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Old 03-07-2012, 09:26 PM   #31
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Just thought of a time when I'd rather have owned an FJ. About 10 miles from home with no top and out of nowhere, black clouds start rolling in. Two minutes later I'm sitting at a light and it starts pouring.

Suddenly, I'm the main attraction at the wild animal park as folks sitting at stop lights all around me are staring at the fruitcake in the hoodie getting drenched. There's no way to act like that was part of your plan for the day.

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:46 PM   #32
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Rented a 2011 with 400 miles in Moab in September, went topless trail riding. Picked up a 2012 last month "can't wait for some sun"

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:49 PM   #33
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It was my reason back in '92 when I bought my first Jeep.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:01 PM   #34
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Was reason enough for me. What other four door SUV can you take the roof off of.
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Being able to remove the roof and doors is awesome, but there's so much more to a Wrangler than that.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #36
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Well, I figured the responses would be pretty positive...but damn. I have to get one...every time one drives by me I break my neck to look at it. I even park next to them so It doesn't look too odd when I walk around them a couple of times(which is hard work for me...broke my leg 8 months ago in 8 different places during an accident in an 81 Vette) ....Gotta get one

I'll be hanging around...I've been using the search a lot...and already have plans...damnit I have even bought the thing yet!!!!!!
I'm glad you are coming around! I've said it in other threads, I wanted a Jeep since I was a freshman in high school, don't know why I waited this long. Get the JEEP!! You won't be disappointed! Not only that, I'll bet the Jeep has lower insurance costs AND higher resale value than the FJ ;-) Plus, there really is nothing like being able to toss the top back, and see the stars! And although this is definitely not a consideration, I'll bet a new 2012 Jeep gets better gas mileage than the FJ too!
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:48 PM   #37
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I'll bet a new 2012 Jeep gets better gas mileage than the FJ too!
That's like being a little bit stabbed.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #38
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Just thought of a time when I'd rather have owned an FJ. About 10 miles from home with no top and out of nowhere, black clouds start rolling in. Two minutes later I'm sitting at a light and it starts pouring.

Suddenly, I'm the main attraction at the wild animal park as folks sitting at stop lights all around me are staring at the fruitcake in the hoodie getting drenched. There's no way to act like that was part of your plan for the day.
Well NONE of that was the Jeep's fault! I suppose it helps to have a SoftTop...

I actually completely feel your pain on this one. I borrowed a buddy's dune buggy some years ago to take to a county fair parade. It was 95 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for most of the day. As everything was packing up and getting ready to go, I got to drive 18 miles in a total toad strangler!! It was raining cats and dogs, and I looked like a sewer rat when I got home, and YES, all of my friends, even the ones who road in the dune buggy to the fair, road home in other cars, laughing at me the whole way! For those 18 miles, I too might have taken an FJ!
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:51 PM   #39
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That's like being a little bit stabbed.
ROTFLMAO!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:59 AM   #40
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Hi. I'm a noob Jeep owner. Let me tell you MY reasons for buying one, finally.

When I graduated high school, me and some friends decided to go on a convoy road trip to nowhere. Three of us had vehicles. I had an old Thunderbird, a buddy had a Grand Am, and finally, someone had a Jeep. I'll tell ya, the times I got to ride in that thing - pure heaven. I never forgot that.

Now, at 40 years old and at a rank high enough to not care, I bought a 70th Anniversary edition Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. They shipped me over to Germany so before I even got to drive the damn thing I had to put it on a boat. We had a small bout of warm weather a few weeks ago and I got to take off the front top panels (hard top). Amazing! **BUT** that isn't why I bought it.

I am in a sleek automobile. This baby makes me feel like I own the world when I am driving. It's beautiful inside and out. I couldn't design a better vehicle, appearance wise, to be honest. Top off once...doors never off...and if I had to go back in time and do it again, I'd STILL order this vehicle. My old dog is comfortable in it, my teenager wishes he was old enough to drive it, all the Germans look at me with envy. Yea...I'm the sh!t.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:17 AM   #41
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I'm still too scared to take the panels off on mine yet alone the doors since it is completely leak free for the past 5 months and I don't want it to start leaking. What to do...
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:39 AM   #42
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My son tells me riding around with no doors or top is like riding in a big go cart.... and we all know how much fun go carts can be. Silver one is mine the Orange is the wifes.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:11 AM   #43
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I purchased my JKU in January. Took the Freedom Panels off for the first time yesterday when the thermometer hit 60, the temps went down to the 40's last night but with the temps going back into the high 60's I refused to put the tops back on.
Drove my 13yr old son to school this a.m. he thought this was the coolest thing ever I caught him looking out the roof and he was like "Dad I can hear birds and smell everything this is great". Got on the highway rolled up the windows cranked the heat and put the heated seats on I was as comfortable as could be along with the big ass grin plastered on my face, so yes I would say its a big reason.
Can't believe Ford hasn't come back with a Bronco or Toyota with a Land Cruiser with a removable top, seems like they are missing out especially looking at the Wrangler sales.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:13 AM   #44
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Its an option that no one else can give you. I'd go Xterra before FJ anyways... Don't have a Wrangler yet, hoping to change that this weekend.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #45
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Dose, my girlfriends parent's live up in PTC, you will have to show me some spots in yours when you get it.
Will do sir...will do
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:58 AM   #46
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Now I can't wait...it is warming up fast!
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:06 AM   #47
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Also, I can't afford the biggest, baddest or newest wrangler right now. I am just wondering.......(Sorry a Red 4 Door with black hardtop and black wheels just drove by)....am just wondering what you guys think about Higher mileage versions. I literally drive 1.5 miles on a regular...so putting miles on it is not a concern to me. And since this is going to be my first Wrangler I am thinking about buying the Cheapest, but Best condition 4dr that I can, and possibly trading Up to 2012+ in a few yrs if I really love it.

So how do they hold up...are higher mileage examples a no no(I am really trying to stay close to 50k miles or below...but I want to consider all options)
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Oh, and I wish there were a Cars for Sale, and a Parts for Sale section in the Classifieds on this forum..
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #49
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The only reason I bought my JK was to drive it with an open roof. I don't really care about hard core off roading and I would have bought a 2wd Jeep if they offered it and it saved money.

The Wrangler is the cheapest new convertible you can buy and it has the best resale value of anything out there. When they came out the with modern motor for 2012 I was ready to buy. When the local dealer advertised a new Jeep at less than $21k I was up there in a couple of hours and bought it. Traded in an old Boxster.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:58 AM   #50
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:25 PM   #51
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Also, I can't afford the biggest, baddest or newest wrangler right now. I am just wondering.......(Sorry a Red 4 Door with black hardtop and black wheels just drove by)....am just wondering what you guys think about Higher mileage versions. I literally drive 1.5 miles on a regular...so putting miles on it is not a concern to me. And since this is going to be my first Wrangler I am thinking about buying the Cheapest, but Best condition 4dr that I can, and possibly trading Up to 2012+ in a few yrs if I really love it.

So how do they hold up...are higher mileage examples a no no(I am really trying to stay close to 50k miles or below...but I want to consider all options)
Get what you can afford, I would not worry too much about the miles a replacement 3.8l is cheap. Just try to get one with the lowest miles possible. Alot has to do with how well it's been maintained.
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Now's not a good time. My little brother got his arm stuck in the microwave. So my mom had to take him to the hospital. My grandma dropped acid this morning, and she freaked out. She hijacked a busload of penguins. So it's sort of a family crisis.

Better off Dead <---I love this movie....another good one is One Crazy Summer.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #53
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I always wanted a jeep. Now after owning 5 cars and some 22 years of driving I finally bought a wrangler.

I've had the top off 3 times so far (only had it since November). I have never enjoyed something so much as my wrangler. I have a motorcycle and I still would rather ride in my wrangler with the top down and doors off. I check the weather forecast all the time just looking for an opportunity to ride with the top off.

Spring and summer can't get here quick enough.

Is it possible to be in love with a jeep?
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Now's not a good time. My little brother got his arm stuck in the microwave. So my mom had to take him to the hospital. My grandma dropped acid this morning, and she freaked out. She hijacked a busload of penguins. So it's sort of a family crisis.

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Old 03-08-2012, 02:52 PM   #55
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It's funny how traffic jams don't seem so bad when your sitting in your Jeep with no doors or top getting a sun tan...... just remember to always have your tropicana with you.
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Being able to go doorless topless was half the reason I splurged and got my Wrangler! (I'm didn't even think about off-roading, and my other reason, 4x4 for winter didn't pan out during this snow-less season).

It is defnitely reason enough!
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #57
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I suppose the point is settled, but if I may pile on, I bought a Jeep for no other reason than to be able to take the top off. I was driving an Explorer before. I loved the size, but I got jealous of people driving convertibles on nice sunny days.

My Jeep will probably never see terrain tougher than a dirt road, but I drop the top at a moment's notice. And those doors had better watch out, because as soon as I see a weekend forecast above about 70, they're coming off, too.
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I love driving with the top down and the doors off. Its the most fantastic experience one can well....experience.
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I told my kids when we got our Jeep last winter. "Taking the doors and top off is not a big deal, all vehicles can do that. Its the ability to put them back on that is awesome!"
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Just thought of a time when I'd rather have owned an FJ. About 10 miles from home with no top and out of nowhere, black clouds start rolling in. Two minutes later I'm sitting at a light and it starts pouring.

Suddenly, I'm the main attraction at the wild animal park as folks sitting at stop lights all around me are staring at the fruitcake in the hoodie getting drenched. There's no way to act like that was part of your plan for the day.
Sure there is. Take off your shirt and put on a smile!

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