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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Feb 16, 2004 (4:52 pm)
I go away for a 3 day weekend and all kinds of things happen here!
Welcome, Thomas in Afganistan! Anyone who leaves home at a moment's notice to go half way around the world and defend us all has my admiration.
If you want another opinion on the D35 with ABS vs. D44 - it does depend on what you want to do with your Jeep. I do some off-roading but not real hard-core stuff. My stock Sport does everything I want and I don't feel a need for extra strength of the D44. So for me I'd be happier with the ABS (which I don't have on either of my vehicles). After having locked up the brakes on the Taco once (on a dry freeway) I want ABS on my next commuter type vehicle.
I know what you mean about having your first Jeep experience with one that is OD green - though mine wasn't so eventful. Being as little as I am my biggest problem was starting it - my feet are barely big enough to reach both the starter and the clutch!
Last thing - I have a '98 Wrangler Sport that I bought new. I love it and am planning on keeping it for another 100,000 miles (it has over 116,000 on the odometer now). I would have been very happy to buy a previous year for so much less, even knowing that it was a year old. Because by now that year doesn't matter much.
However, I have a 2000 Tacoma that I hate, and have since about a month after we bought it. It was a 2000 purchased in Sept. after the 2001 models were out. While I got a reasonable deal, I'm still on the wrong side of the note. I had purchased it with plans to keep it for 5 or more years (was going to replace the Wrangler first), so I didn't mind. However, I really hate it but can't afford to dump it. Are you sure I couldn't interest you in an overpriced Tacoma (giggle, giggle)?
Feb 16, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Mtngal: I think you should sound a little happier about that great Taco You know a year ago or so a Taco was in the running for my new car. Kinda glad that it turned into Amy. I wouldn't trade her for the world.
Green: I'm with Gal, if you plan on keep it get either year. I've got an '04 Rubicon that I plan on keeping until she falls apart.... Well then I'll just buy the parts and put her back together That's part of the beauty of the Jeep, you can never say that you can't find parts to fix it. If you like the options on the '04 X then you can always add the larger tires later, and beef up the axle like everyone said. Go with what makes you happy.
Feb 16, 2004 (5:59 pm)
lol. Before I got Buffy I too was thinking of either getting a Taco, or an Xterra. I'm very glad that I ended up with the Rubi though! Finally took her out on the highway over the weekend - felt pretty good. Definitely not a vehicle you can just about fall asleep in (like the t-bird), which is just as well as I'd rather stay alert!
Feb 16, 2004 (7:19 pm)
I agree with the not being able to fall asleep thoughts. But that helps me out a lot. Working in a bar I get off around 3am, used to almost fall asleep every night, now I'm WIDE awake the whole ride home. Guess that's not important to some but it's a nice "feature". I must admit though that it is damn comfortable to drive.
#12367 of 23397 greenmeanie
Feb 17, 2004 (12:24 am)
Just wanted to chime in and say you got a pretty good deal. I just picked up an '03 sport last month w/auto, d44, soft top, and all the fancy gadgets (cruise, dimming mirror, 7 speaker cd, etc) for $20,000 + tax....I was looking at an X with less options at the same price range with the $2,000 rebate, so I think I got a decent deal. The color (Khaki) wasnt exactly what I wanted, but I've grown to like it
Feb 17, 2004 (2:34 am)
Guys & Gals
Thanks for all the input. I had actually replied once, but have been informed that I (innocently) violated policy so it was pulled. You have a great list here and I don't want to subvert it. My apologies.
I have decided to go with an X in order to get the ABS and Trac-Loc (sounds like a rap star). I am working the deal now and will post how it plays out. The X makes a good base for upgrading if I get crazy about the Offroad bug. Plus this way I can get Solar Yellow, I love the way it contrasts with the black trim. It also leaves me some $ to play with for goodies for the Jeep and a new Harley Sportser 1200 I am picking up!
mtngal, thanks for your support, and for the Toyota offer all I drive here is toyota and they seem like good trucks. Sorry it isn't working for you.
Feb 17, 2004 (4:18 am)
I though you might get in a little trouble for your potty mouth.
I guess you got in trouble for posting that link too? Edmunds is somewhat protective of their turf to say the least.
Glad you took your scolding in stride and stayed with us. I have had a few of my posts deleted around here, and that's for sure.
That decision to go X might make more sense in your situation. I can see the need for both ABS and Trac Loc up there in the frozen north.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#12370 of 23397 ABS and trac-loc
Feb 17, 2004 (6:08 am)
I've had both of those options on my '98 and it handles great in the snow, though I don't think I've ever activated the ABS; I don't ever recall having slammed on the brakes with this Jeep in 6 years of ownership. The traction is certainly good in 4wd with the trac-loc. I drove through the Oregon Cascades constantly in the winter, and if ever there's a place that gets snow that would be it. Just remember you can't brake as quickly as you can accelerate.
The hard top is also nice in a place where snowfall can be measured in feet-per-day. I remember a big "snow bomb" sliding off the top of a Douglas fir and onto the roof of the Jeep with a big WHUMP sound once, somewhere near Santiam pass. My friend looked at me and said "glad we have a hard top on there." No kidding. It would have probably caved in the roof of my old soft-top equipped YJ.
Feb 17, 2004 (6:42 am)
I've tried searching past posts but it won't work for my sloooow internet. I'm considering using the addatrunk to store audio components such as a sirius tuner, amp et. I'd mount them to a plywood base in the trunk and then a put a false bottom above. Then it would be out of sight. Anybody tried anything like that? I'd like to put in a sub somewhere too, any suggestions? Or do most find the dash/soundbar speaker locations offer adequate sound (I'd upgrade the factory speakers)