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Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #31
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The day I picked up my TJ I giggled like a girl all the way home. I believe you will get in it and either love it or absolutely hate it. I use mine as a DD with the soft top fitted permanently. I cannot imagine ever owning a different vehicle. I LOVE my TJ.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #32
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My jeep has no carpet, bed liner, soft top (smittybuilt), and 33x12.5x15 MT tires, so it is not what I would say is built for quiet. As a matter of fact it is quieter with the windows down when the top is up. I have ridden in a hard top a few times and they are definitely quieter but they are not nearly as quiet as a modern truck, and at 70 you are definitely at old folks home volume. And with a hard top you don't have the easy convertible top.

I just wanted to try and give you an idea of the differences I have found between truck and Jeep. I love my Jeep but as I said it will never be my sole daily driver. And I may just tow it up on my next trip to the mountains. Go drive one, but beware they suck you in.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #33
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my 02 sport is a daily driver for me everyday. even my wife would rather go in the jeep.owned jeeps for years. if you want one you want to drive it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #34
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The other thing though is that Jeeps seem to hold value fairly well. My dad sold his 94 after keeping 5 years and got $500 more than he paid for it. He sold it to buy another one. I kept a 97 for 2 years and sold it for exactly what I paid for it. I sold it to buy a 2005. Keep in mind we did find good deals when we bought them so that helped us get our money out when we sold them. None of these Jeeps were/are daily drivers for either of us. But the point is, buy one. If you don't like it, sell it. Just don't screw it up in the period of time you have it and you will get most of your money back if not all of it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #35
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... I just wanted to try and give you an idea of the differences I have found between truck and Jeep ...
I didn't take offense. I appreciate your input.

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... Go drive one, but beware they suck you in.
That's what I'm counting on.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:49 PM   #36
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... If you don't like it, sell it. Just don't screw it up in the period of time you have it and you will get most of your money back if not all of it.
I was thinking more on the lines of if I decide, years later, that I want to keep it, instead of trading up, I could always drop in a crate motor.

Brand new motor, the body (inside & out) fixed up the way that I want, that'd be a sweet vehicle.

And, an added bonus, later on, IF I did decide to trade up, having that crate motor installed would increase the value.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #37
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Exactly. You can do any number of things. Point being you are not locked into anything. Might cost you a little money but you can't let that stop you from living. If you think you want one you won't be satisfied until you try it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:04 PM   #38
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Exactly.
Whenever you purchase a used vehicle, you have no idea how badly the PO may have abused it, no matter how well you attempt to inspect it.

If it ever comes down to the point where you either get rid of the vehicle or drop in a new or rebuilt motor, once that is done, you now have the peace of mind that you REALLY CAN take it almost anywhere, without it leaving you stranded.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:22 PM   #39
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98 TJ 6 cyl. is my daily driver. 20 min to and from work. my only problem is i have to turn the radio up when on the interstate. I LOVE MY JEEP
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #40
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As long as you are commuting on potholed and washboard roads for 20 miles each way, you'll be fine. Unlimited is easier to drive since the longer wheelbase keeps it from wandering.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #41
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... my only problem is i have to turn the radio up when on the interstate ...
Hard top, soft top, or no top?
Looking at your avatar, I don't see a top.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:04 PM   #42
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Mine's a DD. It doesn't ride very stiff at all, but then again my shocks are 14 years old LoL!

But yeah, the MPG can be a real bummer when you DD your Jeep. Fortunately, my job pays my mileage

I have always wanted a Jeep, but could never justify it. Finally bought my first one a few years ago. Now I wish I woulda bought one right out of high school.

Mine has a soft top (rampage replacement top). The noise on the freeway is about the same with the top on, as it is with the top off. The Trektop NX is on my Xmas list.

Something else to consider is security. A soft top Jeep has virtually no security when it comes to stereo theft or jockey-boxing teens.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:14 PM   #43
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Something else to consider is security. A soft top Jeep has virtually no security when it comes to stereo theft or jockey-boxing teens.
I agree.
All you need to break into a soft top is a knife.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #44
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I daily drove mine for over 12 years and loved every minute of it. My commute was over an hour each way to work for much of it too. I retired her back in the spring only to save her on miles and gas. I now drive a gas sipping 40 mpg Hyundai and would still rather drive the Jeep. But the money I save in gas pays for the Hyundai with money left over to save up for Jeep parts. My wife just shakes her head when I occasionally steal it out of the driveway to drive to work on nice days.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:50 PM   #45
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I would never own a TJ as a daily driver. My Jeeps have always been second or even third vehicles that I use for offroading or hunting purposes only. I save enough money on gas by driving a commuter car to cover all added vehicle expenses including the monthly payment and insurance.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #46
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Don't know about anyone else, but my 97 TJ seems to like to be driven every day. Runs smoother, starts better, you name it, just a happier vehicle.

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Old 08-17-2012, 06:22 PM   #47
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This is my list of jeeps in my immediate family.
Me: 88 YJ... Used as much as a DD as I can.
Wife: 01 TJ. Used as much as a DD as she can
Sister-in-law: 2012 JK. Used as a DD only
In-laws: 97 TJ. Used as a semi DD and hunting rig.
Parents: Dad. 81 Scrambler. Drives it when nice at home or at their cabin.
Mom: 98 Wrangler. Just bought this one but will be her DD when nice out. Use to pull behind their RV.

So you see there are as many uses for a jeep as there are persons who own it. Just get it and enjoy. You will not be sorry. Trust me. When my family started out it was S-I-L was the first one to have a jeep, then me. As you can see, it has grown because everyone in the family wanted what we had.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:45 PM   #48
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Mine is my daily driver and when it was stock I felt fine without no real issues minus the occasional dip in the road that I always felt. Once I got it lifted though, I'm feeling less of the dips and it's even more fun to drive
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #49
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One thing your going to have to take into account. Mods by the PO. Sometimes a simple change of springs, shocks, tires or even tire pressure will make a big difference in what you test ride and what it could be. Street friendly tires at a lower pressure might yield a much smoother ride than the "Mud Monster Swamp Grabber" tires that are on it. It would most likely handle better and get better mileage to boot.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #50
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My brother-in-law has a 2007 with the soft top.
He says that, running at highway speeds, for all of his phone conversations, he has to yell.
That's not the Jeep's fault. Talking on the phone while driving and complaining about not being able to hear is akin to swinging a loaded shotgun around on a string on a crowded sidewalk and complaining about having trouble knitting. Both are moronic.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:02 PM   #51
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I love driving my TJ as a DD. The mpg could be better, but what the hell, it is fun to drive on or off road.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #52
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My TJ is my daily is my DD and I love it. With all its inperfections. I feel the jeep its a lot like me and thats one of the things I love about it the most!
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:27 AM   #53
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... Talking on the phone while driving and complaining about not being able to hear ...
My brother-in-law wasn't complaining.
I had asked him if he had to name one thing that he didn't like about the Wrangler, what would that be?

He loves his Jeep.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:19 AM   #54
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I have a hard top and I don't have a problem having a conversation at highway speeds.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:48 AM   #55
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I DD mine 60+ miles per day and couldn't be happier. I'm also a big guy and very comfortable in it! I put in a Bluetooth radio so at least I know when the phone rings...can't talk on it at more than 45 mph even with the top up, but it's all good!
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:42 AM   #56
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Not sure about the 'insulation' part, but I plan on having carpet in the TJ, and there will be times when the hardtop is on.



I've had :
  • 2 Honda Del Sols (Targa Top);
  • 1 Camaro (T-Tops);
  • 1 Covette (Targa Top).
Yeah, I'm ready for another convertible.




With the hardtop installed, how hard will it be to carry on a conversation with the passenger at 70 mph in a TJ?
It is quite easy to have a conversation with the hardtop on going 70 unless you have the windows down. I use mine as a DD and love it. Traded in my 02 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L for my 03 TJ Sport 4.0. Better gas mileage and easier to park in the parking lot at work
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:14 AM   #57
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I use mine as a DD and wouldnt have it any other way.
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I DD my TJ and it has a soft top and loud tires. I love it and I don't need to talk to anyone that bad when I am driving.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #59
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The day I picked up my TJ I giggled like a girl all the way home. I believe you will get in it and either love it or absolutely hate it. I use mine as a DD with the soft top fitted permanently. I cannot imagine ever owning a different vehicle. I LOVE my TJ.
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I use mine as a DD and wouldnt have it any other way.
x2 on both
Its on you, like Rolf said you'll love it or hate it, personally I love it and love using it as a dd everyday.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:57 AM   #60
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I DD mine 60 miles a day, topless and doorless. I wouldn't have it any other way. I like that I can't talk on the phone. It's a small part of my day that I get to myself.

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