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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Jul 10, 2006 (3:16 pm)
Yikes! I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything here - - for numerous reasons. Now I'm posting with real mixed feelings.
I have my own business (yep, that's right - magnets, Tom). My wife recently got a new car, so we needed to decide whether her Blazer or my SE was more appropriate for picking up parts, etc. Clearly the Blazer wins in the 'practicality' category. (Please, no arguments - - I've struggled with all of these already.)
As an unmotivated seller, we learned that a friend of a neighbor girl needed a vehicle and had seen my Jeep. This girl and her father asked if they could come look it over, and I said yes. I'd just painted the faded wheel flares (the Krylon Fusion worked wonders!), washed and waxed it, so the Jeep looked great. Not shabby at all for a '98. They stopped by, and even though I was unmotivated to sell it, I couldn't curb my enthusiasm to "sell them on the Jeep thing". I put the top down, the windows were already out, referenced this forum for information, let the Dad take her (the daughter) for a drive since she needs to learn to drive a stick, and told the Mom that "when Dad gets back, he'll be grinning ear-to-ear and want this for his own." Bingo! Dead on! But the daughter was not likely to let this baby go to anyone else.
After some negotiating, letting his mechanic check it out, and so on, I'd convinced my wife that if these people were unwilling to meet my price, I'd just keep 'Eugene' since we knew the history, and it wouldn't cost us much to keep him as part of the family. I spoke with the Dad, told him the price was firm, and he said he'd check with his wife and call back. I knew I was sunk at that moment.
Sure enough, the only people we really showed 'Eugene' to ended up buying it. I guess the only positive is that their attitude is so pro-Jeep. The girl was making comments like "Of course you wouldn't just want to sell him to anybody...you'd have to know something about the people first" when she took her first ride. Plus the Dad figures she can learn to drive a manual in his Civic, while he drives the Jeep to work just to check it out
I'm fairly crushed by all of this. This is the first time since March 2000 that I've been Jeep-less. Again, it helps that Michele and her Dad will be really good Jeep owners. I'm not sure how I'll react the first time Michele comes to visit her friend next door....
There will be another Wrangler in my future. The sooner the better.
#21828 of 23397 Re: I'll be back....... [redrocker15]
Jul 11, 2006 (11:17 am)
I can certainly relate to your dilemma about selling Eugene. I felt the same way when we had to face the fact we needed something other than 2 Wranglers, and I had to give up my Noble Black Steed. However, I sold him to a Jeep person who's also a mechanic, and he'll definitely get more use than he was spending most of the time parked in my driveway. It was hard to look out the first morning and see only GiGi and the Fit in the driveway. I love having the soft top, and the Unlimited is much easier to live with than the Sport, but it just isn't quite as much fun.
Wonder if we should start a book on how long it takes you to come to the conclusion you don't want to be Jeep-less any more?
#21829 of 23397 Re: Backup car [koolbreeze2]
Jul 11, 2006 (12:10 pm)
It depends on what you want the back-up vehicle to do. I have an F-350 dualie crew cab for hauling, an '06 Hyundai Elantra for milage, a GSXR 1000 for ADRENALIN, and a restored 1940 Taylorcraft BC 65 (airplane) for C L A S S.
#21830 of 23397 Re: Backup car [aphaltcommando]
Jul 11, 2006 (12:46 pm)
Congratulations on a nice collection, but that's helpful how??
#21831 of 23397 Re: I'll be back....... [redrocker15]
Jul 11, 2006 (2:18 pm)
funny, I got a call from a buddy today pestering me for details of the 07 Unlimited. He sold his 95 Rio Grande YJ around the time of kid #1, now that kid #2 is a toddler, he's ready to get back into a Jeep. He always drives mine around wistfully when visiting.
Jul 12, 2006 (7:21 am)
It is helpful from the standpoint that far too many people try to fit one vehicle into many different roles, and then complain about the fact that they don't do all of them well. I bought my F-350 to PULL. I have had over a ton in it while pulling a 30 foot trailer behind it. It does this while climbing hills with ease, but it will only get 10 MPG empty or full. That's why I bought the '06 Elantra, (36 MPG). There was a person on one of the threads here that complained that their Wrangler only did 80 MPH on the highway. Someone rightly said that if he wanted a Mustang, he should have BOUGHT one.
My 4 cyl. Wrangler will only do about 65, but I take it places that would give a mountain Goat a nosebleed. Brie
#21833 of 23397 2007's - Any Clues ?
Jul 12, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Has anyone heard:
When they are orderable
What pricing will be
When they are starting production (other than pilot)
When the dealers might see them
#21834 of 23397 Re: 2007's - Any Clues ? [guy21]
Jul 12, 2006 (5:15 pm)
I don't know yet, and even the lead time has yet to be determined (though it'll probably be four to six weeks as usual). However, if you want a soft top with half doors the bad news is that you'll have to wait until next year, as at present (GCH) Half Doors have a Job #1 of 1/31/07.
#21835 of 23397 06 brakes
Jul 14, 2006 (9:18 pm)
i bought my 6th, yes 6th wrangler last aug. i have had a 91-93-95-97-2001, and bought a loaded sport last aug. at 6k miles the rotors went. anyone have this prob? the brakes are just NOT right. theystill feel playful. love the ride, suspension and all else, but the braking is horrible. kraigheiligmannyahoo.com