Wife adores driving my 2016 Willys. We were visiting relatives in Myrtle Beach for New Years and spied a massive row of Jeeps at the local Chrysler-Jeep dealership (over a half dozen hyper greens of various styles in the middle of the pack).
So we swing in, chit chat with a friendly jeep-owning salesman, take a couple of vehicles for s short test drive. Drove a nice hyper green lifted Sport with 33" Duratracs and some nice off road extras but wife didn't like the manual locks and windows. Go back, try a couple more, talk for a bit with the salesman...
Our finances did really well this year, and we got rid of our 'big' van last year and have been doing long trips with our 2015 Highlander, but even with a Thule cargo pod it's a tight fit for our kids plus vacation luggage. We'd already decided to trade the Highlander in for another passenger van, so the Highlander will no longer be the wife's daily driver.
After about a half an hour, deal is struck and wife picks out a nice 2017 JKU Sport, firecracker red, 3.21 gears, Wrangler A/T's, and the added trim package with side steps, mud flaps and the heavy duty rubber floor mats in addition to the standards. Hard Top, of course.
Drove home last Friday and the 3.21 got better mileage than my Willys and the tires were much quieter, which was fine for the missus. Wife loves it and now my 2016 has a playmate.
Today it was raining cats and dogs and wife was upset to find a drip dead center of the hard top panels, right at the seam over the rearview mirror. I went out to check the fasteners and the big thumbscrews at the rear (at the sound bar) were barely turned in one half turn. Ugh. Took off the panels, re-seated them, fastened the rear screws snug but not over tight. Never had a single leak with the 2016 Willys, even after taking the hard top off and on a couple dozen times this year.
Any other secrets ? Maybe some silicone grease on the weather stripping? Going to swing by the local dealership (sorry, guys, y'all never have any Jeeps in your lot or we'd have bought one from you!).