NB Questions. Wrangler Unlimited - City? - 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 04-07-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 5
NB Questions. Wrangler Unlimited - City?

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)

birdman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-07-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
Newb
 
rschnettler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Corpus Christi Texas
Posts: 12
Try the automatic if you are just driving city. It sounds like you may need both hands.
The hard top is a must if it will replace full time car, I eather go topless or hard top. Making a pully for hard top it is quite heavy for one person to take off.

__________________
rschnettler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-07-2008, 07:57 PM   #3
Newb
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6
I just replaced an 11 yr old F150 with the Unlimited Sahara. I have only the soft top living in new hampshire - but I also have a garage at home and work. I drive 7 miles to work and am really enjoying it. Going from a BMW to a jeep will be different for you - for instance, I went from a friend's Murano to my Jeep today and wow - the comfort level is not even close!!!!

Good luck in your decision and I too would go with the automatic in the city.
NH Jeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-07-2008, 09:36 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 18
Follow your 5-year-old's lead. The kid's got great instincts!
__________________
2008 Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited
2006 BMW R1200RT
tdrew is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-07-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
IITYWTMWYBMAB

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
 
4Jeepn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Florence, KY
Posts: 9,965
Images: 5
welcome... we don't flame here... Auto, unless you just enjoy the 6spd. Should be great in the snow, If you in the city then the hardtop might be good idea if you keep things in the jeep. However, I have gone many of winters with just soft tops on various jeep models and been fine. Granted you can't scrape plastic windows.
__________________
79.96.85.00.01.97.00.97.93.97.95.94
CJ.XJ.CJ. TJ. TJ.ZJ. TJ.TJ. ZJ.ZJ.YJ. XJ
4Jeepn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-08-2008, 05:51 AM   #6
Newb
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 5
Thanx for the insight. For me, the auto is not an option. I must have the 6 spd. I don't mind the shifting in stop and go, I was talking mainly about using it as a daily driver from a Jeep comfort perspective. I found another thread on one of the Jeep forums where many people have attested to using the Wrangler as a DD with no issues at all.

A few more questions. I was watching the soft top video on Jeep.com (taking it down and putting it up) and it shows an extra set of hands helping out. Can you take down and put up the Sunrider top with only one person? Also, how is it on the highway with the soft top? I remember I once drove from Ottawa to Toronto in a friend's old Jeep with softop and we didn't even bother trying to put on the radio it was so noisy.
birdman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-18-2008, 03:47 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
bpowa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 836
My jeep is a DD. Heck its more comfortable than my motorcycle.
bpowa is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-18-2008, 11:11 AM   #8
DPG
Jeeper
 
DPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 19
I recently did exactly what you are describing. About 4 months ago, I went from driving a normal car for the past 8 years and bought an '08 Sahara 2-door soft-top as my daily driver (about 50 miles round trip into the city and back per day). There are certainly pros & cons, but in my opinion the good far outweighs the bad.

A few cons I have found when comparing to your normal average car (I'm just being honest so you know what to expect):
- It will definitely be a rougher ride than what you are used to - there is no getting around this due to how the Jeep seems to be constructed (although this is part of what makes a Jeep so capable when you need it!). However, it is truly not that bad, and you get used to it pretty quickly. The 4-door may be a bit better due to the longer wheelbase.
- The soft-top will naturally be noisier than a normal car, but it is surprisingly more quiet than I would have expected. . . I can listen to the radio or talk on the cell phone completely fine.
- The gas mileage is not great - about 15-17 MPG.

Despite these few items above, it is easy to look past them when you see this cool, rugged machine waiting for you in the parking lot when you leave work at the end of the day. It is incredibly fun and maneuverable, and handles phenomenally in the snow. I'm with you on the kid front - my 3 1/2 year-old can't get enough of it. I love having it as my daily driver, and am looking forward to some warmer weather so I can have the top down a little more long-term. Good luck!
__________________
2008 Red Rock Sahara
DPG is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-18-2008, 09:05 PM   #9
Newb
 
cabbagedog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 7
Daily Driver Wrangler X 2Door here. We also have a family car (Honda CRV) then I drive the jeep. I think its perfect for a second car for a family of four.

I went with the hardtop for security.
cabbagedog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-19-2008, 07:41 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
08fun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 39
i picked up an 08 sahara unlimited 4 weeks ago - love it; used as commuter car to train station, weekend jaunts, golfing, soccer games; we have 3 kids and my 5 yeard old cant wait for me to take the doors off. Going to take the hard top off today - need to make space in the garage. great thread - i had some of the same questions on how "quiet" the soft top would be - but, who cares - cant wait for this to be off today. gonna look on the jeep site for the video of how u put the soft top on - thanks!

08fun is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may 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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
95 Wrangler Questions smithdn YJ Tech Forum 7 01-11-2009 02:13 PM
wrangler unlimited ballzout4 TJ General Discussion Forum 14 10-22-2008 08:14 PM
2005 Special Edition Wrangler Unlimited. Price just Reduced!!!! Lots of MODS!!! (TX) texasjeep Classifieds Archive 33 11-05-2007 07:21 AM
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited texasjeep TJ General Discussion Forum 6 12-30-2005 07:30 PM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 AM.



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