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Old 06-05-2012, 04:07 AM   #31
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We just purchased our first Jeep (JKU Gecko Sport) two weeks ago and LOVE IT!!! With my wife, 8 yo son and a ton of crap to take to the beach, it was an easy decision going with the JKU. I LOVE THIS JEEP!!!

Seriously, if it is for "family fun", take the small hit, negotiate hard and go for it. You won't regret it in the long run.

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You made a mistake and sometimes mistakes cost money. Fix it (with money) and move on and enjoy the JKU with your family. Obviously get the best deal you can, maybe the dealer will swap your mods over for little or no cost included with the sale. Good luck!

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We just purchased our first Jeep (JKU Gecko Sport) two weeks ago and LOVE IT!!! With my wife, 8 yo son and a ton of crap to take to the beach, it was an easy decision going with the JKU. I LOVE THIS JEEP!!!

Seriously, if it is for "family fun", take the small hit, negotiate hard and go for it. You won't regret it in the long run.

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What he said. You will NOT regret "upgrading" to the JKU, and you will LOVE it! I knew I was gonna like my Jeep but didn't know I was gonna LOVE it, but I do. This is the ONLY vehicle I've EVER owned that I find myself sneaking out to the garage in the middle of the night just to play around in, even after owning it for more than two weeks; I just can't seem to stay out of it!

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What he said, too. Mistakes sometimes cost money but Jeeps hold their value very well. The hit you take may not be as extreme as you think.
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I own a JK. I am on vacation in St. Thomas right now, and rented a JKU. I love my JK. I do not like the JKU. Terrible turning radius, bad reverse visibility. Loss of that "quick" feeling. Unless you are going to do a lot of offload with the whole family/ pets /TV/luggage, there are much better options with four doors. It does have a bit of the jeep cool factor. But feels too much like my old Ford Expedition. In fact, I enjoyed driving it more than this JKU for everyday driving. For me, JK or something else, period!
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I own a JK. I am on vacation in St. Thomas right now, and rented a JKU. I love my JK. I do not like the JKU. Terrible turning radius, bad reverse visibility. Loss of that "quick" feeling. Unless you are going to do a lot of offload with the whole family/ pets /TV/luggage, there are much better options with four doors. It does have a bit of the jeep cool factor. But feels too much like my old Ford Expedition. In fact, I enjoyed driving it more than this JKU for everyday driving. For me, JK or something else, period!
at "a bit of the Jeep cool factor," coming from the mouth of the guy who owned a sorryass, trendy, mommy-machine loser cruiser like a Ford Expedition... a JKU is every bit as cool as the 2dr! Funny how all those aftermarket companies out there are showcasing their parts on that "uncool" 4dr, ain't it?

Terrible turning radius? Shit, this thing has a better turning radius than most of the cars I've owned! "Quick feeling?" Show me ANY JK that feels quick!
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needed to make a couple of U-turns in traffic here. JKU , lock full turn, would not make it. Stop in street, back up, then go. My JK would have whipped around with plenty to spare. JKU, sluggish from a stop compared to what I am accustomed to with my JK. Back up visibility, easy on JK as back window is closer, therefore bigger sight picture. JKU, feels like I am looking down a hallway and then out the window with smaller sight picture. Expedition, did what was needed for that season of life. Cool, no. needed all three rows for hauling around kids with half the basketball team. finished with that. Got a rack that attaches to tow bar for the few times I need to haul a lot of crap. jKU is the Chrysler compromise for whoever needs the compromise. For me, the original or nada. Even more sure of that after renting one. Besides that it just don't look right. Somewhere between a real jeep and a tour bus.
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needed to make a couple of U-turns in traffic here. JKU , lock full turn, would not make it. Stop in street, back up, then go. My JK would have whipped around with plenty to spare. JKU, sluggish from a stop compared to what I am accustomed to with my JK. Back up visibility, easy on JK as back window is closer, therefore bigger sight picture. JKU, feels like I am looking down a hallway and then out the window with smaller sight picture. Expedition, did what was needed for that season of life. Cool, no. needed all three rows for hauling around kids with half the basketball team. finished with that. Got a rack that attaches to tow bar for the few times I need to haul a lot of crap. jKU is the Chrysler compromise for whoever needs the compromise. For me, the original or nada. Even more sure of that after renting one. Besides that it just don't look right. Somewhere between a real jeep and a tour bus.
What did you drive before your JK? I bet it was longer than the JKU. Just sayin...

I drive a Pontiac G5... little two door coupe. It's 6 inches longer than the JKU.
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What did you drive before your JK? I bet it was longer than the JKU. Just sayin...

I drive a Pontiac G5... little two door coupe. It's 6 inches longer than the JKU.
Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Crew Cab. The longer part was for work. Glad to be out of it too.
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What did you drive before your JK? I bet it was longer than the JKU. Just sayin...

I drive a Pontiac G5... little two door coupe. It's 6 inches longer than the JKU.
Maybe he's still upset because he really wanted a JKU. After all, he did rent one, didn't he?

It is quite amusing he has trouble backing up a JKU when they're no longer than a midsized car, too. He didn't mention how tough it must have been to back up in his old pansy-mobile. We should offer our congrats on blending in with all the PTA mommies.
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needed to make a couple of U-turns in traffic here. JKU , lock full turn, would not make it. Stop in street, back up, then go. My JK would have whipped around with plenty to spare. JKU, sluggish from a stop compared to what I am accustomed to with my JK. Back up visibility, easy on JK as back window is closer, therefore bigger sight picture. JKU, feels like I am looking down a hallway and then out the window with smaller sight picture. Expedition, did what was needed for that season of life. Cool, no. needed all three rows for hauling around kids with half the basketball team. finished with that. Got a rack that attaches to tow bar for the few times I need to haul a lot of crap. jKU is the Chrysler compromise for whoever needs the compromise. For me, the original or nada. Even more sure of that after renting one. Besides that it just don't look right. Somewhere between a real jeep and a tour bus.
Original or nada? Then rip that A/C out of your 2 door! While you're at it, pull out the stereo, power steering, power brakes, power windows and locks. Take out your airbags, antilock brake system, fuel injectors, and about 160 HPs. Once all that is gone, you might be getting close to the original... Don't kid yourself, friend... Your 2 door is no more "original" than a JKU. It just suits your needs better.
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Original or nada? Then rip that A/C out of your 2 door! While you're at it, pull out the stereo, power steering, power brakes, power windows and locks. Take out your airbags, antilock brake system, fuel injectors, and about 160 HPs. Once all that is gone, you might be getting close to the original... Don't kid yourself, friend... Your 2 door is no more "original" than a JKU. It just suits your needs better.
Somebody just got...owned.

I think that fancy Ford Expedition suited his needs the best! He could, after all, fit in with the H2 and H3 crowd at the PTA meetings and soccer events!
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Struck a few nerves here for sure!!! You girls need to loosen up a bit. I assume that as most of the JKUs I see around town in these parts are driven by ladies. Yes I had my season of hanging with the moms. Made a great decision to spend as much time as possible with my children and their activities. Drove the bus for that season. They are both college grads now. It is over. Dont like the JKU after driving it a few days compared to the JK. Expressing my opinion is providing more entertainment than expected! Whine on ladies!
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Struck a few nerves here for sure!!! You girls need to loosen up a bit. I assume that as most of the JKUs I see around town in these parts are driven by ladies. Yes I had my season of hanging with the moms. Made a great decision to spend as much time as possible with my children and their activities. Drove the bus for that season. They are both college grads now. It is over. Dont like the JKU after driving it a few days compared to the JK. Expressing my opinion is providing more entertainment than expected! Whine on ladies!
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Struck a few nerves here for sure!!! You girls need to loosen up a bit. I assume that as most of the JKUs I see around town in these parts are driven by ladies. Yes I had my season of hanging with the moms. Made a great decision to spend as much time as possible with my children and their activities. Drove the bus for that season. They are both college grads now. It is over. Dont like the JKU after driving it a few days compared to the JK. Expressing my opinion is providing more entertainment than expected! Whine on ladies!
Hmm, see just as many men driving JKUs in this area as women. Normally it's the women who go for the 2dr models, because, they are, after all, the Baywatch Specials.

Funny you'd comment about women driving JKUs, considering you drove a Ford Expedition, but I guess that's what happens when your wife doesn't let you get what you want. How much begging did it take before she let you get a Jeep?
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Just a few more facts. My wife did not "let" me buy the jeep. She "bought" me the jeep out of her bonus check. Yep, she is a highly paid jewel of a wife. Same wife that bought me my first Harley Heritage 15 years ago. No, I am not a free loader. Worked hard and bought her dream car, Lexus 460L, paid every house note until paid off, put food on the table. That Ford Expedition has been deeper in the woods down washed out hunting trails than 90 percent of the jeeps on this forum, places where few if any 2 wheel drives have gone before. Slept many nights in the back of it with seats laid down on a $30 dollar mattress, alone deep in the woods with a .44mag and a flashlight at hand. Same Expedition hauled around kids and their friends, family road trips, PTA meetings, yep was even vice president of the high school Parents Club and coached most of their rec level teams. Sitting on a balcony now looking out over the St. Thomas harbor. Still don't like the JKU parked outside. Whine on ladies!
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Just a few more facts. My wife did not "let" me buy the jeep. She "bought" me the jeep out of her bonus check. Yep, she is a highly paid jewel of a wife. Same wife that bought me my first Harley Heritage 15 years ago. No, I am not a free loader. Worked hard and bought her dream car, Lexus 460L, paid every house note until paid off, put food on the table. That Ford Expedition has been deeper in the woods down washed out hunting trails than 90 percent of the jeeps on this forum, places where few if any 2 wheel drives have gone before. Slept many nights in the back of it with seats laid down on a $30 dollar mattress, alone deep in the woods with a .44mag and a flashlight at hand. Same Expedition hauled around kids and their friends, family road trips, PTA meetings, yep was even vice president of the high school Parents Club and coached most of their rec level teams. Sitting on a balcony now looking out over the St. Thomas harbor. Still don't like the JKU parked outside. Whine on ladies!
You're not being asked to like a JKU, nor does anyone care if you do! Don't sit here and insult a vehicle just because you can't drive one. A JKU will do everything a 2dr will do, and under some circumstances, it will do it far better. Isn't it funny how all the serious rock crawlers sit on STRETCHED platforms? Yeah, that's what I thought.

That's great your wife bought you a vehicle with her bonus check, as she must really care about you, but my wife also bought me a brand new 2005 STi. Let's not kid ourselves into thinking we're the only ones who got cars from our wives.

As for going offroad in your mommy-mobile, I'm not buying it. A grassy campsite doesn't count. I've probably been places in my STi that few, if any, 2WD cars have been, too. Whoopie.

Do you think you deserve a pat on the back for spending a few nights in the trunk of a vehicle? Are we supposed to be impressed? That's great you feel you've accomplished something, but there are plenty of people who have roughed it far more than sleeping in the back of an SUV with a .44. Knowing plenty of soldiers who've served in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, your "rugged adventures" pale in comparison to the conditions in which they've slept.

In the end, you enjoy your Geo Trakker clone and I'll enjoy my minivan, mmmkay?
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Struck a few nerves here for sure!!! You girls need to loosen up a bit. I assume that as most of the JKUs I see around town in these parts are driven by ladies. Yes I had my season of hanging with the moms. Made a great decision to spend as much time as possible with my children and their activities. Drove the bus for that season. They are both college grads now. It is over. Dont like the JKU after driving it a few days compared to the JK. Expressing my opinion is providing more entertainment than expected! Whine on ladies!
Not quite sure where anyone was whining.

See, I don't have a problem with people expressing opinions. You like what you like. However, I do have a problem when I feel like the opinion is spreading misinformation.

People talk about the JKU like it's a boat. They talk about it like it is a huge monster of a vehicle to drive. In actuality, the JKU is fairly short in terms of SUV or Pick-up vehicles. It shouldn't be that the JKU is just so massive that you feel like you're looking down the hallway of the Overlook Hotel with twins asking you to play. It should be that you just prefer the half size of the JK and that it fits your needs.

That's my issue. Like what you like. I like the JK as much as the JKU, maybe more. I just find the JKU to be more practical for the stage of life I'm in and continuing along. But, let's be a little more honest about how big the JKU is.
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Not quite sure where anyone was whining.

See, I don't have a problem with people expressing opinions. You like what you like. However, I do have a problem when I feel like the opinion is spreading misinformation.

People talk about the JKU like it's a boat. They talk about it like it is a huge monster of a vehicle to drive. In actuality, the JKU is fairly short in terms of SUV or Pick-up vehicles. It shouldn't be that the JKU is just so massive that you feel like you're looking down the hallway of the Overlook Hotel with twins asking you to play. It should be that you just prefer the half size of the JK and that it fits your needs.

That's my issue. Like what you like. I like the JK as much as the JKU, maybe more. I just find the JKU to be more practical for the stage of life I'm in and continuing along. But, let's be a little more honest about how big the JKU is.
I don't mean to correct you, Kitty, but don't you mean to say, "Let's be a little more honest about how big the JKU ISN'T?"

Every night my wife parks a 2012 Subaru Forester next to my JKU in the garage. The Subaru is on an IMPREZA platform, which we all know is considered to be a COMPACT car. The JKU is the SAME LENGTH as her Forester, and if it IS longer, it's because of a more pronounced bumper or the spare on the rear.

Didn't mean to sound like Kanye there...
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I did not mean to imply the JKU was as long as a boat. The comparison was to the JK. It feels very long to me in comparison. I call it whining when folks get testy and personal when you don't like, what they like. there was no "mis-information". Just my comparative opinion. Which was quickly responded to with a stream on name calling sissy licks. didn't mind. I just figured some JKU drivers are a bit sensitive and tender about what they drive. So I don't mind playing along, for entertainment. Still don't like the JKU. Whine on!
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I did not mean to imply the JKU was as long as a boat. The comparison was to the JK. It feels very long to me in comparison. I call it whining when folks get testy and personal when you don't like, what they like. there was no "mis-information". Just my comparative opinion. Which was quickly responded to with a stream on name calling sissy licks. didn't mind. I just figured some JKU drivers are a bit sensitive and tender about what they drive. So I don't mind playing along, for entertainment. Still don't like the JKU. Whine on!
Ah, so what you're doing is making comments with the intentions and hopes of pissing people off. You blatantly admitted to it. It's already been established in previous posts that nobody cares whether you like the JKU, so where do you get off claiming we do?

Your "opinions" are a joke. It feels like you're "looking down a tunnel" out the back window? How come I drive a Camaro, which has a notoriously small interior, and I don't feel that way at all? The only "opinion" you've stated which holds any weight is that it can be tough to see out of while backing up. The common sense of paying attention to your surroundings remedies this slight inconvenience.

As for the difference in length, how much of a difference is there, considering a JKU isn't any longer than a Subaru Forester? What about a weight difference? You fail to mention any factual information.

So, if you wanna play, throw up some facts.
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I did not mean to imply the JKU was as long as a boat. The comparison was to the JK. It feels very long to me in comparison. I call it whining when folks get testy and personal when you don't like, what they like. there was no "mis-information". Just my comparative opinion. Which was quickly responded to with a stream on name calling sissy licks. didn't mind. I just figured some JKU drivers are a bit sensitive and tender about what they drive. So I don't mind playing along, for entertainment. Still don't like the JKU. Whine on!
Please point out when I ever called you names. I will be looking for exact quotes. I expressed my different opinion, and I've explained why I disagreed with yours.

P.S. I don't drive a JKU. So, you're welcome to say I'm being oversensitive about my vehicle all you want.

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As for the difference in length, how much of a difference is there, considering a JKU isn't any longer than a Subaru Forester? What about a weight difference? You fail to mention any factual information.

So, if you wanna play, throw up some facts.
Also, the JK is about 1.5 to 2 feet shorter than the JKU. That is a fairly considerable amount. If someone is 2 feet shorter than me, they are a midget. I wouldn't discredit him for saying that he prefers the short length of the JK. The JKU just isn't a monster.
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I have 3 kids, one of which is in a booster seat, so I really had to get the JKU. I didn't dig the look of it as much as the 2 door, but hey ya do what ya gotta do.
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I love how we all come here cause we love jeeps but now we only love certian ones cant wait for this pissing match. Being a newer member stupid arguements like these make me want to leave. 2 door is more of a toy or someone without a family the 4 door has added towing capacity and more room for wife and kids. You need to buy whatever suits your life style needs it isnt less of a jeep and its stupid to make comments saying otherwise (omg ur jeep isnt a real jeep cuz of 4 doors) everyone calm down
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I love how we all come here cause we love jeeps but now we only love certian ones cant wait for this pissing match. Being a newer member stupid arguements like these make me want to leave. 2 door is more of a toy or someone without a family the 4 door has added towing capacity and more room for wife and kids. You need to buy whatever suits your life style needs it isnt less of a jeep and its stupid to make comments saying otherwise (omg ur jeep isnt a real jeep cuz of 4 doors) everyone calm down
I'm not sure where anyone said that either. In fact, I explicitly said that I like both flavors and people need to buy what suits them.
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Seems like there are always those folks who want to try to point out how much of a Jeep someone else's isn't.

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I drive a jk, used to drive a yj. I have a wife and a 5 year old daughter. I will be buying a hitch rack to hold my camping gear. I bought the 2 door because I ran into what I considered to be a good deal on what I wanted. I've owned my new jeep for about a month now. I love my jeep! That being said, we recently went on a trip to oklahoma and had to take the wifes liberty, there was just not enough room to take my jeep, even with a hitch rack it would have been a struggle to pack it all. I wouldn't trade mine, but when it's time to trade in the wifes liberty.... It's JKU time!! Both are completely awesome imo and I don't see how you could go wrong either way, but get what best suits your needs and you'll be all the happier. Like has been said if financially possible you should trade now. Good luck!
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I drive a jk, used to drive a yj. I have a wife and a 5 year old daughter. I will be buying a hitch rack to hold my camping gear. I bought the 2 door because I ran into what I considered to be a good deal on what I wanted. I've owned my new jeep for about a month now. I love my jeep! That being said, we recently went on a trip to oklahoma and had to take the wifes liberty, there was just not enough room to take my jeep, even with a hitch rack it would have been a struggle to pack it all. I wouldn't trade mine, but when it's time to trade in the wifes liberty.... It's JKU time!! Both are completely awesome imo and I don't see how you could go wrong either way, but get what best suits your needs and you'll be all the happier. Like has been said if financially possible you should trade now. Good luck!
That's what I'd like to do... have a JK and a JKU! I keep trying to convince the wife to take my JKU for more family room and I'd get a JK since they're cheaper... (trying my damnedest to convince her I'm being frugal...)

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