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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Nov 06, 2003 (6:53 am)
I've been thinks of trading my 2002 liberty on a new wrangler se. The local So Fla dealer has been running a loss leader base se with a/c and rear seat for 13,999. I've been thinking that at that price I could add wheels and tires(probably like Toms) and a cd with speakers for about an extra grand and have a fun little jeep for a low monthly payment. I figure after 5 years it would have about 100,000 miles and would be a fun beach ride at least until the oldest gets his license. My wife thinks that with two small boys and driving about 20k a year I am in the middle of a mid life crisis( i told her the rx8 at 30k would be a real crisis). Does this idea make sense when I will be driving as much as 20k a year??
#10810 of 23397 What type of driving?
Nov 06, 2003 (8:55 am)
If you will be doing highway, I would avoid the 4cyl but if it is just a "toy", I would say go for it. What about a used sport? You could probably pick one up for around $15k with 30k miles or so but you would have the 6 cyl, wheels, cd etc already on board.
#10811 of 23397 I got my Wrangler!!!
Nov 06, 2003 (11:51 am)
i just wanted to announce that i bought my wrangler! it's a 98 se with 40,000 miles! i had someone i trust look it over-i checked wheel wells and the engine and since i don't do much highway driving, i went with the se.
however, i do believe that even if i did do a lot of freeway driving i'd have bought the se anyway cuz it was love at first sight!! it's the jeep i took on my test drive and i was seriously hooked!
thanks so much for all of your guidance about what to look for. i felt much more confident buying the jeep.
i've named him Tucker! he's red with great chrome bumpers and big wheels. i know nothing about off roading but find myself wanting to learn about it!
i've even received my first 'jeep wave' and felt accepted since i don't know much about off roading or 4 wheel driving! but i do know i really like driving Tucker-being so high up and the way the jeep moves over the road, like a living being. it's all good!
thanks again for the help!
ps-i know that people say wranglers ride rough, but i disagree. it's certainly no 'rougher' than a 12 year old crx with 140,000 miles! actually way smoother! so i guess the time was right. it's all about perspective.
Nov 06, 2003 (11:54 am)
The 4 cylinder is great in town and off-roading, but it is really loud on the highway. The I-6 is an engine that goes forever, so a used Sport is not necessarily going to be a problem vehicle.
I have a 5 year old Wrangler with 113,000 on the odometer and still love it. If it were up to me, it would be my daily driver and would have another 135,000 miles on it (what is on my 2000 Taco, which I dislike very much). But there are "creature comforts" that you give up driving one full time. Only you can decide whether you would be happy giving them up.
Out of curiosity, since I'll eventually be in the market for a replacement for the Taco, why are you thinking of trading the Liberty for a Wrangler? I know that the Wrangler is a whole lot more fun than a Liberty, but is there any other reason?
Nov 06, 2003 (12:01 pm)
Way to go! Sounds like you got the right vehicle for you and that's wonderful. Tucker sounds like lots of fun.
You can get an idea if 4-wheeling is something you would enjoy by heading to a national forest and driving some of their dirt roads. Many of them don't require any special skills but will give you a feel of what it is like to leave the pavement behind. I love being able to drive to some beautiful spot where few people go to. Tucker will thank you for it and you'll either get hooked or decide it isn't for you. From the sounds of it, you'll be hooked, just like the rest of us. If you get a chance, post some pictures - we all love to see new Jeeps!
#10814 of 23397 RE: I got my Wrangler!!!
Nov 06, 2003 (12:42 pm)
Congratulations on your "new" SE!
The "jeep wave" is a pleasant surprize. I was quite surprized when I was driving home my "new" Sport for the first time and all sorts of other Wrangler drivers were waving to me. It really makes you feel like you made the right decision and joined an elite group.
Enjoy your new ride!
Nov 06, 2003 (3:55 pm)
Getting a Wrangler makes PERFECT sense to ME!
Hey, for the kind of money you are talking, what other vehicle could be so much fun? Heck, in my book, regardless of price, there simply is not another vehicle that would be even HALF the fun of a Wrangler!
You might be OK with the SE, since there ain't exactly a lot of hills in Florida, unless you guys have imported some that I haven't heard about. Just don't expect a lot of power out on the highway, and especially with a headwind. Better test drive one first, just to be sure you are OK with the highway performance. If not, then find a used Sport, as has been suggested.
What about A/C? You won't be getting that for $13,999 will you? Man, if I lived in Florida, I would HAVE to have A/C! You can't ALWAYS have the top down, can you? Don't you get a lot of rain down there?
Hey, whether an SE or a Sport, just get a Wrangler! I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
P.S. Oops! I just reread your post, and you said you DO get A/C for that price. Man, how could you pass that up, then? GO FOR IT!
Nov 06, 2003 (4:01 pm)
Gal, I am SO happy for ya! Yeeeeeeeeehawwwwwww!!
You'll have to hook up with a Jeep club and get started "wheelin."
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Nov 06, 2003 (4:06 pm)
Congrats on the purchase. I am sure you'll have plenty of fun with Tucker.
Let's see some pics!
Nov 06, 2003 (4:55 pm)
Well I finally landed a back seat for the YJ. I bet I've looked at fifty back seats and none were the exact match to the front seats. One finally came along!
As for the tranny, I've found a rebuilder out of Florida that sells their units for $750, 12 month unlimited mileage warranty and free shipping. They don't charge the core upfront. I'll have 30 days to return my tranny to them. Looks like I'll be taking this route in the next couple of weeks.
Also, I found an offroad store in nearby Western Tennessee that has Rough Country 3" suspension lifts. These lifts include 4 replacement leaf springs, drop pitman arm, 4 shocks with boots, steering stabilizer and all the necessary hardware for only $400. If anyone knows of something better, I'd like to know about it.
And yes, I have hugged my Jeep today