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Old 08-06-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Need Help Deciding 2 or 4 Door

Hey there,

I am looking to get into a new Wrangler and I need a little advice from the forum.. I am selling my current garage car that I've had for 7.5 years which is a twin turbo 550HP Audi S4.. It's been a great car but I pamper it way too much to the point where two years ago I picked up a Jetta as a DD which I'm getting tired of.. Looking to condense into something that is both practical and fun at the same time, I have been looking at the 4 door Wranglers in 6 speed.

My question for you guys is, have any of you been on the fence and gone one way or the other? Do you two door guys regret not having the extra 2 doors and space? Since this will be my only vehicle I want it to have some utility although I don't carry many extra passengers but I feel like I need to have 4 doors since I've never had only two! I have been looking @ the Sahara 4 door but they are pretty expensive.. The difference between getting a 2 and 4 door is 100+ a month when financing. Any persuasive people on these boards who can tell me go for the 4 or go for the 2?

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Old 08-06-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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I have a JK and love it. There are other threads here on this topic also. I'm 63 and don't have kids in the house so I leave my back seat out for extra space and decreased weight, increasing my ability to beat snot-nosed kids off a red light. With soft top and running no doors or tube doors this thing really scats. If I had kids or was hauling people around I'd go for a 4 dr but I really think a 2 dr looks best IMO. You have a great turning radius also.

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single/no family= 2DR
married/family= 4DR
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single/no family= 2DR
married/family= 4DR
Expanded logic:

single/no family/no dog= 2DR
married/family/dog = 4DR
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:07 PM   #5
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I had a 2 door 13. Had it about 2 months but didn't like it because of the room and family.
Traded it in on a 4 door 14. Best decision I made with a family. Just took a 5000 mile road trip in the 4 door with no problems, wouldn't have even tried that with a 2 door.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #6
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I like my 4 dr. No kids, but I like the room. It drives nice too.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:09 PM   #7
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Until my current '14 JKUL I had always had 2 door Wranglers - I'd never go back.
Not just because I enjoy the versalitiy/convenience of the extra space but, overall ride quality and handling is far superior IMO.
I always found myself in situations of compromise when I had my 2 door to the point one time going to the OBX I had to rush and go buy a trailer (won't even tell you what that was like towing it 9 hours, extra tolls and then up the beach)
With my 4 door - there has never been something I couldn't do because I had the extra space.
If it's a budget issue I suppose that's one thing but the cost of "Oh crap I made a mistake" is more $$
Check out the used car lots, around here they have 2 door 6 speeds. I have yet to find a 4 door.

As for looks, I find that aspect totally subjective. Might as well discuss color option as well.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:16 PM   #8
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single/no family= 2DR
married/family= 4DR
Or married, no rug rats, or future rats = 2D
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I am single/ no family/ no kids/no dog and I love my 4 door. All my friends either have cheap small cars or 'cool' 2 door speed machines and it is REALLY nice to be able to pack 5 people in the Jeep and just go somewhere.

Also, the extra space is great for moving and such.

I have also heard stories about 2 door JKs that dont do well on the highway. I personally have a little bit of a lead foot and go about 7 mph over the speed limit on most roads. I regularly have it cruising at 82 mph on the highway and feel perfectly safe. I have taken it to 90 before but it was with street tires and the pucker factor caused me to slow down but no such feeling going 82 with MTs
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I would frequently drive 2dr and it was great. Easy to get the soft top up and down no problem but it really didn't have enough space. Even for shopping it just made more sense to leave the back seat at home so then I felt like I was always taking it in and out then you go from a 4 person car to a 2 person. Then when it came to family... Way to small but the kids loved it.

Prior to getting my 2014 unlimited I wasn't sure if the unlimited would be to big for me. I'm only 4"11 I didn't wanna feel too small in it but as soon as I test drove it I knew it was right for me it looks bigger then it is. And I love the space. I'd say test drive them both and see which one is better. I'm positive though once you buy you won't regret it
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Thanks for the quick replies, I appreciate it! I am going to test drive them both and see how they feel. My local dealer said 6 speed ones are really hard to find but then the dealer 15 miles away had the color and options I was looking for so maybe that was just a dealer specific comment.
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Boils down to how necessary the ability to carry multiple people is? Is it critical? Or just a convenience? I had 2-door, 2-seat cars as my only cars at age 16-20, and again at 32 to 36 or so, before adding additional cars. You'd be surprised at how rarely the ability to only carry 2 people was a problem -- everybody knew that's what I had, so I just wasn't the driver if it was a larger group. :SHRUG:

But when you're dealing with groups of people for whom that's not an option (kids, kids' friends, elderly parents, clients, things like that) then it would be a deal killer. Only you know just how often you REALLY need doors in the back. Or seats for that matter.

My Wrangler is a 2/door, 2/seater since the first day I bought it. My other DD is a 2 door/2 seat sportscar. But my wife has a GC that can be used when we need to haul "visiting dignitaries" around.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:31 PM   #13
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2DR Cons: Space....space, space.....thats it for cons. If you're planning a camping trip you have room for two and thats about all.

Pros: Greater break over angle for the 2dr which in turn allows you to go without a lift conversion that the 4drs need to get over obsticles that the 2dr can easily negotiate....if you dont mind the grinding and scrapes of the skid plates.

I'm on my 2nd two door Rubicon the first of which I lifted 4.5"/ 35" tires. I was extremely disappointed in the loss of some of it's offroad capability after the lift. Maybe it was my choice of lift kit,tires or lack of skill but it just wheeled better stock.

So far going stock with my 10A 2DR I've had no problem rolling with the lifted JKU's. In fact, I have found myself waiting or helping to free a JKU from a rock garden I just went through myself. True to fact, I go anywhere stock that some JKU's with a 2.5" lift struggle to get through.

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I would also suggest test driving BOTH manual and auto (I test drove ALL 6 Combos) in a JKUL. Each gear ratio and each trans (my dealer had a lot of jeeps) picked the one I liked best and I am a diehard manual guy.
Anyway....
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There is no right or wrong answer here. My jeep is 85% off road 15% on no kids. We wheel tight twisty in the woods in the U.P of Michigan. Which makes a 2 door the best bet. I removed the back seat the day it came home from the dealer.
YOU figure out what you want the jeep to be used for.I hate giving an opinion but ok a 2 dr
It is your money, your decision. From the factory they all have crappy shocks all of them. I changed mine before the first oil change. So a ride stock will not tell you much.
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Thanks for the quick replies, I appreciate it! I am going to test drive them both and see how they feel. My local dealer said 6 speed ones are really hard to find but then the dealer 15 miles away had the color and options I was looking for so maybe that was just a dealer specific comment.
I think most dealers are afraid to stock 6 speeds... people who want one usually order specific (guilty, as charged!)

Aesthetics between 2 door & 4 door are individual, but I think the 4 door rides and handles much better. Along with that, the aforementioned advantages of the increased room.

Now the 6 speed does not even come close to what you S4 or Jetta sticks feel like... so no whining. Pull up your pants and drive it, (and disable the HSA and you'll be much happier with the stick) And if you go Sport/Sahara get the max tow pkg. with 3.73 gears.
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I look at the the debate between 2 and four doors like a Swiss Army knife, the two door is small and lighter and can do alot of great things. The four door is the same except its a little bigger and heavier and more versatile, it's all about what you need.
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If you have a family, get the 4-door. If you get a 2-door and use the second row seat to carry passengers (i.e., family members), you'll basically have no cargo capacity. I have a 2-door; I'm now looking for a 4-door with half-doors. The topless 4-door with full doors doesn't look good to me.

Now, if you have no family and don't plan on one, you can get the 2-door and remove the second row seat for additional cargo capacity.
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With a wife, a baby and 2 Labs, the 4dr was the only logical choice for me. Too bad it looks kinda stupid with the doors off. I love the looks of a 2dr topless and especially with either half doors or no doors.
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Between me and my girlfriend, we have two 2 doors. A JK sport and a TJ sport, and her dad has a 4 door rubicon, and we definitely prefer our 2 door jeeps over the 4 door rubicon. IMO that thing is way too clunky, and yes having driven it I did like it, and the space was great and all, but the turning circles for our jeeps are much nicer. For the everyday stuff, work, groceries, etc they're perfect. I've taken that jk up to at least 85 on street tires and felt as safe as in my previous car, an 04 honda accord. But it's true that for a family, probably go with the 4 door. Eventually when I have a family I'll have to get a 4 door as well, but I'm pretty sure I'll keep my tj and her jk.
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The day I picked up my JKWW, I removed the backseat for more storage room since I rarely have more than 1 passenger. This is the first 2 door I've owned and I love it. (I had 3 4-door SUVs prior) The maneuverability is great.
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Not really...Married, middle aged, kids grown and gone, Chocolate Lab, and very pleased with a 2dr.
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I drive a two-door 2012 Wrangler. I like the: lower price, lower weight, tighter turning radius, short wheelbase, slightly better mileage, and improved approach and departure angles. I rarely have more than one passenger and took out the rear seat to reduce weight and have adequate storage space.
The longer wheelbase would be nice for greater stability, towing and highway use. Routinely having four adult passengers in the two-door is probably not the best idea. The four-door makes sense for a lot of people, I'm just not one of them.
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Not really...Married, middle aged, kids grown and gone, Chocolate Lab, and very pleased with a 2dr.
High five for midlife crises. Same here except that the dog is a 6lb chic magnet. Was indifferent to cars all my life. Now I hang out on this forum
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4 dr is perfect. Married no kids other than my great Danes. Seats flat and a big pillow and they love it. Plus the 4 door looks better Imo.
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I test drove both and preferred the ride of the 4dr. I did prefer the look of the 2dr but my opinion has changed to where I like them both equally. I don't find the 4dr big at all. It's considerably smaller than the trucks I owned. I rarely need to accommodate more than 2 people but, to me, it wasn't how often I would need to do it but how important it was when the occasion arises. I also love the extra cargo space. Going from regular cab trucks, I really appreciate the ability to tote more things.

After you test drive both, I think you'll know what you want. After you decide what you NEED, the rest will be personal preference. Good luck with your decision and rest assured that whatever you decide, you are going to LOVE your new Jeep more than you can imagine. I have never enjoyed any of my past vehicles as much as I do my Jeep. Not even close.
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Another point someone may or may not have added is that the JKU has a larger gas tank (22.5 gallons) and the 2 Door JK has a (18.5 gallon tank). So because the 4 door is worse on gas due to the size and weight be prepared to spend a little extra on fuel.

Also I would test drive both cars in the transmission of your choice. I test drove both 6M and I found the shifter linkage and ride quality in the 2 door to be a lot more precise and tight..

Lastly, as mentioned previously the biggest draw back with a 2 door is the space.
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If it was just me I'd probably have a JK. I think I'd like the maneuverability. I have a family and friends though, so I happily drive a JKU. We'd fit in a JK but all our "stuff" that goes with us would not, and a JK would sit parked a lot more. Even our grocery store trips would be a challenge in a JK. We use the heck out of the extra space, and it's easy for adults to get in and out of the back seats. When I go camping by myself with my telescopes, I can easily fold down the rear seats and I have a big flat space for all my crap (and I use it all).
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2 door... if you have a fam get a 98 civic or something as well.. if your single and have a 4 door you will get mandated by your friends to be the driver.. b/c you have the badass new jeep..

i think 4 doors are silly... wranglers are not something that should be driving 3k miles ever summer on your trip to Florida or w/e
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2 door... if you have a fam get a 98 civic or something as well..
Why when one Jeep can do the job?

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if your single and have a 4 door you will get mandated by your friends to be the driver.. b/c you have the badass new jeep..
So I get to drive a badass Jeep with friends who will help foot the bill for gas? Sign me up.

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i think 4 doors are silly... wranglers are not something that should be driving 3k miles ever summer on your trip to Florida or w/e
Its a 2000 mile round trip from where I live to the incredible trails in Colorado. Its dumb to limit yourself to puttering around town - especially when this country offers so many incredible sights to see - many of which are only accessible by a Jeep-like vehicle. That isn't to say a 2-door can't do it...just depends on the logistics of the trip (people, cargo, preferred comfort level, etc, etc).

OP, in the same boat - trying to decide what to buy. I started a thread a couple days ago asking people with 2-doors *as their only vehicle* how they get by. Was real useful information - might check that out.

2-door as only vehicle?

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