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Old 08-07-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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My wife wants to drive my jeep in winter...

Hey Jeepers, my wife wants to drive my jeep this winter. We live in west Michigan BTW. She has never driven a jeep (outside of dealer lot) and has never driven a RWD vehicle. She wants to trade my jeep with her FrontWD Kia Soul. I keep telling her my jeep with its 4WD will not keep her any safer. In the last 5 years she got stuck once after being plowed in. I will be gettin her car'a tires "siped" this fall.

I need some reasons to not give her my baby...

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Old 08-07-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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How about the fact that she chose to drive a Kia Soul, so she can live what that decision or suck it up and trade it in for her own

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Old 08-07-2014, 03:12 PM   #3
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tell her Jeeps are notorious for wanting to drive into big snow drifts, into fresh powder and that if she drives the Jeep, the heater is far worse than that of the Kia due to the need for the motor's heat to go to the muffler to keep it a constant temp or it will stall the Jeep causing her to hit a snow drift.

or just say NO!
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:19 PM   #4
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How about the fact that she chose to drive a Kia Soul, so she can live what that decision or suck it up and trade it in for her own
Seriously this...

I'd take the bus before I drove a Kia.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:33 PM   #5
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Easy gang, she got a deal she coodnt refuse for the Kia. Believe me, she's been planning on trading up to a YJ,TJ,JK for a while (even though in a sane universe you would NOT be able to trade a Kia for a real Jeep). Maybe next summer...
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Seriously this...

I'd take the bus before I drove a Kia.
My wife's 2012 Kia Optima turbo is one of the BEST cars I have ever driven.

15 second flat 1/4 @100 mph, 35 MPG and room enough to fit people over 6' in the back seat. Its not a Jeep but The only car i would take over it would be a Challenger.

to the OP - do like I did, when I sold my last Jeep because everyone wanted it, I got a stick this time. I am the only one who can drive it in our family
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:41 PM   #7
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My wife's 2012 Kia Optima turbo is one of the BEST cars I have ever driven. 15 second flat 1/4 @100 mph, 35 MPG and room enough to fit people over 6' in the back seat. Its not a Jeep but The only car i would take over it would be a Challenger. to the OP - do like I did, when I sold my last Jeep because everyone wanted it, I got a stick this time. I am the only one who can drive it in our family
Wife also drives an optima. Probably the best car I have ever owned.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:42 PM   #8
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First good snow, take her out in 2WD and step on the gas good and hard and do a 180!!!
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:00 PM   #9
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Has def. crossed my mind!
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:04 PM   #10
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Also point out that MTs are not good on ice if you have them.
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My opinion: RWD is something that takes a bit getting used to. And lighter FWD vehicles have served me better in the winter. I know it's counter intuitive but my experience.

Get her used to it. And then give her your Jeep and upgrade yourself after next years tax return
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:28 PM   #12
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One more idea. Let her drive your your Jeep, then trade her's in for a JKU.

Give here a surprise
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:31 PM   #13
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Easy gang, she got a deal she coodnt refuse for the Kia. Believe me, she's been planning on trading up to a YJ,TJ,JK for a while (even though in a sane universe you would NOT be able to trade a Kia for a real Jeep). Maybe next summer...
Sounds like maybe she's giving you hints that she doesn't want to wait until next summer.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:18 PM   #14
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Tell her the "Dingo ate your baby"
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:25 AM   #15
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Spouse interest in Jeep

Perhaps it could be viewed from a different angle....

While it may be hard coming to grips that she wants to "take over" your Jeep it really is a good thing that she mentally feels more comfortable driving the Jeep than her Kia. I say give her the opportunity and let her. Once she is accustomed to actually driving it and the Jeep grows on her she will be more apt to support you in either getting another one or spending money on on the Jeep down the road. She may even ultimately feel comfortable taking it on trails or going with you on outings.

Either way, there are many people that wish their spouse had even a minimum amount of interest in their Jeep!

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BTW, Years ago one would be crazy to have a KIA. However, more recent KIA vehicles are extremely reliable and stylish. I purchased a 2005 Kia Optima and drove it well over 100,000/miles with only having to replace a rear wheel bearing (other than routine maintenance such as brakes etc.).
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...there are many people that wish their spouse had even a minimum amount of interest in their Jeep!

BTW, Years ago one would be crazy to have a KIA. However, more recent KIA vehicles are extremely reliable and stylish. I purchased a 2005 Kia Optima and drove it well over 100,000/miles with only having to replace a rear wheel bearing (other than routine maintenance such as brakes etc.).

Yep. If she's into the Jeep you'll be a lot happier.

Let her drive it in the snow a couple times. She may decide she's not interested in swapping after that. If she is you may be able to trade sooner than you think.

I had a 2005 Kia Sedona (minivan) that I gave to my stepson a couple years ago when he had his first son. No significant problems with it in the 4 years or so I had it. He's had it a couple more years with no significant issues. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I had a need for something other than a Jeep and pickup truck.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:21 PM   #17
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WOW!!! Looks like I need to open a Jeep/Kia dealership.
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it really is a good thing that she mentally feels more comfortable driving the Jeep than her Kia.
Sounds more like over confidence in a 4WD then comfortableness to me. Having never driven a RWD vehicle I would be weary about handing her the keys so quickly. Next thing you know she's calling you crying because she's in a ditch from driving too fast in the snow.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:47 AM   #19
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I bought a 2014 Jeep Wrangler it ain't the wife I worry about driving my Jeep when it snows. She drives a 2011 Chevy Equinox it's my sons that will bug me to death to drive it on first major snowfall.
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How about the fact that she chose to drive a Kia Soul, so she can live what that decision or suck it up and trade it in for her own
Sounds like a valid response to me! I bet the dealer will trade her!
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:09 AM   #21
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Driving a rear wheel drive in snow and ice can be tricky and takes time to get use to. The short base of the Jeep if's it's two door, can also cause driving it on ice to swing out a bit. Plus when sliding on ice whether you have 4wd or not you will still plow into the ditch /car/boulevard. Now the only difference you will be able to get out of the ditch and boulevard on your own with no help. she should have gotten a JEEP.
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My opinion: RWD is something that takes a bit getting used to. And lighter FWD vehicles have served me better in the winter. I know it's counter intuitive but my experience. Get her used to it. And then give her your Jeep and upgrade yourself after next years tax return
Ooooh! Good call! Tell her that's the condition! You trade her but then you get to trade in the Kia for whatever you want next! Maybe the next generation will be worth settling for a Kia for a bit. Who knows.
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I am not a Jeep owner yet, but I was under the impression that Jeeps could handle the snow BETTER than other vehicles. During the recent snow/ice storms we had this past winter in AL, it seemed as if Wranglers were the only vehicles able to drive through the elements, and able to "rescue" other stranded motorists.

Wouldn't driving with the 4WD engaged make it "safer?"

Go easy on me if this is a really stupid question...still learning about the "Jeep Life!"
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #24
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This is good news. Sell the Kia and buy another Jeep, maybe have a 2-door and a 4-door, and then you'll both be happy!
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Hello fellow Michigander, west side definitely sees some snow.

If your only one on the title first snow let her drive it, call her mid day and asked how she likes it. When she says how much she loves, as we all know she will, tell her congrats its hers, and that you already traded the kia in for a newer better jeep for yourself.lol if that's not a win win I don't know what is.

Then there is my other favorite response-"how's it feel to want?"

Ok logically, the jeep is much heavier an once it starts sliding its much harder to recover.
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Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice, Sucks major balls. My wife had my new rubicon for a year and a half as her dd before I could get her a different vehicle. She is a very proficient driver and I have not had any worries about it. Perhaps some jeep driving lessons are in your future??? Or keep resisting and risk loosing other "privileges" along with the jeep. Being married is so fun sometimes......
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #27
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Silly girl, jeeps are for boys!
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:25 PM   #28
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I have a Kia Sorento. Damn thing is solid, never any issues with it, and it's a whole lot quicker than my Jeep.
But I had a similar (but much, much worse) problem. The wife wanted to drive my Jeep to work and leave her Prius at home... A PRIUS!!! The horror of it all. Obviously, I said "hell no!"
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I am not a Jeep owner yet, but I was under the impression that Jeeps could handle the snow BETTER than other vehicles. During the recent snow/ice storms we had this past winter in AL, it seemed as if Wranglers were the only vehicles able to drive through the elements, and able to "rescue" other stranded motorists.

Wouldn't driving with the 4WD engaged make it "safer?"

Go easy on me if this is a really stupid question...still learning about the "Jeep Life!"
Having 4wd on will improve the driving in the snow and can give you better traction on ice. But this being said if you decided to drive to fast for the conditions you can still end up on the boulevard or hitting someone. I have driven a Neon to a volkswagon and many other non 4wd vehicles in winter and the best thing or worse is I can now make it in for work no matter the snowfall and drift I may encounter. 3ft drifts no longer a problem.
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silly girl, jeeps are for boys!
ah... No!

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