got an 84 f250 with an 8 foot bed and i can get a trailer so no issue there.
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I have owned 95% stick shift vehicles. That is my vote. You save $1200 too.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:59 PM   #13
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im not real worried about comforts i drive a single cab chevy for christ sake not much to it!!! Not dogging chevy but come on chevy you can do better. and to billy i live in a small town youve never heard of if i told you youd think im either in cali or mexico with out all the la and el gibberish. I have an uncle who owns a jeep 4 door and i might see if he'll let his favorite nephew drive it around a bit. Also if i do get one which would yall advise mani or automadi?
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:05 PM   #14
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glad yall prefer manuals cause i love em it just feels right to me
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:08 PM   #15
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Definitely try one out but I am not going to tell you to get stick or auto. That's a pissin match we can fill pages here with. Same if you should get a Jeep or not. I own a chev pickup too and a Tahoe and a Kia. They all have their place but my favorite is the Jeep by far.
I don't have lots of opportunities for hard core wheelin but I can drive for an hour or so and get real muddy. There are places within a few hours. Now I would not have thought I would love it so much but I do. Initially the Jeep was going to be a daily driver for my wife and kids. It is mine now.

Are you into modifying your vehicles. The Jeep gives you the chance to start with small things and go as crazy as you want. You don't even need to be real mechanically inclined as there is usually someone who will give you a hand.
From the social end of things, you can get in a club if that appeals to you or just be able to talk smart here.
Nothin says you have to do anything to it, leave it stock and drive it. Its is still the coolest most capable 4wd on the road.
Just like anything else, we can give you tons of opinions but you have to make the call because you are the dude that will pay for it like I am paying for mine. Good Luck.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:11 PM   #16
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Have you ever done a test drive in a Jeep wrangler? That's a good place to start.... I can tell you a Jeep is great, but until you get behind the wheel you won't know. Go down to your local Jeep dealer and drive a 4 dr, 2 dr, Sport, Sahara etc..

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I am not sure if I would have ever purchased a jeep if I had not previously driven a friend's after a good time at the bar To add that before my jeeps I did have a K-5 blazer (loved the 4-wheel drive), put a 3/4 ton axles under it, removed the top, etc.

People tend to love convertibles but not many can go where they want to And living near a river/sand dunes/hills/etc and have a few eccentric friends can help to narrow your choices

Unlike most vehicles, jeeps are one of the few vehicles that makes a statement, or at least grabs some attention. Do ya notice that that vehicle was a Ford Escort or (insert name most cars..)?
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:14 PM   #17
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I bought a 2014 JK 4dr freedom edition recently. I went from a 2010 ram 1500 and never looked back. I say get a 6 speed manual. I get 18 mpg in the city sometimes maybe .5 mpg lower. Long hauls on highways and intersatates is where it shines i got 28 mpg last time i drove to raliegh. Also its not just about gas milage or creature comforts. Its about the lifestyle and the comrodery with other jeep owners. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:25 PM   #18
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We are all here because we love our jeeps! I am 22 and just graduated college n my first jeep was a lifted 1990 with 33s. Was it as comfortable as some of my other friends vehicles? Not really. Did I get good mpg? If you think 15 is good then sure, but comparatively, no. I recently got an accounting job and bought another wrangler. This time, a 2010 2 door. Love it. Jeeps r more than a vehicle. They r a lifestyle to many. Very addicting n expensive once you get one though! Go test drive some like the others said n u can tell if its the vehicle for you.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:28 PM   #19
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The first Jeep I ever drove was a 2013 Rubicon with a 6-speed.

I test-drove it and instantly fell in love with it.

Then I saw the $40,000 sticker price and about had a heart attack.

Test drove a few more and got a 2010 Sport with the 6-speed and love it just as much as I did that 2013 Rubicon at half the price. It's my daily driver now and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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if your driving around in a pick up daily, i wouldn't see a problem driving around in a jeep wrangler..... hell with the right options it can be very comfy. If your NOT into luxury amenities get a bare bones one.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:38 PM   #21
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I've had a Wrangler as my DD since Oct. '97 and have never had an issue from that perspective. Some things to consider:

VERY limited cargo space (2dr); ie. picking people up from the airport for luggage? Not going to be you (if more than 1 person). Never had an Unlimited but have heard that they are a bit better in that respect (but not much).

Regarding transmission, 6-speed manual all day everyday; but then again, I'm a purist and don't understand automatic transmissions on ANY vehicle.
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Id like to get the 2 door ya i dont get much room but i dont see the point in spending another thousand to get a little more rear leg room besides the 2 door looks better in my opinion plus i dont plan on spending much if any time in the rear seats
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Yup...test drive definitely the way to go. I had a hell of a time trying to find a manual at the dealer just to test drive. The dealers love to stock the automatics. Once I got a hold of it (was a JK), there was no looking back. Love the 6-speed.


You could also pull the rear seats out if you don't think you need them and want the storage.
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I drove the stick and auto, to be honest the auto is pretty decent.



For an auto, that is. I liked the stick shift better. In many ways, the auto is more logical choice. In many ways, a Town and Country van is a better choice, too. just saying...
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Wanted an unlimited for a very long time. Last year finally got the opportunity to get one and have zero regrets. 6spd sahara. First chance I had to strip the top and doors off I knew I had made the right decision. 90 degree day 70 mph on the freeway in a naked jeep...nothing much better than that.
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Wanted an unlimited for a very long time. Last year finally got the opportunity to get one and have zero regrets. 6spd sahara. First chance I had to strip the top and doors off I knew I had made the right decision. 90 degree day 70 mph on the freeway in a naked jeep...nothing much better than that.
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Wanted an unlimited for a very long time. Last year finally got the opportunity to get one and have zero regrets. 6spd sahara. First chance I had to strip the top and doors off I knew I had made the right decision. 90 degree day 70 mph on the freeway in a naked jeep...nothing much better than that.

You come into the Wrangler forum and ask if you should have a Wrangler? Are you kidding? We are the mother of all Wrangler enablers here. Of course you should buy one and soon!

Now, from the few things I have read above I would guess a JKU, Sahara. I have always bought stick but I just upgraded to the auto trans in my new 2014 Rubicon and WOW, really WOW. Drive a bunch of them and be sure to try out both stick and auto. Have someone show you how to really run the auto (override to manual).

My Wranglers have always been my daily drivers including some very long distance. I love Jeeps and I am on my fourth Wrangler, fifth Jeep.

Jeep, it is not just a ride but a life experience.
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I recently traded in my 2009 regular cab Silverado so I know where the OP is coming from. I planned on getting the 2dr 2012 JK but after test driving the 2012 Unlimited Sahara, I was sold. I got the manual and love every minute of it. Having come from a full size truck (like you), I actually find the 4dr small and easy to get in and out of spots. I also really appreciate the cargo space that I didn't have with my truck. And, my mileage is better.
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Ha i hope itll be easier to get in and out of spots turnings my swb and single cab is like turning a yatch i have horrible power steering i think the power steering pump is too small
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My Unlimited has a great turning radius. When I test drove the 2dr first, the turning radius on that was sick. Kept saying to my wife "Can you believe this?" I was blown away.

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