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Old 10-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Rented a JKU Sport.... I'm sold

I've been lurking on the board for a while now researching as much as I can about Jeep's. I've never had one, and the last time I drove one was in 1994. I've read a lot over the last few months trying to decide if a jeep is really right for me. After reading all of the "all jeeps leak, it's a jeep thing" I was a little nervous about buying a $35,000+ vehicle only to have it leak.

Because I hate looking at new cars and dealing with the typical "what's it going to take to get you in this jeep today" routine, I decided to rent a jeep for a couple of days intead of going and taking a test drive. This Friday I picked up from the local Enterprise a black JKU Sport. Pretty basic, no bells and whistles, soft top only.

I LOVED IT. While at the rental compnay I put the top down and me, my wife and two kids drove pretty much all weekend with the top down. Kids loved it. I was plesaantly surprised with how well it drove. I've always had crew cab trucks and this drove as well if not better than my Sierra or F150. Other than having a little more road noise I thought it handled fine.

My biggest problem so far is keeping it clean. Every time we passed a dirt road, we had to go see where it led. I could always do that in my truck, but for some reason, I've never had a desire to just drive. Didn't matter where it went. We just put the top down and pointed it in no particular direction and drove.

Anyway, I'm definitely getting one. My suggestion for anyone who is on the fence. Go out and rent one. Well worth it. If the jeep I buy leaks, I will just deal with it. I enjoyed it so much, a little inconvenience is a small price to pay.

By the way, the very first day. I got a jeep wave. Pretty cool.

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the addiction.

Are you buying an '11 or '12?

Be sure to post some pics when you get your Jeep!

Also use Tread Lightly to avoid the negotiation nightmare 1% below invoice along with any incentives no haggling. Although you can usually get 2% if you push for it.

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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My biggest problem so far is keeping it clean. Every time we passed a dirt road, we had to go see where it led. I could always do that in my truck, but for some reason, I've never had a desire to just drive. Didn't matter where it went. We just put the top down and pointed it in no particular direction and drove.

Sounds like you pretty much figured it all out. I am not one to advocate for material possessions to make people happy, but damn, these things are FUN .
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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I bought mine expecting the ride to be a lot more rugged. I was pleasantly surprised when I drove my new jeep off of the lot and it had great street manners. My 92 that I just recently got drives like I expected the new one to ride. Point being, I think most who have test drove older wranglers are usually pleased with the ride of the JK. Leaks may or may not be an issue. When the seals are all right they shouldn't leak. When buying a one new, you have to be willing to work with the dealer to solve any issues. I hope you enjoy your new ride when you get it.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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If the jeep I buy leaks, I will just deal with it. I enjoyed it so much, a little inconvenience is a small price to pay.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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I'm looking at 2012. I'm going to join TL and as soon as I'm eligible will be looking to drive off in a new black jeep.
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I would price one on BoA's Zag car buying service which is free. I got 3+% under invoice on mine and it didn't cost me a penny. If you live in a populated suburban area then finding a dealer who participates in USAA/Zag should not be an issue.
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The only issue I had with my rental (which I have to take back tomorow) was putting the top back up by myself. After some frustration, I did a google search and was able to put it up pretty easily. I'm wondering if I need a hard top. Is there a BIG difference in road noice between the soft and hard top?
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The only issue I had with my rental (which I have to take back tomorow) was putting the top back up by myself. After some frustration, I did a google search and was able to put it up pretty easily. I'm wondering if I need a hard top. Is there a BIG difference in road noice between the soft and hard top?
The Hard Top is definitely less noisy but the soft top is not terrible.

I do prefer my hard Top for extended interstate driving though.
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I don't find the soft top excessively noisy at all. It isn't noticably louder than my wife's Camaro convertible. Top down is another story all together, but it's the same soft top or hard top.
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I don't find the soft top excessively noisy at all. It isn't noticably louder than my wife's Camaro convertible. Top down is another story all together, but it's the same soft top or hard top.
You must have the worlds most quiet soft top.

While the soft top is not excessively noisy the hard Top is most definitely less noisy and yes I have both....
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You must have the worlds most quiet soft top.

While the soft top is not excessively noisy the hard Top is most definitely less noisy and yes I have both....
X2, I have both. I find the hard top quite a bit quieter. Soft top isn't bad but definitely quieter when the hard top goes back on.

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