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Old 02-02-2012, 10:30 PM
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New guy from Indiana needs advice

So im currently in the market for a new(to me) vehicle and have gone back on forth on mustangs, grand prixs, gtos, and others. But ive always wanted a jeep and i recently started looking to see if i can find anything decent in my price range(up to around 12ish with financing or around six cash) So here is the dilema; I have no freaking clue what to do. I have a car currently(2000 saturn ls2) thats ok and i might keep it depending on the jeep. so im trying to decide if a tj is practical enough for me. How many out there commute with their jeep? whats winter driving like in it? ive gone through the forum and looked/done research but just want some straight forward advice/tips. thanks in advance from a potential jeep owner!!

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You're definitely going to want a hard top if you've never owned a jeep before...being under a soft top at highway speeds can get pretty noisy. Either that or invest in a kickin' stereo.
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You've never enjoyed commuting like you will in a Wrangler. In fact you will go out of your way to make the trip a little longer. Summers topless and doorless or any combination of the two. Winters are no different than any other vehicle except for the fact that you know no matter what the conditions, you can make it. The heaters in a jeep are almost too good so cold isn't a factor. Jeeps are not as noisy (even with a soft top) as some think. A lot depends on your tire selection. The only drawback is the mileage, but they are so much fun to drive that you won't care. Good luck with your selection.
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I've only had mine a couple of days, but I don't find the commute any less comfortable than the "kid hauler" van I was driving before. The heat is really good in my 2000 with a rag top, and I don't really think it's all that loud. I drive across town, and don't go above 50 much, so it is less than the interstate would be - your experience might be different if you have a highway commute. I was looking in about the same price range, and they are pretty scarce in the Fort right now. I think I saw ads for a couple in Mishawaka around that price. Of course, you might find a private seller. Best of luck in finding a killer deal - You'll love it. The mileage won't be as good as your Saturn, but for me it was definitely worth it (However, there is a Prius somewhere out there working overtime to compensate for me, I'm sure).
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Welcome. Ours is a daily driver and we love it. I would go with the hard top.
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Welcome from PA. I also have a 2000 saturn 4 banger with 225000 mi. and is on it's last leg got a 04 for $12000 85000 mi. only one I could find under 100000 mi. or I go for a older jeep.
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TJ is quite dependable and better for the winter than a mustang lol
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Thanks for all the welcomes guys! Should be purchasing my jeep within the next week or two. Couldnt be any more excited! Gotta try and learn stick first though haha

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