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Old 02-05-2015, 07:28 PM
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Anyone switch from a high performance sedan to a JKU? Plz Share

So here's my last chance. I'm going in on Saturday to trade in my beloved 2010 Mercedes C63 AMG. I know I will miss it, but I'm ready for a change. I've been wanting a JKU forever. I'm going to finalize an order for a 2015 WW JKU with half doors, automatic transmission, and Alpine speaker upgrade, in Black.

This will be a pretty dramatic change for me. I think with age and children, my need for speed and lust for luxury high performance cars has died. Before the C63 I had a 2008 Subaru STi. My desire to have more fun with the outdoors, not worry about door dings, wheel dings, pot holes, and the occasional snow has taken over.

Anyone here make a similar transition? Would love to hear your experience.

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I have had several German sports cars and now have a 2015 jkur and I have tons of fun with it and my family. That said I still have a few other vehicles for different applications. A truck for towing stuff. A Bmw for commuting and the jeep for fun (this is where I used to say Porsche). My family and I have more fun in the jeep then I did alone in my sports cars.
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I sorta did.. I have an '09 Jaguar XF Supercharged (+mods, about 500HP)..I kept it (traded the old Highlander for the Jeep) but since I got the Jeep, the poor Jag has sat in the garage virtually untouched..(BUT, it's there when I feel the need for speed )
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I also am keeping the fun cars plus the JKUHR. The speed bug is to much a part of who I am I AutoX a Mustang GT and GTI and the Jeep is meant as a fun family vehicle that everyone can and will enjoy.
Don't be surprised if you end up adding a fun car back to your inventory
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So, not a high performance sedan, but quite fast, fun and it's what I traded out of when I got my JK.

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It was my Ducati - 1098, I still miss it but not enough to get rid of the Jeep
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I used to drive SRTs and now I own two JKs.

Performance cars are more about the driver having the fun, while the passengers watch or feel sick.

JKs bring a very different type of fun. One that you can enjoy all the time, and with your loved ones.



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Sure (okay a coupe not a sedan, but I had several before that... I still have the coupe).

The answer more than anything is expectations. You shouldn't buy a Jeep Wrangler and expect plush. It's a utility vehicle and spectacular one at that, and a lot more comfortable and refined than I had expected from reviews.

But, let's face it, when the engineering compromise is between off-road utility and something else, the off-road utility mostly wins... and that's what Wrangler fans want. And, the JK is near the end of its platform life, so some of the features are dated compared to what you get in other vehicles today.

I drive a twisty, windy high country mountain pass almost every day with either the Jeep or the M3. The Jeep obviously cannot hang with the car made for that, but I have learned to enjoy it on it and push it to the limits and it's more than enough fun. And at the same time, I can go on the rugged country roads around here in heavy snow and not think twice about it. The new 3.6L engine has plenty of power and torque compared to previous Jeeps that it doesn't feel slow.

The Wrangler is basically a giant lego with wheels made for off-roading with the top-off. Going in expecting something different and you might be disappointed and unhappy. If that's what you want, then you're going to like it a lot.
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Great stuff folks. "Giant Lego" haha. That's exactly what I'm looking for, hence the half doors. Not a daily driver for me. I commute by train and walk to it, so it will sit in my garage a lot. I only put 2-3k miles on my cars every year. I just got my wife a 2014 Landcruiser last November. I think if I want plush and luxurious, I always have that. I'm excited and sort of have cold feet all at the same time haha. Thanks for your input folks. Hope to hear more stories. I was lurking around here when I sold my STi. Instead of the JKU, I got the benz.
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Hemi Charger to JKU

My daily driver before my JKU was a Hemi V8 Charger R/T, rear wheel drive. I loved that car on dry pavement - so much fun and so fast. But with the winter weather we get here in NE Ohio, the car was horrible in the snow, even with dedicated winter tires.

I couldn't take the fear of dying anymore every time I drove in any sort of winter precipitation. I wanted 4WD and that care-free feeling with the doors and roof off.

I will be honest - I absolutely love the sound of an American V8, and there are plenty of times I miss the rumble of that Hemi. The Wrangler is so slow and the ride is rough and noisy, and the interior isn't plush - not that I got it for those things. The happiness I have with the doors and roof off, and the secure feeling driving in snow makes me really enjoy my Wrangler. Plus modding it is a lot fun too, though expensive!

I plan on paying off my Wrangler, then finally buying a classic muscle car that I've wanted since high school.
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You will love the Jeep, nothing like it. I too have had some fun fast cars, not as nice as the c63, which btw is one of my favorite cars. Learn from me, I sold my 11' JKU because I missed the speed and I've regretted it ever since. Love my EVO now (550hp) but the simplicity of the Jeep I really miss. Just get it and go!
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Well the last 3 before my new JK were an M3, a 500hp 335i, and a CSL550. I only miss the M3. I've had 3 Wranglers before and they are some of the only vehicles I've missed once gone.
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Traded my M3 Cab for the Jk. Miss it, but it was the right decision for sure. Loving my Jeep!!!

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Somehow you must keep the C63 too....its one of my all time favorites. The exhaust note is intoxicating. Love the 507 Edition. These AMG NA V8's are becoming extinct. I have a 2013 S4 which is highly refined and a joy to drive. For shear seat of the pants performance I have a Crossfire SRT6 coupe which I track on occasion. Its running in the high 11's with HP mods. That's scary fast for a light 2 seater. The Jeeps are much different but enjoyable in their own right too. My TJ is my DD and has the old jeep feel, while the Willys is rugged, yet functional and comfortable.
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I went from a YJ to an Infiniti G35 to a TJ to BMW 3 series to a Z4 to a JKUS to a JKR. I just need a bigger garage. I say pull the trigger. You can get another sedan.
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I had this Porsche. I miss it. but at least i still have 3 wheels with some power.
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I traded in my first vehicle, a 00' XJ, for a 328xi when BMW first put awd in their coupes. Great car, but I wanted something faster. Traded that in for a 135i. The 135i was a great car when it worked, but it was in the shop for engine issues all the time. My first Jeep was bulletproof so I ended up in a JKUR and haven't regretted it at all in the two years I've had it.
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I'll be interested in how you feel once you get the jeep. Ordered a JKURHR in January, so I am selling my CLK63 convertible. Lots of things I love about the car, but my wife's SC430 has been much more reliable and way cheaper to maintain but no where near as fast or precise to drive. I know I am going to miss the effortless speed, but won't miss the cost of replacing the rotors. We need something capable of light hauling and with a little more room since we sold our SUV to our daughter and I really don't want 3 cars now that we are in a condo. I have loved jeeps since I was a kid and decided that I would be much happier if I got something completely different. Huge bonus that I will still be able to put the top down when I want some extra sun.
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I bet you will ride the train to work less once you have that Jeep.
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I traded a factory tuned BMW 435 M Sport. I miss the speed and luxury...but I'm really loving the laid back nature of the Jeep. I'm also not missing the paranoia of parking my Bimmer pretty much anywhere besides my garage. I'm sure some day down the road I'll add some sort of roadster...but the Jeep is staying.
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I went from an SRT 8 charger to the 2014 JKU and while I miss the charger for the fun during the summer I don't miss trying to drive it when I get caught out in the snow the Jeep is fun summer and winter.
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I am trying to go in the other diresction...

Nice choice with the half doors. Especially if you don't have to drive it to work in the winter. I am waiting for spring to bring my JKU out of winter hibernation. I live in the Boston suburbs and took the door tops off and folded down the soft top when I bought my Jeep. I drive it whenever the sun shines and its above 50 degrees. My kids love it. My wife tolerates it. She has a Sequoia for our family car, and I am starting to look at 650 convertibles to replace my impreza.

You will hear lots of doors off talk on this forum. I am sure that day will come for me too someday but with three little ones, half doors seem like the perfect compromise.

Unsolicted advice... get a raingear cab cover. It is absolutely bulletproof for a waterproof cover if you have to park in questionable weather away from your garage.

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My last 2 cars were E46 M3's, a 2001 followed by a 2006. My DD is the '06 with 210,000 miles on her now. She rolled the 10,000 mile mark on the track at Road Atlanta. Needless to say I did not trade her when I ordered the Jeep.


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I went from an IS350 that I custom ordered from the factory to a JK. The IS had all of 17k miles on it and had pretty much every option available. As much as I loved that car, I was starting to dread getting in and out of it. With my RA, low cars and I just don't get along that well anymore.

The Jeep is not only easy for me to slide in and out of, but now I can get out in the desert again - something I'd given up along with my dirt bikes and ATVs.

The JK is fun in a whole different way, and the first vehicle I've broken out my tools to get close and personal with in many a year. No regrets at all.

Oh, and the IS is still in the garage. It was immediately claimed by my wife who dumped her new Acura in a heat beat for it. And oddly enough, I think I've only driven the IS once in the last 10 months, so I guess I don't miss it all that much.

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I sold a Pcar to get my latest JK. It was a no brainer for me, since I owned 7 Jeeps previously. Never missed it, the so-called frills, the maintenance or the insurance bill since I turned the keys over to the new owner.

Nature and wilderness offer a lot more variety, excitement and challenges than speeding around a track. Even if you're an adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of narrow cliffside trails that need to be traversed at a 20º+ sideways inclination with a literally a birdseye view of the abyss.
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Great stuff folks. thanks.
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Not A high performance car, but I have a Roush Raptor that runs 590 hp. It fills a certain need for speed. I bought the jeep because I was putting too many miles on my Raptor at 38,000 miles in a year. I am in a JK, though.
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Not A high performance car, but I have a Roush Raptor that runs 590 hp. It fills a certain need for speed. I bought the jeep because I was putting too many miles on my Raptor at 38,000 miles in a year. I am in a JK, though.
I'd be interested in how you compare the two, I would think the Raptor would make a better DD and off-road monster, but who knows.
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We still have a Lexus GS450 in the garage and I traded my Audi for the Jeep.

The Audi was a nice car but not engaging at all, basically just an appliance. The Lexus is nice...from the passenger seat.
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I went from an SRT 8 charger to the 2014 JKU and while I miss the charger for the fun during the summer I don't miss trying to drive it when I get caught out in the snow the Jeep is fun summer and winter.
Same here,I traded a 2009 charger srt with 24,000 miles for my jkur. Miss the handling and speed and brakes but don't miss the speeding tickets lol.
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My buddy traded his Toyota Corolla S in Appliance Gray Pearl and no front license plate.

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