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Old 06-29-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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I am considering a new Jeep Wrangler and have a few questions I'd rather ask here than trust a salesperson!

How well does a Wrangler handle on the highway? My concerns would be when following or passind a semi, or on windy days with a crosswind.

Would it handle occasionally pulling a tandem axle trailer with a Kubota tractor weighing about 1200 pounds (load + trailer = 2100 pounds) if hauling under 50 miles?

Can the radio be heard at highway speed with the soft top?

Can the Wrangler use the soft top in summer and be switched over to the hard top in the winter (Ohio weather)? Is the soft top sufficient in the winter if a jacket or vest is worn?

Finally, what options are a waste of time? I'm thinking the V-6 with auto tranny as a starting point.

I'm 62 and a Jeep is on my "bucket list." I currently have a '99 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins that I bought new and is nearing the 200,000 mile mark. The rings are finally seated! I'll need to decide to keep the Ram or sell it when I find out what the Jeep will let me do.

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Old 06-29-2010, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hello Ed, and welcome to WF!

First of all, I wanted to ask - Have you test driven one yet? If not I'd highly suggest it.
One thing about Jeeps, Wranglers in particular, is that they are bricks in the wind. Of course with the longer 4Dr version cross winds won't be too much of an issue, the shorter 2Dr might be a little more squirrely... but nothing I'd consider to be scary. As far as your other questions go I'm not to sure, I'm a TJ guy.

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Old 06-29-2010, 04:34 PM   #3
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Keep the Ram and buy the Jeep.... with 200k on the Dodge's clock you get at least another 800k on the motor.

The Jeep will probably have a little difficulty with as that is nearing the capacity for the unlimited ( I went from a 3500 dually to a wrangler, but i didn't need to tow what I used to).... The radio should be ok... I done hear any problems... in Ohio, the dual tops will probably serve you better... i am on the east coast of Virginia and the soft is good for me, but we hardly see snow...For the tranny... I have gotten too lazy to shift gears and like the auto

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Welcome, Az is right test drive one.
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Yep! Test drive 3 or 4 even. Hard and soft tops... But the tops are purely personal preference. Everyone has an opinion about what top you need. Hard tops require two people or a hoist to remove/replace. Soft tops can be done alone, and no need to store it. It really comes down to what suits you best. I'm in Indiana, and we see plenty of cold and snow, and I have no problems with my soft top and half doors year round. Others will swear you must have a hard top for winter... It's all in your perspective. Good luck in your search and let us know which one you get
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:01 PM   #6
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welcome to WF

I'll answer you questions based on my 07 2 door JK.

first, AzTJ is correct. test drive one. funny thing with wranglers...you either love them, or hate them.

On the highway wranglers do pretty well. My jeep is lifted with large tires, and it still isn't scary to drive. Wind does blow these things around a little bit, but it's not bad at all.

Your jeep will be able to use both tops. I only have a soft top and I live in Ohio too. The heaters in these things are pretty good. I have no desire at all to get a hard top. The softies do start to get rather noisy at 55, but not to the point where it drowns out the radio or you can't have a conversation.

towing isn't one of jeep's strong points but a light trailer it can handle. I'd keep your truck for the heavier stuff.

Good luck on your new potential purchase and be sure to post up some pics for us if it happens
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I am considering a new Jeep Wrangler and have a few questions I'd rather ask here than trust a salesperson!

How well does a Wrangler handle on the highway? My concerns would be when following or passind a semi, or on windy days with a crosswind.
If it's a brand new one with no mods, they're as good as any other SUV type vehicle.

Would it handle occasionally pulling a tandem axle trailer with a Kubota tractor weighing about 1200 pounds (load + trailer = 2100 pounds) if hauling under 50 miles?
Check the owner's manual to see what it will handle with the HD towing package. If it's a two door... I seriously doubt it. The short wheelbase makes them squirrly when towing very much

Can the radio be heard at highway speed with the soft top?
Yup! Loud & clear! Test drive one!

Can the Wrangler use the soft top in summer and be switched over to the hard top in the winter (Ohio weather)? Is the soft top sufficient in the winter if a jacket or vest is worn?
I live in Tennessee, switch my tops each November and back again in April. Even with just a soft top, they heaters in them work GREAT!

Finally, what options are a waste of time? I'm thinking the V-6 with auto tranny as a starting point.
Look into the towing thing. I think it's a biggie for you. After that you have to decide if you're planning to take it off road and then to what extreme. MANY people I know who have the 4 door JK dumped their soft tops altogether. They run the hard tops, I think it's called a Freedom top. You can take off just the front part. It's a hard top version of the soft Sunrider top that does the same thing.

I'm 62 and a Jeep is on my "bucket list." I currently have a '99 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins that I bought new and is nearing the 200,000 mile mark. The rings are finally seated! I'll need to decide to keep the Ram or sell it when I find out what the Jeep will let me do.
I'm not a whole lot younger than you, and my hubby is a few years older than you are. My advice is to KEEP the pickup. That way you have a "tow pig" and your Jeep. You can't haul landscaping materials in a Jeep, or a load of cinder blocks or rocks. Yea, definitely keep the truck. We have an F250 powerstroke as our tow pig. Wouldn't want to be without it. A man NEEDS a truck!

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Ed
Hope it helped! Remember, opinions are like belly buttons... What the folks said above is all pretty spot on.
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I agree with the advice about keeping the truck if you are going to haul some serious load. My JK is good to 3500 and have towed 3000 with it. I just went from Mass to Florida a few days back with at least 2500 lbs. behind the jeep and it handled it fine. Would it be my preferred vehicle for handling that type of load...NO. But hauling my vacation fun gear, it does just fine.
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For comfort, get cruise control for sure, you can install a factory system inexpensively if you buy one not equipped. I can hear my radio with the soft top. Test drive some Jeeps around town AND on the highway especially.

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