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Old 07-31-2011, 01:43 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by CJ7ole View Post
While on vacation in AK we rented a 2011 Jeep Wrangler (JK) for 4 hours at Denali. Hardtop, air, cruise, auto, street tires, nice radio, quiet, nice ride. Kind of like driving my wife's car. If that is what you like you will be happy with one, particularly with all of the Mercedes technology put into the newer ones.

But that drive up in AK made me miss my CJ with the 4 speed and it's long shifter, the climb up into the seat, the tire noise, the bumpy ride, the wind with the doors off and just the bikini top on, no radio, cruise or A/C to worry about, just pure simple Jeeping in a 27 year old Jeep that I know every inch of and that still turns heads.

Don't get me started on Consumer's Report's reviews of American cars.

Oh, the CJ7 is our toad. With the right bumper, you don't need a baseplate and expensive towbar, a simple A frame works very well. Remove the orange shackles and the A frame pops right on.
But you put a BRAND X engine in it!


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Old 07-31-2011, 02:16 PM   #30
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I have a 2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4 door. I have 78,000 miles on it plus about 25,000 towing behind the coach. I have had to replace the water pump and the front axels (the U joints disintegrated). I did a lot of driving on the sand dunes in Michigan. The 4 door has a lot of room in the back and the seats fold down for a lot of cargo space. The new ones come with a 100,000 power train warrenty and I think my stuff would have been covered if I had waited 3 more months to buy the Jeep (36,000 mile warrenty and extended warrenty to 60,000 miles). I had a Lincoln Contenental that I traded in for it. The Jeep aint a Lincoln (comfort wise) but one doesnt buy a Jeep for luxury and comfort. I have not gotten stuck in as much as 12 inches of snow and it will go in water not quite up to the botom of the body shell. It is also a fact that the Wrangler is not a unibody but is built on a frame. And.....it is so easy to tow 4 wheels down

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Old 08-02-2011, 06:38 PM   #31
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But you put a BRAND X engine in it!
But that is half the fun of having a Jeep, the ability to easily modify it to your heart's content. Next will be a 5.3 Liter BRAND X engine. More power! Slap that bad ass front bumper on so you don't have to ugly it up with a base plate for towing, it goes on and on... Jeep=Just Empty Every Pocket. Seriously if you want dependability and a great ride, tow your Lexus on a trailer. If you want a fun machine to play with when you get your RV to it's destination, get a Jeep!
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:01 PM   #32
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Jeeps are great. You can get parts just about anywhere for them and pick them up for fairly cheap. Flat towing anything you are going to wear parts out quicker. I have manual locking hubs on the front of mine so when not in 4wd the U Joints are not spinning helping to keep down on the wear and tear. Stock they do not ride great but it is a Jeep not meant to be comfortable. You can do so much to them. Just remember that is Jeep is and acronym Just Empty Every Pocket
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:28 AM   #33
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I have a 97 Wrangler Sport, 6 cyl, 5 speed, A/C, great tow and a lot of fun. We just completed a 5600 mile West trip, did part of the Alpine loop, Moab, etc. Never an issue, will go anywhere, and fun doing it.

My only issue is that the wife broke her femur a couple of years ago, so getting in and out is a bit of a problem as well as using the clutch.
I'm thinking of selling it and getting an older Cherokee in case anyone out there would be interested. I have both the hard and soft top, has 103 miles on it, no leaks anywhere and only 1 small abrasion on the left inside door panel.

All I can say is the Wrangler is like a tank.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:43 PM   #34
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I've had my CJ7 for over 30 years , and don't plan to get rid of it any time soon. I must admit the only original parts are the grill and dash board, but it's been towed over 20,000 miles. Now as i get older (just turned 64) I do find that we take the Commander with us more often.

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