Originally Posted by Moira
Well looks like my choices have changed,
I will be looking at 2012 and newer with 4 doors now.
I don't believe a 4 door was made from 04 to 06.
Yes I want it for off-road
Just me and hubby
I have no preference on manual or automatic
It will probably stay as my coach toad, when I am home 6-8 months out of the year I will probably go back to my CRV as my daily driver.
Great choice on the 4-door model. While it is just a tad heavier and a tad longer (duh), the capabilities for off road, in just about ANY set of conditions, is not hindered at all. Been there, done that with just about every model of Jeep Wrangler for almost 40 years. The 4-door has great storage behind the back seat if needed.
The '12s and above is a wise choice. I'd go for a '13 if it were me due to what I stated above. The '12 model year was the introduction of the 3.6L Pentastar V-6. A seriously much better engine than the '11 and below models. But, as usual, there was some glitches in that first gen of engine. And it didn't always show up in the year of 2012. The issues showed up for quite a while into the '13 model year. So, just something to think about.
As for no preference between a stick and an auto, well, again, been Jeeping for almost 40 years and have had both. Been driving now for 50 years and, have owned oh, maybe 30 stick shift vehicles including a few Jeeps. As I've gotten older, I will admit, I've gotten lazier too. Now, the term lazy is primarily applying to shifting a vehicle. I look at it as, WHY shift it when it will do it for you? Todays automatics are superior to even just a few years ago. The gas mileage is very, very close on each one of the same model. The power is for the most part, the exact same with an auto vs the stick, of the same model/engine etc. Again, why shift?
And, when goofing around off road and you want to go really slow and relax, the auto can't be beat. I'm not talking "rock crawling" here, just fun, slow, maybe a bit challenging trails and or roads. There's no legs getting tired of feathering clutches to ease your way over or around or through any type of challenging situation. The automatic is doing it all for you while you have fun and relax.
Then, there's the dredded traffic, stop and go situation every once in a while when ON ROAD. Yep, no shifting for us, EVER.