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Old 08-20-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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Noobie question - 2wd vs 4wd

Hi everyone - I'm in the market for a 4 dr Wrangler. My twin boys crossed over to Boy Scouts and we camp every month now. Been taking the wife's Grand Caravan and she's tired of it coming back filthy! Question is: budget is limited (twin boys, need I say more?) and we won't be doing any rock climbing, just camp trail roads mostly. Will I regret not going 4WD? Thanks!

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Old 08-20-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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There's no sense in buying a Jeep unless it's 4WD.

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Old 08-20-2009, 05:40 AM   #3
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If you wheel at all then 4wd is a must.

I prefer rock crawling but you just never know what you'll run into on the trails.I been stuck twice in the last 6 months and one of them was when i drove in a dry wash where flash flood happens.My Jeep got hung up all the way to the axles because of loose gravel and dirt.
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i think you would regret it more if you got it with out 4wd. if you are thinking about the 2wd model then you might as well get another caravan it will have more storage room and probably get better mpg's. even it you don't off road the jeep, the 4wd will come in handy in certain weather conditions. plus if your boys are scouts, then there sure will be camping trips in relatively remote parts of the mountains, forests, etc.

don't worry jk guys i'm not calling you jeep a minivan.
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There's no sense in buying a Jeep unless it's 4WD.
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You will get back the extra cost of 4X4 if you sell it. You and your boys will have a lot of fun out in the dirt.
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Will I regret not going 4WD? Thanks!

YES
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1. Yes get a 4wd period.
2.If your on a budget how will a 20k+ jeep help?
3. Go buy a late model cherokee. It will go every place you need it to, have storage and a decent used one runs 3-5k
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I didnt know that could actually get a 2wd Jeep! News to me, is it a new thing or have you always been able to choose?
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I didnt know that could actually get a 2wd Jeep! News to me, is it a new thing or have you always been able to choose?
the jk was the first wrangler offered as 2 wd. other jeep models have been. cherokee and grand cherokee, and comanche and so on were 2 or 4 wheel drive. but wrangler was always 4wd, as was cj, and obviously the willy's and military jeeps. a 2wd wrangler is an abomination.
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Hi everyone - I'm in the market for a 4 dr Wrangler. My twin boys crossed over to Boy Scouts and we camp every month now. Been taking the wife's Grand Caravan and she's tired of it coming back filthy! Question is: budget is limited (twin boys, need I say more?) and we won't be doing any rock climbing, just camp trail roads mostly. Will I regret not going 4WD? Thanks!
If you buy a 2WD Jeep Unlimited, you'll not only regret that you didn't buy a 4WD, but you'll "REALLY" regret it when it comes time to Trade it or Sell it! You'll get Rock-Bottom Trade for it from a Dealer, and you'll most likely have a helluva time trying to sell a 2WD in the Private Market. Folks want a Jeep, because it's a Jeep.

JEEP = 4WD
MINI-VAN = 2WD

If you want a 4WD Jeep Unlimited, your best bet to keeping it as low-budget as possible, is to buy Used or buy a New "X" Base Model, where you'll get the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, and some Cash Back Incentives, if they're being offered at the time you buy.

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Abomination LOLOLOL. thanks for the info, i knew about the cherokees and grand cherokees but wow a 2wd wrangler? That would mean u only bought the thing for its' looks, not for heritage or ability.
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You might even say that a JK with 2WD is really a Wrongler.
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During this camping trip back at the end of January:


We were sitting around the fire, telling lies, drinking intoxicants, when a man and two teens came strolling into camp. It was getting late and we naturally greeted him politely but carefully (no guns in the face, you know...).
He had been out driving his Boy Scouts around in his 2WD Wrangler and it was stuck.
The Taco and a Landy went out and pulled him free.

Isn't Scouting about being prepared?
Quality tools, wholesome food, clean water, good beer, and 4WD. Some times you just have to pony-up a couple more Benjamins and do it right.
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Hilldweller: You could have used the Unimogs to get him unstuck, but decided it would take too long for them to get there, right?
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If you want a 4WD Jeep Unlimited, your best bet to keeping it as low-budget as possible, is to buy Used or buy a New "X" Base Model, where you'll get the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, and some Cash Back Incentives, if they're being offered at the time you buy.

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Chrysler may be discontinuing this soon.
On all wranglers or just on the X's? they not that long agro bragging about it on tv?
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i never even seen a 2wd jeep
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On all wranglers or just on the X's? they not that long agro bragging about it on tv?
they still brag about it on tv haha
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they still brag about it on tv haha
"Not long ago" I play too much MMO's I think. "Agro" lol
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This is from Dow Jones News, and it ONLY applies to 2010 models.

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DETROIT -(Dow Jones)- Chrysler Group LLC, which surprised the automotive industry two years ago with its lifetime powertrain warranty, will drop the offer starting with its 2010 models.

The auto maker will instead provide a five-year, or 100,000-mile warranty across its product portfolio, said Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson. The switch starts with the 2010 models, which are already arriving on dealer lots.

Tinson said the lifetime idea was dropped amid consumer confusion and the inability to transfer the warranty if the car was sold second-hand to another buyer.

Chrysler stunned the industry in 2007 when it announced a lifetime powertrain coverage for most of its Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models. It covered the cost of parts and labor to fix the engine, transmission and drive system.

The move was designed to help boost sales while replacing the auto maker's three-year or 36,000-mile coverage. Until that point, General Motors Co. (GM) and Hyundai Motor Co. (005380.SE) led the industry with their 10-year or 100, 000-mile warranties.

The new warranty covers all models except the Sprinter commercial truck, diesel-powered trucks and Sterling trucks. It also doesn't apply to the Volkswagen Routan and Mitsubishi Raider which are also built by Chrysler.

Tinson said SRT vehicles and fleet vehicles, such as limos and police cruisers, will be covered by the five-year deal. They weren't covered under the lifetime warranty offer.
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And to get this post back on track:

Buying a 2wheel drive Jeep is like ....
...fly fishing with a bobber.
...going to a rock concert when you're deaf.
...listening to The Killers. on an old transistor radio.
...visiting Wrangler Forum. On a 28.8 dial-up modem.
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Tinson said the lifetime idea was dropped amid consumer confusion and the inability to transfer the warranty if the car was sold second-hand to another buyer.

"Cough" bullshit "Cough"
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Hilldweller: You could have used the Unimogs to get him unstuck, but decided it would take too long for them to get there, right?
Mogs do move at their own stately pace. Like tectonic plate shift....


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I hope not... ...especially when we're trying to be helpful...
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And to get this post back on track:

Buying a 2wheel drive Jeep is like ....
...fly fishing with a bobber.
...going to a rock concert when you're deaf.
...listening to The Killers. on an old transistor radio.
...visiting Wrangler Forum. On a 28.8 dial-up modem.
or like a 4 cyl corvette.
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or like a 4 cyl corvette.
Or buying a YJ

OOOOPS

HEHEHEEH
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i never even seen a 2wd jeep
If you have ever seen a right hand drive Post Office Jeep, then chances are you have seen one.
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JUST SAY NO to 2wd JEEPS!

haha, my thoughts exactly. I'm not sure why you'd want a 2wd jeep. It's wrong that they even make them that way.
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If you have ever seen a right hand drive Post Office Jeep, then chances are you have seen one.
I know the Cherokee post office jeeps iv seen were 4wd why would they not have the Wranglers 4wd also?
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OK - I got it!!!

Thanks for all who posted. Didn't realize what a nerve I was treading on! We'll start saving our pennies for the 4WD Wrangler!

And no, this didn't scare me off. I will be looking forward to reading and posting more in the future. Esp after we become Jeep owners!

Thanks again...

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