Does anyone own a Jeep Wrangler?

posted 2 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

They notoriously unreliable, uncomfortable, unsafe, with terrible resale value so Im on team husband, sorry! Every year they are on all the “cars to avoid” lists. There are a lot better SUVs for adventuring! 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I test drove one and ended up with a Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can feel every little bump in the road to the point where it hurts your tailbone. The steering is very stiff so it doesn’t handle that well. The windshield is also slanted and very close to your face which is weird and I would imagine takes some getting used to. It’s a shame because I love the way they look, they just are not practical for every day driving. I would test drive some other Jeeps because it is a great brand!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I have had a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for over 3 years and love it. It has been driven across the country twice without issue. I live in a part of Ohio that gets a shit ton of snow and have yet to be stuck. It has never once had an issue that it needed to be in the shop for outside of routine oil changes and maintenance. 

However, if you’re going from a Lexus to a Wrangler, you might have trouble adjusting to the way the Jeep rides. You will feel every bump in the road. 

MrsBuesleBee :  I’m not sure where you got that information, but Wranglers hold their value very well and are quite reliable. My n=1 about safety: I was rear ended about a month ago, hard enough that the lady’s airbag deployed. I had to look twice before I found a ding in the bumper. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport (two door) and it is the best investment I ever made! Ignore everyone who says they’re unsafe and unreliable, they haven’t owned one. Any car is unsafe if u drive like an idiot. I think they hold their value well. I haven’t had one issue with mine in the past three years and I live in a state where your car gets inspected every year and it has to pass. 

Its so fun to take the top off and go anywhere you want! I don’t do any crazy off roading but I take it hiking and never worry about getting stuck! And I don’t worry about scratches and whatnot because that’s what a jeep is for! 

The ride is bumpy but that’s all part of the fun! Go for it girl! I will never buy another car again! 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

My husband has a 2011 Wrangler 2-door and absolutely loves it. It’s not the most comfortable car (you do feel every bump in the road) and the gas mileage leaves a lot to be desired. But it sure is fun! One of the great things about Jeeps is that they’re so easy to customize. My husband has all sorts of fun making his Jeep look special and unique. Also, as far as we know, Jeeps hold their value really well. The thing with Jeeps is that they do have a cult following (especially older Jeeps) so people are always looking to buy them. In fact, just last year the dealership that sold the Jeep to my husband contacted him wanting to buy it back for almost the same amount he paid for it! That’s how in demand his style was. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sorry to the Jeep owners of the bee, but it’s literally one of the last cars I think I’d ever own. They are one of the worst riding cars ever. If you’re someone who wants to go off-roading or camping and hauling gear that’s one thing that’s a completely different story. I just cant’ imagine it for an everyday car/

Whenever I go on work trips we’re required to use a rental car, and like four or five times now have ended up with a Wrangler. The first time I thought it was a bad ride because it’s a rental that gets treated like shit…but every time I’ve had one it’s the same terrible ride. Then I drove my friend’s Wrangler – same deal. 

I think going from a Lexus to a Jeep would be a big adjustment.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

So my parents just closed on their new beach house on Friday. On Monday morning, my mom woke up and had the same thought that you did. Except she actually bought one that day lol the only difference is she’s keeping her Honda Pilot also. We’ve been driving th Jeep for 2 days now and while it’s fun, there are no bells and whistle. None of them come with Bluetooth to answer the phone. There’s is no backup camera and that thing is hard to back up! I like it for sometimes but I prefer my Grand Cherokee for everyday driving 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

This is my Rubicon. 

Though my husband drives it more than me. I love it. To be honest it doesn’t drive very well but that might be because it has a 6 inch lift. I have driven some that have no lift and they feel very smooth. I haven’t gone off roading so it is a bit of a waste. I would recommend you get something more basic or just without all the added features that you know you don’t use. They have a GREAT resell value. When I bought mine it was 8 years old and it wasn’t cheap. 

https://www.kbb.com/new-cars/best-resale-value-awards/best-resale-top-10-cars/

http://www.autoinfluence.com/used-jeep-wranglers-avoid-depreciation-so-well/

Keep in mind that if you buy a brand new one they never have any rebates or discounts, I would suggest you get a used one as they all look the same lol, it will be cheaper, and so far I haven’t had any problems with my jeep. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I had a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and my husband has a 2007 Rubicon. I got rid of mine, the amount of money I was wasting on gas was ridiculous. DH loves offroading and I don’t think he will ever get rid of his Jeep, but he’s spending about 60 bucks every week (sometimes less) to fill up. 

It would be a big change going from a lexus, I thought my Jeep was fun to drive but I wouldn’t say its a super “comfortable” ride. By no means was it uncomfortable, but compared to a lexus it won’t be. You feel every movement so there is an adjustment period with it, but you get used to it. 

Go for a test ride! Worst case scenario you hate the ride and you decide against it! The only thing is, Jeeps get VERY expensive VERY fast when adding upgrades, just something to consider!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

My FI and I both have Grand Jeep Cherokee Overlands. We love them. They are incredible cars. I’d never drive anything else now! I have taken mine off roading a little here and there too, even though it’s a GC and not a Wrangler. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have a Jeep (2012 Liberty, a style that is now discontinued) that handles a lot like a Wrangler but was made more for town/city driving than off-roading (although it is trail rated). I really like my Jeep but the comfort aspect takes getting used to, and it definitely isn’t easy on gas mileage, even though a lot of larger vehicles these days aren’t. 

Winters can get hectic here since we have terrible road maintenance, so I needed a car that would go absolutely anywhere and mine does. I can’t speak on the safety of Wranglers but mine is super safe. I was in a wreck last year (t-boned on the driver’s side) and the other car barely made a dent. 

I think if it’s something you’re serious about, it can’t hurt to go look at a few and test drive them to really get a feel for them. They’re really not for everyone, especially if you’re used to more luxury vehicles. 

My FI has a Land Rover LR4 Discovery that is absolutely awesome, but sadly they changed up the body style and it’s not as boxy and utilitarian looking anymore, which was part of the appeal. But it has all the technology and comfort of a luxury vehicle while maintaining that cool, sporty quality. It has tons of cameras, it raises and lowers for different types of terrain, a ladder to access the roof, etc. but does better with gas mileage for long trips and has the sensitive steering and break/pedals of luxury vehicles so it’s overall easier to drive.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and tell you my experience…

My FI has a 2D 2014 Wrangler Rubicon. He keeps the soft top on it all year, since we live in a place without too much snow. I drive a comfortable BMW with upgrades. I think we are really comparing apples to oranges here.

Driving his Jeep is a blast, but the brakes require a heavy foot and it’s not quite as practical if you’re thinking of kids down the line. I prefer my BMW, but he wouldn’t trade his Jeep for anything. His gas mileage is terrible and when we drive to see his family in NY (10 hours), we have to fill up 3 times. I don’t find the seats comfortable for long trips, and they hurt my back. The acceleration is terrible- even when hitting the gas to pass someone, you get a long lag- and forget getting it above 70-75. (Our speed limits here are high).

To me, the Jeep isn’t a permanent, every day car… and that’s a lot of money to spend for something you may not want for every day use.

Like the PP before me, I was going to suggest an LR4. It has the upgrades and comfort of your Lexus with the utility of a Jeep. 

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