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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Jan 17, 2002 (6:31 am)
One thing to keep in mind is that I have heard that 2003 Wranglers will take on the new V6 that is in the Liberty. In my humble opinion this is not favorable. The reason those of us with the 4.0 inline 6cyl engines do not notice if our AC is on or not and can use 3rd gear from 15mph up is the extreme torque that an inline 6 engine puts out. There is much more moving mass in an inline 6 over a V6. Do not get me wrong, I am sure that there are plenty of advantages of a V6 or Jeep would have never used one in the Liberty (or early Cherokees).
From my understanding the engineers at Chrysler understand this as well which is why they are going to continue to use the inline 6 in the Rubicon only from 2003 on. This may be something to consider when looking at the Rubicon. Be sure to give yourself enough time to buy a 2002 Wrangler if the Rubicon is too expensive so that you can get the inline 6 if it matters to you.
Please keep in mind that I could be wrong about them still using the inline 6 in the Rubicon, it is just something I read somewhere.
#4627 of 23397 Warm Winter Weather
Jan 17, 2002 (6:40 am)
When I bought my 2001 I got the dual top package. I did this because I had memories of how loud Jeeps used to be. I kind of regret doing so since the new soft tops are so nice(at highway speeds you can still talk on a phone). Right now my hard top hangs most of the year from the top of my garage (I made a convenient system to raise and lower it). I am not discouraging getting both tops, but if I could only have one it would definitely without any question be the soft top.
Please keep in mind that my soft top may not be so loud because I have the full doors since they are necessary for the hard top.
#4629 of 23397 madman....I'm jealous two times
Jan 17, 2002 (7:46 pm)
First, to be able to have and drive a jeep...and second, to be driving it in Colorado
As I've told my fellow jeepsters at Gill's chat room....all of the money I've had to spend on repairs of my Firebird I wish I had my Jeep already.
Sorry I missed the chat here tonight...I keep forgetting about it....got alot on my mind
I dunno if I will change my mind about going auto over manual but I've got plenty of time to decide.
I haven't driven a stick since I snuk out my brother's 68 Camaro
Well, can't stay gotta get up early for work tomorrow.
Hug Your Jeeps For Me
Jan 18, 2002 (7:25 pm)
I believe that this month's issue of Petersen's 4WD reports that the Rubicons will continue to have the 4.0L I6.
#4631 of 23397 old jeep owner, new to this
Jan 18, 2002 (8:16 pm)
I have been reading your messages for awhile. Decided to finally join in. I bought a new cj5 in 1976 and I think I paid a bit over 6 grand for it. Traded it in 1980 for a Renault Lecar to take with me to Germany since the wife did not feel safe driving the cj. Don't have the wife or a Jeep now. Have been talking about buying a new vehicle for about three years and have gone from a Dodge Quad cab, to a Wrangler X, to a Wrangler Sport, to a Liberty, and now back to a Wrangler Sport. Now the game plan is to order it on my birthday in April.
A question I have is about towing with a Wrangler. Has any one towed a trailer close to the 2000 pound limit? If so, how did things handle?
Another question is does any one out there get in to moderate off road driving? I used to really push the CJ, but those days are over. I still am toying with the idea of a slight build up on the vehicle.
Anyway, hello to all.
Jan 18, 2002 (8:37 pm)
Glad ya posted! Welcome!
Have you test driven a TJ? They behave themselves much nicer on the highway than your old CJ, I would imagine. (No basis for comparison in my case.)
I think the TJ makes a fine daily driver. I have a work truck now, but that was just bought to keep from putting so many miles on my Jeep. I drove my Jeep as my only vechicle for several months, and I had no complaints at all. I have a drive of 27 miles each way to work, and I enjoyed driving that Jeep every day.
I have also taken business trips of up to 300 miles in the Jeep, and, once again, no problem.
I don't offroad, or at least I haven't gotten into it yet, but I still enjoy the heck out of that Jeep.
Go for it, toad!
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#4633 of 23397 no test drive yet
Jan 18, 2002 (8:57 pm)
Have not done a test drive yet, but every thing that I have seen gives me the impression it will be like riding in a Caddy after the CJ. I am holding out on the test drive till I can get my roommate to go along. She has never driven a Jeep and I want to see if she a problem getting into it since she is short. If so I will also order the steps when I finally do my thing. Plus I haave to give her some say in helping pick out the color. The pictures do not do them justice.
Jan 18, 2002 (9:56 pm)
You mentioned that you had taken trips that were 300 miles in length.
I bought my CJ in Wilmington, NC and when I left NC I drove straight through to Florence,KY. Several years later I left KY and drove straight through to Ardmore, Oklahoma. A few months later I left OK and drove straight through to FT. Huachuca, AZ. When I left AZ I drove to Monterey, CA, but I don't remember if I stopped. I traded the CJ while I was in Monterey.
Talk about long not so comfortable trips. At least I had an AM radio, but it was not even a push button model.
I was a lot younger in those days so I am really looking forward to a Wrangler that has 26 years worth of improvements. It has to ride better.
Jan 19, 2002 (3:40 am)
Wow! If you could drive those distances in the old CJ, then any trip you take in your TJ will be a piece of cake!
My cousin has a YJ, and the difference in the ride between his Jeep and mine is very noticeable to say the least.
I don't think you have to worry about the TJ's being too "sissified." They are still Jeeps by all accounts that I have read. I can't compare, since I never owned an older Jeep, but I don't ever see any posts where people who are serious, long time Jeepers complain that the TJ is any less rugged or less capable offroad than the older Jeeps. So far, apparently, DC has not messed up a good thing.
I wish I had gotten into Jeeps long ago. I have traded cars way too often in the past, and now that I have my Thelma Jane, that stuff is over with! I have owned her for about 13 months now, and I would already be dying to trade for something else according to my past history. Not this time! I am still thrilled with my Jeep and have no desire to trade for anything else.
If you would like to chat with some Jeep owners, then you can come to the Thursday night chats here in Edmunds, and you can come to the nightly chats at www.itsajeep.org .
Have you hugged your Jeep today?