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Old 07-25-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Will I hate myself if I get a JK over a JKU?

Noob here thinking through my options. It's me, my wife and two little girls (8 and 1 year old). I really want the JKU but hell, the JK is really nice and I can get one for a pretty good price.

So, will I hate myself if I get the JK over a JKU?

I want the 4WD for snow (I'm in the DC Metro area and we get snow), plus I'd like something I could take to the OBX on vacation and not worry about getting stuck in sand. More room in the JKU....easier to get the JK in the garage....


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Old 07-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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I've got twin 4 year olds. And I've owned 2 doors in the past. Getting groceries was bad in it when I didn't have kids. People do it but you'll appreciate the extra room in the jku.

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I'd get the JKU because its easier to get in the back seat and it has alot more room
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Idk man 2 door seems like its going to awfully tight with two little kids... Just imagine having to move both seats every time to get them in AND out of the jeep...

(Coming from a single 23 year old)

But still I cant imagine having to let my friends in and out of a 2 door all the time let alone kids with Carseats everyday.

Food for thought.

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Old 07-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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you would probably want the 4 door for the way bigger "trunk", especially on trips. Otherwise 2 door all the way, especially if you offroad every now and then
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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Idk man 2 door seems like its going to awfully tight with two little kids... Just imagine having to move both seats every time to get them in AND out of the jeep...

(Coming from a single 23 year old)

But still I cant imagine having to let my friends in and out of a 2 door all the time let alone kids with Carseats everyday.

Food for thought.

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unless i just haven't figured it out on my car yet (had it for less than a week), only the passenger chair slides forward for rear access, and even that is a little tight.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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I have a 2 door, no kids, groceries are not an issue if you fold the rear seat up. Having said that if I had kids I would get the jku.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:08 PM   #8
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Idk man 2 door seems like its going to awfully tight with two little kids... Just imagine having to move both seats every time to get them in AND out of the jeep...

But still I cant imagine having to let my friends in and out of a 2 door all the time let alone kids with Carseats everyday.

Food for thought.

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These are good points. I know what I want (the JKU ) but sometimes I just need some confirmation.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #9
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I'd hold out for the JKU. My JKU fits in the garage just fine! I had a 2010 Camaro before my jeep and it's shorter and less wide than that 2-door car. 2-door vehicles are a pain with kids, part of why I traded the Camaro for the Jeep.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #10
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4 door no question about it. I have a 2 door but i took out my backseat for room for my dogs. Didnt need the space for kids. But if u ever drive on a vacation anywhere in a 2 door with kids in backseat youll have almost no trunk space.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #11
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JKU. I have a JK and no kids, the back seat is always out of the JK and I am even stressed out about how getting a dog and road tripping in the JK.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #12
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The best way is to try to get in one.

I was toying with the idea of the JK. I have four kids (two boys, two girls). One will be in college in a year. We also have a Suburban that can fit all six of us.

I usually drive by myself (to work) or with only one or two of the kids.

I went to the dealer with my wife and two of the kids. We looked at a JK, but trying to get into the back of the it seemed to be a real PITA. My wife thought it just wouldn't work, so I went with the JKU.

I like the look of the JK better, but the extra space and doors are good to have. I also think the longer wheel base will be better in the snow.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #13
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I have the JK and my kids 7 and 4 love it. We are planning on getting one of the racks to allow for extra space on top of the Jeep for road trips, etc. I like the manuverability of the smaller Jeep as well. It can be a pin getting in and out but with the top off it is a piece of cake. We also have a 4 door extended trailblazer to pull the camper and grocery shopping so I did not need a larger toy.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:24 PM   #14
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Yea what they said is what I was thinking about. I looked at a 2 door the day I bought ivy bc like you said $$$$. But I just couldn't fathom reaching back there to mess with car seats every day. Especially the days the kids are cranky and fighting with me with the seatbelt. I gave it some thought but I knew better. It was just the thrifty part of me trying to rationalize.

As for the groceries, I cook a lot. Lol. I fill the back of the jku up every time and sometimes I pack the floor under the kids feet too.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:42 PM   #15
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I started out convinced I only wanted a 4dr then after 6 weeks of shopping I decided to drive a 2dr just for the hell of it. 1 week later I bought a 2dr and very happy with it. Driving the 4dr just never felt like I was driving the Jeep I always wanted, the 2dr just feels more sporty and offroad in a classic 4x4 kind of way. The 4dr always felt like a glorified SUV to me.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:46 PM   #16
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So many opinions and personal preferences.

I guess it all comes down to personal needs and wants.

The JKU certainly seems to be the better choice for my circumstances.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:25 PM   #17
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I had the same choice. I have sworn off 2 doors since owning 2 camaros and 1 s-10 (2 door). It is just me 99% of the time. I just like the idea of opening the back door & putting stuff in rather than folding a driver's seat forward or opening the tail gate. I don't plan on muddin or rock crawling with it either, which the 2 door would be better for.

Besides the the room for the kiddies & stuff think about resale down the road. If & when you sell it, 4 door models are more in demand.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:36 PM   #18
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JKU is a good vehicle I'll admit ... but I am somewhat of a purist. The 2DR still drives like a "Jeep" having a shorter wheel base and all. The 4DR drives more like a pickup truck IMO. On the trails the shorter 2DRs are able to get into tighter spots at better angles. I have a 6 yr old and a 2 yr old ... and they fit fine in my 2DR. However they are not in there every day either ... that would get old quick. That's why I bought my wife a Liberty; as a family vehicle the Liberty made more sense because it's easier on the hardball than a JKU and is still a capable 4x4.
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I have a 4 year old and a JK. We love it and we deal with the shortage of space. It's certainly there but you'd be surprised how quickly you can adapt and its really a non issue especially with the groceries and stuff. The time where it's hard is long trips. It gets tight and you definitely know you've got a two door jeep when you stick the children + dog + suitcase/s in there to head out.

It's fun though and regardless it always puts a smile on our faces. I love my two door. When it comes time to get another jeep, I will get another over a JKU. Personal preference for sure.
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JKU is a good vehicle I'll admit ... but I am somewhat of a purist. The 2DR still drives like a "Jeep" having a shorter wheel base and all. The 4DR drives more like a pickup truck IMO. On the trails the shorter 2DRs are able to get into tighter spots at better angles. I have a 6 yr old and a 2 yr old ... and they fit fine in my 2DR. However they are not in there every day either ... that would get old quick. That's why I bought my wife a Liberty; as a family vehicle the Liberty made more sense because it's easier on the hardball then a JKU and was still a capable 4x4.

I agree....I never looked at a Jeep as a "Family Vehicle" and wouldn't purchase a 4 door Jeep in any situation (personal preference)

However, if you're going to use it as a family vehicle in that your Jeep will be spending most of its time hauling around the kids, going to the store etc...then the 4 door is the way to go.

I've got two children (11 & 14) and my son is a tall kid. They both love my 2 door Jeep and have no problem climbing in the back seat. But as JoeBot13 said, my kids aren't in it enough either for it to be an issue.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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I have a 1 and 4 year old. I bought a two door JK as a second car. I ended up trading it in for a JKU because it was way too much of a pain to get the kids in and out and I was always wanting to drive it.

If my kids were older and could climb in and out themselves, I would have kept the 2 door. After having both, I would never go back to a 2 door unless it was only a toy. I love my unlimited!
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #22
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IMHO, if you have kids, the 2 door doesn't exist to you. I can't fathom having a JK with 2 kids.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:47 PM   #23
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Whatever you decide, do it for your own reasons, and get what you want.

Just don't let anyone tell you that you can't have fun in a JKU. It's simply not true. We play in some way shape or form with them nearly every single weekend, and we're having the time of our life. Put it this way, anything I can't do in my JKU, I wouldn't try it with my kids anyway. Heck I won't try a lot of the things it can do with the kids in it!

No matter which one you get though, I can't recommend that sunshade you see on ours enough. You'll only sunburn the kids once and you'll know why I say that. No matter what we do to them, it's been the most worthwhile mod we've done.

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I have one daughter who is almost 15 now, but when I bought my Liberty 6 or 7 years ago, I was faced with a similar dilemma. I really wanted a Wrangler at that time but there was no way I was going to get my daughter and her friends in and out of those two doors without breaking me, her or the Jeep! That and lack of rear storage would have been murder! The Unlimited was just coming on the scene at that time and the only one in Alaska had an MSRP that would take your breath away as it was completely loaded (not me anyhow.) So I went with the sensible Liberty and it worked really well! Mid life seemed to hit me this spring and I got a little 06 Solstice and drove it for 6 weeks. Got that out of my system!! Traded it in on my 2012 Crush Sport 2D and am now extremely happy!!

Spend the bucks and get the Unlimited. It is a cool "dad" rig!!!
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #25
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I wouldn't even question it.. if I had kids that age, a 2 door wouldn't even be on my mind. If they were quite a bit older, then yeah, but with having to do the whole car seat thing.. no way! Nothing wrong with a JKU though! I love them! I still am considering it just because I have 2 dogs (175 lbs. and 70 lbs.) lol.
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I have the 2 door and love it, but getting in the back seat is a complete pain. The seat is usually out because my kids are older and have their own cars now.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:10 PM   #27
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It's just me and my dog and sometimes the JKU feels a little cramped. Especially on road trips. By all means, get the 4 door.
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I'm trading my 2012 2-door for a 2013 JKU and my kids are 19 and 14. I thought for sure I didn't need the space anymore, but I was so wrong. My son is already taller than me (I'm 5'6") and still growing, and when my daughter is home from college they always want to ride in the Jeep, and she pulls the "I'm older" card and calls shotgun. The passenger seat isn't very "backseat access" friendly either. And hauling anything with 3 people just isn't as easy. My trips to Lowes or Home Depot have to wait on the hubby and his Ram.

I'm sad about it though. I love my JK, and have wanted it for soooooo long. I say if you're already on the fence, and you have small kids, go with the JKU. But that's just based my personal experience.
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Go with the 4 door :-). My 19 year old son and his friends think my Jeep is awesome, and I can get my 1 year old daughter and all her gear in and out of the backseat easily. People who think the 4 door isnt a real Jeep probably arent the ones toting their kids around.

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