Trying to decide? 2 door or 4 door. I like the looks of the 2 - door - but man, there's no room, those of you with 2 doors, do you use the back seat for anything? What about 2-door as a DD - is it you're only vehicle? I was told by the salesman that the front seats don't automatically move forward to allow someone to get into the back seat, is this true???
I bought the 2-dr and I readily admit that people with physical difficulties may have trouble getting in the back of it. On the other hand, the 4-dr is "ugly" in my opinion. It just looks too much like Jeep was tryin to imitate the Hummer.
I agree, the 4-door looks more with a Hummer(the result of the mating of a Jeep and Hummer). I'm worried I won't be happy with the lack of back seat room with the 2-door. I have to go back to the dealership and re-check the 2 door out.
Its ususally just me, my SO, and the dogs(2). Right now I have an 05 Grand Cherokee, I can count on one hand the number of times I've had people in the back seat in 3 years. The only things that ride in the back seat are my lunch and briefcase for work.
Valid points, all. For the most part, unless you are a "party animal" and often have a crew with you, (and hopefully an agile bunch at that), you won't really "use" the back seats (I often fold mine forward and use the extra space for groceries or whatever).
I went with the 4-door. I have: wife, 2 yr-old, and 2 dogs so it just fit. It's my first jeep. I was worried about the "stigma" of the 4-door at first, but everyone has been really cool about it and I get plenty of waves from the 2-door drivers. However, I don't do any off roading other than trails. I'm not sure how the 4-door compares to the 2-door when it comes to serious off-roading.
Went back and forth about a 2dr or 4dr. TBH the 4dr is finally something I could get my wife happy about. We're planning on having a couple kids so it makes the most sense since I want it to be my daily driver. If anything its the most "practical" jeep I could find since I don't have the cash to have a play car quite yet
Personally I don't find it to be a "Hummer" look-a-like since well it looks exactly like a jeep with 4 doors.
I just got it right before Christmas and the weather here hasn't quite hit the pop the top point for that ride to work (<40 degrees is tough). But I can say my only disappointment with it so far is the painted post up between the doors once you take everything off.
I've been off road as much as I can and I can say that its def close to a 2dr in capabilities until you rock crawl. I don't plan on rock crawling for a while... its tough to be that risky in a brand new 4dr Rubicon :| I'll work myself up to that though
Understand, Kbart! I tend to leave the rear seat folded up myself, but for a different reason.
I noticed that, when I had the seat in the upright position, the headrests were obnoxiously taking up rear-window space. (Even the Wiper Motor box on the "Freedom Top" did that, thank God THAT'S no longer on my vehicle!).
The lower towing capacity has probably nothing to do with weight carrying limitations. It is more likely a wheelbase issue. Shorter wheelbase vehicles can be jack knifed easier. The heavier the trailer the easier it is to jack knife also. Thus the weight restriction. You should have no prob with a 1000lb trailer. Heavier trailers just have to watch out for slick road conditions on curves or down hills.
I had a 2 door YJ and loved it, but only had a girlfriend at the time. Now I have a 4 door Sahara same girlfriend but 3 dogs and a travel trailer to pull around. Fold the backseats flat and there is so much room. Put the wilderness rack up top for kayaks and your ready to go. I am glad Jeep made that 4 door, otherwise I would not have been able to get a Wrangler again. And it only looks like a Hummer if you are a moron.
I have owned 3 wranglers before I got my JK 4dr. Frankly, when my boss at work told me they were making a 4-door wrangler, I was appalled. I swore I would never be caught dead in one of those abominations. But then I saw one. I looked at it inside and out, and loved it.
I have a family (wife and 2 kids), and the jeep was my DD. I had problems with fitting everyone in it, there was never any room for groceries, and all of the rest of the problems with the very small vehicles. I ended up buying the JK 4dr, and have been nothing but pleased with it. The vehicle is very capable, and none of the tiny vehicle issues are present.
If you are single, and don't often carry passengers, I'd go with the 2dr. If you ever carry two or more passengers, the 4dr rules.
I have a 1991 Wrangler which I am gonna trade in for a 4 door. At first the 4dr looked a bit wierd to me. Now it has grown on me and it is tons more practical for a daily driver (with a family of 5) than the 2 dr. I will be using the Jeep to plow snow with so it is going to truly be a Utility vehicle!
Glad i searched, b/c I was about to start a thread on this very topic. I am not currently in the market for Jeep, but plan to get one in the next few years. I really prefer the "look" of the 2 door, but with a wife and to little boys, the 4 door is just so much more practical. If buying now, I would have to get the 4 door, but in the future as a 3rd vehicle, i would probably get a 2 door. I really shouldn't rack my brain too much decideing since I am not buying at the moment
Finally got it yesterday see pic, had a great time with it in the West Elk Mountains (CO). The 3 big dogs fit fine with the seat out. It came in just in time, I took it up the forest service road we have a contract on improving this next week. Deep ruts and mud holes all the way. Many people have complained to the forest service about their inability to access this road with standard SUV's. Funny I didn't have any problems.