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Old 01-17-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Anyone own a Jeep Wrangler?

My parents are considering getting my lil bro this car for his first. They asked for my opinion, but sadly, I don't know much about Jeeps lol. So I thought I'd ask you guys. Could anyone with a Jeep out there give your ideas and opinons?

Things Im looking for:
Reliability
Handling (on road. I dont think at 17, he will be doing much off roading, other than snow and whatnot, and with me).
Other things to consider in a first car.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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My parents are considering getting my lil bro this car for his first. They asked for my opinion, but sadly, I don't know much about Jeeps lol. So I thought I'd ask you guys. Could anyone with a Jeep out there give your ideas and opinons?

Things Im looking for:
Reliability
Handling (on road. I dont think at 17, he will be doing much off roading, other than snow and whatnot, and with me).
Other things to consider in a first car.
I had a Cherokee with the straight 6 and that thing was damn near bullet proof. And road handling..... What road handling???

Overall there not bad cars but you have to be careful driving one as they have a very high center of gravity.

And a first car can be anything. Depends on what the intended purpose is.

A good used Honda is usually a good bet
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #3
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Handling is not the strong point of any Jeep. As for reliability, my brother has an 86 CJ as a summer vehicle and its ... tempermental, to say the least. But I'm sure Jeeps much more reliable today.

In general, they have their faults but most owners contend that simply gives them character. Sure, they're slow, as aerodynamic as a brick, suck gas, handle like a ... well, a Jeep, and tend to lack basic features like power windows. But despite all that (and so many other things) very few owners complain about them. They buy them knowing what they're getting into and usually don't care. If he wants a Wrangler, and understands its short comings, I'm sure it will be a great vehicle for him.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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I've heard good feedbacks about the jeep.

just get your brother a Camaro!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:47 PM   #5
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I had a 99' wrangler before the Camaro. They are really fun vehicles, It would be the car i go back to if I ever didn't have the Camaro. He's gonna have to give up the some luxuries because older models didn't always come with A/c, just heating.
I had the Wrangler for about a year and a half and never had any problems with it so it was quite reliable.
As for handling, Wranglers are notorious to flipping, but so long as he takes the corners as they were meant to be driven, then it'll be just fine.
Like I said, I LOVED my wrangler, but it is an aquired taste.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:48 PM   #6
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I have a 2001 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport with the 4.0 inline 6. I lifted it 4 inches and put on 15x8 Micket Thompson Classic II aluminum wheels with BFG Mud Terrain 33x12.50 tires. It has a front bumper winch and I do use it on/off road. It is my daily driver while my Camaro sits in the heated garage during the winter months. My Jeep had 130,000 miles on it and I haven't had any major issues with it. In fact it is damn near impossible to kill those 4.0 liter engines. They are very reliable, easy to work on, and not too mention awesome when the top is off. I would definatley recommend it for a safe daily driver.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:40 AM   #7
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They are good vehicles for a teen IMO. And they are easy to work on...Easy to customize to make his own too...
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:55 AM   #8
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The great thing about a Jeep is that it doesn't have to be a 1/4 mile burner or take 1g corners or get 100mpg. It is a JEEP, enough said.
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #9
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I'm 17 and had a 05 wrangler for about a year and it's a good car. Handling isn't all so great or power lol but other then that I liked it a lot. Now I'm driving a 2011 Camaro SS and have to say it's a lot better than a jeep anyday
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:16 AM   #10
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:00 AM   #11
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my last three vehicles were jeep wranglers. sold my 02' for the camaro. if i ever change vehicles again, i'll probably go back to the wrangler...but, i doubt that's gonna happen.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #12
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We have had many Jeeps over the years and they have been reliable vehicles. We had a Wrangler for many years and the only thing I'll say is it is not the best in snow unless you have it in 4 high. We found better luck with Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler is a lot of fun with various tops, etc. though.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:37 AM   #13
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My 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ


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He has 15,600 miles and probably the best 4x4 vehicle I've ever owned,I had Ford Bronco XLT II back in the late 80's when I was in the Army.

Nothing but headaches with that thing.

I've added more stickers on the back window...it's addictive......
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:48 AM   #14
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DO NOT GET A JEEP. REPEAT. DO NOT GET A JEEP.

They get in your blood and you cannot live without them. They are a perfect car for almost any situation. Want to hit the beach on a nice sunny day - take the top off and go! Skiing with your buds in the winter? Hardtop it and go! Got mud on your shoes? Throw the carpet on the ground and hose it off. Need to haul something long home for dad? Strap the lumber/ladder/tree to the roll bar and go!

The inline 6 is key to enjoyment though. That 4.0 HO is a great motor. Try killing one.

The newer V6 and the Chrysler components can be a bit finicky...sensors and what not...but honestly, they are totally a ball to own. I am considering yet another one...a 4door this time. They just work great for an all around utility vehicle.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:05 PM   #15
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Jeep wranglers are tanks! they will get through anything and the inline 6 motors are indestructable. very reliable vehicle. was my first car as well..he wont be disappointed. I drive a wrangler in the winter when the camaro is tucked away. i love it
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #16
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:15 PM   #17
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This is nice! look in my garage at my o4!
Thanks its my Dads, he almost traded it in for a new one the other day at the dealership. It was that new beige color with black wheels and a lift. The 2012 models are supposed to get some more power, which they need, so he will probably get another one then.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #18
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My brother has a 97 with 170k on it. It is his daily driver, and has failed less than his fiancee's 2006 h3 hummer. It is a pretty decent driver.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:44 PM   #19
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My girlfriend has one. I love it, but considering you're from New York, getting the soft and hard top would definitely be worth it. I wish the steering was a bit tighter. I spin and spin the wheel and it feels like it's not turning haha. (Maybe that's because my daily driver is the camaro)
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:59 PM   #20
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I have 95 soft top, love it,cant go wrong in a Jeep Wrangler,great in winter snow and and take the top in the summer nothing better,well unless you are driving a Camaro
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #21
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i have a 99 wrangler 4 cylinder and love it. we take the doors off, and soft top down for summer. i love it. drive it all the time. we tow the jet ski with it. fun to drive.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:11 AM   #22
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Wrangler = great secondary vehicle
Not great primary vehicle
Not great first car for a teenager

I loved mine, but I'll never own another one unless I have a different primary vehicle. Even a brand new one with leather and a navigation system is not a great primary vehicle. They don't handle like a normal car. Believe it or not, they are one of the worst vehicles to drive on ice. The suspension and noise wear on you constantly. And so on and so forth..........

But, they are cool and a lot of fun on the weekends, especially in the summer with the top open and the doors off!
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:35 AM   #23
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The new jeeps are wonderful! I honestly think because of my way of living and I mean I travel back and forth places that I might get one see if some one would problay take over my payments. Don't get me wrong I love the camaro it's the best but for my life style it's not great. :/ the new 2011 rubicon is what I love too . By the way the safety is great but it's a little bit expensive I think 2 dor rubicon are like 34,500 or unlimited is 37,500 somewhere like that.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:04 AM   #24
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I'm partial to the previous generation. Like the others have said, a Jeep is perfect for most situations. Honestly, I'm not a fan of the v6 in the current Wrangler platform. I can't keep anything stock and the inline felt much better once a larger tire was added. The v6 just feels underpowered at times.



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I've always wanted a Jeep, I do like the way they look. I knew when I got it ...it was a Jeep. It is not a interstate cruiser. Here is mine:

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