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Old 02-24-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Recommendations for someone saving for a first Jeep Wrangler? I liked the look of the Dragon Edition, but that's probably too expensive and I don't want big decals - too much chance it will start peeling off.

Keep me motivated. I probably won't be able to seriously shopping until early 2015 (saving down payment and have one other debt that I will pay off next Jan). I'd love to save and eventually pay cash, but I don't want to wait another 3-4 years to sell my rolling eunuch for something better.

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Recommendations for someone saving for a first Jeep Wrangler? I liked the look of the Dragon Edition, but that's probably too expensive and I don't want big decals - too much chance it will start peeling off.

Keep me motivated. I probably won't be able to seriously shopping until early 2015 (saving down payment and have one other debt that I will pay off next Jan). I'd love to save and eventually pay cash, but I don't want to wait another 3-4 years to sell my rolling eunuch for something better.
You lost us at Dragon edition.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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You lost us at Dragon edition.
LOL. Idea of a dragon link had an appeal because I'm also into martial arts.
Anything's better than what I've got. I'm a relatively new divorcee/single dad driving a minivan. On the desirability scale that rates between a UPS van and Postal truck (literally - I found a web site/survey).

This will be my main (only) vehicle. Mostly driving around town, some trips and want to do more camping with my son. May tow later, but nothing bigger than a wave runner. Leaning towards a hard top, but I'm in GA, so a soft top is not out of the question. I've heard that the disadvantage of a soft top is that if you go on a trip, it gets pretty loud on the highway. Opinions?
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I don't know many consumers that can pay cash for a Jeep. I do know a lot of people, however that manage their money/credit, giving them access to cheap cash, i.e. 2% auto loan rates. You appear to be one of those people. Pay off your 'one other debt' and do whatever you can to boost your credit score between now & time you're ready to purchase. Consider slaying the dragon idea and get yourself an entry level JK sport/sport s, one that you can modify (make your own) when you have the $$. This strategy will get you in a top down doors off fun ride at a relatively reasonable cost. And if you want dragon decals on your JK, effin put 'em on there...it's your Jeep.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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Last time I looked at the prices, I was actually leaning towards the Sahara with a hard top.

How are the soft tops in colder weather (Georgia has some time below freezing)? Noise on the highways? I don't keep multiple cars, so modifying later wouldn't be practical.

Like I said - not big on decals. They start to peel and look like cr@p.

I hate debt, so I want the best down payment I can or cash.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:58 AM   #6
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Last time I looked at the prices, I was actually leaning towards the Sahara with a hard top.

How are the soft tops in colder weather (Georgia has some time below freezing)? Noise on the highways? I don't keep multiple cars, so modifying later wouldn't be practical.

Like I said - not big on decals. They start to peel and look like cr@p.

I hate debt, so I want the best down payment I can or cash.

I'm in NY and only run a soft top. The heaters in JKs are insane, they keep it warm just fine.
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I'm in NY and only run a soft top. The heaters in JKs are insane, they keep it warm just fine.
How about noise driving at highway speeds?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:23 PM   #8
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Two things you can do between now and then.


1. Save all that you can. What and how is entirely up to you and your means

2. Read this forum daily. You'll learn the differences and nuances of all the various features and modifications. You'll begin to get an appreciation for what you might be doing with your Jeep and which of those features and mods will be most meaningful to you. It will also prevent you from making expensive mistakes, like purchasing a dragon edition.
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How about noise driving at highway speeds?
I've never driven in a hard top, so I can't exactly provide a direct comparison. The noise hasn't been an issue for me at all. However, I do think my top has gotten noisier (but I might just be crazy).

When you're ready, you should test drive both a hard top and soft top to get an idea of the noise level.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:37 PM   #10
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Two things you can do between now and then.


1. Save all that you can. What and how is entirely up to you and your means

2. Read this forum daily. You'll learn the differences and nuances of all the various features and modifications. You'll begin to get an appreciation for what you might be doing with your Jeep and which of those features and mods will be most meaningful to you. It will also prevent you from making expensive mistakes, like purchasing a dragon edition.

That's why I'm here now. Looking, learning, and some day living!

I'll probably also be asking recommendations for dealers NOTP Atlanta.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:44 PM   #11
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I have both a hard top and the premium soft (picked up on CL new in box) and while running the softy last summer I didn't notice any obnoxious road noise at all. Sure its a bit louder than a hard top but nothing too terrible. I was tempted to see if I could do soft year round knowing how good the jeep heater is but I figured since I had it, might as well use it, so put the hard top back on last Nov.

I've been tempted to sell off the hard top but it is nice having options, so I'll likely keep it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:59 PM   #12
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If you're near the Atlanta area there are quite a few Jeep groups. If you want first hand experience before you decide, I'd suggest going to some of their meet and greets. They're usually at restaurants so it's not like you'd be crashing a party. PM if you want the names of some of the groups. If there's one thing Jeepers like to do, it's talk about their Jeep. And if you wanted to compare tops, gear ratios, etc, I'm sure there would be some volunteers to take you for a spin.
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I originally wanted to go with a brand new 2-door Rubicon.

Then I found a 2010 Sport that I fell in love with on first site.

Saved myself about $15,000 and I still couldn't be happier.

Being your first Jeep, I'd recommend that all over again. There are so many beautiful, babied low-mileage JKs on the used market.
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If you buy a Dragon edition you might be the first person on this forum to do so.

Good work not rushing into the decision though. Read the forum and get yourself learned and you should be fine! Soft top only should be fine, but if you want a much quieter ride hard top is probably a better option. But to me, the whole point of the Jeep is to take the top off and doors off and enjoy the ride!

Good luck to you! Enjoy the site, you can learn anything you ever wanted to know about Jeeps on here.
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That's why I'm here now. Looking, learning, and some day living!

I'll probably also be asking recommendations for dealers NOTP Atlanta.
Courtesy Jeep in Conyers.
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That's why I'm here now. Looking, learning, and some day living!

I'll probably also be asking recommendations for dealers NOTP Atlanta.
I'm on the NW side. Purchased at Palmer in Roswell. Wasn't the closest to me, but had the options and deal I wanted. Would have gone with Ed Voyles in Marietta as well had they had a similar one in stock.

If I had it to do over again, knowing now what I didn't know then, I'd probably order one with the specific options I wanted. I had the green light from my wife and figured I'd pull the trigger quick before she changed her mind, so bought one from dealer stock.

Overall, no regrets. Like everyone else, I'm removing and replacing perfectly good parts with other, more expensive, perfectly better parts.
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II had the green light from my wife and figured I'd pull the trigger quick before she changed her mind, so bought one from dealer stock.

Overall, no regrets. Like everyone else, I'm removing and replacing perfectly good parts with other, more expensive, perfectly better parts.
Divorced so nobody to green light me except me.

I may order. It will be my only vehicle so I can't buy and then put in for switching. Have to buy and drive. Don't plan on heavy off-road stuff but do want to do more camping and find some trails.

There's an large dealer in Dallas (a LOT of Wranglers setup in a mountain/trail setting - probably add to their price). I'm also monitoring trends on cargurus.com. I may also talk to dealers about where I can rent for something better than a regular test drive.
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I made an 8 hour drive to Fields Jeep in Orlando! Probably would be about the same distance for you. Best dealer I've ever dealt with (I was a car dealer before I joined military). PM me when you get close to buying and I'll give you a contact, if you decide to make the trip. You can take the kids to Disney!!
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Divorced so nobody to green light me except me.

I may order. It will be my only vehicle so I can't buy and then put in for switching. Have to buy and drive. Don't plan on heavy off-road stuff but do want to do more camping and find some trails.

There's an large dealer in Dallas (a LOT of Wranglers setup in a mountain/trail setting - probably add to their price). I'm also monitoring trends on cargurus.com. I may also talk to dealers about where I can rent for something better than a regular test drive.
I'm familiar with the Dallas dealership (I'm in Acworth). Most of theirs are already "tricked" out with lifts, wheels, tires, etc.

I would recommend against purchasing a new Jeep that is modded for a couple of reasons. First, the likelihood that the dealer just happened to mod in the exact same lift size & brand, tire size & brand, wheel size & brand, etc., that you would have picked is near impossible Second the markup on their labor and parts will be much higher than if you were to have purchased and installed or paid to have installed. I know someone who purchased a pre-modded Sahara at the Cartersville dealership (they do a lot of new pre-mod) and they put 18" XD's and 305/60/18 Mickey Thompson's. Now that the MT's are wearing out, she's seeing the significant cost difference between purchasing 18" tires vs. 16 or 17's. Knowing those type of things in advance help down the road. Just my two cents.
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As always, a lot of good feedback from WF members. I spent countless hours reading and learning about others' experiences/purchases prior to purchasing my '13 JKUR (my daily driver) from Ed Voyles in Marietta, GA. Give Jeremy Cloud a shout if you shop that dealership.
I couldn't be happier with my upgraded soft top and heated seats on my JKU. With the wild swing temps we've had lately in GA -- top down one day, top back up the next - I like the convenience of the soft top. The fabric of the premium soft top is think, which helps cut down road noise significantly. The heated seats along w/ the insane Jeep heater allows me to keep the top down on cooler (40's) sunny days. With stock wheels/tires, noise is not an issue with the top up/down. I've read in other posts that some of your more aggressive 35" + tires can get loud.
I drove a suburban (more hip than a mini van) before my JKU. I camp, kayak, and bike w/ the fam. To make up for lost hauling space, I purchased a 4'x8' 1195 lb. capacity heavy duty folding utility trailer from Harbor Freight. Paid $234 after taxes w/25% off coupon for the trailer; have another $250 in wood for rails, nuts, bolts, etc. It's a good solution for hauling gear/toys via a Jeep.

The stigma of a single man driving a mini van will fade soon after that new jeep purchase. More importantly, you'll have a vehicle (4x4 of the decade) to create a lot of awesome memories with your kiddos.

Good luck!
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