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Old 02-11-2010, 03:18 PM   #1
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Well I must say after my first 5,000 miles on my 2010 2dr Wrangler....

I absolutely love this vehicle. So glad I went with the 6 speed MT. Everyone complains how underpowered it is and I won't argue that it could use a few more horses but I find the power to be decent. I had a V-6 Suzuki Grand Vitara that put out 160HP. Now that thing was a dog. Living in the Buffalo area this thing is a monster in the snow. Can't wait to pop the freedom top off this summer. I actually find the build quality and the interior materials to be above average as well. The infinity stereo is excellent as well but the sub woofer could be a little better in my opinion. After waiting and wanting a Wrangler for many years I finally took the plunge at the age of 48 and wish I would have got one sooner. I have driven many vehicles in my time and I can't really explain to people the reasons I love this thing so much. My son is off at college and he left his Hyundai Elantra home which gets about 35 miles on the highway. I have about a 35 minute commute to and from work so I thought I would split time between the two vehicles to save on gas but every time I go out I have to drive the Jeep. Later boys and you have a great site here.

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Old 02-11-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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I absolutely love this vehicle. So glad I went with the 6 speed MT. Everyone complains how underpowered it is and I won't argue that it could use a few more horses but I find the power to be decent. I had a V-6 Suzuki Grand Vitara that put out 160HP. Now that thing was a dog. Living in the Buffalo area this thing is a monster in the snow. Can't wait to pop the freedom top off this summer. I actually find the build quality and the interior materials to be above average as well. The infinity stereo is excellent as well but the sub woofer could be a little better in my opinion. After waiting and wanting a Wrangler for many years I finally took the plunge at the age of 48 and wish I would have got one sooner. I have driven many vehicles in my time and I can't really explain to people the reasons I love this thing so much. My son is off at college and he left his Hyundai Elantra home which gets about 35 miles on the highway. I have about a 35 minute commute to and from work so I thought I would split time between the two vehicles to save on gas but every time I go out I have to drive the Jeep. Later boys and you have a great site here.


Congratulations,I'm 45 ,and know exactly where your coming from.Enjoy your Jeep.

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I popped 5400 miles today, about 6 weeks after I got my JK and I too love it. I went for the auto since my wife may need to drive it and her driving manual ain't pretty. I've had jeeps, in the guise of Grand Cherokees, in the past and I liked them fine, but this thing is great. Sorry I didn't do it sooner. I'm 55.
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It takes a pretty fun car to compete with a Jeep.

I'm a sportscar nut, and I can say the Jeep is the only Non-sportscar I've ever enjoyed driving.

But I still drive my sportscar any time I can.
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Congratulations,I'm 45 ,and know exactly where your coming from.Enjoy your Jeep.
43 here. Just because we're past 40 doesn't mean we can't have toys.
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43 here. Just because we're past 40 doesn't mean we can't have toys.
You got that right brother.
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I absolutely love this vehicle. So glad I went with the 6 speed MT. Everyone complains how underpowered it is and I won't argue that it could use a few more horses but I find the power to be decent. I had a V-6 Suzuki Grand Vitara that put out 160HP. Now that thing was a dog. Living in the Buffalo area this thing is a monster in the snow. Can't wait to pop the freedom top off this summer. I actually find the build quality and the interior materials to be above average as well. The infinity stereo is excellent as well but the sub woofer could be a little better in my opinion. After waiting and wanting a Wrangler for many years I finally took the plunge at the age of 48 and wish I would have got one sooner. I have driven many vehicles in my time and I can't really explain to people the reasons I love this thing so much. My son is off at college and he left his Hyundai Elantra home which gets about 35 miles on the highway. I have about a 35 minute commute to and from work so I thought I would split time between the two vehicles to save on gas but every time I go out I have to drive the Jeep. Later boys and you have a great site here.
And toys are meant to be played with!
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:45 PM   #8
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Harrington! im with you...

Im 35 and just bought my second jeep. I had an old CJ7 when I was in my early 20's (it was fun..for the summer I had it. lol).
My 2010 2 door wrangler is soo much fun. I just have to upgrade my speakers. I got the sport model with the 17" tires... not the upgraded radio. haha.
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56 here and love my jeep. I also have a 2009 Mercedes C63 with 454hp but probably drive my 2 door Sahara more living in the Northeast. While 454hp can put a smile on your face I probably enjoy the Wrangler more.
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56 here and love my jeep. I also have a 2009 Mercedes C63 with 454hp but probably drive my 2 door Sahara more living in the Northeast. While 454hp can put a smile on your face I probably enjoy the Wrangler more.
Especially this time of year!
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Congratulations !

I'm 47 and i feel the same way, i wish i had got my jeep sooner .
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I had a CJ Jeep almost 25 years ago...loved it! Just got a 2009 last Summer, still love the Jeep, my first had two doors this one has four and it really adds a great extra space for hunting stuff and beach necessities. Even my bo loves it, in the Summer! Not so much in the winter...in her opinion.
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Just turned 50 and luv my Wrangler Unlimited too! Can't wait for more snow to take it out and play with it! Had a '99 TJ for six months (long story) and luv'd driving it and was so impressed just had to get 'nuther Jeep!
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52 here and wonder why I waited so long to get one....oh yah....I'm a family guy and couldn't justify the expense on the two door. I still can't believe my wife let me have this jeep. She gets a kick out of seeing the smile on my face and me picking the bugs out of my teeth me thinks. It's like a second childhood for me. Just goes to show, you are never too old for a jeep. And I agree with the OP about the six speed. Really helps to make up for what is lacking in horses under the hood.
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WOW!!! I'm 31 and on my 3rd Wrangler!!!! A '93 Wrangler S (4cyl. but fun as hell to drive), '04 Rubi (should have never traded her off), and now a '07 Rubi. Hopefully I will be able to continue buying and driving something that I have always loved. My dad back in the day had a yellow CJ7 that I remember riding in, and I guess that Jeep Fever bled off into me, LOL!!!!
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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Dang, this is an old persons vehicle... that's why I bought it!!!! I just turned 6K miles and this vehicle gives me about as much attitude as I can handle. I, too, love this truck!
45 here and also can't wait to drop the top!
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Almost 68 and just got my second Sahara, a '10, for my US wheels. Live most of the year in France and don't have a car there. Loved the first Sahara I bought for my son seventeen years ago. Have driven other Wranglers since and always loved them. My sixty year old current future ex-girlfriend loves it too.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:19 PM   #18
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After a bunch of GTO's, Corvettes and an M3 thrown in, I still love my 89 4.2 5spd YJ. Decided to trade my 06 6spd on a 10 Rubi 6spd which I have for 3 weeks now and I think it's a great jeep. Ordered it with every option, except leather seats, + added a ton of Mopar options to include winch bumper etc. Just installed the winch the other day. Hope to keep this one as long as the YJ. Can it have more power, yes, but with the 6spd I think it's fine. So far I haven't given it much thought because I just drop a gear and go.
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LOL. I went out shopping for a pickup, and on a whim took a wrangler for a test drive.... Well, a Wrangler came home with me. I'm 36, and never understood why the heck anyone would want a Jeep. Now I own one, and can't come up with a better explaination than "You gotta drive one to understand."
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Would you believe 67 with the Jeeps listed below? My first experience in a Jeep was over 50 years ago in Colorado where the only top on the vehicle was your hooded parka. Chained up all four in the snow and went where "No one had ever gone before." At least in our minds. Had more than my share of sports cars and luxury vehicles, but, there has never been anything like a Jeep. Greatest compliment I could have, my wife's choice of vehicle when she could have anything she wanted, was the black Sahara she bought last year. Life only gets better in a Jeep!
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I bought my Jeep 2.5 years ago when I was 47, and it's still a blast to drive. Good luck with your new toy.
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Buffalo? If you want real snow you need to come to Baltimore!
I think this year is the first time since they have kept records that we have had more total snow than Buffalo.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:31 AM   #23
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Like I always say..... "Driving a Jeep is about the most fun you can have with your pants on"!

Oh, and I'm not telling how old I am, suffice it to say, I fit right in here....
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:12 PM   #24
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Um I'm 28 lol. Just got my first Wrangler (2010 4 dr) and about to hit the 1k mark . I love the thing to death. Now just need to free up some cash to add some "extras" lol

I've always wanted one. When I was young my family had one as a beach vehicle and I have a college buddy that had one. Until they come out with the 4dr though I couldn't justify the purchase with the whole idea of having kids etc down the road.
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62 here and just bought my first jeep a 04 Wrangler unlimited and retired at the same time. Life is good.
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I'm 56 and just bought a 2010 Wrangler Sport today. I am psyched and ready to have some fun. I've been looking forward to be a Jeep owner for many years. The owners manual is now on a DVD with little practical info. Do you have recomendations for websites that have good "how to" sections, such as how to remove the full doors correctly and how to remove the back seat with less effort, etc.

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Do you have recomendations for websites that have good "how to" sections, such as how to remove the full doors correctly and how to remove the back seat with less effort, etc.

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You're already there. I've never removed my rear seat and don't really plan to. As far as the doors, you'll need a T50 torx socket. Remove the lock bolt under each hinge. Open the window completely. Unhook the limiting strap and unclip the wiring harness. Be very careful not to let the door swing fully open or the mirror will dent the cowl. Stand outside the door and slip your right arm through the window and grab the inside arm rest handle. Lift straight up and the door will come off the hinges. If it is stuck, more the door slightly in a swinging motion as you pull straight up.

When you replace the doors add a small film of white grease to the hinge pins to aide in the next removal.

When you remove the doors you will lose your side mirrors. There are several options. One is a relocation kit the moves the stock mirrors from the door to the windshield. The downside to this is that the passenger side mirror (which I feel is the most important one) becomes useless when the doors are on. You can purchase mirrors that are designed to fit in the hinge holes, (too expensive for what they are in my opinion) or you can buy Harley Davidson mirrors which will fit in those same holes.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:22 AM   #28
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Thanks so much Tom. That's the best explanation I've read. I appreciate the advice on what to watch out for. You don't find that info in the manual's limited bullet points.

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