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kpcollins31 02-12-2011 07:24 AM

New to Jeep... thinking about a Wrangler
I have never owned or even ridden in a Jeep Wrangler before, so I am looking for thoughts based on my situation. I had a Mustang convertible for several years and loved it, but sold it because I could only use it a few months out of the year in upstate NY and I did not want to have 3 vehicles.

This Jeep Wrangler would replace my daily driver... I have a very short commute and only put on ~7000 miles per year with no highway driving. I love the thought of spending most of the summer with the top down and then being able to mosh around in our messy winters with the same vehicle. I do not expect this vehicle would see much off road time with the exception of perhaps getting to a few trail heads in the Adirondacks.

Just curious on thoughts?



WarBoomer 02-12-2011 08:02 AM

Most of us on will be biased towards a wrangler, but first you have to understand it is defiantly not for everyone. You can find a lot of Wranglers on craigslist from people who bought one and quickly realized this.

Best thing you can do is get in some and test drive. These vehicles are minimalists compared to most other vehicles so that takes some getting used to. Road noise even with the top up can make talking on a cell phone difficult, and gas mileage...well...don't buy one if you hate buying gas :)

Other than that they are hands down one of the most fun vehicles to own. They are easy to work on, and you can spend more on modding than the Jeep is actually worth! That and they are extremely capable in all road conditions and obviously off road.

One other thing to bear in mind (coming from a car convertible myself). The top takes some time to take up and down. You get used to it, but I had an auto top on my Toyota Solara. Just a heads up because that seems to frustrate some people who want a "convertible". You get the hang of putting it up and down (can do mine in less than 5 min).

Good luck!

im-ocd 02-12-2011 08:27 AM

I have a 2010 Wrangler Unlimited that I bought in December.
The soft top does allow more road noise, as you know from your Mustang, but I have no trouble talking on a cell phone; I really don't think road noise is that bad.
Road noise is influenced by tires and I still have the stock tires which are not agressive, look like they belong on a van.
I like the unrefined aspects of the Wrangler like my manual windows & locks as it's less to tear up IMO in the future; of course, power goodies are available if you desire.
Some people complain about the lack of power, but I don't have an issue with acceleration; mine has a 6 speed which I believe is quicker than auto. I typically drive it conservatively anyway and I'm rewarded with 18-19 MPG averages. My opinion on power (acceleration) is coming from someone who had a Dodge Ram quad cab with "only" a 230+- HP 5.9 magnum and my wife's Grand Caravan, not a Mustang.
It took me about 10 minutes to put on / up the top on the 2nd try by myself; I'm sure I'll get quicker with practice, but I wasn't getting rained on at the time either.

I agree take one for a drive.

kpcollins31 02-12-2011 09:31 AM

Fuel economy is not a concern... the car I plan to replace has a 6.0L V-8 and my annual driving is a 2 mile commute to and from work plus around the town errands. I am not really concerned about noise either given the nature of my driving. Like you guys said... best thing to do is to go out and find one to drive.

JDsDream 02-12-2011 10:46 AM

One point that has not been mentioned is that you will find your 2 mile commute will be lengthened. You will begin to find longer routes to take so that you can spend more time in your Jeep. They are that much fun to drive!!

djw97tj 02-12-2011 10:56 AM

With a Wrangler you can mildly mod it and it would still be a very capable offroad vehicle. With a small lift and not excessivly large tires it would be a great daily driver. Some people won't agree with me on this but I would advise getting a hardtop for it if it doesn't already come with one. It would help cut down on road noise and help keep the Jeep warmer in the winter, which I hear are pretty crazy in upstate Ney York. Its all about personal prefrence though. Deffinatley test drive not just one but a few different ones. New, used, hardtop, softtop, full doors, half doors etc.

Vroooom 02-12-2011 11:03 AM

Oh so very true, JDsDream.

Like Billy from the "Family Circus" comics, I rarely find that I travel in the direct line to anywhere....

There is always something in need of exploring.

I think Peter Pan woulda driven a JEEP, cuz its like a rolling "Never Land"

I refuse to grow up.

WarBoomer 02-12-2011 11:25 AM

VERY true JD! On my GPS I'm constantly clicking the "avoid Highways/Interstates" button so I can enjoy all the back roads...turns a 10 minute drive into a 30 - 45min cruise!
Needless to say I'm MUCH more familiar with some of the more country roads within a 50 mile radius of my house.

GPS says I'm 5 minutes from home...hmmmmm...."find alternate route" :dance:

Tony 76 02-12-2011 03:18 PM

Hey I'm from Norwalk CT, we are very close to you and the guys are right test drive them all. But I recommend with our winters you need a hard top and full doors for winter and obviously a soft top for summer that's what I got for my YJ and I love it. And I get to drive mine 30 to 40 minutes every morning and evening to an from work "LOVE It"

JeepNGTO 02-12-2011 09:18 PM

Your rationale for buying a Wrangler was almost exactly what mine was a little over a year ago. I also went from a high performance car to the Jeep (is your 6 liter a goat by chance, if so we had very similar situations). Speed is definitely addictive and it was probably what I missed most when I started driving the Wrangler. No more weaving in traffic and smokey burnouts during my commute. Wranglers on paved roads are more cruisers which is OK, keeps you out of trouble with the cops. I bought mine in the winter but to be honest once the warm weather hit I was thinking about selling it just because I missed the speed. But I'm glad I kept it. It's the kind of vehicle that grows on you over time, becomes like a friend. I'll add that although speed is not in the equation, top down, doors off is awesome!

kpcollins31 02-13-2011 06:09 AM


Originally Posted by JeepNGTO (Post 1052082)
I also went from a high performance car to the Jeep (is your 6 liter a goat by chance, if so we had very similar situations).

Not a goat, but made in the same place. Pontiac G8 GT... essentially an Australian Holden Commodore. Very fun car, but with 3 kids (boys), 1 income, and NY taxes, I am looking for something both fun and more affordable. The thought of spending most of the summer with the top down and doors off is really appealing.

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