Compared to almost every other vehicle out there, a jeep is a most miserable example of comfort. It is rough, bumpy, noisy, cold in the winter and hot in the summer. You will jolt your skeleton just driving the damn thing... but all that is OK. Why? Because out of all the vehicles out there, only the jeep (and a few other vehicles) make the simple drive to the grocery store worthwhile. You actually feel like you are driving a vehicle as compared to "feeling" like you are sitting on your living room sofa playing a racing video game on TV. The jeep is not fast, it is not complicated, but it is an American treasure that I am proud to own. It makes driving special... because sometimes it gets boring, oh so boring...
I am glad I am one of the few who actually owned a WWII 1942 Willy's and drove it in the field a lot. It truly was "living history." That was a privilege.
Check "YJ V6 Conversion Swap" if you want to see my "frame up" restoration that anyone can do.
Check "WWII Willy's restoration and usage..." if you want to see THE ORIGINAL JEEP IN ACTION.
Chicks dig 2 types of vehicles: muscle sports cars and jeeps.
I don't care about fast cars. So got a jeep. I also enjoy the simplicity. My only gripe is lack of space and if I had bought a LJ instead of a TJ that wouldn't be an issue. So my mistake.
1. used with an auxiliary verb or “be” to form the negative
2. used as a short substitute for a negative clause
"Not actually a backer of this thought"
1SAS, I wish I could have an original Willys before I leave this life, I would be very proud to take care of it and show it around for young people to learn about that Great Historical Machine. Liked your post, my respect and admiration to you for being a gentleman.
I may only be 31, but I have owned 11 vehicles now...only one of which was wrecked. So in all, I would rather have my TJ. Now I always wanted one when I was younger but we know the sad truth of being 16...insurance answers the question of "Can I afford it?"
I would rather have this simply because of its history, presence and innate capabilities. My wife owns a new Prius. Its brilliant for what it is but when I drive it I just feel anemic. It's driving an appliance- she likes that sort of thing but for me its inorganic. I need to feel organic, gritty, connected. Sure, I personally would like an additional 10mpg's out of the thing just so I could drive MORE but oh well, I knew the 'cost' before buying it.
As cliche as it may seem, I personally LOVE the saying "you may go faster, but I can go anywhere." This TJ serves as a way for me to get away, if even for a few fleeting minutes after a long day at work.
The way to end a frustrating day in grad school? Find a trail and get lost in it.
I had 31 years of corporate life and like the company Romney ran, got downsized earlier this year for bottom line profits.
What does Romney have to do with this?
I drive my jeep because I like it more than any vehicle I have owned. I have usually had SUV's for the past 12+ years, but drove a Chevy Colorado for the last 4. I love the short wheelbase of the jeep...I love being able to pull in and out of tight spaces in a parking lot...I love how you can still fit a ton of stuff in the back if you are creative with the packing...I love how you can take the top and doors off it and because an entirely different animal!
I'd say what I like best is that it is the perfect combination of a convertible and 'truck'. Best of both worlds for me - I used to have a 65 chevy convertible and my truck and I liked the ride height of the truck but of course the top-off of the convertible.
What other vehicle can you get that offers 4 wheel drive when you need it and a convertible in the summer? Also look at all the different ways you can build your jeep! A convertible you step down out of and not feel like your trying to get your rear out of a trashcan! lol
Lost? Never, just blazing a new trail!
Why do I drive a jeep!? There is nothing better than the top down the sun on my face finding that new trail on a crisp fall day. Then finding that picture perfect lake doing a little fishing building a fire and camping for the night. That's why I drive a jeep!
a jeep is like an extension of oneself that you can take out and play with in front of everyone and they all stare in utter amazement at how big and cool it is.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha I'm going to think of this every time someone asks me why, and probably during every quiet social function at which I shouldn't be randomly bursting out with laughter but will anyway.
I have always enjoyed the “scenic routes” and taking the road less traveled, and like the bear that went over the mountain…see what’s on the other side of the mountain. In my non-Jeep days I have had to turn around and backtrack when the going got too rough. I drive a Jeep now so I don’t have to turn around and backtrack.
Said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use one.
I drive a Jeep because it feels like you're actually driving something. It makes those everyday, menial tasks (like driving to work) a pleasure. I love knowing my Jeep will take me anywhere I want to go, whether a road there exists or not.
Plus, my husband loves the LJ so much, he makes special trips to the gas station in the middle of the night just so I don't have to make an extra stop the next day. He claims it's because he loves me, but we all know it's because he loves driving the Jeep. Otherwise, why would he choose a gas station 15 mins away, when there are several within 2 minutes of our home...? This is something he never volunteered to do when I had a Kia Soul.
Location: Toledo, Oh (Where Jeeps are born THEN raised)
I drive a jeep to be cramped, uncomfortable, and forever broke. However i will always get where im going in style. There is no better feeling the dropping the top, popping the doors off and putting your toes in the wind.
'Cuz im Mr. OOGIE BOOGIE and you ain't going NO WHERE.
I compare it to motorcycle culture... We both wave when we pass on the road, we both love riding in the open air, there's a feeling of freedom and comradery there that people in their sealed up vehicles will never get or understand. They're bumpy, noisy, and impractical.... Definitely not for the point A to B crowd.
...and it's the most awesome low speed thrill ride out there!
__________________ "So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey." W. C. Fields
Shortly before adding the Jeep as my third car (read: toy), a friend of mine described it this way:
"They're like shoes! The Miata is your sandals for in the summer, the wagon is your everyday tennis shoes, and the Jeep is your hiking/snow boots!"
I couldn't argue with her! I just love the go anywhere capability of these machines! They're basically unstoppable!
My "kids" -
'99 Desert Sand Wrangler Sport - TJ
'99 Emerald Mica Miata L - Henry
'07 Satin White Legacy SE wagon - Lacy