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Jun 06, 2003 (12:55 am)
Hello all. Just got out of college and I'm leaning towards buying a Wrangler. You all seem like experts. I'll tell you what I want and maybe I could get some recommendations. I'd like to buy new, 2003, black with the 4.0 six. Want the dual tops cuz I live in MN, and I'm sure the hardtop's much better in the winter. Is the Sport the best model to go for if I'm looking for value and still some "refinement"? Also thinking I'd like the ABS and four wheel discs b/c I'll be doing A LOT more city driving than offroading. Any tips would be appreciated. Also, have any of you turbocharged a jeep for road use? Is there anything easily modified to improve gas mileage? I have so many questions.
Jun 06, 2003 (1:02 am)
First, a question. Would I be better off $-wise getting any of the extras/options from an online/mail order source than from Jeep? Can you recommend any sources? Also, to the individual in Vancouver: a friend and I are going to be up there at the end of June for a week or so, doing camping, possibly hitting the surrounding islands and the city for sure. Recommendations for activities?
Jun 06, 2003 (4:15 am)
Thanks! I am very proud of my best bud, as you can tell. Ross Allen is a mixed breed. Who knows what kind of mix??? The folks at the dog pound told my daughter that he is a sheperd-collie mix, but I don't know if they were just guessing or what.
All I know is that he is the smartest, sweetest-natured, lovingest, most laid-back dog I have ever seen. He has never been a minute's problem his entire life.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#9065 of 23397 Hi gopher!
Jun 06, 2003 (4:22 am)
Glad you posted, and I think you are definitely on the right track in looking for a Wrangler!
I have to go to work and don't have time this AM for much of a detailed reply right now, but I will leave you with this advice until I can write a longer reply.... read lots of posts in here. You will get lots of info by reading the posts in this message board. I know there are over 9000 of them, but read as many as you can.
Will have more for ya tonight.
Others, I'm sure, will have some stuff for ya too.
Check out my web page, if you want to... might be of some use to ya in your Jeep shopping.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Jun 06, 2003 (5:49 am)
A couple of just personal thoughts - others will disagree with me, probably.
If you are looking for value, then check out the X. I don't know if it comes with dual tops or not, but you can always get one with the hard top and add a soft top later.
I like the Sport because of some of the extras that come on it. That's what I have ('98) and that's what I'd replace it with, if I had to replace it today.
I haven't liked the Sahara because I didn't like the fabric on the seats. They changed it recently (this year? I'm not sure, the one I saw in January at the LA Auto Show had different fabric) and it isn't as bad, but I still prefer the material on the Sport. I'm not interested in the other things that separate the Sahara from the Sport, so I wouldn't get one.
One last thing - the Wrangler is a doesn't handle high speeds very well at all. The 4.0L engine is capable of going much faster than I am comfortable driving this particular vehicle. And I'm a person who had a mustang in Germany at one time (my younger and wilder days) where there are no speed limits, so I know how to drive fast.
#9067 of 23397 G0ldeng0pher - looney summer (OT)
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 06, 2003 (6:56 am)
Here's one Vancouver link. Take plenty of ID for the border. Enjoy!
#9068 of 23397 g0ldeng0pher
Jun 06, 2003 (7:01 am)
You seem to be on the right track. A lot of younger Jeep buyers are loathe to admit that in reality, most of their driving will be on the road.
Wrangler rear brakes do very little of the work in stopping the vehicle, so the advantage of rear discs is pretty much limited to their ability to keep clean, and to be cleaned, after deep mud. Nice to have, but not essential on the street.
ABS on the other hand, especially considering the short wheelbase of the vehicle, is a major benefit.
Getting dual tops is the best value option. This will also include full doors.
Gas mileage improvement? Lots of snake oil out there disguised as throttle bodies, air filters, cold air inlets etc. If there was any cheap any easy way to improve fuel consumption I really think DC would already be doing it! (C.A.F.E. regs etc.)
Plenty of aftermarket accessory suppliers out there, just do a little searching. Most Mopar accessories are aftermarket items re-badged.
I think you'd do well to visit a dealer, compare the Sahara and Sport, and take a couple of test drives. The standard 4.0 can be pretty sprightly and is more than capable of keeping up with other traffic. Top end is just over 100mph....... try it before you modify it to go even faster.
Jun 06, 2003 (7:26 am)
I am looking for a soundbar to handle 6x9's. I saw one from EdgeAuto.com that handles them (you have to add your own).
Does anybody have any suggestions for a good soundbar? This one seems nice and will do the job, but I don't want it falling off or coming loose or anything like that.
Jun 06, 2003 (8:28 am)
Your Wrangler configuration sounds like what I ended up buying in January. I didn't want ABS because of off-roading and I've had strange experiences w/ABS and rough roads in other vehicles (like the feeling of no brakes after going over uneven pavement as you're coming down a hill towards stopped traffic, for example). My Sport is black and it's beautiful when clean but I would have been just as happy with the beige or silver metallic colors. I have the 4.0 6cyl, 5spd, 30"wheel pkg that comes w/the Dana 44 rear axle and gas shocks, dual top (comes w/dark tinted windows both in hardtop & softop), AC (there are times lately where this has been nice, believe it or not), & cruise.
Here's a link to some pics over in the Photo Gallery.
barresa62 "Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery" May 25, 2003 3:30pm
barresa62 "Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery" May 31, 2003 12:54pm
Seattle's weather is very similar to MN's except we substitute the rain for the snow in the winter(usually). Today it's going to be a high of 93F...woohoo...
#9071 of 23397 barresa62
Jun 06, 2003 (11:38 am)
93 in Seattle? West LA is expecting a high of 70. Now that IS strange!
I agree that black sure looks good when it is clean, and not bad when it is dirty (like mine is most of the time). However, I won't get another one - it's too hot in the summer!