Jeep or truck - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
Newb
 
IamJ3RSY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 6
Jeep or truck

Ok. I can't decide whether to get a jeep or a truck. I won't be doing much trail riding but will be doing some mudding. I like them both, about the same and plan on lifting which ever one I get, in order to fit 35's.

I'm either thinking of getting a wrangler unlimited
( I like 2 doors but need the extra space) or a silverado. Both 2007, or 2008.

My question is, would it be stupid for me to get a jeep because I love the way the look? I know that a truck would be more practical for my needs but I just love jeeps.

Another deciding factor is, I won't be able to lift either vehicle and put new tires on for a few months. I'm ok with waiting but there's more that I would want to do to a jeep. With a truck I would just want to lift it and put new tires on. But with a wrangler I want to do tons more.

Is it worth getting a jeep even though it wouldn't be finished for awhile? (Like a year and a half)

Thanks. I'd appreciate any help.

IamJ3RSY is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
trailless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 560
Yes. I'm having a blast with my jeep! I've only added a CB and a spiderweb shade. I'm in for the long ha as I want to do tons to my jeep too!

BTW I was in your situation. Jeep vs truck. I've always wanted a power stroke. So I decided that later when in life I'll get a F350 dually.

trailless is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
spinlock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: 37.9° N, 121.7° W
Posts: 5,323
Welcome to the Forum!

When it comes to fun there is no comparison: Jeep wins.

When it comes to cargo capacity there is no comparison: Silverado wins.

IMO, engines make or break vehicles. Having owned both the 3.8 and 3.6, the 3.8 was too marginal for me once I built up my Jeep. However, in spite of having another vehicle, I like my Jeep to by my every where and every day driver so off road as well road performance are important.

I suggest you read some of the gear and engine threads about the 3.8 engine which is in 07-011 JK and then go drive one a used car lot that is built similar to what you want.

BTW, the Jeep is a very capable off road vehicle is stock condition and there is nothing stupid that is driven by your budget and your preferences.
__________________
"Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive."
B. B.
spinlock is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 3,016
get both, you can pick up a classic 4x4 for cheap and use it when you need to do truck stuff. or pick up a cj for 5k and get a newer truck as a dd.
i82much is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 04:58 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Dr. Evil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,784
Jeep.
Dr. Evil is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #6
Jeep Bum

WF Supporting Member
 
flyfishnevada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Smith, Nevada
Posts: 2,080
Quote:
Originally Posted by i82much View Post
get both, you can pick up a classic 4x4 for cheap and use it when you need to do truck stuff. or pick up a cj for 5k and get a newer truck as a dd.
+1

You can get an older TJ for cheap too and then get a truck for hauling stuff. Best of both worlds. Then again, if you buy a Jeep people aren't as likely to ask you help them move
__________________
Dan - 2014 White Rubicon Unlimited - My Build Thread
Teraflex 2.5 lift - Rancho 9000XLs - Rancho CA Brackets - 285/70/17 Durtracs - Black Rock 909 Wheels -
JCR Offroad Mauler Front Bumper - A.C.E. Rock Sliders - Warn XD9000i - Pioneer DVD Receiver - Quadratec LED Headlights - Spiderweb Shade - Cobra 75WXST CB Radio - Trek Armor Seat Covers
flyfishnevada is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
2013 Moab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sullivan Cnty, NY
Posts: 1,273
Coming from someone who has driven a pick-up most of my life, I like to drive the jeep much better, It's just fun to drive I can't explain it any better. Pick-up is/was utilitarian and a way to do a job, jeep is a way to get from A to B while going through Z.

Oh yeah one other thing, modding is the new crack.
2013 Moab is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
marslim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alberta
Posts: 1,661
Images: 3
I had a truck before my current jk, I Miss the cargo capability sometimes but the fun I have in my Jeep more than makes up for it, I also now have a small cargo trailer for use with my Jeep... Win win. I'm still waiting for Jeep to release a pickup version though
__________________
"Opinions are like like a**holes everyone has one"
2012 jk 6sp
35" Hankook MT's, 2.5" Rock Krawler max travel, Rancho 9000's, bushwacker flatties, F&R Rubi Dana 44's w RCV's, chromoly shafts, 5.13 gears, AEV snorkel, Spod, Ace sliders & rear bumper, skid plates, Fab fours diff covers, RR front bumper, Q9000s winch
marslim is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 08:31 PM   #9
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Gord P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ottawa Canada
Posts: 1,028
I had trucks for the past 20 years. I won't be going back. My Jeep has everything I need and more. I'm stock with visions of what lies ahead as I can afford it. Huge bonus is not being the friend with the truck. I don't miss that at all. Plus, try taking the roof off of the truck.
__________________
2012 JKU Sahara - Black
Mod List (in order of appearance):
Reversed cargo mat- beer stays put now
Jeep logo fuel filler door
285/70/17 Duratracs on Ruffino Helix wheels
Gord P is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 233
Well I've owned a lot of trucks and this is my first Jeep....yes the Jeep can be fun to drive but I think my next vehicle will be another full size truck...even though I got the Unlimited the vehicle is too small...you have no room compared to a truck.
DIXIEDOG is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 09:22 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
JeeperJake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,978
Jeep for everyday,

+ M100 Bantam ammo trailer when you need to haul a little bit more.

After 40+ years of pickups, and yes I still prefer them to almost anything else.....Jeep is the most fun daily driver I've ever had.
__________________
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."
JeeperJake is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 10:11 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Jeffcs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Central jersey down the shore
Posts: 2,303
After owning silverado z71 was great truck but new 14 JK 2 door nothing I can't do with my jeep and a little utility trailer so I in essence have both and I'm getting 4 more MPG than with my z71
Like mods will b slow coming but all in due time
My only regret was waiting so long for the jeep
Jeffcs is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 10:13 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Jeffcs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Central jersey down the shore
Posts: 2,303
Add to above my jeep fits in the garage truck too long never did
Jeffcs is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 10:27 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
burntchef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: seattle wa
Posts: 39
just sold a mid size pick up and bought a jk, but I was able to find a mint condition 1986 f250 very cheap. its pretty awesome having the best of both worlds. I will say the 7mpg my f250 gets makes me really appreciate the 17 my jk gets!!
burntchef is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 11:12 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Mike in the Hills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Fredericksburg/Austin
Posts: 168
Recently traded in my 2011 Ford King Ranch 4x4 for my 2014 4 door Sahara. They are two different birds. Thought I'd miss the truck but the Wrangle is fun to drive and is much more versatile as far as being in the outdoors. Everything was bigger in my truck and everything is smaller in the Jeep. Yes its a change in that respect. Hauling was no issue for the King Ranch and hauling with Wrangler means employing my 8" trailer. The truck had a more solid feel, most likely due to the weight and size. With that being said, the Wrangler is easier to drive and much easier to maneuver. Off road there is no comparison, the Wrangler wins hands down. Take the hard top off and your in heaven. The aspect of having a large amount of after market mods is a big plus over the truck. In summary, the Wrangler is just a a lot more fun to own and drive as well as the excitement of what you can do with it.
Mike in the Hills is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 11:22 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Curt93acw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 96
I totally understand your dilemma. I HAD a 2011 Silverado CC Z71 but really wanted a Wrangler. I convinced my wife I needed a Wrangler as well so I bought a 2011 Sport. The “Wrangler” bug bit me pretty hard – I ended up trading BOTH the Silverado and JK for a new 2013 Unlimited Rubicon.

I totally love my JKUR but I still have a need for a truck – wife wants us to get a travel trailer. I’m searching for a new truck right now but I’m keeping my Wrangler.

If you can swing both that’s what I’d shoot for. There are a lot of great deals out there on TJ’s and JK’s.

Good luck!!!
__________________
"Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." Mike Tyson

2013 JKUR
2013 Toyota Sienna XLE (wife's ride)
2001 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide
Curt93acw is offline   Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 11:31 PM   #17
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
jkjeeper06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,763
Hard question. If you ever tow, I'd say try to swing both. An old TJ is 3-6k and once you beef it up and do breakable things you'll have a tough rig. Then I'd get a GM truck as my DD. the jeep can tow but not well. So if its just a little trailer you'll be ok but once you start getting some weight back there it's nowhere near as good as the truck
jkjeeper06 is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 12:15 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
mastrcruse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 821
I had a '11 Duramax that I wish I still had. The only reason for that feeling though is I had it done...and it was perfect. I did however pay off all my student loans with it. So if ya ask me I'd rather have that specific truck back.

But...any other car or truck vs. The jeep... The jeep wins by a mile.
mastrcruse is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 12:37 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
2five22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,902
Here's a Q right up my alley...

I own a Ford F350 Supercab 4wd longbed truck and a JKR. The wife owns a JKU.

The truck's strengths are hauling and cargo carrying. It has a great highway ride and it extremely stable on the highway, road presence [people tend to give you room].

The JK's strengths are maneuverability, parking, turning, U turns, in town driving, mileage, fun to drive. The JKU less so, but it takes more gear and cargo easier.

The truck has terrible MPG, it is as large as an aircraft carrier, it is a pain to park in a lot, my wife tries never to drive it - even when she has to, and it takes hours to wash.

The Jeep wanders on the highway [the JKU less so], it takes no time to wash, the urge to mod is high, people tend to tailgate, the soft top doesn't have great security, anything more than a backpack and a dog tends to fill it up, and you tend to want to wander off the highway a lot.

Pick your poison and pay accordingly.
2five22 is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 01:53 AM   #20
Bet
Jeeper
 
Bet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: PA
Posts: 242
Seems like Jeepers always come back... My dad had a 4 banger TJ back in the day. Ran it for years, up to 230k+ I believe. Last year we got my red '00 and I could tell he was itching. I noticed that he would go get some gas for me... No apparent reason. Windows would come out and he would be gone. Recently my uncle wanted to get rid of his TJ and go to a '14... We now have my uncles old tj... And my dad has already been out regularly in it instead of his '14 fully loaded Sierra
__________________
Ol' Red - '00 TJ

Bet is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 02:12 AM   #21
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Bonecollector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Conroe, Texas
Posts: 885
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
Jeep for everyday,

+ M100 Bantam ammo trailer when you need to haul a little bit more.

After 40+ years of pickups, and yes I still prefer them to almost anything else.....Jeep is the most fun daily driver I've ever had.

/\ x2
__________________
"Comfort is an illusion. A false security bred from familiar things and familiar ways. It narrows the mind. Weakens the body, and robs the soul of spirit and determination. Comfort is neither welcome nor tolerated here"
Lt Gen. Chesty Puller USMC
Bonecollector is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 03:29 AM   #22
Jeeper
 
Tressie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Everywhere, Indiana now, Hawaii in June
Posts: 91
Trading in a tundra for jeep jk. Enough said
Tressie is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 06:51 AM   #23
Jeeper
 
thinkxingu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: NH
Posts: 1,035
^ these answers are all well and good, but you need to tell us why the truck would be "more practical" for your needs before we tell you to buy a Jeep. This IS a Jeep forum, after all.

That joke aside, I traded in an F150 for my Jeep and, though I love it, it is a pain to always have to hook up a trailer to pick stuff up. On the other hand, I've NEVER received the look of shame from Jeep drivers (you know, the one when someone in any other vehicle pulls up next to your doors-and-top-off-foot-out-on-the-steps-hand-on-the-roll-bar-music-jamming-I'm-living-life-and-refuse-to-accept-blah-self).

Enjoy your new Jeep.
__________________
"I have a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."
thinkxingu is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 06:57 AM   #24
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 127
I have a 2011 Silverado, and recently picked up a 2014 2dr Wrangler. I'd say Silverado I always end up needing the truck for something.

But then again, it may be more difficult to choose if I was comparing a 4 door wrangler to a Silverado. Not sure how often you will be using a pick-up to haul stuff, but you can always rent them for cheap at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

....wranglers are pretty damn cool looking....

I JUST HIT 100 POSTS
jigaloo is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 07:31 AM   #25
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Toledo
Posts: 723
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastrcruse View Post
The jeep wins by a mile.
Don't you mean the Jeep wins by a smile
xxxxxxxxxxxxxzy is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 08:21 AM   #26
Jeeper
 
HardCase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Kalispell, MT
Posts: 144
Came to a Jeep forum to ask whether to buy a Jeep or something else? Alrighty then!

Actually (and fortunately) I have both. I had a Jeep TJ for 8 years and it was my only vehicle/DD for that period of time. I used a utility trailer for those occasions where I needed truck-like hauling capacity. It worked out okay, but was not ideal. Eventually I sold the Jeep and got a truck, a Tacoma which I later traded for a Tundra. I simply needed more ability to haul stuff. But I missed the Jeep and last summer was able to buy a JKUR.....and keep the Tundra!

If I could only have one? Hate to say it, but I'd probably keep the truck because when I need a truck I need it pretty damned bad. It really depends on what your individual needs are, for sure. A JKUR with a utility trailer isn't a bad option, but hauling a trailer is not always easy nor convenient, and definitely far from ideal.
HardCase is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 09:00 AM   #27
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 250
For myself a Jeep and a trailer or carrier are all I need . I have a tj for work and a jk for fun
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	the wood hauler.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	236.9 KB
ID:	955834  
__________________
On the mighty Rasin in my 11 jk 2 dr with 315/75/16`s 4.88`s and Eaton elocker 3.8 6 speed
79,cj-7 304 4 speed
85,cj-7 258 5 speed
02 tj 4.0 auto
weldporn is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 09:07 AM   #28
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Gord P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ottawa Canada
Posts: 1,028
Ultimately, this is the decision that you must make. You know your priorities... we do not. If you just want the Jeep because it looks cool, you may regret buying it. That's not enough reason to buy any vehicle. If you go to a Silverado forum, I have a pretty good idea what they'll suggest. Same for any of the truck forums. Test drive a few vehicles... your decision will likely be made for you.
__________________
2012 JKU Sahara - Black
Mod List (in order of appearance):
Reversed cargo mat- beer stays put now
Jeep logo fuel filler door
285/70/17 Duratracs on Ruffino Helix wheels
Gord P is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 09:16 AM   #29
Jeeper
 
Ditchdoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Placentia
Posts: 3,372
Well I own a 1500 gmc and a tj I also owned a 84 or 85 Toyota. My favorite was and still is the Toyota. second is the jeep the top comes down and it's like instant happiness. The truck is just a workhorse with comfort features. So if you like comfort take the truck you can sleep in the back. If you want a capable off-road vehicle get the jeep.
__________________
Bender Bending Rodriguez is my role model.
Ditchdoc is offline   Quote
Old 04-06-2014, 09:43 AM   #30
Jeeper
 
bowtie2sierra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Bentonville, AR
Posts: 169
I have a '13 Sierra CCSB Z71 & decided I was finally going to pull the trigger on a Jeep after wanting one for a few years. I ordered a '14 JKUR and assumed I would end up selling the truck within a few months. I love the Jeep and it is probably one of the best vehicle purchases I made.

Even though the truck is a garage queen (have a company car for my DD), I still use it enough that I can't justify selling it. The truck rocks on road trips and the Jeep not so much. They are paid for so I'm keeping both.

Only you can decide what you will be comfortable & most happy with.

__________________
2014 JKUR | 4.10 | RK 2.5" | Fox | Level 8 Bully Pro | 35" Fierce Attitude | Poison Spyder | Rigid | sPod | JL Audio
bowtie2sierra is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:48 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC