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Old 06-17-2010, 04:54 PM   #31
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wow! im super sorry to hear that man. i have driven a jeep ever since I got my license, i couldnt imagine having to give it up. thats a good idea though that others have said about just getting an older one later on that you dont have to make payments on and your can fix it up. Hopefully you will leave us with some updates when you are in the market for one again. Good Luck with everything!

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wow! im super sorry to hear that man. i have driven a jeep ever since I got my license, i couldnt imagine having to give it up. thats a good idea though that others have said about just getting an older one later on that you dont have to make payments on and your can fix it up. Hopefully you will leave us with some updates when you are in the market for one again. Good Luck with everything!
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:39 PM   #33
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i feel for you buddy. just thinking about selling "Rusty" makes me feel sick to my stomach. like everybody else has said you'll join the club again. if you're ever in WA let me know and ill take you wheelin
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i feel for you buddy. just thinking about selling "Rusty" makes me feel sick to my stomach. like everybody else has said you'll join the club again. if you're ever in WA let me know and ill take you wheelin
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I know a guy with a nice CJ project rig.....

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I had to sell a few of mine over the years when money got tight. Never an easy thing to do. Life will go on, and when your ready, and after you have a budget and after you are sure you can make the commitment, I recommend craigslist.com to fill that void in the driveway.
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I was in the same position years ago. Just bought a house, first kid on the way, and looking at several large repairs for my 1980 CJ7 Renegade. I knew the only way I could afford the repairs would be to do them myself and I didn't have the time to do them and it was my DD. I sold it and bought a more fuel efficient "family" car.

The guy who bought it lived about an hour away so I got to drive it to him one last time. It was a bitter sweet time. Now that the kids are grown and the last one is in high school, I have a Jeep once again. I still miss my CJ though and often wonder if it's still on the road.
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Man, I feel for ya having to sell your Jeep, but don't leave us and what ever you do, don't forget you're driving a Focus and try to go over any curbs! JK, you'll get back in a Jeep one day! Almost forgot, congrats on the house!!
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From a NECO Mercury Cougar fan, I'm happy to see you join the Duratec club Now it's time for a turbocharger drop, SVT package upgrades, etc. The Duratec 20 is a fantastic little aluminum block engine that with some care will last you for quite a while as well (I've heard of NECO Cougars and Focus lasting to 200k as well). The only thing is, because you live in MA, if the vehicle was originally a MA vehicle, its a Duratec 20E - the PZEV emissions version. The bad news is your being robbed 6 horses (130 instead of 136 @ 6000RPM). The good news is that the emissions system should have a 150,000 mile warranty on it.
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I was in the same position years ago. Just bought a house, first kid on the way, and looking at several large repairs for my 1980 CJ7 Renegade. I knew the only way I could afford the repairs would be to do them myself and I didn't have the time to do them and it was my DD. I sold it and bought a more fuel efficient "family" car.

The guy who bought it lived about an hour away so I got to drive it to him one last time. It was a bitter sweet time. Now that the kids are grown and the last one is in high school, I have a Jeep once again. I still miss my CJ though and often wonder if it's still on the road.
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Man, I feel for ya having to sell your Jeep, but don't leave us and what ever you do, don't forget you're driving a Focus and try to go over any curbs! JK, you'll get back in a Jeep one day! Almost forgot, congrats on the house!!
Thanks the house is great and I love it, and no curbing with the Focus.

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Thanks, I am like a child with this Jeep. I am heartborken and miss it very much. But you are right, once I get my finances on track and a few bills paid. I will be back!
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:59 PM   #41
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From a NECO Mercury Cougar fan, I'm happy to see you join the Duratec club Now it's time for a turbocharger drop, SVT package upgrades, etc. The Duratec 20 is a fantastic little aluminum block engine that with some care will last you for quite a while as well (I've heard of NECO Cougars and Focus lasting to 200k as well). The only thing is, because you live in MA, if the vehicle was originally a MA vehicle, its a Duratec 20E - the PZEV emissions version. The bad news is your being robbed 6 horses (130 instead of 136 @ 6000RPM). The good news is that the emissions system should have a 150,000 mile warranty on it.
MY Focus has California emissions according to the sticker under the hood. I have to admit, this is a great running car and rather quick. I tested the waters with this car about 4am last Saturday, and believe it or not I had it up to 105 mph but backed off.
The highway was empty, but I did not want to push it. although no race car I was suprised with it's performance. The newer Focus's got very good reviews and compared them up to par with the Japanese cars in the same class.
My goal is to get caught up here with my house, and some other things and buy eventually buy another Jeep for my toy, and keep the Focus for running back and forth to work.
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:13 AM   #42
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I know I explained my reasoning for trading my Jeep in my first post, now I regret it and all I hear is that voice in my head when I get in this car. "WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING"?!
But the reason I am posting again is because of mindless people, and if I hear ("why did you get rid of your Jeep"? "I thought you loved that Jeep"? ) one more time I am going to snap!
I had a friend of mine say to me, "what is with you guys and your Jeeps"?
So with that, I think I am going to buy a rubber stamp you see in offices, it will say.
"IT'S A JEEP THING YOU'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND"! And whenever someone makes a mindless statement I will stamp their forehead like the scarlet letter A.
Don't they know it's a passion we feel when owning one, it's about the open road and the freedom that you also feel, not to mention the Jeep wave, and the camaraderie of owning a Jeep, it felt good being a part of something.
So, let me clear one thing up for those who don't understand, circumstances changed for me.
I have a bigger monthly nut, quadruple the driving one way everyday, I did not trade my Jeep because I hated it, or wanted to. At the time it seemed like the most logical thing to do to free up my money a little.
In a perfect world I would have two vehicles, but with my monthly payment insurance, and fuel, it was costing me as much as my rent in my apartment, I just could not do it anymore.
And mind you, I am not complaining, I am more than grateful for the good things in my life, including still having my health, and there a people a lot worse off than I.
But like a lot of you, I work hard for my money and I have no toys, I have my house and the Jeep was my enjoyment, that is what I did for myself,I am not a materialistic person.
The transition to this car has not been easy, I am also dealing with, what if's, and should I have, and everywhere I go it seems there are more and more Jeeps, someday I will find myself back in another Jeep. But for now what's done is done.
Anyway sorry for the rant, thanks for those who listened, and Happy Fourth everyone.
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:33 AM   #43
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So with that, I think I am going to buy a rubber stamp you see in offices, it will say.
"IT'S A JEEP THING YOU'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND"! And whenever someone makes a mindless statement I will stamp their forehead like the scarlet letter A.)


Nice to see you still around. You could always save a few bucks on the side and buy a little older beat up wrangler that needs some TLC...maybe something just to mess with in the driveway and then once your all caught up and money isnt as tight get that bitch on the road! Sounds like a plan.

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Old 07-04-2010, 12:53 PM   #44
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Hey Joe, I'll still wave if I see you around town. Just make sure you wave first, I don't want to be waving to every Focus I see. I'm sorry you had to let her go, but I understand the circumstances. I wish you all the best.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:57 PM   #45
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #46
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I have felt that pain. When i sold our 2006 TJ, and when i sold my 07 JK a few weeks ago. I then too had to get it back, and i paid $2000 for that privedge, plus slightly higher payments. When you need your Jeep, you need your Jeep..
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:20 PM   #47
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Nice to see you still around. You could always save a few bucks on the side and buy a little older beat up wrangler that needs some TLC...maybe something just to mess with in the driveway and then once your all caught up and money isnt as tight get that bitch on the road! Sounds like a plan.

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Thanks, and as I said, I will eventually get another Jeep you can count on that.

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I certainly will, funny how I still see myself finding the urge to wave to all the Jeepers out there. Although when I do see one get out of their Jeep, I always strike up a conversation with them.

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I have felt that pain. When i sold our 2006 TJ, and when i sold my 07 JK a few weeks ago. I then too had to get it back, and i paid $2000 for that privedge, plus slightly higher payments. When you need your Jeep, you need your Jeep..
Unfortunately, I tried to get my Jeep back and I was told it was too late. I have only had this car for a month, trading it for another Jeep would put me in the poor house.
That is not smart money management, I just need to learn to live with what I did and not dwell on it, which has been difficult. Again, what's done is done and I cannot change it.
With a house that still needs some projects finalized, I just don't have the extra money to put down on another Jeep.
Any time you finance a vehicle, you are upside on what you will get for it as opposed to what you owe. And if you dump it too early, you always lose money on it, and you end up having to come up with more cash with your trade, it does not take rocket science to figure that one out.
Unless of course you put a big downpayment on it, Then you can sell it and come out ahead
So when you need your Jeep, you need your Jeep does not apply in my case. I would also have a higher monthly payment, which I cannot afford, and I will be back to the pumps twice a week.
If I did not have a $300 a month payment on my Jeep, the gas would not have been such an issue.
As said... I'll be back!
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I cannot take it anymore, I am on the prowl again for another Jeep.To be continued.......
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I cannot take it anymore, I am on the prowl again for another Jeep.To be continued.......
That's good to hear! Good luck on your search and keep us updated!
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I know I explained my reasoning for trading my Jeep in my first post, now I regret it and all I hear is that voice in my head when I get in this car. "WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING"?!
But for now what's done is done.
Anyway sorry for the rant, thanks for those who listened, and Happy Fourth everyone.
I wish I could give you a hug
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I cannot take it anymore, I am on the prowl again for another Jeep.To be continued.......
YIPPIEEEEE!!!!
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I have to admit, this is a great running car and rather quick. I tested the waters with this car about 4am last Saturday, and believe it or not I had it up to 105 mph but backed off.
I loved my Cougar, it was my earlier obsession before Jeeps, and even now I want another one once I save up a few more pennies. Not only are they pretty surprisingly peppy, but the handling is still one of the best cars available in this price range. It hugs the road like no other car I've driven and is still beating the 6 cyl. Mustangs and Eclipses at least
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200 a month!!!! I was spendin that much a week w the f150 i had... Course i drive 43 mile one way.. I hate it for ya tho it would kill me to give up my jeep
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I know how you feel. Losing my first Jeep was heart breaking. Hit some idiot who pulled out in front of me going 45...she(the jeep) didn't stand a chance I was a wreck for days afterwards, in my weakest moments I thought of taking the wreck and rebuilding it...you just gotta remember, no matter how much in love with it you think you are, at the end of the day, it's just a car.
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That's good to hear! Good luck on your search and keep us updated!
Thanks blk, I certainly will!
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I loved my Cougar, it was my earlier obsession before Jeeps, and even now I want another one once I save up a few more pennies. Not only are they pretty surprisingly peppy, but the handling is still one of the best cars available in this price range. It hugs the road like no other car I've driven and is still beating the 6 cyl. Mustangs and Eclipses at least
Times have changed with technology, the 4 cylinders of today perform as well as some v-6's and even v-8's depending of course upon the car. Ask my Cousin who drives a WRX, that little car is a rocket ship not to mention how well it handles.
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200 a month!!!! I was spendin that much a week w the f150 i had... Course i drive 43 mile one way.. I hate it for ya tho it would kill me to give up my jeep
200 a month was the lowest, depends on the weather. You got to go out cruising with the doors off and top down on those short lived beautiful days!
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I know how you feel. Losing my first Jeep was heart breaking. Hit some idiot who pulled out in front of me going 45...she(the jeep) didn't stand a chance I was a wreck for days afterwards, in my weakest moments I thought of taking the wreck and rebuilding it...you just gotta remember, no matter how much in love with it you think you are, at the end of the day, it's just a car.
I agree, but you have to be happy with what you are driving. The car on paper makes a lot of sense, but it's not my Jeep. And like I said before, I cannot transition to this car. I miss that go anywhere whenever I want no matter the weather, and also worrying about what I run over in the road with this car.
The Focus is supposed to be good in the snow, but you still cannot beat 4 wheel drive for the snow.
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I checked this one out, but not sure. The miles are up there, and they are asking the Kelly Blue Book value, but I still think the asking price is too high.01 Jeep Wrangler Sport 5 Speed 6 Cylinder A/C Hard Top Black

I may wait to see what my Uncle comes up with, he suggested going newer with less miles.
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stay away from stealerships if you can....Thats way to pricy.
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I agree it is to pricey, that's why it is still on their lot. My dilemma lies with this car, I have to trade it and take a small hit on what I owe. Or be Jeepless and live with the car and be miserable with what I am driving. And yes I know, I should be grateful for at least having a nice running car, so I feel selfish feeling the way I do.
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The right one will come along. I understand how badly you want another one. I miss mine even when it is in the shop for a day or two but be patient and keep looking. It is out there just waiting for you to find it.
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look around for people who want to trade their wrangler for a commuter car. I know they are few an far between but its worth a shot!

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