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Old 06-04-2013, 12:45 PM
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What's so great about a Jeep?

Hi, this is Jinxy.

I've never owned a Jeep before.

I've only ridden in a Jeep once (test drive passenger).

Convince me.

Why should I buy a Jeep?

What's so great about a Jeep?

As I stated in a different thread, we are buying a Jeep (my husband's chosen retirement car) and I 'm on board with the decision 100% but I want to know everthing I'm going to love about a Jeep and if there is anything I might not like about a Jeep. (He's never owned a Jeep either.)

No wise guy answers...I'm serious.

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As i read on here before.

"The most fun vehicle to drive on the nicest day of summer, and the most fun vehicle to drive on the worst day of winter"

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I don't have a specific answer for you, but I can tell you that other than the motorcycles I've had, my Jeep is the only vehicle I've truly enjoyed driving, and have fun while doing it. There's just something about it lol.
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I fell in love with Jeeps long ago, can't tell you why. But what I like about mine is that I enjoy driving it. Maybe it is knowing that I can just drive over things if I feel like it. Or that the top will come off if the weather is nice. I find myself doing silly things like driving on top of a snow pile. Or parking with half the Jeep on the snow bank to mess with my wife.

I also llike driving it places other vehicles wouldn't go with as much ease. It makes a good adventure vehicle.

What do I dislike? Not much. I would be happier if it burnt less fuel. And the headlights should be brighter. Other than that I think is pretty civilized for what it is.
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It's the most fun you can legally have in any car on the road. Sure a Porsche is great until you realize you can't drive 150 without trouble.

It's also the only vehicle with a user interchangeable hard and soft top, removeable doors, and a foldable windshield.

It has the largest aftermarket parts market out of ANY vehicle.

It comes with a manual transmission

It can tow decently well

Its amazing in the winter

You can offroad and you'll risk damage the least out of any stock vehicle on the market

Those are the reasons I love mine
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getting into the back seats really suck (both 2dr/4dr), access to the trunk for groceries on a soft top really sucks...not a pain, but not convenient either. gas mileage is abysmal if upgrading to bigger wheels/tires too. other than my vices, i'm still in love with my jeep since the first day of purchase. i love taking the long way home, road trips, and the culture.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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As i read on here before.

"The most fun vehicle to drive on the nicest day of summer, and the most fun vehicle to drive on the worst day of winter"

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^ This... plus EVERYTHING is better in a Jeep! As my avatar says... go anywhere, do anything.... Besides that... they make Hummer drivers jealous
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Drive one without a top or doors than come back and post your experience.
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I'll start with the most obvious and my favorite: going topless. I know it's the most common answer you'll get but just wait until you experience it and you'll understand why. Next would be jeeps are American icons, a symbol of freedom since WWII.

I assume you've noticed all the modified jeeps on this forum. Jeeps are the most customizable 4 wheel vehicle on the market. They have, by far, the largest aftermarket industry of any automobile. You can customize it and make it like no other. A vehicle you can call unique and your own.

There is also the jeep community. Thousands of jeep owners that are friendly people. Full of knowledge and advice. With the community comes the "jeep wave". Just a simple wave of hand at another jeep wrangler.

Now none of this might not make much since and many people don't get it. It's a jeep thing and you have to experience it to understand it
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As i read on here before.

"The most fun vehicle to drive on the nicest day of summer, and the most fun vehicle to drive on the worst day of winter"

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Not sure about that. I'd rather have a drop top 996 for goofing about on a nice sunny day.

What it is, is the most fun practical vehicle on the market. No-one looks stupid driving a Jeep with the roof down, be they 18 or 80. You can go to places that few others can if the outdoor lifestyle is your thing. You can use it go to Home Depot and you can use it go to the beach with your friends. It looks just as good dirty as it does clean.

The more time you spend with a Jeep, the more you realise just how much it can do.
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Most people buy Jeeps for subjective reasons, and many are listed here.

To be objective, I suppose the only data points would be off road capability. (There's a host of design advantages in the Wrangler, but ones easy to notice are approach angle, departure angle, break-over angle, articulation, etc.) To get those things, you give up other things found at a similar price point in a 4x4 vehicle.

So if you don't need all that, buy something else. Then post a picture with the top and doors off! (Subjective win!)

Edit: by "Most people" I mean the hundreds of thousands of people who purchased a Wrangler, not the die hards to flock to the forum. They know the subjective as well as objective reasons, eh?
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Jinxy,

Beyond all the good points stated above you may want to find a Jeep and an owner that know some trails and see some of the land that most people will never see and experience..

Jeeps aren't the most practical vehicle for everything, but its the most practical for my lifestyle..
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As I stated in a different thread, we are buying a Jeep (my husband's chosen retirement car)
If your husband wants a CAR for his retirement he will still have to buy one, even if you buy a Jeep. We bought our first Jeep 5 months ago and I quickly learned that they are not referred to as a CAR. They say a kitten dies whenever you call it a car.
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As many have said....take a topless, doorless drive on a nice day. There are a lot of quirks to put up with.....but man....riding topless and doorless with my 8 month (then) pregnent wife to go get milkshakes from Sonic was awesome. The looks we got were priceless.
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OMGosh....RoadiJefff I take it back...My husband wants a Jeep for his retirement vehicle (is that okay?) I hope too many kitties didn't just die. You see....this is the kind of stuff I need to know. And where else can I find out the easy way instead of the hard way.

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Jinxy,

I live in Indiana as well, the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis to be exact. There are things that I love about my Jeep and things that I tolerate because they don't even come close to cancelling out the things I am taken by.

On a sunny day in Broad Ripple, there are usually no less than a dozen other Jeeps to wave at. (I have to see that I am still always eager to wave at every Wrangler.) Jeepers share a bond that no other automobile evokes. A new fella started here at work and he drive a yellow TJ. He tracked me down in the first week he started and we were immediately swapping stories. We still talk about Jeep all the time. Instant common ground. Motorcycles are the only other thing I have seen with that kind of draw.

It has been mentioned already, but it can not be overstated, driving topless with the doors off is whole nother experience! When you are heading somewhere in a naked Jeep, you are on an adventure. Every other automobile is simply a method of conveyance to an adventure. In a Jeep the journey begins with the turn of a key!

There are tons of great things, too many to count. I had never worked on a car until I got my Jeep. I now change my own oil, installed my lift, put on a CAI (oops!), and have done countless other fixes. I truly understand my Jeep. I can not say the same thing about my wife's Jetta!

So what's the bad??? Two weeks ago, I spent three hours chasing down a rattle and found it to be the tocking mechanism in the rear tailgate. I got stuck once behind my office in a bog owned by the power company (I never would have had the compulsion to try that in my Grand Prix...). My wife and I got caught in a rainstorm with no sides or doors on Sunday. (That was actually kind of fun!) I can not keep anything valuable in my Jeep because it is a soft top. I went to the Dr's office yesterday morning and had to bring in my lap top, my cycling bag, and my lunch. They asked me if I was moving in! My wife and I play Tetris when we go to the grocery in our two door JK and shop for the week.

Everytime I am frustrated with my Jeep, I just have to think about the good times. All the times my dog has jumped through the rear tailgate while ducking to avoid the back window to load up at the dog park. (People love watching her do that.) The excitement of bombing through the same mud fields behind my office that once bogged down my stock Jeep, and watching my rig laugh at them now!

I guess the point I am trying to make is that I feel that there is a relationship between my Jeep and I. We know each other; we know neither one is perfect, but we accept that and we get through the journey together. I've never felt that way about an automobile before. I can't see myself ever not owning a Jeep! Hope some of this makes sense.
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As i read on here before.

"The most fun vehicle to drive on the nicest day of summer, and the most fun vehicle to drive on the worst day of winter"

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this x 10000000000000000 AND Adventure is standard, pavement optional!
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Hi...I read your every word. Very eloquent and enjoyable. This is why I posted the question "What's so Great about a Jeep". My husband of 46 years and I are on the brink of a life changing decision here and I'm just beginning to be aware of it thanks to all of the great input I'm getting . Your passion is contagious. I'm 62 and he's 65. We're in good health (I just had both of my knees totally replaced last year) and this is the first time in our lives that we have no responsibility except ourselves and Chelsea our 10 year old whippet (dog -small version of a greyhound). We are looking forward to some youthful bufoonery. I appreciate all of you for sharing your experiences with me here.

....and keep them comming....Soon we will have our own new Jeep and instead of living on the edge of a forum, we'll be living on the edge of life!!!

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Owning a Jeep is like a Grateful Dead concert, If I have to explain you wouldn't understand.
Noisy, shambolic and primarily done by badly dressed people with a tenuous grasp on reality?
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I've posted this comment before, but here goes:

When I explained to my wife all of the great things you can do with a Jeep - Hardtop, soft top, top off, top down, spider shade, doors on, doors off, lifts, wheels, bumpers, winches etc etc... She thought for a moment and said "So it's like a Barbie doll for guys ?". That's one way to look at at.

It just feels good and feels right, but it's not for everyone.
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Just the idea that there's no place I can't get to should I so desire, that's what I like. What I don't like, you've got to pay to play.
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Hi, if you don't know why a Jeep, then you should consider a nice
Benz or Lex, ps: I went with the Jeep & Benz combo, the best of both worlds, for some people it's a B.M.W, or Prius, that's why they make so many flavors...just enjoy the moment..Life is good...
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Jinxy I just traded in my gmc Yukon for a jeep about a week ago,I had been looking at one for about 2 years. Even the day I got my jku I was still asking my self the same question you are. It took 2 days and I got it. We took the top off and me and my wife and son just got in it and drove, nowhere in particular we just had fun and enjoyed being with each other. I have had countless vehicles and none even come close to being as fun as my jeep. I honestly wished I wouldn't of waited this long to get one
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Hi...I read your every word. Very eloquent and enjoyable. This is why I posted the question "What's so Great about a Jeep". My husband of 46 years and I are on the brink of a life changing decision here and I'm just beginning to be aware of it thanks to all of the great input I'm getting . Your passion is contagious. I'm 62 and he's 65. We're in good health (I just had both of my knees totally replaced last year) and this is the first time in our lives that we have no responsibility except ourselves and Chelsea our 10 year old whippet (dog -small version of a greyhound). We are looking forward to some youthful bufoonery. I appreciate all of you for sharing your experiences with me here.

....and keep them comming....Soon we will have our own new Jeep and instead of living on the edge of a forum, we'll be living on the edge of life!!!

I may have to change my user name to R.E.D.
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That is one of the greatest dog pictures I have ever seen.
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That is one of the greatest dog pictures I have ever seen.
The wind was so strong that day that it literally made her smile!
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