Admit it, you’ve asked yourself this same question. You’ve been trying to justify to your family, friends and most likely to yourself, the idea of buying a Jeep Wrangler.
But let’s face it, if you’re going to be completely honest, you are going to be hard pressed to find any practical reasons to justify the purchase.
Let me explain…
Buying a Jeep Wrangler: Gas Mileage
If you’re lucky, and going down a steep hill, with a strong tailwind, you might get 16 miles per gallon in a Jeep Wrangler. The official word is 17mpg but I own one, it is definitely closer to 16.
Compare this to the 2016 Lexus NX, a compact hybrid SUV that is comparable in price and gets 35/31 MPG. Slightly better mileage… ok, more than double that of the Jeep Wrangler.
Figure on 15,000 miles driven per year (city average) and $3.00 per gallon of fuel.
- Lexus NX, 35 MPG city: 15,000 miles = 428 gallons = $1284 in fuel costs per year.
- Jeep Wrangler, 16 MPG city: 15,000 miles = 937 gallons = $2811 in fuel costs per year.
For those keeping score, that is a difference of $1587 in gas per year! Not to mention that those are stock Jeep mileage figures. So adding modifications to the Jeep with more weight and different tires is only going to make the mileage worse.
Go ahead and admit that the gas mileage for the Jeep Wrangler sucks, and move on to your next justification. Still interested in buying a Jeep Wrangler? Keep reading.
Buying a Jeep Wrangler: They Look Awesome To Drive
Yes they do, and they have the aerodynamics of a brick. Hence the crappy gas mileage we just covered.
Jeeps boast a nearly flat windshield, a front end in the shape of a square, and a rectangular body.
Because they are shaped like a brick and are ridiculously heavy they have a very slow stopping power. Not only that, but they have relatively poor side crash test ratings, a tendency to roll over, and they are easily pushed around by side winds.
Not enough to dissuade you from getting one yet? Well, depending on tires and other build issues, they can require the driver to make regular 2-3 inch corrections on steering just driving down a paved road. Not everyone wants a daily driver with these issues. Definitely not at the price point of the Jeep Wrangler.
Gotta make you wonder what the designers were thinking. To be honest, they weren’t thinking of paved roads. More on that in a moment.
So if a practical daily driver is your goal, think again.
Buying a Jeep Wrangler: You Won’t Have to Mess With It
Don’t think you are going to mess with it?
Sure the Jeep Wrangler is an awesomely built machine stock off the factory floor, but rest assured you won’t be keeping it stock for long.
No two Jeeps are alike, the Jeep life is all about personal preference. “Mods” (short for modifications) are going to shred what is left of your pocketbook, and eventually have you holding up a cardboard sign on the side of the road that reads, “Will work for Jeep parts.”
My advice? Just go ahead and make sure you save enough money for a piece of cardboard and a sharpie. I’ll be on the corner across the street from you.
Just starting off, you’re going to want new headlights, the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) ones are horrible. Then you’ll want a new front bumper followed shortly by a lift kit to clear those obstacles. Oh, and tires, gotta have the right tread… but the tires are going to need beadlock wheels for when you need to air down for traction and that means you need an air compressor to bring them back up after off-roading…
You see where this goes right? It is pretty much endless. So that argument you’ve been telling yourself about how you won’t be messing with it much?
Yeah, just skip that one. Let’s talk about comfort instead. ~grin~
Buying A Jeep Wrangler: Comfort
Imagine sitting on a seat that feels like it was built using piece of damp plywood affixed to a brick platform, now throw that seat into a bounce house. Welcome to arguably one of the least comfortable rides you’ll find.
Not only that, but just getting in and out of your Jeep Wrangler can be embarrassingly awkward. Forget about it if you, or your significant other, is wearing a dress and heels for date night. That is a recipe for disaster, and will probably end up going viral on YouTube. Hey, at least you’ll be Internet famous.
You can argue the Jeep comfort issue with any Jeep lover, but they probably won’t be able to hear you. That’s because they are practically deaf from all of the road noise from years of driving their own Jeep and trying to blare their radios to cover it up.
If luxurious comfort and the ability to hear is a factor for you, just go ahead and nix the idea of a Jeep Wrangler right now. Let’s move onto the next argument… cargo space.
Buying a Jeep Wrangler: Cargo Space
Unless you are planning on getting the 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, you aren’t going to have much cargo space.
I mean, with the Unlimited model you might have enough cargo space to carry some groceries.
Then again, you do sort of have the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flashlight, leather gloves, recovery kit, tools, breaker bar, extra motor oil, a full set of belts and filters, a tow rope, shovel, Hi-Lift jack, extra spare tire and air compressor sitting in the back.
In the Jeep life, room for groceries is a luxury.
Don’t bank on the cargo space argument. Yeah, just don’t go there.
Buying a Jeep Wrangler: It Is Kind of Like A Convertible
No it isn’t. It has a removable top. There is a difference.
Don’t go selling your loved ones or yourself on the “convertible” aspect. Don’t be that person.
But the top does come off, so do the doors, so that’s cool. But since I’m shooting you straight, let me just throw this out there now. The top of your Jeep Wrangler will
Every Jeep forum has a huge, nearly endless, thread about the top of the Jeep Wrangler leaking. Soft top or hard top, doesn’t really matter.
This is probably why most Jeep lovers drive topless, or even nekkid. I mean what difference does it make if your top is going to leak anyway right?
Might as well just rip out the carpet, buy a dry bag, stuff it with some extra clothes, drive around in your swimsuit and call it a day.
Don’t use the convertible argument, it won’t win you any points with whoever you are trying to convince in the long run.
Decided Against Buying a Jeep Wrangler Yet?
Believe it or not, I’m really NOT trying to convince you not to get one. I’m just shooting you straight.
An informed decision is always the best decision. So in review, Jeeps aren’t practical for daily use, they get horrible gas mileage, they’ll empty your pocketbook, they aren’t comfortable, they have limited cargo space and they are prone to leaking.
But you still want one right? Come on. Admit it.
Yeah, I thought so.
Let’s take a look at some real reasons why you SHOULD buy a Jeep Wrangler.
Why Then Should I Consider Buying a Jeep Wrangler?
Simply put because you want to. Let’s face it, they are super fun to own and drive. Every single outing becomes a potential adventure.
If you are into freedom, camaraderie, and have a insatiable passion for adventure, the Jeep Wrangler is perfect for you.
There is a reason Jeep is using the hashtags: #GoAnywhere #DoAnything right now. Simple, straightforward and to the point. And these bad boys truly can go anywhere and do anything. You can literally go where no other production vehicle can or should.
The Jeep is practically unstoppable on the trails, and if for whatever reason you do get stuck, a quick shout out to another Jeeper will have you on the road momentarily. That is just the way the community is.
Speaking of the Jeep community, to put it mildly, as a Jeep owner you’ll instantly become part of an insanely passionate group of rabid, welcoming, helpful, and waving enthusiasts.
Some other considerations would include the resale value which is always high, do your homework; look up a used Jeep Wrangler and see for yourself how well they hold their value.
In addition, parts are everywhere and they are reasonably priced. Repairs on Jeep Wranglers are relatively cheap considering the value of the vehicle and even cheaper if you can turn a wrench yourself.
Should I Buy a Jeep Wrangler Summary
Consider the pros and cons listed above. I’ve been shooting you straight about the Jeep and the Jeep life. If you have questions, ASK! Comment here or ask another friend who has one, but get your questions answered first.
This should go without saying, but never buy a Jeep Wrangler without taking a beat and knowing what you are getting yourself into. The simple truth is that there are many vehicles out there that will be easier on your pocketbook and will offer a more comfortable ride.
But… if the Jeep lifestyle appeals to you, there is no substitute! Jeep has a very long and proud heritage and history. Jeep Wranglers are rugged, durable, and there is nothing out there quite like them. Properly maintained they will last for many years and miles.
In the end, just make sure that the lifestyle is a good match for you before you sign on the dotted line.
On a personal note, I’ve owned many vehicles in my lifetime. I’ve driven sports cars, luxury cars, trucks, convertibles, and practically every type and style of vehicle there is. Having said that, I’ve never felt as passionate as I do about any vehicle as I do my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. By far it is my favorite vehicle I’ve ever owned. Nothing compares, nothing comes close.
I hope this article has been helpful to you one way or the other. I’ve always promised to be transparent in my writing and my hope is that I’ve accurately described the pros and cons and that ultimately it will help to inform your decision.
If you are planning on buying a Jeep Wrangler, then make sure you get the factory build sheet here before you make the purchase! It is very easy and this build sheet article was our most popular article on this blog in 2017.
Until next time, keep it dirty and wheels side down.
Haha.. but you still got one right?
Currently an owner of a 70th Anniversary Wrangler, but looking into a lil two door hard top TJ just for the bants and the fun which i can’t seem to get my head around to do with my new shiny Unlimited edition (Its my show car, it reflects my work so its been sign writed and cant get that scratched etc.).
BUTTTTT what are they worth? everyone seems to be selling either be too good to be true, or trying to get me to sell my organs for money. What is a legitimate price value for a 5-10 year old Jeep TJ???? Please help.
Ive also been told over and over again they’ll cost heapssss of money to fix, and like yeah i know that. But what are the main issues? any ideas, thoughts? life hacks maybe
All Jeeps are expensive to some degree. However they tend to hold their value very well. I can’t comment on value as well as Kelly Blue Book. I’d suggest you start there on your TJ journey. They do cost money to fix.. but heck it’s only money right? ~ Jeepsies
I have had three jeeps in my life the first two had the straight 6 motor never had any problems with them. Now my new 2018 is junk been in the shop 32 times way to much to list but problems started after 38,000 miles it now has 96400 miles and computer just went out. New jeeps are junk I will never buy again!!!! Look on line about problems from 2007 to 2020 junk!!
I told my friend not to buy one well he did and he just hit 3500 miles and he has transmission problems yes it has a warranty but it’s already starting with problems. I will be looking into the ford Bronco this I know ford quality is 100 percent better then fiat Chrysler Jeep dodge junk!!!! Let’s pay $50.000 or more to have the Jeep go to the hospital more then on the road!!! This is just a warning if you have money to fix And the time that it sits in the shape buy a Jeep. Please people look on line for Jeep problems!!!!!
Hey James, I’ve never experienced these problems, but I wanted to approve your comment. I don’t sell Jeeps, or Jeep parts. I just love the Jeep life. So for anyone reading this comment. Please do your homework. Thanks for your input, I’ll be curious to hear what others have to say. ~ Eric
Loved the way you approached and presented the information, well done
Just trying to keep it transparent. Jeep Wranglers aren’t for everyone. But if they fit your lifestyle, there is no substitute.
Thank you Eric for posting this. I think it’s great that you told all the reasons why not to get one and then said but I love mine. ha ha ha ha I’ve been driving boring cars all my life and as I approach retirement in a year, I’ve given serious consideration to buying a used Jeep Sport Wrangler. My question is soft and hard tops. Seems like I never see people with them down. How hard are they to remove? And is there a way to lock something in a jeep (like a compartment under a seat or something)? Now I’m going to go back and reread this in greater detail and check out the comment section. Also, you would think the radio and everything in the front seat would be water proof for when people forget to put the top down. Are they? Just wondering and nicely written man. Thanks for posting
Great question regarding the tops and the radios.
So here are my thoughts:
Hard top (more expensive option) the two freedom panels up front are super easy to take off. Takes me less than 2 minutes to take both off and about 3 to put them back on. Drivers side off first and on last! The back takes 3 people to safely remove it, or a gizmo (hoist) that you can install in a garage. The hard tops have real windows and this makes a difference in the long run.
The soft top options vary in ease of use by manufacturer. Some are really difficult and some are much easier. Make sure you read reviews. Now what I have heard of is folks buying the hard top version and then selling the hard top for cash. You’ll get more cash from the sale of a hard top than pretty much any soft top you could consider. So you’ll be able to afford the one you want and still have a bit of pocket change aka jeep money left over.
The main issues with the soft tops seem to be the “windows” getting scratchy and blurry after awhile and thus becoming an impairment to driving. Also theft issues with people just cutting into them.
As far as the radio goes. No, the stock radio is not water proof. You’d think it would be, but it is not. However you can buy radios that are. So also something to consider.
Thanks for the comment! Good to have you here. ~ Eric
This is why I often just end up telling people.. It’s a jeep thing, you probably wouldn’t understand. But your absolutely correct, there’s nothing practical about it, it’s an emotional decision. And for me, the dreams of camping on top of the Colorodo Rockies with my family, under the stars and a camp fire with some s’mores, sums up my emotional connection. You simply can’t do that with another stock vehicle, then drive it to work Monday morning. I have a Hardrock Rubicon nearing the 50k price tag, and I scratched it the first week, set it on a tree the third, and changed the bumpers a month later. And I’m totally fine with all of that, not the case if I had, let’s say a 50k Range Rover. < low end range ! Lol …. But because it's a jeep, those scratched are badges of honor, you know I use it and I'm not afraid to get it dirty… Again, it's a jeep thing, you probably wouldn't understand !
Love this comment Jeremy. You summed up my article perfectly. Right after we bought GUARDIAN (our Rubicon) I told my wife, “Now don’t be surprised if I take this bad boy out and come back with some pinstripes and dents, that’s what I bought it for.” She’s totally down with it. I’ve never understood people who buy a pick-up truck and then are afraid to get the bed of the truck scratched. Isn’t that what you bought it for? Same with the Jeep. Love the concept behind the “emotional decision.” You hit the nail on the head there.
I looked and looked, and drove! But it is hard to give up my Cadillac for a rough riding ,noisy, gas guzzling jeep! And they cost as much as a cadillac too!
If you are looking for a smooth riding, quiet, high gas mileage vehicle then you made the right decision Lamonte! If those are your priorities you’d have been miserable in a Jeep. This comment is exactly my point in the first two-thirds of this article. The Jeep life isn’t for everyone. Enjoy that Caddie.
Nice summary. However, I think your comments on the convertible is underselling it, because on a nice drive and a nice day it’s great to take off the top (or the front panels). We sold a Miata and got the Wrangler to have something with more flexibility and still have open skies above us. And I know this isn’t an RV focused blog, but the ability to tow four wheels down without a key in the ignition is awesome.
Like I said in my closing, my Jeep is by far my favorite vehicle I’ve ever owned. I didn’t feel I was underselling the Jeep “convertible” aspect. Truth is, it has a removable top. It isn’t factory designed as a convertible. But having said that, I love taking the tops off and the doors for that matter. There is no feeling like driving a topless or naked Jeep. As far as being able to tow the Jeep 4 down, that is something I might edit into the article. Great point and thanks for the comment Jason!
I do agree with most of that, but there are some aspects of my personal Jeep (2013 JKRU) that just dont jive well with that article. Say like I had a 2003 Honda Civic Si hatch that I loved for more than 7 yeas prior to owning my Jeep, and my JKRU has a WAY better ride than my Si did (yes I know its a “Sport Injected” suspension) – Plus the whole top thing………..my hardtop has never leaked even a drop, and my OEM softop does really well with the exception of the power washer sprayer. And lets face it, if you have a newer soft top, on a Wranger, it takes just a min or two to take it down, and that is definitely one aspect of the Wranger I bought it for
Completely understood Brian, this article was a little tongue-in-cheek. Though there are in fact many forum posts all over the Internets that talk about the hard tops leaking. Lucky yours doesn’t. Ours does and it is ok with us. The best part about Jeeping is that everyone gets to do it their own way. We know folks that never put the top or doors on regardless of the weather! Have fun brother and Jeep on. #JeepWave
Not a bad read, as a former jk owner I agree with a lot of it but not some. One thing to look out for future jeep owners is what are you trying to do with your jeep. Many times I saw guys spend 30-45k on wrangler because it has the rubicon package or it’s a special trim like the Moab. However those packages come with a lot of great features that are very under used or not understood. A plain jk sport unlimited can do quite a bit with the Dana 30/35 front axle and some will argue the benefits of the manual transmission vs. the automatic. Personally in its stock form the jk sport unlimited four door can handle pretty much everything a normal person can throw at it….a jk unlimited with the rubicon package can do roughly 90 percent of off-road trails in the country including the famous hells revenge and fins and things in Moab along with black bear pass in Colorado. I strongly feel that jeep owners really need to learn the vehicles capability in stock form before adding lifts, steel bumpers and armor, and massive tires. While those additions are great they change the vehicles dynamics considerably on and off road. Luckily the forum support for the jk and all keeps in general is amazing….with out them I would of never been able to replace a axle shaft on the side of Hayden Pass in southern Colorado. I miss my wrangler big time and plan on picking up another this summer except this time I’m going to lean on a CJ or unless the wife lets me a new jk crew cab truck.
I just want to know if you are going to pick up the new truck and if so, I want photos!
I’ve been reading your posts, and today I pulled the trigger on a 2020 Gladiator! Moab Tan, this thing is incredible. Cannot wait to really put it to work, as it’s my first ever Jeep!
Man that’s freaking awesome! I’m excited for you. Let me know if I can be of any assistance and thanks for keeping up with Jeepsies. Let your Jeep buddies know about this resource. ~ Eric #jeepwave
So I have been driving now for about 8 years and am finally looking to own my first vehicle. There is just something about the Sahara that keeps pulling me in. I’ve been watching videos and reading articles non stop to get as much info as I can. Never been off road before but it looks awesome. Mainly this would still be for city driving and driving down I95 during summer weekends for the beach and I’ve read that these babies do not drive well on highways. Don’t think I’d mind the noise or bumpiness but still wanna be safe. Any advice? Great article! Thanks
Hi Michael! Sorry for the delay in response. I’ve been swamped at SXSW here in Austin. But the Sahara is a great model. Out of all the Jeep models the Sahara is the most “luxury” style Jeep out there off the factory floor as I understand it.
From what it sounds like though, if you aren’t wanting all the luxury bells and whistles a Sport model will do you fine. Having said that, Jeeps are an addiction and are as personal as you want to make them. So if you do plan on making it a hobby you might consider other options.
From a mechanical standpoint Jeeps JK models (Sport, Sahara, Rubicon and special editions) tend to be placed into really 2 categories. Rubicon models and those that are not Rubicon models. Let me explain…
So the main things you are looking at mechanically are the axles, transfer case, and lockers.
Axles: Both the Sport model and Sahara model come with Dana 30 axles in the front and Dana 44 axles in the rear. So no difference there.
Transfer case: Both the Sport model and Sahara model have the same Command-Trac transfer case. So again no difference.
Lockers: Neither the Sahara nor the Sport models come standard with front or rear lockers.
Rubicon: The Rubicon (Jeep’s most capable off the factory floor Jeep) comes with front and rear Dana 44 axles, an upgraded Rock-Trac transfer case, and front and rear lockers as standard equipment. But you pay for it.
So at the end of the day you just need to decide what you want to use it for and how many luxury bells and whistles you want. Hope that helps! ~ Eric
I began my life behind the wheel with an ’89 Civic Hatchback, and I drove that sucker until it fell apart. Then an Outback, and, again, drove it to over 300,000. After that I got a Soul (needed an SUV for the new child). Now, my husband and I are finally where we can be a two-car family. Soul’s still got years left in her.
I want a Jeep. I want a ragtop. I want a hard top for winter though.
Husband thinks it is too expensive, gas and cost. He wants another Soul. Ugh! Boring!
I want to learn how to be one of those people who loads up the kid and the dog and says, let’s go somewhere for the weekend… now!
Yes, I would have to drive it for work each day, but I drove the Subaru Outback for 10 years, and that had TERRIBLE ride and quiet. It was a beast though.
Can I really NOT drop the back seats and load it up with plants and bags of mulch? I love that about hatchbacks.
How is it on ice or snow?
I live in slower-lower DE now, and it is super windy here. Should that be a concern?
Do short people ever get less clumsy climbing into them?
How can I convince my husband?
I do not drive stick though; does that make a difference?
Hi Dianne! If you want to be one of those people who loads up the vehicle and says, “Let’s go!” then a Jeep may be just the right vehicle for you. That is if you want the ability to go anywhere.
A few answers, yes on an Unlimited (4 door Jeep Wrangler) you can drop the back seats and load it up.
As far as ice and snow, the Jeep is the most capable off road vehicle built off the factory floor, so you should be fine with that. But remember ice is ice and no factory vehicle is designed for that.
Wind can be a concern as the Wrangler is built like a box. So you’ll get pushed around a bit on windy days. Aerodynamics are not Jeep’s forte.
Climbing into them can be challenging at first if you aren’t used to it. But once you get the hang of it, it is like riding a bike.
Convincing your husband? Well can’t really help you there much other than to say let him get in a Jeep and take it on a trail. Maybe rent one first?
The automatic transmission works just fine on the JKU (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited) It is what we have and we’ve done some pretty challenging trails.
Hope you are able to join the Jeep family! Keep us updated! ~ E
I am 50 and have 5 kids. I went to by an Expedition EL today or Suburban. Only Suvs that really fit 7 people. Well, I saw the purple Sahara and I kept going back to it and peering through the windows of the locked doors….all while my husband let out light groans each time. Finally he agreed to let me test drive it because, after all it is so
“”uncomfortable and loud and bumpy that I would not even want it anymore. WELLLLL, that didnt happen. I dont know if I was just trying to convince myself …..or it really wasnt so loud or uncomfortable or bumpy. Really, i didnt think any of those things….and it was so much fuh to drive! i Kept imagining it with the top off. because i have 5 kids, I do EVERYTHING for THEM.. I feel like this will be something for me. i realize it is quite impractical for me, as i will never fit all 5 kids in it at once…..but we have a expedition EL that fits. When picking up kids fromm school I will have to drop three off at home before pc=icking up the other two….i said i was willing to do that if it meant getting my purple jeepp. when i excitedly said to my husband “we can be a part of the club” he and the salesman both laughed at my comment. like i was crazy.
Ok…..Am i c:razy? is this just so impractical that I shouldnt get it. Am I too old to drive it….like wearing ripped and faded jeans with the shredded holes in them at 50?
I don’t think you are crazy for wanting a Jeep! They are so much fun and amazingly capable vehicles. Personally my wife and I decided to wait until we only needed to seat 5 before pulling the trigger. Had to wait until the two oldest were out of the house.
As far as being too old? Ha! No way! If the Jeep blood is in you, you’ll know when you get behind that wheel. ~ E
I’d like to comment that I bought my TJ in ’06. I insisted on hard top and soft top in the sale and got them both. I am over 50, live in western Canada (gets really cold here in the winter), the hard top comes off in in April and goes back on late October or into November. The doors come off when we have several days of decent weather, and there is no way I would let anyone tell me I’m too old. I just rec’d a large repair bill for the Jeep (age and wear, not damage) – enough to buy a decent used car to be honest, but I’m paying it and moving on. I anticipate driving this Jeep until I’m over 60. With the top and doors off. And still not too old.
I couldn’t love this comment any more than I do. Hey by the way I’m heading up to Banff this year in my Jeep. I hear it is beautiful! ~ Jeepsies
just to clarify, the 3 kids i drop off first are in a different school than the other 2 and home is pretty much on the way to the second school.
I have a Mazda CX5. Love it. Does exactly what I need, plus gives me room and space when the seats fold down. BUT, I want a Jeep. I do in my heart, but my brain is telling me to think.
A question I would like to know is, what is the maintenance on a Jeep like? I don’t plan on modding my Jeep, as I am still concerned with Gas. Not too much, but there is an asterisk.
What are your thoughts on getting a 4 door stock, keeping it like that for the long haul?
Maintenance on the Jeep is actually easier than most vehicles. It was designed to be able to be “fixed” on the trails if needed. Most of the things you might need to do regularly like an oil change are super easy by comparison to most vehicles.
As far as not “planning” to mod the Jeep… hehe. I’ve heard that many times.. and then it starts. Though you may actually be one of the few that keeps it stock. There are some of these Jeepers around you know.
A 4 door Jeep Wrangler a.k.a. JKU, is an incredibly capable vehicle stock and a ton of fun to own and drive. You’ll be amazed by what the Jeep Wrangler is capable of right off the factory floor.
If your heart is telling you that you want a Jeep, I’d recommend you at least rent one first and take it somewhere fun. If it is in your blood, you’ll know. Jeeps aren’t for everyone. But if they are for you, there is no substitute.
Keep us posted! ~ E
I am in the same boat! I bought a fully loaded CX-5 brand new in 2014! Beautiful blue and I love it! Stopped by the Mazda dealer for my husband, since he loves my car, saw a 2014 unlimited BLUE just like my Mazda! I am almost paid off on my Mazda and getting into this car I will be back into car payments. I used to own a 2004 CRV and this Jeep reminds me of it and I miss it. Like your article said “emotional”. It is a great deal and being a used car the Wrangler I kinda want has only 17,000 miles on it where my Mazda now has 100,000 and i bought it new! I know you can’t tall me what to do………
OMG! I am the same as you! Read my reply on the bottom of his response! Mazda CX5 owner? Should I trade it????
Looking to buy a jeep rubicon and am eonderimg if I should buy a loaded version or stock and add aftermarket stuff like navi, camera, tow,,Bluetooth, etc.
Hi Gregory! Thanks for the comment. It is really up to you. Are you the kind of person that is going to want to modify your Jeep to your specific liking? Or are you going to just want to get in it and go?
The reality is that if you are going to put Dana 44s on and plan to do a lot of rock crawling then you probably want to get the Rubicon package.
If not, and you just want to take the tops off and enjoy the ride with navi, camera, tow etc and it will be more of a daily driver (and you don’t plan on doing any heavy rock crawling) then the Sport or Sahara will be just fine for most trails and it will save you some dollars.
Let us know what you decided!
58 years old and always wanted a Wrangler. I let myself get talked out of it a few times in the past by significant others but keep coming back to the idea.It would be my daily commuter for a 22 mile daily round trip and then whatever fun I could squeeze out of it on weekends. My fiance has 3 kids and she is definitely encouraging me to take the leap LOL.
The practical side of me still has that mental block but I’m getting to the point that I want to do something fun for me. A late mid-life crisis perhaps? I’d be looking at a 2-door model, likely a Sport to keep the cost “reasonable” I do wonder how much I’d miss creature comforts like AC, cruise control and bluetooth, but I’m not getting any younger LOL
Is the 2-door Sport a reasonable way to go? At least as reasonable as a Jeep can get? Thanks for a great article.
Honestly Chris. Take the leap! Jump off that cliff. You’ve waited long enough. Sure the gas mileage is going to suck, but the feeling of owning that Jeep you’ve always wanted is priceless.
Now, with a fiancee and three kids, I’d highly recommend the Unlimited (4-door) version. You’ll thank me later. The cargo space alone is worth it. Also with three kids potentially to be running around with, the 2-door will get frustrating. You could still go with the Sport model in order to save on dollars and modify it later as your budget allows and you get to know your Jeep.
Just my thoughts. Let us know what you decided.
Sooooo, My Jeep is being built today.
JK Sport S in Gobi. Decided on the 2 door after all since it will be just me on board 90% of the time and just the 2 of us 98%. Plus I can put those saved pennies towards eventual, minor mods LOL
Thanks again for all the info and for being one of several nudges into the Jeep world at my advanced age!
Chris congrats on the Jeep! I bet you are excited! We’d love to see a photo of your Jeep. If you would, please email us one at firstname.lastname@example.org or just post it to our Facebook page which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/JeepsiesBlog/
Again congrats! That’s awesome! #jeepwave
You forgot to say Jeeps do have AC!! Not that I have ever used it but it’s there and it works!
Drives my wife nuts when I have the doors off and top off and I”m running the AC haha. But hey.. that’s Jeep life right? ~ Jeepsies
How bad is going to a dealership on oil changes, parts, etc.? I just bought a 2005 for my wife to avoid her wish to learn to ride a Harley…I also cant figure my model…x…se…sport…no idea…just know it has cloth seats and 6 gears and no A/C…of course, as soon as we buy a house and get out of this damn apt., the doors and soft top are coming off forever…the intention is just to give her something fun on bike rides, though that underutilizes a jeep incredibly…she simply loves it. How does one get started in off-roading? Sounds like a fun thing to get into…
The Jeep Wrangler is arguably one of the easiest “modern” cars to work on. They’ve built it that way for trailside repairs. Definitely much safer than a Harley… but I digress…
Contact Jeep on their website and give them your VIN number off your Jeep. They can give you the model and how it rolled off the factory floor with just your VIN.
As far as getting started in off-roading, my recommendation is to connect with a local Jeep club. They are everywhere. The Jeep community is pretty awesome. Tell them that you are new to off-roading and would like to go out sometime. I’m sure they’ll be happy to take you out on the trails. The most important thing here is safety and remembering that it is YOUR Jeep. If you aren’t comfortable attempting something, don’t! Believe me when I tell you that your Jeep is far more capable than you think. Also that you will probably say no to a trail before the Jeep will. Haha. It’s true. You’ll be amazed by what these vehicles can do.
If you do get out on a trail with other Jeepers and decide that there is an obstacle you don’t want to attempt, try asking one of your Jeep buddies if you can ride with them. (Again at your own risk of course) but this is often the best way to learn if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself. Once you’ve ridden in a Jeep over an obstacle you can learn a lot about what lines the driver took and why. Then if you are ready give it a shot yourself. But remember the cardinal rule “Never wheel alone” always have someone else with you in another Jeep.
Be safe out there and have fun!
You failed to mention how cool you look
True.. that’s a definite plus point! My wife loves rolling up to the playground and stepping out with our 1 year old. All the moms look at her like wow! ~ Jeepsies
Currently in the process of trying to purchase a Jeep Wrangler unlimited x! This is such an awesome article! Very helpful. Eric* would love for you to email me so I can get some ideas from you!
Please feel free to use the contact form here on the site, or just hit me with a comment with your questions Alli! ~ E
Your comment, “once you get behind the wheel, you know if it’s in your blood or not”… I gotta tell ya, that statement holds SO MUCH truTH!!! Most of my friends have a fond fun memory of a Jeep, but will say “they are not practical” which is honestly true, as your article clearly states. I rode in many Jeeps as a high school kid that belonged to my friend’s DADs, and had a blast!!! -you would think said friends would recommend a Jeep with such fond memories….NOPE! My first choice of vehicle out of college was a big beautiful Jeep and said friends actually tried to talk me out of it…. OF Course I Bought IT anyway! And I LOVED it… wound up trading it in for various reasons,..,,had many different vehicles since… have a family of 5 now…,still think about getting a Jeep and probably will honestly… something inside me came alive when I had that Jeep… even things I hated about it became things I loved…. My other friends that had Jeeps don’t like them now. It didn’t resonate with them like it did me. You can’t own another vehicle after and go back to “normal” if you have the Jeep blood… I’ve learned that. Others say, oh girl you are so stupid they don’t have good gas mileage, they are expensive , not enough space etc usual arguments… but u DONT CARE when u have JEEP BLOOD!!!
Ashley what a great story. Can’t wait to hear if you end up getting a Jeep and getting that old feeling back. I totally get it! ~ E
I have a couple of questions as I’m in the market to get a wrangler. My biggest debate is leasing a new 4 door soft top sport or buying a used 2/4 door soft top. My issue with leasing is the fact that modding will not be much of an option, but the plus is a newer jeep; I won’t have to worry about an problems with a used one. The issue for me with buying though is the monthly payment usually is higher and I may only be able to afford a 2 door that is 4-5 plus years old.
I live in Florida for now, in a condo which is why I’m going with a soft top. My plan is to move out west to the mountains though.
What do you recommend me go for; buy or lease? If buy, should I use a place like car max? Or do you know a better place with warranties?
Hi Mark! Ok. So here are some thoughts for you. You have to be honest with yourself. If you plan only to use it as a daily driver and will be content with a stock Jeep Wrangler then the lease option may not be a bad one.
However if you plan to wheel at all and be a part of Jeep clubs and communities, chances are you are going to be wanting to mod your Jeep fairly quickly. It can easily become an obsession.
As far as 2dr vs unlimited. I personally would go with the unlimited no question. The cargo room alone is night and day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out with friends who have 2 doors and that is what they complain about. If you aren’t looking to get the Jeep as a daily driver though and you want to use it only for wheeling, the 2dr might suit you better anyhow.
I can’t really advise you on a used Jeep as I’d have to see it and drive it in person to tell you my thoughts. But keep in mind that Jeeps hold their value really well. You can do your homework on this and you’ll see what I’m talking about. So going used isn’t a bad way to go if you are cautious about your purchase.
Either way, keep this in mind. In 2012 Jeep upgraded the engine on the Wrangler to the 3.6 Pentastar. In 2014 they upgraded the interior, in 2015 they removed the subwoofer from the back of the Unlimited and gave even more cargo space. You’ll find that Jeep Wranglers are priced fairly closely within those years when looking used. Personally I’d lean toward an unlimited built in 2014-2015.
Actually that is exactly what I did. I bought a 2014 JKU Rubicon with 14,000 miles on it. Did my due diligence on the vehicle and have been really happy with it. I hope that answers all of your questions. Let me know if you have any followups. ~ Eric
Hi. I’m in a predicament. My household currently has a 2017 JKU. I’m looking for a daily drive for me. It’s down between a beautiful 2011 Ram Sport with 105k mikes that I can use to tow and an abundance of space. The other vehicle I’m considering is a 2014 Wrangler Sport with 65k miles. My daily commute is 70 miles 5 days a week. What would you recommend?
If your family already has a JKU and you are looking for a commuter vehicle, I’d stay away from both the RAM and the JK that you’re looking at and look into a Honda or Toyota for reliability and gas mileage. But if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose the Jeep though I’m a bit biased. A truck always comes in handy right? ~ Eric
Amazing read and very informative. I’m in the market for a Jeep Wrangler preferably a 2dr because it’s just me and my boyfriend. No plans for kids (ever lmao) and no pets. My question is with the 2018 version coming soon should I hold off to see how that model will look or keep my fingers crossed that the 2017 model will take some type of price cut? I fear the 2018 model is going too different in style, almost losing its Jeep Wrangler heritage and feel and I only say this from the few leaked photos I’ve seen and speculations of features I’ve read. What are your thoughts? Also piggybacking off the last comment, is it really worth buying a used Jeep if you can find one with low mileage since they hold their value so well? I live in Michigan and all the used Wranglers I’ve seen come very close to a brand new one…..
Well now that the JL is out you’ll have to make that call. Or did you already make it? Sorry we had a kid last year ourselves and I’m just now getting to all the comments Briana! Anyway My thoughts are that the JKs are going to hold their value well. Jeeps typically do. The JL is nice but it is still a first year model. I always advise waiting until the 2nd year model. Having said that the JL diesel version is supposed to come out.. and that may be worth waiting for and saving up those pennies. 442 foot lbs of torque in a Jeep? Yes please. ~ Jeepsies
I have so many questions! I am in the market for a jeep (I’ve been wanting one since I was 16). I believe my gut is going to go with the unlimited Sport S. I understand the gas mileage is poor (I live in Atlanta so I’m sure it will be even worse)
I’m a single lady and trying to figure out do I go with the upgraded soft top or the hard top and then buy the other one at a later date? I need to be able to take the top off/put it on by myself. What should I go with to start seeing how winter is coming?
So sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner Elaine! We had a baby last year and I’ve been swamped with dad life. But I’m back now regularly. Did you buy a Jeep? My advice would have been to go with the hard top. It is much more valuable than any soft top on the market. If you decide you don’t like it, you could sell the hard top and buy two soft tops with the money you’d get from your hard top. ~ Jeepsies
Just got my first Wrangler Unlimited after coming off a few BMWs. This article is GREAT because you definitely have to be prepared for what you are in for. I imagine I might miss the heated seats and backup camera sometimes, but I have never enjoyed driving like I do now (I worry a lot less about mud/rocks/hills/curbs/etc. ha ha) and I absolutely love the feeling that I’ve been adopted into a pretty cool family.
Welcome to the Jeep family Tara! The really nice thing about Jeeps is that they are the most modifiable vehicle on the planet. So if you want a backup camera and heated seats you can still have that. Jeep in style sister. ~ Jeepsies
My girlfriend is considering getting a Jeep Wrangler. She has never been off roading before and currently owns a Toyota Yaris (subcompact car).
She mainly wants the Jeep because she says the visibility from inside while driving is very good.
I certainly support her and would love to have a Jeep in our family. We have 1 kid together so seating isn’t an issue.
Her main hangup is not having the extra creature comforts, mainly a back up camera. We have had salesman tell us that you can add a backup camera after market. Just wondering what other people’s experience has been with after market cameras on a Wrangler and any advice to help her make a decision she, and by extension I, won’t regret.
Sorry for the late reply. We just had a baby ourselves and I’ve been swamped with Dad life. But I’m back. What did y’all decide? As far as visibility from the drivers seat, it really isn’t that good. The windshield is small and the A-Pillars can obstruct your view. Having said that if you lift it, the height of the Jeep gives added visibility like an SUV would have. Yes, the Jeep is the most modifiable vehicle on earth, so if you want back up cameras, heated seats, or pretty much anything you can think of you can have it. I actually saw a sunroof on a Jeep the other day. ~ Jeepsies
Just turned 30 years old and for my birthday gift to myself bought a black on black 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I’ve wanted one of these toys since I was a little kid and was finally in a position to make it a reality. I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get out there and have all the adventures I dreamed of as a kid. I couldn’t sleep the night after buying it, and almost slept in the Jeep. I just wanted to say I’m excited to be apart of the community and the Jeep Club. If you see me on the road, expect a #JeepWave.
Josh, congrats on the purchase! Black on black is always sharp. So tell me was it everything you hoped for now that you’ve had it for a bit? Where are you located? Have you joined a Jeep club? ~ Jeepsies
Reading your article and reading everyone’s comments makes me want one so much more!! Lol Iv been trying to convince my husband for months that I need one!! Told him I’m getting one before my birthday this year!
I don’t really want mine for mudding or climbing rocks like Iv seen others do. I just want mine for work, enjoying a day off from work, going down rough roads and across rivers to get to a good swimming hole!
I’m a little worried about the MPG but I use to have a Dodge that was terrible on gas and I doubt the Jeep is worse then it was.
My Dad use to have a really really old Jeep we use to use on our farm and that thing was rough riding! ? But I loved it!
Dear husband of Christin, YOLO! Get your bride a Jeep! I tell people in the Jeep community all the time. “You do you” meaning Jeep your own way. You don’t have to rock crawl, or mud. If you want to just roll up to church in the thing that’s ok. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Oh and yes, the gas mileage is truly horrendous. But hey… it’s the price you pay for the Jeep life. Accept no substitute. ~ Jeepsies.
what other car will be the best for very very heavy snow. i like skying. One thing i notice in you article you didnt compare JW with any other SUVs, Is there None. especailly for very heavy snow weather?
Because there is no comparison. Jeeps should come standard with a sticker that says, “Don’t follow me, you won’t make it.” ~ Jeepsies
Thanks for your post it really helped me to understand more…Still I’m getting one. I like the Jeep but I have to be honest is not going to be off-road 95% of the time. I was wondering if you can give me some advise. Do you think is worth to buy the new Sahara jl 2018 and upgrade it to a Rubicon 2018 ? Or just buy the Rubicon?
Ahh the age old question Jorge! What trim model should I get. Honestly it depends on you. The Sahara is more of the luxury details. Same color fenders, power windows etc. So if creature comforts are your thing the Sahara is a great way to go. But if you plan on doing some rock crawling and you’ve got the coin there is no substitute for a Rubicon as your base to start modding it out. But if you want to completely mod your Jeep to your specific liking go with a Sport model and do it from the ground up! That’s the beauty of Jeeps you can do it exactly your way. There are so many options. ~ Jeepsies
I’m looking into buying a Jeep but I’m running into barriers. I need something g reliable and I’m going to end up buying a Jeep around the 130,000 mile mark or more. So far I had to tell one of the dealers no for massive leaking in the engine and tranny. I also have noticed an argument (including with my mechanic” that you should only buy the 2006 and under for the inline 6 engine vs the “minivan engine” sold 2007 and up that will crap out quickly.
I need to know what Jeep to look for.
I test drove the Jeep and love everything about it and have been wanting one for awhile. I just don’t need another car that I buy then after a year throws a rod or has some other expensive fix.
Kevin, all Jeeps that are used for what they are intended to be used are expensive. I disagree with your mechanic friend. I would only look at a 2013-2017 JK or JKU. Notice I didn’t say 2012 and further, in 2015 they changed the computer so you have to flash it if you want to add a superchips to it. So I’d even narrow it down further to 2013-2014 if you are looking for a used one. Note that all Jeeps are going to cost you.. but the life and the camaraderie are worth every penny. ~ Jeepsies
I too have been mulling over the idea of a wrangler. I’m not all that concerned over the gas mileage as my current truck gets worse (about 14 mpg). However, I’ve been reading all sorts of stuff from other owners about the issues that Jeeps seem to have…. Things like “Death Wobble”, The 3.6 engine and the cylinder heads leaking. Others complaining of radiator leaks.
I know that threads aren’t usually started by complimenting. People are wondering what is going on with their vehicle and asking owners of same vehicle if they are experiencing the same issue.
I Love the looks of a jeep and It’s just me and my wife, so room is not an issue.. But I don’t want to pay the high price of the Jeep and keep pouring money into it for repairs.
I do not ‘plan’ on rock crawling, but ya never know. HA HA!
Lance if you get a Jeep I guarantee I’ll see you on the trails. Yes, they leak, yes they have issues, yes the gas mileage is horrendous. See? I’m speaking truth to you. But another truth is that I’ve owned every class of vehicle from compact to full size to convertibles to luxury to trucks.. and nothing and I mean nothing compares. Every single day when I get in my Jeep I have a feeling that I never had in any other vehicle. It’s a different life. But be prepared to spend money and pay for repairs. That’s truth brother. ~ Jeepsies
Still have my 2000 Wrangler Sport, 235,00 miles, 2nd engine, a guy in Home Depot parking lot wanted to buy it. Will look at the 2015-17 unlimited used wranglers now…live in SoCal. Oceanside…. Jeeps are the most fun vehicles by far, mine is all stock, no frills.
Right on James. That’s what I’m talking about. 235,000? Impressive! Curious.. why 2015-2017? Is there a reason you selected those specific years? ~ Jeepsies
Thanks for the truth! Inspiring! Ok I want one. I live in Northern Michigan, lost of snow and two track roads. My RAV4 (both of them bottomed out in the snow this year. I hunt and like to adventure for a 67 year old. It is just my wife and I and I am not sure which model and features to get. If I wanted to spend 35K (or under) what would be important for the two track roads and deep snow? I read about locking rear ends and such, but don’t really understand what it means to me. I don’t need AC or music and luxury features. Value and the right 4WD features would be best for me. I would like to drive up to Copper Harbor in the UP, That is the kind of driving I plan to do. I am an old Vietnam Vet (Tank Commander 1/69 Armor) and would appreciate your suggestions. Sgt. Red
SGT Red, first off thank you for your service to our nation! Truly appreciate you and all of those who volunteered their lives for the rest of America. So your question is a good one. In your case I would consider getting a Jeep Wrangler Sport and having it lifted with a 2″ lift and 35 series tires. You’ll still need snow chains in serious snow. And I would get tires specifically for the type of driving you plan on doing. I would also add a rear locker. A locker basically locks both wheels on an axle together. Meaning that it simply forces both wheels to turn in unison regardless of traction or the lack thereof that is available to either given wheel at the time the locker is engaged. So if you have traction on one of your rear wheels but not the other, you’ll get the benefit of the torque from the Jeep. ~ Jeepsies
Hey there! I am seriously thinking about joining the club, too! I am not going to be off roading. Luxury inside would be nice, so I am thinking about the Sahara, a brand new model. Can Sahara’s be lifted, too? (I read in an earlier post if its lifted, then it has visibility closer to a SUV.) I live in North Dakota, so think I’d need a rear locker as well- I assume that is possible with a Sahara? What do you think about the 2018 Sahara model?
oh, one more thing…. is it crazy to own both a soft and hard top? I’m thinking a soft top would be nice for the summer, and then a hard top for our frigid winters.
Thanks from North Dakota! (:
Hi Heather from North Dakota! Jeep doesn’t make a “luxury” model per se. Having said that, the Sahara is the one for you. It will have as many “luxury” items as Jeep is willing to put on a Wrangler stock. The new JL Sahara would be something really nice for you to look at. Do a search for Jeep JL Sahara, there are some good YouTube reviews of the vehicle. But even if a new Jeep isn’t in your price range, there are plenty of “mall crawled” Sahara JK and JKUs out there! (JK is two door, JKU is four) Sahara models can be lifted. Lockers can be added to any Wrangler. As far as the 2018 JL Sahara, it is pretty sexy. And no it is not crazy to own both a hard top and a soft top. As long as you have a garage to keep your hard top in! And some help in taking the hard top on and off. It can be done with two people, but preferably three. Also you can buy a hoist for your garage that makes it possible to do it on your own! Best to you in your Jeep journey! ~ Eric
I’ve been wanting a Jeep Wrangler since i was a teenager.. My current car is civic 2009 but I feel that I’m soon due for an update. I really want to get a Jeep Wrangler but I’m concerned that if I get one it will mess up. I know cars do with time. My question is… do Jeeps last a while ? Thank you. =)
Jeeps, like any other vehicle have their own issues. But with that said, there is nothing like owning and driving a Jeep! If you’ve been wanting one, get it! YOLO (You Only Live Once) so do it and have fun with it. I guarantee you’ll have much more fun with it than your Civic. Jeeps do last awhile and they are easier to work on yourself than most vehicles. So give it a shot! ~ Eric
Hi!!im a 23 year old female who knows nothing about vehicles! lol I’m looking to buy my first wrangler and I’m wondering if anybody knows what I should look for if I’m looking for one that sits higher on the MPG spectrum….lol I need 2 door and automatic ! Thanks ahead!!!
Hi Steph! Welcome to Jeepsies, thanks for commenting. So unfortunately there is no such thing as a Jeep Wrangler that sits higher on the MPG spectrum. But then again there is no such thing as a vehicle as fun to drive as a Jeep Wrangler. So it is one of those things you have to know up front and decide on. If you are looking at a 2dr, you are looking at what is called the Jeep Wrangler JK or JL model. The JLs are the newer models and are pricey but really nice! The JK is the more common one you see on the roads right now. They were built until 2018. The nice thing about the JK is that it comes in various trim packages. The Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon just to name a few. If you are just starting out and want to dip your toes into the Jeeplife, I’d recommend the Sport Trim. It is the most cost affordable way to get into the Jeep culture and see if you like it. You can always modify your sport to be a beast on the trails. I’ve seen many a sport modded out much beefier than my Rubicon edition Jeep. So there are a ton of options. Wish you the best and hope to meet you on the trails. ~ Eric #JeepWave
This article and all the comments were super helpful. I am 19, I’ve had my 2004 Mini Cooper for about 3 years and it’s officially konked out on me. Here I am, scouring the internet and car lots for the perfect car. I have always wanted a Jeep. But, my parents…not so supportive of that dream. I tend to hear a lot of cons about Jeeps. “Not safe” “high maintenance” “gas guzzler” on and on it goes. I have found quite a few Jeeps for sale that have low mileage and are in the right price range for me. I’m having a hard time pushing my parents in giving me the slightest amount of support. I live for adventure and where the open road (or lack of road) will take me. I haven’t got to experience the amount of fun and spontaneity with a vehicle as I’d like. I loved my Mini, but the Jeep has always called me!! I am aware of all the $$$ involved. I just need to know…How could I turn this into a logical and positive decision? Should I just go for it??
McKenzie, hey! Thanks for stopping by Jeepsies. Glad you found me. So here’s my thoughts. I’ll never tell you to go against your parents. Heck if I’d listened to everything my mother ever told me I’d be a lot better off for it. Having said that you need to try to convince them about your passion for the adventure, outdoors, and experiences that you’d like to have. Tell your parents that you want to take them Jeeping with you. Maybe they’ll catch the bug and you’ll become a Jeep family! Parents typically want the best for their kids. I’m sure your parents are just loving you and looking out for you. If you are serious about getting a Jeep and want them to be onboard with your idea, you need to get them to see the joy it will bring to your heart for adventure. Just my .02. ~ Eric
I just bought a jeep and get to pick it up after work today! Do you recommend getting the leather seats sprayed and the underbody coating? I have heard this is not necessary, but the dealership is recommending it. Its pretty speedy. What do you think?
So sorry for the late reply, I’ve literally been Jeeping off the grid for months, but I’m back! Hey Heather! What did you decide to do? ~ Eric
Loved the article so much!! Thanks for keeping it real on the ins and outs of owning a jeep. That said, I am currently looking to purchase my first one! I have a ton of questions but my big one for you at the moment is, as someone who calls Texas home…do you recommend the hard or soft top? I know you said they both leak so I’m aware of that issue, I’m just thinking of the lovely months of July, August and Sept when it’s so blazing hot you really need the AC and not the top off. TIA (Thanks in Advance)
So sorry for the late reply, I’ve literally been Jeeping off the grid for months, but I’m back! Hi Tracy.
Hard Top. No question.
The reason for this isn’t actually the hard top, it is the value of the hard top. At the end of the day you can decide what top you want to put on your Jeep for your style of Jeeping, but the hard top will sell for good enough coin that you can buy several soft top replacements. Hope that helps. ~ Eric
Hi Eric! Thanks for all the information! Do you find that the front seat (particularly on the left leg side is super cramped?) I feel like my left leg and arm is pressed up against the door and the glass when I drive and I’m a relatively small guy. That was the only glaring thing that stuck out to me when I test drove the JKU. It was a 2017. Am I being too picky or crazy? Also, I’m looking at a 2015 JKU Sport with 22,000 miles on it. Thanks again!
So sorry for the late reply, I’ve literally been Jeeping off the grid for months, but I’m back!, So Alex, the JKU is narrow for sure and you’ll feel like you’re pressing against the door. However the nice thing about Jeeps is that you can always take the doors off.
Honestly there is a great trade off for owning a Wrangler, it isn’t going to be the most comfortable, efficient, luxurious, or roomy ride. But it is going to be the most fun you’ve ever had in a vehicle if you use it right. Decide whether these trade offs are for you and then go for it! ~ Eric
Thank you sir! So the million dollar question – JKU or JLU? The JLU seems to be a bit more luxurious, a bit roomier and people say better overall quality (no hood vibration, better interior, more spacious seats, etc.) Your thoughts? What would you do if you were starting at square one? Thanks!
Thank you sir! So the million dollar question – JKU or JLU? The JLU seems to be a bit more luxurious, a bit roomier and people say better overall quality (no hood vibration, better interior, more spacious seats, etc.) Your thoughts? What would you do if you were starting at square one? Thanks!
Alex, I have owned a JLUR now since March. I ordered it exactly the way I wanted it. My previous two vehicles were JKU. I can tell you the JLUR is hands down a better vehicle. Longer & wider, if you want luxury then you can get all the bells and whistles. It rides better, looks better and I love the aluminum doors as I take them off every chance I get. The weight reduction makes them so much easier to take off and store, with the most important part, getting them back on- so much easier. When you compare the two side by side, you will see that Jeep left no stone unturned, everything is improved, quality of materials used, beefier metals and undercarriage. I could write a book!
Solid response Jeep’n Joe. Glad you love your JLUR. Welcome to Jeepsies.
Alex, I’ll give you another perspective. I think the JKUR is a more reasonable first Jeep. With the release of the JLUR, the prices have dropped on the JKUR (though not significantly since Wranglers tend to hold their value} but if you are looking to be adventurous and take a few calculated risks with your Jeep, now is high time to get a JKUR. Many experienced Jeepers are trading in their older Jeeps for the JLUR (for good reason) and that means that the market is ripe to pick up a JKUR which is a great first Jeep. Parts are plentiful and mods for the JKUR still outnumber the JLUR by far. It will take several years for the JLUR mods to catch up.
Having said that, if you have the coin for the JLUR and don’t mind the lack of mod availability as compared to the JKUR then definitely go for the JLUR.
Having said all of that the diesel JLU is supposed to be out next year (2020) and while I never recommend a first model year vehicle, if I were looking to buy a Jeep I might get a little beater Jeep to tool around in that I could sell in a few years and pick up the 2021 JLUR diesel depending on how the 2020 model does and the reports from that.
I know it is a lot to consider, but you asked. ~ Eric
I still want one. Thinking of trading my Dodge challenger RT hemi in to get one.
There’s an old Jeep saying, “Yours may be fast, but mine can go anywhere.” It really depends on what you want to do. Plus the Jeep community is awesome. Is there a Dodge Challenger community that compares? And if so, what do you do? Look to see who has the fewest scratches and whose can break the law by going the fastest? Meh. I’d say get outside, go explore, get in a Jeep. But hey, that’s just me! Let me know what you decided! ~ Eric
Thinking about getting a new Sahara but quick question…..are you freezing in winter even with the heat on? Windows fogging or freezing in bad weather?
In a Sahara? No, you should be fine for heat especially in a hard top. ~ Eric
I currently own a 2006 Jeep Liberty and absolutley love it, howevee i have always wanted a wrangler. Now here is the question i only own the Liberty is it worth getting a Wrangler? And if so should i get a 2 door or 4 door? I am single and live on my own.
Hey D. A Wrangler is definitely worth it! I’ve seen some modified Liberty models but they’ll never compare to a Wrangler in fun or capability. As far as a 2 or 4 door, that is really dependent on what you plan to do. If you want more storage capacity for say camping and taking friends out consider the 4 door. The 2 door will have a better turning radius. Personally I lean to the 4 door, but it is really to each his own. ~ Eric
JKU or JLU? Thanks!!
Depends! There are more mods for the JKU but that will change soon. Also I don’t personally believe in ever buying the first year of a new model, but that’s just me. The JLU is pretty nice!
How many Wrangler owners start their story with “I always wanted a Jeep”? Ok… add one more to the list. We recently needed to replace one of our vehicles prematurely (mfgr issue with engine) and were wondering what to get. It’s been on my bucket list to own either a Mustang or a Wrangler. Well being north of a half century the Mustang was out (too mid-life crisis) and we could FINALLY afford the Wrangler I’ve always wanted (and that my Wife likes ’em too didn’t hurt). It took one test drive in a bright orange JLU (4-door) Rubicon and we were hooked. With the black hard top and fenders it is one striking vehicle, can’t miss it even with your eyes closed. That we bought it in October it was bound to pick up the nick name of The Great Punk’n (punk’n is Jeeps name for the color). The latest Wrangler is a markedly more civilized vehicle than the JK, and the Rubicon still has all the necessary bits and pieces to handle any of the trails I’d dare to venture. We had it off the pavement the first weekend after we bought it! And who can complain about stock 33″ BFG TA KO2s? We got the 2.0L turbo with the “mild hybrid”… getting 23-26 mpg in an off-road beast like this is almost inconceivable. The JL is DEFINITELY a vehicle that is great as a daily driver (mine is). The hardest challenge is figuring out who gets to drive it for the week…. other than that it’s been a BLAST having the Wrangler in our lives!
Great article Eric–
I too was bitten by the visceral appeal of the jeep but thwarted by its shortcomings. I’m now nearing retirement from the awful Chicago climate and am scouting Tucson as a final resting place. Recently on a scouting trip I was given a Jeep Wrangler sport as a rental upgrade or no added cost. I gladly took it as I had always wanted to give it a proper test drive under normal daily conditions. We had it for a week. I had already ruled it out as a daily commuter for me due to my 25,000/ miles per year routine of over 25 years. WOW was I surprised at how well this vehicle performed over that week from Tucson up to Prescott and all over on our scouting trip. I logged 1500 miles of highway, suburban and some minor off road commuting. I was totally impressed– I am now considering getting one for my next daily driver/retirement vehicle. I did not nor do I really anticipate doing any serious offroading– but I am an avid bird watcher, golfer and kayaker when I can find time. As I explore the future environment, that all may change. I really love the idea of the versatility of the jeep platform with the removable top(s) and the Mod possibilities. In that desert environment it may be the perfect vehicle. My only remaining concerns are in two areas that you alarmed me about: 1 just how leaky are the tops? I can handle some minor drips because of the nature of the seating of those tops over multiple contact areas and planes of a vehicle of that size and shape. But if it will take on lots of water (unlikely in a desert environment anyway) that may be a deal breaker. 2, is the ride quality substantially different between the Rubicon models and the lesser suspended versions? My wife and I found the skiddish ride on the highways and higher speeds less annoying than anticipated especially over that extended test drive we took with luggage and plenty of miles under typical daily usage. Your advice will help me greatly– like you I would search for a gently used 4 door version and do my due diligence as I always do to take advantage of the depreciation from new. Thanks again for a great article. Bill
Bill thanks for reaching out, and for the kind words on the tongue-in-cheek article. To answer your question, the leaky hard top isn’t substantial. Some folks claim theirs doesn’t leak, but I don’t believe them haha. Typically the freedom tops on JKs and JKUs leak in the center near the front, but it is just drops, not buckets. There are threads out there with “solutions” for this, but I’ve never bothered as it really isn’t that bad. As far as the ride goes. The beauty of the Jeep Wrangler is the amount of mods (modifications) you can do to it to suit your specific goals and tastes. You could put suspension mods in to dial in your ride just the way you like it. Now that we are overlanding (see our latest articles) we are carrying a ton of weight. Our ride quality has suffered a bit. But again, we choose to set up our rig this way. If you enjoyed your 1500 mile journey with minor annoyances but have aspirations of bird watching, golfing, and kayaking, there may be better vehicles out there for you. But there is only one Jeep. This vehicle will take you anywhere you’d like to go and still facilitate any of your adventures listed. Like I said earlier, I’ve owned most every type of vehicle, but none bring me the joy of the Jeep Wrangler. I’m here at your service if you have any other questions. ~ E
I couldn’t have stated the facts any better myself. I have owned a YJ and a TJ over the past 16 years, having gone back and forth between those and a Yamaha Rhino and Polaris RZR. Currently trying to convince myself I need to sell the RZR in favor of another older TJ or JK (the reason I stumbled across your article), since I miss being able to make “round trips” – not having to travel back the same way I came as you do in a UTV that is trailered to the off road starting point. Also, being able to keep the dust out with a hard top, doors on, and a/c seems appealing after so many rides eating dust in the summer in Utah’s mountains. Side note: We own 2 cars and a 1 ton truck, so the Jeep will be just for fun (which is why it will be an older one). Thanks for the entertaining read!
Hey Val! Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment with such background. Looking forward to hearing what you end up going with. I hear that 2020 JLU diesel is going to be nice… but I’m not gonna lie, I love my JKU. Guardian is perfect for us. I hope you find what is perfect for you.
Hello,i have read your article and all the post from top to bottom and I thoroughly enjoyed it, very well done, thank you. I have always had that Jeep feeling from way back to 1982 when a friend of mine through me the keys to his brand new Wrangler Golden Eagle Edition to take out for the day to see if I liked it. I had a real blast with that jeep as I took it into the woods off road. I didn’t realize that I had gotten it so dirty that I had to spend several hours cleaning all the mud and grass off of it before I gave it back to him. That was almost 40 years ago. In Oct. 2017 I decided that I wanted to buy a new Wrangler and purchased a 2 door 2017 Rubicon Recon edition in the Gobi color. This wrangler has almost every option in the book including both tops and it was not cheap at just under $50,000. At present I have 2000 miles on it and have never even used the premium soft top. All components are still in the cardboard boxes. My main reason for making this investment was the resale value and the excitement that you get in a jeep. But now that the new JL has been introduced and The JK discontinued I am worried about loosing a lot bigtime. What are your thoughts on this. I have been thinking about unloading it to recoup some value.
What a great post you have here. And thank you for your service in the Coast Guard. I myself am a service connected vet as I was in Strategic Air Command in the Air Force. I was a B-52 crewchief. But getting back to the topic. This Jeep thing is definitely in my blood. Back in the early 80’s a friend of mine purchased a brand new Golden Eagle Wrangler and threw me to keys to it to use for the day to see if I had liked it. I headed right into the heavy brush and plowed right through making my own trails. At the end of the day I spent a good amount of time cleaning all the dirt of this brand new jeep before I gave it back. What a blast that was and that memory has always stayed with me almost 40 years later. Now I need the opinion of you fellow jeepers. In Oct. 2017 I purchased a brand new 2 door 2017 Rubicon Recon in Gobi color. This Jeep has just about every option that Jeep offered including the dual tops. As of today I just hit 2,100 miles on it. My concern is this; This vehicle was just about $50,000 and as you all know they will never make the JK anymore as it has been replaced by the JL. I am very worried about loosing the value of this Jeep with the new model and have been looking to trade it in already. What are your thoughts on this. When I purchased this I went right up to the very top model and also the limited edition Recon thinking that it would always be in demand. I think I made a big mistake. Bill
Bill, first off thank you as well for your service to our nation. As far as the Jeep, sounds like you caught the bug early and got yourself a really nice rig. Let me preface my remarks by saying that I’m not a financial advisor. Having said that, historically the Jeep Wrangler tends to hold its value very well. Just look up the JK and JKU models and see how strongly they have held. Now with the JL and JLU not to mention the Gladiator and the subsequent diesel models that are coming out, there will be fluctuations I’m sure. But the bottom line is to ask yourself why you got the Jeep. If you did it as an investment, there are probably better ways to invest $50K (just my opinion). If you did it for why I think you did it based on your comment (adventure, life, fun, etc) then I think it is a great investment. We each only have one life to live. If Jeeping is in your blood, personally I say enjoy it, scratch it up, get it dirty, and keep the wheels side down. Thanks for your comment Bill, and here’s to many happy memories for you. ~ Eric
So, I have wanted to buy a wrangler for many years. I tried it for the first time and loved it and realized that it isn’t the best time for it at this time (probably my next car). My real question is, I am about to get myself the 2019 Trailhawk Cherokee and would still like to participate both in off-roading and possibly in the community. Is it as welcoming to people that didn’t go all the way with the wrangler?
Jeremy, great question. I’ve found that most Jeepers are welcoming to other Jeepers. At least the folks I like to run with. Having said that, there are always the “better than” folks who feel superior because they have a Wrangler and aren’t shy to let you know that. Not sure what the deal is there. As far as I’m concerned if you want to wheel and you are getting what you able to, you’re always welcome to hit the trails with me. I’ve met some amazing off-road friends that don’t even have a “gasp” Jeep! Yep, I’ll run with Toyotas too. ~ Eric
When you say the gas mileage sucks…. Can you elaborate? Going to look at a 2007 4d 4wd sahara tomorrow.
I currently own a honda and i do quite a bit of driving but I’ve always wanted a jeep.
How much does it cost for a full tank and about how many miles can you go?
Sarah, sorry we were off grid. Gas mileage varies depending on terrain. But you are probably looking at 13-15 mpg and Jeeps live at the gas station. Having said that there is nothing like owning a Jeep! You said you went to look at it a few days ago. What did you decide?
Hello, I hope that you are able to respond to my comment because I’ve seen how helpful you have been. My question is, I’m a 24 year old single mom daughter of a one and a half hear old. I’m looking into purchasing a 2019 Jeep. I’m searching for a daily driver mommy car. I’m not into off reading, hauling things NONE of that whatsoever. I’ve been looking into so many reviews online and both YouTube on Jeep wieners. I’ve came to the conclusion I don’t need any of that extra “though stuff” I would say that the rubicon offers.. I do however want comfort & ive read that the 2019 offers more luxury and comfort which Is what I’m seeking for. I know for a fact I won’t be adding any of that extra mods Jeep owners technically do. I was advised the sport s or Sahara would be my best fit. My only concern is spending all this money on a Jeep and not really using what I’m paying for meaning the extra though love. I’d love to own a Jeep for trips, daily driver and of course they are beautiful. Do you think it’s worth it for me? Please any advice would help! Thanks In advance.
Hi Diane! Thanks for reaching out and being transparent about where you are in your decision. Sorry it has taken a few days to get back to you, we’ve been off the grid a little bit this week. Having said that, I do have some thoughts for you. First things first, if you have no plans to off road then you undoubtedly have better options for you and your little one than a Jeep Wrangler. Having said that, if you simply love the Jeep and that’s what you really want, go for it! There is no feeling like owning a Jeep Wrangler in my opinion. The newer JL and JLU units are pretty swanky. If you aren’t planning to mod it and do hard core off road stuff then you definitely don’t need a Rubicon model. For luxury you could consider a Sahara which has more of the luxury options. They are pricey, but historically they hold their value very well. With a little one, I’d consider getting the unlimited version (4-door). The unlimited versions have more cargo space as well. Think baby stroller, groceries etc. Whatever you decide we wish you the very best and let us know if we can be of any more help!
Well we did it! Yesterday we picked up our 2019 Wrangler Unlimited S hardtop in Punk’n no less. My husband is 73 and I’m 67 and I started reading your article, worrying that we probably don’t fit the profile for Wrangler because of age, but by the end I decided we’re right for Wrangler because of attitude. Thanks! Loved the article. We are avid kayakers, love camping (though upgraded from tent to RV in August) and just returned from a week in the Okefenokee Swamp. We’re planning on flat towing the Jeep and ideally carrying along two kayaks and two bikes. Any ideas about best type of rack system or if it can even be done?
Hi Laura! Jeep Wave! Congrats on the purchase of your Jeep. Appreciate the kind words on my article. As far as rack system, we use the Rhino Rack Platform with the backbone system for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. But we carry a roof top tent there. Not sure what the best rack system is for a kayak. But I have no question it can be done. Enjoy your new rig and thank you for following along here at Jeepsies!
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I’m new to jeeps and am thinking about a Jeep Wrangler. I don’t really plan on modding it and plan to mostly use it within the city and occasionally taking it out. Do you think it’s worth buying a Jeep just for that or should I consider buying a different car? I’ve been doing research and I just need that little push to decide if I should buy one or not, I’m mostly interested and wanting to buy it but the mileage and the rain coming in are holding me back. Just wanted you’re opinion. Thanks.
Honestly probably not then Raul. The gas mileage is horrendous and they do tend to leak. Unless you really want one there are probably other options for you that might suit your lifestyle better.
Hello! I have always wanted a Wrangler and during a vacation in Hawaii last week our rental car was a Wrangler and made me want one even more! I’m lucky enough that I have a work car for commuting every day, so I only drive my personal car on weekends which makes me think the awful gas mileage wouldn’t be an issue for me. My issue is that I currently have a perfectly good Toyota RAV4 that will be practical when I start a family within the next 5-10 years. So this would definitely be an emotional purchase for me. I don’t think I’ll be doing much rockcrawling or anything too crazy, but I do love hiking and camping and other adventures. What are the main differences between a rubicon and sport model? I want one so bad I just need a little more encouragement!!
Jamie, so you’ve caught the Jeep bug. Well the good news is that it is curable by getting a Jeep. The bad news is, that is the only cure. Haha. Seriously if you are looking to start a family eventually, consider getting the Jeep Wrangler JKU or JLU (U simply means Unlimited, which means 4-door) The cargo space is better and it will allow for a growing family. The main differences between the Sport and Rubicon model… one is economical, the other is pricey. For that price on the Rubi you get bigger axles, sway bar disconnects, and more. All stuff for offroading. But you can get by just fine with a Sport and upgrade it later should you choose to do so. There are other differences too, but if you aren’t looking to offroad too much, I’d suggest starting with the Sport.
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Alright Eric I’m going for it, I’ll be picking up my 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S next weekend and I can’t wait! I have another question for you, the dealer has already put a 2 inch lift on it and is willing to make a deal with me so they don’t have to take it off. Will a 2 inch lift with stock tires look weird or small? Am I going to need to buy new tires immediately? I’m checking local prices to see how much a 2 inch lift should cost and I’m just curious if I should have the dealer take the lift off and I can do it on my own later (professionally of course) or if it would be alright to leave the lift and eventually get new tires at a later date, like 35s.
Jamie, without knowing the brand of the lift, I wouldn’t pay anything extra for the lift. My suggestion would be to get a quality lift professionally installed. If you are looking at 35s down the road you’re going to want at least a 2.5″ lift and any tires larger than 35 you’ll need to regear anyway. So the two inch lift isn’t going to do much for your build plans. Having said that if you want the 2″ lift for the interim and they aren’t asking for much of an increase then it wouldn’t look horrible, and it would allow you to have a little more clearance than stock. Hope that helps! ~ Eric
I am thinking about buying my first Jeep. The one I’ve been eyeing is an ‘88 Wrangler with 88,000 original miles and one owner. This will be a “weekend Jeep,” so it will not be my primary car. I dont even know where to begin on questions to ask the seller or what to look out for.
What I know:
88,000 original miles
A little rust, but minimal
Just passed inspection
I am NOT a mechanic. But I love old Jeeps.
I would do three things specifically (other than check for rust). 1. Get underneath it and take a look at how much “wheeling” damage there is to the underside. 2. Take it for a test drive. 3. Have a mechanic (pay for this if you need to) take a look since you aren’t one. Hope it all works out!
I am a 65 year old woman that is in love with the Jeep Sahara. I don’t want to off road but I love the look. Am I crazy to spend the money on something I will not offroad with. I do have the Jeep fever.
Also I live in cold climate. Will it be warm enough when its 40 below.
Hi Jennifer! We’ve met Jeepers of all ages that love the iconic vehicle. You only live once right? If you want it and can afford it then why not? Just keep in mind that as I stated in my tongue-in-cheek article that what I said was true. The gas mileage is horrible and it is not the most practical daily driver out there. As far as the cold climate, it would be a great vehicle to have for snow. But as far as keeping the heat in, it won’t do very well compared to other vehicles. The Jeep is meant to be taken apart so insulation is not a major consideration. Having said that, I’m sure there are cold weather kits for the Jeep. I haven’t seen them personally, but I’ve no doubt that they are out there! Good luck!
Eric, this is a fantastic website and exactly what I needed! I have my eye on a 2015 Rubicon and am doing everything I can to talk myself OUT of it. Why would I trade in a perfectly good (and comfortable) Volvo XC90 for a Wrangler? Am I nuts? Apparently I’m not.
I had a CJ5 in high school and it was the funnest car I’ve owned (thus far). I’ve wanted a Wrangler for many years but couldn’t justify the purchase, based on the fairly long list of impractical reasons you listed above. About a week ago, I had an epiphany. I’m a woman, in my 50’s, I’m really tired of all the luxury vehicles out there. Life is short! So I found a Rubicon for sale and took it for a test drive. Even with a big dealer sticker in the window, every Jeep Wrangler driver I passed waved at me. Thought that was so funny – they DO all wave at each other.
So now I’m back to comparing the pros to the cons and that’s how I came upon your website. Well done! Love your honesty. Just what I needed to get me off high center. Sometimes a good decision isn’t based on practicality. Time to go buy a Jeep!
Paige, all I can say is “you get it” many don’t. I’m so happy for you and the adventures you are going to have. Hope you’ll share a photo of your Jeep on our Facebook page when you get it. We’d love to see it!
My experience has been devastating. Can’t seem to keep my wrangler out of the shop for more than a couple months at a time. All hopes for building a monster in the future are shot. Whats the point if it can’t even pass inspection. It boils down to electrical parts and check engines lights. If you can deal with dropping 3k a year in repairs and the worst customer service from Chrysler then by all means. I’ve done my best to take care of it and keep it in good shape but I just cannot keep up with parts replacement. It’s too expensive which crushs dreams of actually having any fun. If it can’t drive 20 miles to work without a new check engine light then I can’t take it offroading. I like to think that i just ended up with a lemon but I think it happens to be the 2012 model. I will never go Jeep/Chrysler again. Do not buy a jeep if you intend on using it for commuting or daily use. Expect to pour 3k a year into it.
Man Ryan, so sorry to hear you’ve had so many problems. Are you a part of any Jeep clubs? I’ve found some extremely helpful and knowledgable folks in these clubs that have helped to diagnose and fix issues. Mod parties can be a really fun and fairly inexpensive way to not only learn your Jeep but get things done. This really sucks, and yes, Jeeps are an expensive hobby! This is why I spent the first part of this article telling people in a tongue-in-cheek way what they are getting into. Hope things get better!
I have the opportunity to get a 2004 TJ with only 87000 miles on it. Looks fantastic. Garage kept. This would be the first Wrangler I owned with half doors. My other two had full doors. Any thoughts on handling the zipper windows? Not sure Im going to be a fan. Reading the forums, it seems like most Jeepers like the half doors.
Bruce, congrats on the opportunity for the Jeep. Hope it works out. Regardless of garage kept, I’d still have a Jeep specific shop in your local area take a once over look before you buy. Just to give you some peace of mind and to possibly catch anything you may have missed. I don’t really have any insight on the zipper windows as I’ve never had them. Perhaps someone else here will have some insight!
Hi, I am considering purchasing a jeep and looking at years 2016-2018. Since I was little I have always wanted a Wrangler but know the cons about then. Like other people, I plan to use it as an every day car and driving around town and to school ( about 1 hour away). Is this a practical vehicle for me? i currently have a 2003 sedan that gets horrible gas mileage ( as I need to put gas in every couple days). i don’t want a sedan and if a jeep isn’t it than what would you recommend that’s an SUV
AJ, the Jeep Wrangler is a “want” vehicle for most people who are considering them. Very few people actually need them. There is a rumor of a hybrid Jeep Wrangler that is coming out. But I’m sure it will be crazy expensive if it does happen. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26882354/2020-jeep-wrangler-hybrid-future-spied/ Having said that, if you are looking for a used Jeep Wrangler just to run around town, I’d be out of my mind to say that was a good idea from a practical standpoint. Pretty much any other SUV would get you better gas mileage. You could look at an alternate used (but newer) Jeep like a used Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass, or Liberty. But at the end of the day if the Wrangler is a want for you and have the means, there is no feeling like owning one. It’s all personal preference. ~ Eric
I really liked your straight hitter article. Planning to buy my first jeep – probably 2019/2020 unlimited sports s or sahara with hard top. The problem with Jeep is that there are no standard features but lot of add-ons. Dealers will tell one price and when I visit them they increase it when I see the sales folks.
Is there a standard list of worth add-ons so that I can stick to the list to get the clear quote from the dealers ? I live in New England area.
Hi PS. So the short answer is no. There is no standard list of the value of used mods (add-ons) for Jeeps. Not only that, but you never really know how hard they were used, how they were installed, or what issues they may have. My recommendation would be to buy a bone stock Jeep (used or new) and if it is used, crawl underneath it to see how much wheeling that Jeep has seen. Chances are you’re going to want different mods anyway. So why not go bone stock for a rig that hasn’t seen too many Jeep trails, save the “upcharge” and add the mods that best suit you. That’s just my .02. ~ Eric
Great! Thanks for your inputs Eric. Appreciated.
It seems buying a Jeep is an emotional decision. They are ridiculously expensive, horrible to drive, unreliable, but owners love them. Sounds like a battered wife syndrome,
refusing to leave the jeep
believing that the jeep is powerful or does everything
idealizing the jeep while carrying out the abuse
believing they deserve being abused by JEEP
I’m a petite 21 yr old woman and I have been in love with Jeep Wranglers for as long as I can remember. However, I have recently over the past year started researching to make sure this is the best fit for me and despite all the cons I’m still very much in love! My only reserve is the rollover statistics and wind resistance. Is a side wind at 10mph going to make you fear a rollover or is this only in reference to faster winds like from a storm? This may seem like a silly question but this is literally my only concern!
Hi Karley, glad you are in love with the Jeep platform. I’m cautious to respond as I’m not an engineer. But all of that information on windspeed and rollover numbers I’m sure is available online. I can tell you from experience that I’ve had our Jeep high in the mountains offroading with side winds far in excess of 10MPH and have never had any issues. Not sure if that is helpful to you, but I hope so! ~ Eric
I read this article to the fullest and I still want a Jeep ?. I have been wanting a Jeep Wrangler Sahara since I was 18. I am somewhat at a point in life where I could afford one but hesitant because I know it’s not really supposed to be used for “daily drives” – that’s what I would be using it for. Every time I convince myself to just go with a Honda (better on gas), I end up going for a run around the neighborhood and seeing all the beautiful wranglers parked in peoples driveways..then it hits me lol that I just really want a wrangler and no other car could replace the love I have for them. I mean, maybe a G wagon but I can’t afford that. I’m so torn and stuck between the heart wants what it wants or going with a smarter option – something better on gas and is more reliable.
Fatimah, you hit the nail on the head. The Jeep is not practical to “want” but it is incomparable to have. I’ll tell you that in my life, I’ve driven most types and classes of vehicles, and I’ve never felt the way about any other as I do my Jeep. We only get one shot around. If you can afford the fuel, get the Jeep IMO. Bottom line if you don’t you’ll always wonder. Traditionally Jeep Wranglers hold their resale value very well. So, you could consider picking one up and seeing if you become attached to it. If not practical then resell. But you’ll never know unless you take that leap right? ~ Eric
What is extremely high miles for a Wrangler that I should avoid?
Folks who own Jeeps either tend to use them for what they were intended for, or don’t drive them much. So any miles you see on a used Jeep have a percentage of them that were most likely much harder on the vehicle than a typical vehicle. I’d look for a Jeep with lower miles than average for the year you’re looking at, and make sure you crawl underneath it and look for signs of heavy wheeling. Hope that helps. ~ E
You’re probably sick of reading comments on this post, seeing how it’s 4 years old at this point! But I can’t help sharing my thoughts. Your statement about the Jeep being an emotional decision really resonated with me. I learned how to drive a Manual on a TJ in my early 20s and I’ve never forgotten it all these years later. My question for you is…
How would you say a Jeep handles in the winter time? A big motivator for me reconsidering them is that I live in the Green Mountains of Vermont and I’m sick of white-knuckle winters in my Honda! The last straw was missing out on powder days at the ski resorts because I couldn’t get enough traction to get up the access road.
Aww Anna, that’s kind of you to say, but no, definitely not sick about reading comments regarding Jeeps. Oh to have learned on a TJ! I’m sure that is something you’ll never forget. As far as Jeeps in the snow, they are great vehicles. The main consideration of course are the tires and the air pressure you are running them at. I’d say get yourself a Jeep with a great set of tires and air those bad boys down to improve traction and you’ll never miss another powder day. ~ Eric