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    Default The best Jeep to buy?

    Ideas? Opinions?

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    oh I have lots of ideas and opinions, but need a FAR more specific question.

    are you asking which generation of "wrangler" to buy, or are you asking which model from their current offering to buy, or are you asking a different question altogether?
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    The best Jeep to buy is probably a Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Chevy, Polaris, Land Rover, Kia, Ford, or Suzuki. Some of these would be vintage vehicles, not the current model. But I wouldn't buy anything from Jeep/Chrysler/Fiat these days. YMMV
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    Not a recommendation, but this made me think. I'd like one of the old ones, with a PTO. Now THAT would make a perfect tractor for my needs.

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    We are in the same predicament we absolutely love our Jeep Cherokee latitude. It was a pleasure to drive cross country, it's the perfect size for our lifestyle just enough room for gear without the bulk. Interior fit & finish is european standard nice. The exterior is kinda sexy sporty for a Jeep reminiscent of the BMW X5. The only thing I would have opted for would be the panoramic sunroof. We have not had ANY mechanical problems whatsoever - it's rock solid since day one.

    Our lease it up in about a year. So the options are get another Cherokee but this time with the panoramic sunroof. Or we have been looking at the 4 door Wrangler Unlimited. Forgo the hard top and just bikini top, loose the doors and rock the SoCal Jeep topless look. Our main concern is the ride, interior finish and storage.

    The new Compass looks a lot like the Range Rover Evoque, but the reviews don't sound promising.

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    Trick question!

    answer: Toyota 4Runner
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    Over the past 20 years, ending in 2011, I've leased several Jeep Grand Cherokees and owned two of the older style Cherokees, a Liberty and now own a 2010 Wrangler. Loved them all. No problems worth mentioning.
    As a family man, the Grand Cherokee was great. As a retired guy with no need for a lot of seating, the two seat Wrangler is wonderful. I only use it for local driving and it's the absolute best vehicle for towing a small boat.
    If I had to get a passenger Jeep again, I'd go with the new Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee is getting too large and too expensive.
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    Our Options

    What we have





    Thinking of something like this maybe.

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    It really depends upon your use and want. When I was positioned to buy my first (and likely last) new car a few years back, I wanted:

    Limited seating;
    Short body;
    Light towing;
    Rag top;
    Removable doors;
    High center;
    Hard suspension;
    Six on the floor;
    Fits in with any Walter Mitty experiences I may have.

    So I got the basic Wrangler with tow package.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Our Options

    What we have





    Thinking of something like this maybe.

    That second one's gonna get you ett by a tee Rex, yo.

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    As long as you have friend in the transmision repair business, you could pick any of them them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Not a recommendation, but this made me think. I'd like one of the old ones, with a PTO. Now THAT would make a perfect tractor for my needs.

    Peace,
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    If you do that, you'll just be sorry you didn't go for the Unimog.



    As to what Jeep to buy, I've always been partial to the FC (I think this is a 'proposed' model}

    :



    Maybe this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    It really depends upon your use and want. When I was positioned to buy my first (and likely last) new car a few years back, I wanted:

    Limited seating;
    Short body;
    Light towing;
    Rag top;
    Removable doors;
    High center;
    Hard suspension;
    Six on the floor;
    Fits in with any Walter Mitty experiences I may have.

    So I got the basic Wrangler with tow package.

    Hahahahaha. Sometimes I wonder how we'd get along, and then you post pictures like this, and I know.

    I just love this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    If you do that, you'll just be sorry you didn't go for the Unimog.



    As to what Jeep to buy, I've always been partial to the FC (I think this is a 'proposed' model}

    :



    Maybe this:
    Oh, no. I want the tiny footprint of the first cjs. Little. I don't even think I could turn around a unimog in my lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Oh, no. I want the tiny footprint of the first cjs. Little. I don't even think I could turn around a unimog in my lot.

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    Unimog 411:

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    I am sorry, Amish Rob. I'm pretty sure you now have abandoned all thoughts of little Jeeps, and are now fixated on little Mogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    As long as you have friend in the transmision repair business, you could pick any of them them.
    We have had NO MECHANICAL problems whatsoever, and we drove cross country towing the LARGE double axle U-Haul over the Vail Pass.
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    If a Compass or Latitude, think twice. Resale values are absolutely awful - as in 2K for a 3 year old Compass with 60K.

    Wranglers seem to hold their value quite well.

    Just to be a PITA:

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    I am sorry, Amish Rob. I'm pretty sure you now have abandoned all thoughts of little Jeeps, and are now fixated on little Mogs.

    Oh. You are a terrible, terrible, evil, evil, man. And you know me well.
    Though, I must say the rounded one with the little cab in #15 is all me. Very, very cool little things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Oh. You are a terrible, terrible, evil, evil, man. And you know me well.
    Though, I must say the rounded one with the little cab in #15 is all me. Very, very cool little things.

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    The description with that pic says it is a 1958 Model 411, just so you know.

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    OK so this thread is not helpful for anyone who's not interested in some old unimog monster truck tires mud junk antique
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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    The description with that pic says it is a 1958 Model 411, just so you know.

    Thanks, Brother! Although the likelihood of my ever owning one is very slim, I can still ogle them, que no?

    Gosh, I can only imagine how freaky hilarious it would be to,see me unspider myself from that little cab. Hehe. Which reminds me. My buddy and I used to drive around in my beetle holding onto the running boards. Just because we both got ape arms and could.

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    Jimmy W, there is / was a place in (I believe) Cazadero, CA. [ Willys America(?)] that restores those old Willys models (I have
    no affiliation) - Joe SoCal one of those old models may work for you. We made it thru several tough northern Illinois winters
    with a 1980 Jeep Renegade (4WD). What I found best for southern Minnesota winters was a 2004 Toyota Tacoma short cab /
    short bed with 4WD and six sand tubes in the bed for extra traction. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    It really depends upon your use and want. When I was positioned to buy my first (and likely last) new car a few years back, I wanted:

    Limited seating;
    Short body;
    Light towing;
    Rag top;
    Removable doors;
    High center;
    Hard suspension;
    Six on the floor;
    Fits in with any Walter Mitty experiences I may have.

    So I got the basic Wrangler with tow package.

    Helluva hood ornament. Go Big! Or go home...
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    I like 'the idea' of a Jeep. I don't like the reliability/reviews.

    Just 'got rid of' my Dodge Grand Caravan - actually a very good vehicle - when it would start. It had a 'gremlin' in it - where, without warning, it simply was dead. Let it sit for a day - it would start right up. Okay in town, not so much when on the road. Chrysler seemed to have 'no idea' what was wrong with it - but the forums are filled with folks with the same problem, from a variety of causes - and Chrysler won't acknowledge, for fear of a recall.

    Get a Toyota.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    OK so this thread is not helpful for anyone who's not interested in some old unimog monster truck tires mud junk antique
    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Get a Toyota.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    Jimmy W, there is / was a place in (I believe) Cazadero, CA. [ Willys America(?)] that restores those old Willys models (I have
    no affiliation) - Joe SoCal one of those old models may work for you. We made it thru several tough northern Illinois winters
    with a 1980 Jeep Renegade (4WD). What I found best for southern Minnesota winters was a 2004 Toyota Tacoma short cab /
    short bed with 4WD and six sand tubes in the bed for extra traction. YMMV

    Rick

    Winter ???? Whats a Winter ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Winter ???? Whats a Winter ?
    The guy who started this thread lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Helluva hood ornament. Go Big! Or go home...
    Yes. Yes it is. Brilliantly designed with sufficient ballast to keep it from toppling over in traffic <G>
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    Now THIS, my friends, is an efficient troll. A nice, harmless - even friendly - troll, but troll nonetheless. The OP pops a question in Post #1 then participates no more, and the crowd piles in for almost thirty posts. And I predict it will go on for thirty more, without acknowledgement from the OP.

    Way to go, Leikec! Good show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    Ideas? Opinions?
    A Toyota Land Cruiser. Many American vehicles have gotten much more reliable over the years. Not Jeeps.
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    I have had two Grand Cherokees and two Grand Wagoneers. One Grand Cherokee was junk. The other was fine until one of my kids wrangled it away from me somehow. It was good while I had it. One of my Grand Wagoneers had a Pontiac engine in it and assorted bastardized parts and systems and it was not very dependable. My second one had a Dodge truck engine in it and was perfectly fine.

    Jeep has a long history of being passed around and inconsistent performance, but people love them. Where I live you have either had one or it's on your list. I have thought for years about getting another Grand Wagoneer, but people who own them have wised up now and even those that need a lot of work are going for over $10K US. This is the biggest reason I have decided to get a Land Rover Discovery.

    Talk about something that keeps it's value, look for a used Toyota Land Cruiser on one of the internet sites and see what they cost. You will find Land Cruisers with more than 250K miles on them and people asking $15K US! The fact that these vehicles are costing $75K new is causing more and more people to look for 'gently used' cars, and is driving the costs up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Now THIS, my friends, is an efficient troll. A nice, harmless - even friendly - troll, but troll nonetheless. The OP pops a question in Post #1 then participates no more, and the crowd piles in for almost thirty posts. And I predict it will go on for thirty more, without acknowledgement from the OP.

    Way to go, Leikec! Good show!
    You're on to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    A Toyota Land Cruiser. Many American vehicles have gotten much more reliable over the years. Not Jeeps.
    I love land cruisers. LOVE.

    but have you priced the parts? Yeah they're reliable but anytime ANYthing needs replacement you're in for a grand at least.

    and I don't really get the whole "Jeeps unreliable" thing either. My wranglers required no more frequent attention than my 4runner.
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