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Old 12-10-2010, 07:25 AM   #1
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daughter in law ???

My daughter in law is looking to replace here 2005 2dr wrangler with a new 2011 2dr. wrangler.
Her 05' is in sad shape. When she hears a noise coming from the jeep, she turns the radio up so she doesn't have to listen to it. A couple of months back she had my sons truck and he took the jeep, we went for coffee. As we drove down the road I said what's up with this jeep. It felt like we were riding in a boat. He had it fixed, new shocks and some joint work, she complained that there was nothing wrong, Why spend the money. Now that the tires are shot, new tires or new jeep.
Do other people think this way? Should she be buying a jeep? What do you think?

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it depends. can they afford it? if they can afford the payments on a new vehicle, and the tj is in that sad of shape, then go for it.

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it depends. can they afford it? if they can afford the payments on a new vehicle, and the tj is in that sad of shape, then go for it.
they can afford it, i am concerned for her safety, because a jeep has a pulse and you have to listen to it not turn the radio up and step on the gas. jeeps talk to you, you have to listen.
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they can afford it, i am concerned for her safety, because a jeep has a pulse and you have to listen to it not turn the radio up and step on the gas. jeeps talk to you, you have to listen.
i get what you're saying, but that really rings true for any vehicle. if you hear a noise, you should check it out regardless of the brand. did she get the tj new or used?
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i get what you're saying, but that really rings true for any vehicle. if you hear a noise, you should check it out regardless of the brand. did she get the tj new or used?
brand new out of the box.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:12 AM   #6
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If they can afford it, I'd buy her a new one ... BUT Since they can afford it, make sure she doesn't turn the radio up or put tape over a warning light when this stuff comes up... Had a friends wife put a piece of duck tape over the oil warning light then wondered what happened when the motor locked up...
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My thoughts would be.. see what's wrong with it and how much $$ it will take to fix it. Is the current Jeep paid for? If it is, then even spending 2k is far better than 20k on a new one. If she still owes a lot on it, then I will guess some of that might have to be carried over to the new jeep... thus get all the costs and see what works best for her.
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they can afford it, i am concerned for her safety, because a jeep has a pulse and you have to listen to it not turn the radio up and step on the gas. jeeps talk to you, you have to listen.
I couldn't agree with you more.

I'm inclined to think that a Jeep would better off without her as the driver but have a suggestion for you.

Since she obviously likes driving a Jeep, have your son make a point of driving it once a month and checking it out to be sure it's in good condition for her.

I know that if someone told ME that I was too unobservant to drive whichever vehicle I prefer, I'd get my feathers pretty ruffled up and there would be hell to pay. Roofs would raise, and heads would roll.
It's her choice, not ours or yours or even her husbands.

Chances are they could save some major $$$ by taking care of the needs on the TJ but then again, maybe she is smitten with the new JKs.

You might want to give her a nice "pull your head out of your butt or they will be pulling you out of a ditch" speech, but other than that I'd mind my own business if I were you.
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with proper maintenance, jeeps will last a long time. i still see a TON of YJ's on the road around here.

so, the way i see it is for someone like her who isn't going to do the proper maintenance, in 5 years her jk will be a wreck as well. so do you blow the money on a new jeep you're not going to take care of or fix what you have and learn to pay attention to what you jeep is telling you?

my opinion: tell her to buy a civic, a jeep is clearly not for her if it's in that bad a shape after 5 years.
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It is a delicate situation-some people have to have new and "budget" for a car payment all their lives. However they usually lease their vehicles.

The first thought that crosses my mind is how bad really is it? Probably never wheeled it-and relatively low miles (am assuming) I6 motor should be okay tires and a couple other little things?

Might it be one you would consider buying, investing a couple grand in repairs and driving for a long time so that she sees there was nothing really "wrong" with it to begin with. She just wanted new. And as she gets older may realize that the money (25-30K) spent on the JK could have been used to pay other bills, take a couple nice vacations-their kids college, or maybe retirement?

Vehicles last more than 5 years it is something that is obvious and not just Jeeps. Trying to tell her she is neglecting her vehicle is prolly, useless needs a clear example. And you get another Jeep at a decent price for a DD that hasn't even been wheeled?
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thanks for the feed back.
I wouldn't tell her what to buy or not buy. My son had asked me and I said that it was up to her, but that she should start looking what the jeep is doing, and not look the other way when something isn't right. Again I have concern for her safety but know not to stick my nose in their life. I just wanted to see what other felt and satified as to the responds I got.

Last yes she is going after another jeep she wants a blue one and all I can do is wish her luck with it.
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Buy her a Honda Civic, they can run for years with just an oil change and brake job every once in awhile.
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Wish the poor Jeep luck too
I hope you didn't think I was being harsh, it may have sounded that way. If so, my apologies.
Grab her by the shoulders and give her a good shake, tell her it's from me and that if she doesn't take care of her Jeeps I'm gonna paint her back porch red.
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QUOTE=Kate;917998]Wish the poor Jeep luck too
I hope you didn't think I was being harsh, it may have sounded that way. If so, my apologies.
Grab her by the shoulders and give her a good shake, tell her it's from me and that if she doesn't take care of her Jeeps I'm gonna paint her back porch red.[/QUOTE]

not to harsh, i enjoy the honesty and humor

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