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Old 03-06-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
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TJ for daily drivers or just for fun?

Greetings. I'm new, just getting an 'education' before I purchase my first TJ. Are the TJs your daily driving vehicles or just a fun vehicle for the weekend? I drive about 40 miles a day - expressway to work and want a TJ as my daily driver. I see alot of complaints about mpgs - I've had a 2000 Cherokee Sport, 2003 Grand Cherokee and now a 2005 Grand Cherokee - which is the best of all on gas. Also, what about towing? I tow a small pop-up camper(maybe 1500# loaded). Thanks

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Greetings. I'm new, just getting an 'education' before I purchase my first TJ. Are the TJs your daily driving vehicles or just a fun vehicle for the weekend? I drive about 40 miles a day - expressway to work and want a TJ as my daily driver. I see alot of complaints about mpgs - I've had a 2000 Cherokee Sport, 2003 Grand Cherokee and now a 2005 Grand Cherokee - which is the best of all on gas. Also, what about towing? I tow a small pop-up camper(maybe 1500# loaded). Thanks
i only travel 9 miles to work, but i would drive mine 40 miles!lots of fun to drive!i have the 4.0,5spd.,3:73,s on 32" bfg,s.i get 16 mpg in town, and 18-19 on the highway. i also tow a 10 ft. pop-up (14-1500 lbs.) no problems there either! go test drive one, you,ll like it!!!

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Old 03-06-2007, 10:58 PM   #3
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Both, but they are more fun first.
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Mine's a really fun DD.
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Mine's both right now too. I don't let one interrupt the other though.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:24 PM   #6
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both....DD & weekend toy
you'll be having so much fun driving your Jeep, you won't give a fig about the gas milage

......when we're not having fun on the trails, we're pulling our 2 water toys (jet skis) to the shore
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Daily and but mostly fun,my other daily driver is a Camry but I haven't really driven it as much since I got the TJ.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:34 AM   #8
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I use it for both. I pay a little extra in gas but I could not imagine driving anything else
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:18 AM   #9
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I used to daily drive my Wranglers, but I drive 100-150 miles/day so I had to get a commuter vehicle. The only reason is that I wanted to keep the Jeep around for a while and wanted to keep miles off of it, not because I had an issue with mileage (15-18) or comfort.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:21 AM   #10
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I use mine for both and sometimes in the summer I even use it to go on my business trips out to Indiana and Illinois which is usually 1400 miles round trip since company pays for the gas. If I don't take it, the second thing I do when I get back is go for a spin(used to be the first, but wife would get mad)
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haven't had mine for that long, but i love it as a daily driver. i haven't had a chance to take it on a long drive yet, but obviously you will give up some comfort that you got from your cherokees. i drove a CR-V up to baltimore over the weekend (+1 hour drive), first time i've driven anything other than my wrangler for a month, and it was a HUGE difference in comfort. but hey, i didn't buy my jeep for comfort...
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:50 AM   #12
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Both. I drive 60 miles a day, the fun factor way over compensates for the gas millage. Someday i hope to build one that is purely an off-road fun machine. But for now, mine does a pretty good job both on and off road.
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:12 PM   #13
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I take mine to work on the nice days. Mostly, I drive it for fun. It's like therapy for me.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:43 PM   #14
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I use mine for both, but mostly fun since I work from home now. As far as towing, I pull my boat which is about 3000 lbs without any problems. Of course I don't try to stop quickly with it in tow.
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:34 PM   #15
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I use mine for both. When I got it home I sold my car and my truck that I had, and now I don't think I will ever have anything else. (Just newer models)(maybe)
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:35 PM   #16
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Both. But as a dd, I drive 2 miles to work .
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:23 PM   #17
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i use my TJ as my daily driver AND as a fun vehicle at the weekend...

for longer trips i have a mercedes. thats more comfortable and needs less fuel and it´s much faster.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:05 PM   #18
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daily driver....and wheel it about every week
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:26 PM   #19
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When I sold my Lexus LS400 and bought my new '97 TJ back in '96, I hoped I wasn't making a mistake... and I wasn't. This is the ONLY vehicle I've ever loved enough to want to keep "forever" and so far, at over 11 years, I don't miss my Lexus at all. In fact, I had never owned a car longer than four years in my 43+ years of driving so the Wrangler really has me in a "love triangle".

It's also a daily driver, it has nearly 169,000 miles on it and I generally wear a suit or at least a sport coat every day for work... though I have to watch it when my TJ is filthy after having taken it offroading.

So at least in this old guy's opinion, I don't think you'll mind it as a daily driver at all. You can have fun with the Wrangler seven days a week, try having fun with most other cars that much.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:35 PM   #20
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Both, love my TJ! Long trips I take the truck, but just because of the gas...if there is wheeling there, I of course take the TJ.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:39 PM   #21
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I've had mine for almost exactly a year. Drive it into town everyday..... but I work in a studio in my backyard so does that count as a daily driver? Anyways, I can't see myself driving anything else.
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If I'm going on a long trip or something like that say to Cali. I'll just rent a little car. Cost me less in rental and gas than it would just in gas to drive my jeep. It's not really the best highway rig anymore.
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:31 PM   #23
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Both, but my daily drive is just 11 miles round trip. It's the funnest daily driver I've had since my '72 Mustang. Oh man, wish I could put the old 351 Cleveland in the TJ.........
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:58 PM   #24
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Mine's a dd with a little mud a few weekends a month. I love it. The gas isn't that bad, and I drove it to the top of maine with pretty much no problem. Sometimes big trucks on the highway gets a bit irritating, driving a cardboard box and all, but I knew it wasn't going to be the buick ride when I traded.
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I've had mine for almost 8 years now. Got it 10/99. It's always been my daily driver. I love it. She has treated me right. I think it's gotta be something in the mud.
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Old 03-09-2007, 11:47 PM   #26
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I use mine for both. 120mi round trip to work and she loves the mud !
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:01 PM   #27
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I use both of mine as daily drivers. Love em. I am in the military, and we have no budget for fixing our roads. So, it is like going off-road everyday on the way to work.

I also tow a popup camper with our 04 X. I am going to move that bumper to the Rubi soon though I think. Its lower gearing will help me on the hills.

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Old 03-11-2007, 09:55 PM   #28
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I use mine for both dd and weekend fun, AND I love it.

Gas mileage is not great but it is a price I am willing to pay for my therapy. My TJ replaced my Camry and my motorcycle. My wife and 2 kids were tired of getting left out, so this is my four wheel motorcycle. And with the top down, it is really close to the same therapy for me.

Oh I pull a popup with mine too. And haul a canoe. And have a receiver hitch rack and etc. etc. etc.
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When we first got our TJ my wife used it for her DD to and from work, 50 mile round trip mostly highway 4 days a week, and we still took it out on the trails on weekends. Now it's my DD to and from work, 30 mile round trip 4 days a week, and it's still used for fun on and offroad.

I wouldn't trade having my top down and taking in the sunshine and fresh air for anything. Sure, we give up a few creature comforts but don't really care, I guess that's the nature of the "Jeep thing"
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REVREED - What kind of hitch rack? I have a kayak and will need to figure something out - without taking a second mortgage.

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