Man I am trying to get my jeep set up for a Moab trip next summer hoping to get some lockers installed by then if not I will go without them so far I have a lot of sand dune trips under my belt but thats it......
We bought ours and 1 week later top & doors were off. A few weeks after that it was the Manistee National Forest. Best vehicle ever made. It is 1) my wife's daily driver 2) our weekend convertible 3) our boat or SUP hauler 4) our sand rail.
Trust me, I do this all the time.
Mine had 300 miles on it and was bone stock when we got it really muddy and surprised ourselves doing it. Truthfully I would always rather be off road but there just aren't enough places where I live. It looks and performs great on or off road to tell you the truth.
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Difficult to say cause "Off Road" means different things to different people. I've been Hunting with it on long gravel roads, been through some muddy ruts & dips that cars can't get through, but My old F150 would have been OK also. I don't really call that Off Road but some would. I have however had the Tops off, and doors off on several occasions and I could not do that with my F150. I've been through so much snow with it that I had to take pictures it was so surprising, but that is still not "Off Road", that was just my driveway. I bought mine for the following reasons:
1 - I just love the looks of a Jeep. Always did, even as a kid watching Macgyver.
2 - Versatility: Fully Dressed - Good on worst days of Winter, Naked - Great on best days of summer.
3 - Jeep Community
4 - Parts availability and easy/fun to self maintain.
Many other little reasons
EDIT: Oh... and here is the snow in my driveway I went through
I guess off-road means the gravel on the side of the highway. LOL. On a serious note, to me off-road means that you've had to use at least 4H to get through.
I took Rubi on some nasty trails two weeks after she was adopted. Couldn't believe how easy it was getting through some areas with both lockers on and sway bar disco. I would have had a real hard time with one of my old CJs. She got a couple of battle scars on her hips. Gave her a good massage and facial and she's looking good again.
Can I get a "Rubicon - Because it was the easiest way for me to get all the features I wanted and unpainted fenders" option.
Is that the same as cool factor?
I have enough random scratches that I can lie about it!
It's kind of like a grandpa getting a Corvette that never goes over 55 MPH - He looks cool though. If you got the Rubicon to get all of the features you were looking for then it's not a cool factor. If you were looking for those features, then you had a need for them.
Met a guy at the parking lot the other day with a 2010 Rubicon. I asked him how he liked the diff locks and he said, "what?". He bough it brand new and liked the Rubicon decals and why he got it....that's cool factor. LOL.