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Am I crazy? We bought our Unlimited 75th Anniversary edition with a manual transmission. Our eldest son was 14 and this was a third car - i.e. a Toy. Now he is 17 and about to go to college in the fall taking the third car with him, leaving me with the Jeep as my daily driver. I live in metro Atlanta, and commute about 50 miles each day (25 one way) a lot of shifting.

So I'm thinking of trading my Jeep in on 2019 Ford Ranger Super Crew XLT - looking at possibly a 2WD with rear locking Diff.

Would love to hear advice.
 

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Park the Jeep and keep as toy...then pick up a beater for commuting....
 
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absolutely but be ready to be really disappointed in what you get offered for a trade in. I have been shopping trucks and lots of nice stuff out there. I personally could not do a 2wd but I live in Montana which is entirely different than Georgia. Might want to include F150 with 2.7 eco boost in your search as they get about the same mpg and a lot more truck.
 

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I have a 2017 F150 Lariat 3.5 crew cab with all the bells and whistles. I usually drive my 2016 JKU unless I absolutely need to haul something with the truck. So my guess you'll greatly miss your JKU in short order if you are driving a Ford Ranger. Just my take on it....
 

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So I guess my first question would be "What's wrong with using the Jeep?". If you simply don't want to drive it because it's uncomfortable for your short commute, then, ok, I guess. It's your choice. I wouldn't do this for gas savings. Gas is cheap.

As to the choice of a huge pickup, why do you need a huge pickup. It's clear with 2WD that you're not going to go offroad. If you need to haul stuff, why not a smaller car with a trailer? I've got a 2 sled snowmobile trailer that I use for hauling. Never had the need for a pickup. Heck, you could drive a Hyundai Veloster and hook up a trailer when you need it.
 

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If you want to make a change in your life, think, then do it.
 

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While you should trade in your Jeep if it isn't what you want, I can't imagine wanting a Ford Ranger over said Jeep. That is a pretty big step down. But to each their own.
 

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Trade it in or sell it for an Automatic Wrangler if you are worried about the shift, else I agree with the other comment, get a beater car for the commute. I do 40 miles each way in my JKU, thankfully I only go into the office 1-2 days a week now. Looking at a new job that may have me 65 miles each way, 1-2 days a week...my solution is most likely going to be to get a beater as I don't want to put that mileage on the JKU...only 30 miles more than current but it is adding up and I need an excuse.
 

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So I'm thinking of trading my Jeep in on 2019 Ford Ranger Super Crew XLT - looking at possibly a 2WD with rear locking Diff.
Many, many years ago when I had a mental lapse in judgement I did the same thing you're thinking about. Traded in my MT YJ for the 2WD Ranger auto, 4L, ext cab, LSD. All the stars aligned to punish my foolish deed as that winter was the "Storm of the Century". Trapped in my home until the snow plows came in the evening. One bad move that I will never forget and never do again.
But it's a free country....
 

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One thing about a 2wd PU, it will be a novelty item (rare).
 

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I commute 18 miles one way to midtown Atlanta in my Jeep and love it. It is an auto but I was using a manual Honda Accord. Really preferred the stick so I could be in the gear I wanted to be.

I think the question is, are you a Jeep guy? If so, you will regret it. If not, then you might not miss it. I'm a Jeep guy for life now.
 

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Am I crazy? We bought our Unlimited 75th Anniversary edition with a manual transmission. Our eldest son was 14 and this was a third car - i.e. a Toy. Now he is 17 and about to go to college in the fall taking the third car with him, leaving me with the Jeep as my daily driver. I live in metro Atlanta, and commute about 50 miles each day (25 one way) a lot of shifting.

So I'm thinking of trading my Jeep in on 2019 Ford Ranger Super Crew XLT - looking at possibly a 2WD with rear locking Diff.

Would love to hear advice.
I wouldn't take a Ford Ranger if it was free. Why not an F-150? It's better in every way.
 

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I commute ~70 miles daily in a manual JKU. It adds a bit of fun to the daily grind. Just my $0.02.
 
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I concur with Jeep63.. When people ask me what they should buy.. my reply.. It's your $$ Get what you want..
 

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Why not a Ram 1500 Hemi. Fun truck and you still get decent mileage. I got just under 19 city/highway combined. Rebates are not as good as they used to be but Ram is still giving them away trying to cement their position as the number two truck in the market.



I went the opposite way. Traded in my 2018 ram crewcab with the hemi. It was fun to drive, roomier and way more practical but it wasn't a jeep.



If you are not 100% sure about trading in the jeep, you will probably regret it.
 

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Unless you're a farmer or a contractor of some kind or even need to haul a large trailer.... Trucks suck.... and a rear wheel drive with a locker??


It snowed maybe 2 inches on the morning I had to drive one of those and I couldn't even get out of the dammed parking lot with it (ford f150 rwd with locker). What a friggin joke that was!
 
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