No flames pls. Honest questions.
I have 4 kids and a mini van and a 7 year old 3 series BMW which is starting to give me trouble. (Leaking this, squeaking that, etc.)
Looking to replace the car as my daily driver, which for me, generally means driving to work (7 - 8 miles each way) a couple of days a week (I take the subway most days) and driving around on the weekends. Unlikely this puppy would ever see any off-road work (at least as of now) but we do get a fair bit of snow in the winter months (Toronto, Canada), more so than in the past number of years.
Here's my question. I have read tons of reviews about the Wrangler Unlimited and I test drove a 6 spd. the other day. I found it remarkably "smooth and civilized" driving around the city and especially with the amount of driving I tend do (not huge amounts) unlikely it would get tedious in the city. Is it fine for daily driving city street use (even though I would be giving up a huge portion of the fun of a Jeep?)
Also, I have read that on the highway the Sunrider top is super noisy. I would plan on taking the hardtop off sometime in the spring and leaving it off until the winter. I assume many people use a Wrangler as a daily commuter, family vehicle, soft top in the summer (putting it up and down does not appear to be that much of a pain - can it be done one person or do you really need 2 people to help fold down the softop). Any comments?
(By the way, my 5 year old would be beside himself with excitement to ride around in a Jeep! That's got to be worth something?)
Thanx for the no flames (in advance)