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Old 03-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Switching from a sedan to a Wrangler

I currently own a 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 5-Speed. Though it isn't the fastest car on the road, it handles really well and is a genuinely sporty family sedan.

I recently have come to the realization that I am a student, that doesn't need to haul much, doesn't have many passengers, and doesn't have any children. It seems like this may be the right time to get an impractical car in life, as I can always just pick up another 4-Door Sedan.

I prefer cars that are somewhat unique, and have sort of a cult-following and a close owner base.

Anyway, I am interested in purchasing a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2-Door 5-Speed w/ nav, and 50,000 miles for $18,995 (clean Carfax). I test drove it, and I like how it's an honest car, that doesn't try to be anything that it isn't (if that makes any sense).

Switching from a comfortable 4-Door Sedan to a rugged SUV-thing is a pretty big switch. I am aware that there are compromises that I will have to make, and I am sort of worried that it will not be for me.

Is there anyone else out there who did the switch from a car to a Wrangler, and how was the switch?

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Though it isn't the fastest car on the road,
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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I have a 2002 WRX and an 08 JK, The jeep is great, your overall average speed will slow down but if you get the inch the gearing in the jeep makes it jump out of hole. Lol but it's definitely not a Subaru.. That being said its so much more that the Subaru isn't.. There is nothing better then pulling the doors and dropping the top.. Don't get wrong I love the speed and curves in the WRX but I also love the jeep for what it is.. Each car is different and as a driver you find the little things in each car to love.. Go for it man,
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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Anyway, I am interested in purchasing a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2-Door 5-Speed w/ nav, and 50,000 miles for $18,995 (clean Carfax). I test drove it, and I like how it's an honest car, that doesn't try to be anything that it isn't (if that makes any sense).
There aren't any 2008 5 speeds. There are autos (4 speeds) an manuals (6 speeds). The manual is--in my opinion--going to be more closely matched to the sporty feel.

I drove a Ford Tempo, a Toyota Camry, and a Nissan Pathfinder prior to my jeep. I'd never, ever go back to any of them over a Wrangler. Hardly anybody ever really goes back without missing their jeep. You'll be plenty happy, no doubt.

. . . Of course, it's not like you're going to find lots of folks here that are going to say, "No! Keep your sweet SEDAN! Wranglers suck. Oh, and welcome to the Wrangler Forum."
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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Just mode from a BMW 330i to a '12 Rubicon JKU. Not as quick and can't take the corners as well, but I wouldn't go back.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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I went from a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR - which is basically an AWD race car - up until over a month and a half ago to an automatic 2012 Wrangler Sport, until my manual Rubicon arrives. Though I still have the Evo, it has been relegated to the garage and track days only, I have yet to miss Evo on the streets now that I have the Wrangler. If it wasn't for my track day obsessions, I would have no problem selling the Evo off and just stick with the Wrangler, even with it being an automatic. However, I can't wait for my manual Rubicon to arrive! That speaks to the character and greatness of the Wrangler.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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I have a WRX wagon that will be replaced with a on order Rubicon 2DR 6MT.
We rented a Wrangler because it was so different. And guess what. It is fun. I wouldn't call the WRX Wagon that fun with its turbo lag and floppy handling (although bumpy turns and snow are its forte). We'll give up some things, but I think ultimately we will gain more.

PS - one things about the Wrangler, you don't have to drive it fast to have fun. Our WRX was ONLY fun when driven in anger when on boost, which is frankly hard to do 98% of the time.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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I went from a Grand Prix sedan to a 2dr JK Jeep. It was a little weird adjusting to the difference in ride height and the rougher ride. I honestly don't think I could ever go back to a regular sedan again. My Wrangler is hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned. I don't regret making the switch one bit. I with I did it sooner!!!
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I prefer cars that are somewhat unique, and have sort of a cult-following and a close owner base.

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If that's the case, I don't think you're going to find a more unique vehicle. As for cult following, Jeeps are about as cult as it gets.

I don't think you really have anything to lose. Buy one and if you don't like it, sell it. Wranglers are in high demand and have excellent resale value. The worst thing you could do is to not get one and regret it.

I took the hard top off my JKUR today, drove around, and can't even describe the feeling. Maybe pure raw pleasure. Maybe freedom. I've never owned a vehicle I enjoy so much.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:06 PM   #10
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I trade my MINI S for my 2012. But I traded a Rubi in for that MINI. And have had a few more Jeeps before that.
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I have an '08 JKUR and I come from Corvettes, the only difference that I NOTICE is, I stepup to enter the jeep and I stepped down to enter the Corvettes--

Well, there were some other minor dissimilarities, but they didn't matter !

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Old 03-16-2012, 11:05 PM   #13
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Welcome to the Forum.

And if you're looking for a "car".....of whatever ilk, please disabuse yourself of that notion immediately.

Jeep is not 'car'.

You'll learn such shortly.

And 08JK is a great place to begin learning some new ways to grin.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #14
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Traded in my '07 WRX for my '12 JKU Sport and I don't miss the Subaru at all. I love cruising around with the top off and it's slowed my driving down. Hopefully less tickets now. Knock on wood.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #15
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i had the choice of driving my Harley Ultra or my new Rubicon last year. I ended up taking the Rubicon more than i normally would have during the summer and fall. Thats how fun it can be to drive. Granted i have a 2012, that i traded a 2007 for, but its a blast. One word of caution, it will probably only get between 16-20 mpg depending on the gear ratio and probably won't come off the line very quick but there is a whole new world about to open up to you.......being young and single its a good time to go for the gusto. Heck, you might even find someone that wants to spend their time with you in a Jeep. Stranger things have happened.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #16
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Go rent one for a week. Way cheaper than finding out it's not for you after buying one.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #17
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I just made the switch myself. I have driven 4 cars; 2 sedans, 1 station wagon and a coupe. Picked up an 09 on Tuesday as my now former Focus was dying on me.

Gas mileage is going to be lower, but that should be expected and for me I don't care about it. I switched because I needed something to go out in to the desert with. The ride is not rough on the road, it is different than a car but I find it is comfortable and am totally loving it right now.
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I currently own a 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 5-Speed. Though it isn't the fastest car on the road, it handles really well and is a genuinely sporty family sedan.

I recently have come to the realization that I am a student, that doesn't need to haul much, doesn't have many passengers, and doesn't have any children. It seems like this may be the right time to get an impractical car in life, as I can always just pick up another 4-Door Sedan.

I prefer cars that are somewhat unique, and have sort of a cult-following and a close owner base.

Anyway, I am interested in purchasing a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2-Door 5-Speed w/ nav, and 50,000 miles for $18,995 (clean Carfax). I test drove it, and I like how it's an honest car, that doesn't try to be anything that it isn't (if that makes any sense).

Switching from a comfortable 4-Door Sedan to a rugged SUV-thing is a pretty big switch. I am aware that there are compromises that I will have to make, and I am sort of worried that it will not be for me.

Is there anyone else out there who did the switch from a car to a Wrangler, and how was the switch?

Thanks
You can always go with a four door to ease some of your concerns.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:55 PM   #20
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I am going from a 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 to the Wrangler. I should have it in the next couple weeks. Cannot wait to be rid of my boring Korean appliance!
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One thing about the Wrangler, you don't have to drive it fast to have fun. Our WRX was ONLY fun when driven in anger when on boost, which is frankly hard to do 98% of the time.
X2. Very good point. Wrangler is just fun all the time. On road and off.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:44 AM   #22
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Just traded in my '09 MINI JCW convertible for a '12 JK Arctic...to quote my six year old daughter "I want to keep it forever". Yes, MPG is not the same and no it can't take corners like the MINI, but living in Orlando, FL there are hardly any corners to take, and if there are, then you are likely stopped in traffic...

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