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Old 09-11-2006, 09:27 PM   #1
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New 2007

Has anyone taken the new '07 for a test drive? And how was it? A friend of mine did and really liked it. He has 3 Jeeps already....he's insane (in a good sort of way) So that means they are on the east coast and I may have to find a dealer and take one for a spin. I'm not in the market, but just want to "test" it out. I'm not too crazy about all the plastic: bumpers & fenders, but those things could be easily replaced. I'm reserving complete judgement until after I drive it and no desire to make one into a trail rig (got one already)

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They were supposed to be at the dealer here today. They didn't show up....

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i wish i could test drive one! too young! oh well...i got a buddy that has an 07 rubicon special ordered and it is supposed to arrive for him in november...i can just drive his...yeah right!!! theres no way he will let me drive it...well maybe with a little begging...i can at least ride in it
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i wish i could test drive one! too young! oh well...i got a buddy that has an 07 rubicon special ordered and it is supposed to arrive for him in november...i can just drive his...yeah right!!! theres no way he will let me drive it...well maybe with a little begging...i can at least ride in it
Too Young? Then take your parents with you. Have them tell the dealer your father is thinking about buying you one, but wants to see if you like it or not along with several other 4x4 you like.
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maybe i should get them to test some other 4x4's along with it
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A few of the dealers in Phoenix are saying they have seen the lists and their 4 doors are on the way to arrive soon. I'm sure they are already spoken for, but Kat i'm with you. I'm witholding final judgement until I see a new 2 door (I already know I don't like the 4 door) and drive it myself.
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:12 PM   #7
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my buddy saw one of the new four doors yesterday and said it looked terrible
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:32 PM   #8
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I test drove a 2007 4 door automatic Sahara. I have a 2001 Sahara and I was not impressed with the new revisions. I hated the interior. I am 6'1" and I had no leg room. I hope to see that Manual has more room around the center console area. Engine sucked. Slow off the start. I have a Manual and I can launch quick, I could leave skid marks 30 feet long if I wanted. 2007 couldn’t beat a slug off the line. Just seems too heavy for the engine. It takes forever just to get to 35 mph, I believe it seems to slow to pull into heavy traffic, let alone have enough power to pull vehicle over an obstacle. Interior looks and feels cheap. My 2001 Sahara has a nice uniform interior. The 2007 has a graphite look to it, with lots of pieces that just look and feel cheap. I believe that after a few years there might be a few squeaks from the rubbing of plastics and screws. Seats are not unique like the old Sahara. They seem to be the average cheap cloth interior. Turning radius was terrible compared to a normal jeep. Vision out the back was good, better than I thought. Suspension seems like it an improvement, stiff and yet subtle absorption of bumps on road. Vehicle sits much higher off the ground which is another plus. Door handles are better, an actual vertical handle. Lots of room inside, but feels like your driving a Hummer, not a Wrangler, It is very weird!!! Over all feeling, I will not trade in my 2001 Sahara for this, I will be testing the manual as soon as dealer gets one.
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welcome....thanks for the update on the test drive...let us know how the manual tranny is
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:34 PM   #10
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I drove one last friday. Also a Sahara. Couldn't disagree more about the power in the engine. The V8 has much more power on the road then any I6 I've ever been in. Naturaly you will lose some torque on the low end.
The ride was VERY smooth, better then my '03 was new, but it's 28" longer for cryin out load.
He's right about the height. My dealer sells and installs lift kits, and they will have a 3" Full Traction kit that will allow 35" tires.
I'm not a big fan of the JK yet, it does look too much like an H3, but the soft top does stay closer to the old lines then the hard top does.
It kinda grows on you...
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:22 AM   #11
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nice update...but you know that the wrangler doesn't have a V8 like you said it did right? or are you drivin some special version
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Old 09-22-2006, 08:59 PM   #12
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I test drove a 2007 4 door Unlimited X manual yesterday and liked it so much that I bought (ordered) one! Now I have never owned a Jeep before, but I have been an avid fan since Jeep made CJ 5's, but $$ or circumstance always prevented me from getting one. I have driven Jeeps that have belonged to friends, and can tell you that this Jeep had a much better on road feel, likely due to the extra wheelbase length and the wider stance, (though it is higher than the '06 models). As for the interior - yes, there is a lot of plastic, though the seats were very nice and supportive (5'11, 165 lb frame), with plenty of leg room. There is no dead pedal though which I found annoying even on the test drive, but I'll just make one out of wood or something. It is very spacious though, much more so than any other Jeep Wrangler/CJ I've been in. Personally, I would prefer it if the dash was still metal with just a speedo and gas gauge, but those days are gone. I think the power package is sacriledge, though I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Wranglers offer leather seats with seat warmers. Not for me, but I love the idea of a four door Wrangler, and I like the look too. It's much better looking than the Hummer and Land Rover.
As for power, coming from a manual 1995 Subaru awd wagon with 135hp, the 202hp that the Jeep puts out feels about the same; not a tire burner by any means, but more than sufficient power to move you off the line at a stop light or bog through deep sand like I expect to do, though I wouldn't try passing a semi on a two way uphill. I suppose it's all what your used to, and what your needs are. I'll post more when I get it in 6 - 8 weeks.
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I test drove a 2007 4 door automatic Sahara. I have a 2001 Sahara and I was not impressed with the new revisions. I hated the interior. I am 6'1" and I had no leg room. I hope to see that Manual has more room around the center console area. Engine sucked. Slow off the start. I have a Manual and I can launch quick, I could leave skid marks 30 feet long if I wanted. 2007 couldn’t beat a slug off the line. Just seems too heavy for the engine. It takes forever just to get to 35 mph, I believe it seems to slow to pull into heavy traffic, let alone have enough power to pull vehicle over an obstacle. Interior looks and feels cheap. My 2001 Sahara has a nice uniform interior. The 2007 has a graphite look to it, with lots of pieces that just look and feel cheap. I believe that after a few years there might be a few squeaks from the rubbing of plastics and screws. Seats are not unique like the old Sahara. They seem to be the average cheap cloth interior. Turning radius was terrible compared to a normal jeep. Vision out the back was good, better than I thought. Suspension seems like it an improvement, stiff and yet subtle absorption of bumps on road. Vehicle sits much higher off the ground which is another plus. Door handles are better, an actual vertical handle. Lots of room inside, but feels like your driving a Hummer, not a Wrangler, It is very weird!!! Over all feeling, I will not trade in my 2001 Sahara for this, I will be testing the manual as soon as dealer gets one.
the engines computer is set to use only 80% of its power on first 200 miles or so thats why it feels slow and the manual trany feels so much nicer on 2007 than other ones its much smoother to shift and clutch is not as loong overall I was happy with my test ride and now I'm waiting for my 2dr-X- 6 speed to show up , it should be here next week
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:49 PM   #14
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Hi, I am new to Jeeps, always wanted one and so I sold my 2004 Harley Roadking to get it. I have the light greystone pearl 2 door X-b package with air, satin black tubular steps, bug sheild, slush mats, lockable storage box, molded mud flaps, 4:10 gears and Commander 17" wheels and tires all dealer added. I have the 7 pin wiring harness and cruise control on the bench ready to install with the hitch on order. I have precision 1 1/2" wheel spacers on order to widen the footprint. This thing is snappy, on ramps are no problem and handles well, have had it up to 85 mph so far. It is comfortable and has sufficient room, I'm 6' 250 lbs.. Fuel economy is not great yet but it needs more miles for that. I have been getting 16-17 in town, but got 20.5 coming home from Dallas last weekend. I have 1400 miles on it now and it keeps getting stronger. Will performance chip it when I get the chance. I am use to shifting by sound, but there is no audible exhaust sound so it is easy to rev high. I am looking at the transverse single outlet muffler and considering cutting a hole in the blank end, weld a pipe on to make a dual exit muffler, just don't know what the guts are like yet. It has a good size (2 1/2") header pipe coming back from the front and a 2 1/4" od tail pipe. May wait for the Borla performance muffler in development, just don't want a bumble bee sound out of the V6. All in all, I like everything about it so far. I will probably never rock crawl with it, just commute to work, hunt and pull my alumnium Crestliner bass boat with it. I hope to learn a lot here and share my experiences as well.
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:07 PM   #15
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welcome! hope you enjoy your jeep and stick around.
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Old 11-03-2006, 06:34 AM   #16
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Put the cruise on last night, took about an hour. Hardest part was getting to the clips to release the airbag and pulling the steering wheel off after removing the retaining bolt. Had to get rough with the steering wheel. Install was easy and straight forward and works flawlessly. The instructions for it as well as the OEM instructions for the taillight wiring are just pictures, no text, but work and I am sure designed to cross language barriers. Dealer wanted $380.00 plus tax to install, I purchased the OEM kit at jeepsrus for $205.00 plus shipping and saved enough to pay for the hitch and wiring harness kit.
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Put the cruise on last night, took about an hour. Hardest part was getting to the clips to release the airbag and pulling the steering wheel off after removing the retaining bolt. Had to get rough with the steering wheel. Install was easy and straight forward and works flawlessly. The instructions for it as well as the OEM instructions for the taillight wiring are just pictures, no text, but work and I am sure designed to cross language barriers. Dealer wanted $380.00 plus tax to install, I purchased the OEM kit at jeepsrus for $205.00 plus shipping and saved enough to pay for the hitch and wiring harness kit.
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Nice looking Jeep & welcome to WF.....I like 'em more & more, gotta find time to take one for a spin
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nice I'm getting same one in red color , o man I can't wait
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jantarek, you are going to like it!!!!!!! What color interior? One note for you guys...I have the 245/65/17's on mine an Jeep can not get the speedometer right on, it is either 3 mph under or 2 mph fast. If you change tire size, you might want to look into the available tire size programming.
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jantarek, you are going to like it!!!!!!! What color interior? One note for you guys...I have the 245/65/17's on mine an Jeep can not get the speedometer right on, it is either 3 mph under or 2 mph fast. If you change tire size, you might want to look into the available tire size programming.
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Time Capsul

This was a fun thread to read. kinda like a time capsul. Its also interesting to see how many of the posters now have a JK in their avatar image.

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