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Old 08-28-2016, 09:41 PM
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First Ever Jeep

Hello all,

After nearly 5 years of wanting one more than anything, I finally joined the club last weekend and purchased a new-to-me 2007 Wrangler Unlimited.

The purchase process was quite an adventure as I essentially bought it sight unseen. I had my dad looking for me in PA so I could get one without the rust/winter wear issues on it that are common in MA. Got it last Saturday, then immediately drove it 400 miles back to New England on Sunday. It exceeded every expectation I had for the trip with smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride! I even got 22mpg on the trip and have been averaging 21 ever since which I am thrilled with (hand calculated at the pump with a very light foot).

I was pretty deadset on getting a 6-speed and my dad test drove four 6-speeds in the search process. However, I got such a good deal on this one with a hard top and power options (let alone just being an Unlimited) that I changed my plans and settled with an automatic. I'm well aware that automatic JKU's are the soccer mom special and the bane of many a Jeepers existence, but I'm absolutely loving this thing so far. A big part of that has to do with the fact that my last car was a certain small fuel efficient Toyota sedan that will not be named and I could not possibly have hated any more. That being said, the change in fuel consumption has been a shocker but driving around with the freedom tops off on beautiful days and getting wave after wave from other Jeepers has made it worth it.

I'm going to try to control myself when it comes to mods, but we'll see how long that lasts. Already ordered a stubby antenna and a hand screw set for the hard top and this week I'm planning on picking up door mount mirrors for taking the doors off and a cover from Quadratec so I can fully remove the top and have something in the trunk in case of an unexpected rainstorm coming through while it's parked at work.

I haven't gotten the doors and top off yet which I'm afraid is going to be quite the challenge for Labor Day weekend. I already stripped the Torx screw over the drivers side on the roof trying to start the removal process and the doors have some rust around the hinges that the dealer sprayed over with white Rustoleum before delivery. The previous owners don't seem to have ever removed the doors or complete hard top. I'm stocking up on tools and WD40 this week as I'm determined to get everything off this weekend!

One of the first topics I'm going to be diving into on here is rustproofing ahead of what looks like it might be a brutal MA winter. Besides that, just going to be lurking around for ideas on cheap/simple upgrades and checking out other JKU builds.

So I think that's enough of my rambling... here's a picture! Just an iPhone shot so far. I am big into photography as a hobby and often shoot with a Nikon DSLR, just haven't gotten a chance to get some good shots of the Jeep yet. Cheers!

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Old 08-28-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Hah yeah its funny how we have those expensive cameras, but yet we're using our cell phones instead.
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Great lookin' JKU. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:28 PM   #9
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Hi Jeepers. I have also just purchased my first Jeep ever (but I am not new to reading this forum).

I have waited considerably more than 5 years. This forum has been very helpful. I was going to wait until my daughter graduated from college in 18 months to get one but I got nervous with all the rumors about the body style changes in the 2017 and 2018 models. Frame no frame, aluminum body parts, axles or IS etc.

The rumor about the new window rake angle bothered me the most... Anyway, since I love the look of the JK, I figured best to get one now. So I got a new 2016 Sport S. My wife said its a mid life crisis because I turned 50, but nah. And if it is, so what? I deserve it damn it. I just have been smiling ever since. I ubered part time to pay for it. So its not like we had to use any savings because of it. Anyway, Im just thrilled.

I was told by several dealers that you could not order the 2016 anymore. So I bought one from the lot. I think I got a pretty good deal. Im in love with the granite crystal. The only thing that it didn't have that I had wanted when I built them on-line (hundreds of times) from the Jeep site was the upgraded radio. The standard radio seems kinda basic. I can play my phone through t though with the connectivity group. Its just that the display is kinda primitive. Like you cant see the clock when the radio is on. But people say don't worry about it, its a jeep! I guess I could get the upgrade if it isn't too hard to install and fits in without too many modifications.

Im surprised at how quiet it is. I got decent mileage, 17.2.

I got kinda nervous though, I read after I went on the expressway with the sunrider top open that I should have removed the rear window when the sunrider is open. Oh boy. I hope everything is still ok...

Thanks for letting me in here. You guys are so knowledgeable and very patient with us newbies.

But like JKWAX I'm absolutely loving this thing so far. Getting that first wave (and nod of approval) was so cool!
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! Happy to be on the forum and enjoying the daily adventures in the Jeep more and more every day
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