10-year Jeep Challenge

Stormin’ Moorman

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Jeeps i owned in 2012...

(IDC what anyone says about the Commander, I really enjoyed it. Not exactly right then, but in general)
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Jeeps i own in 2022...

1989 Laredo YJ
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2004 TJ Unlimited Sport
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2019 JLUR
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2020 JLUR
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It's fair to say I've got a problem. Let's see your 10-year jeep journey
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2009 JKU Rubicon - Billet
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2012 JKU Rubicon - Dozer (a.k.a. Nacho)
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2013 JK Rubicon - Commando (a.k.a. Guacamole)
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2014 JKU Sahara - Dune
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2015 JKU Sahara - Tank
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2018 JKU Rubicon Recon - Gobi (I rather forget about this one)
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2018 JLU Sahara - Firecracker
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There were two more before these - a 2008 JK Sahara 2-door and a 2009 JK Rubicon, both 2-door, 6-speed, in Jeep Green.
 
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Stormin’ Moorman

Stormin’ Moorman

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1979 CJ-7, which I sold to help fund my 2021
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Is that an Alpaca Brown Golden Eagle? I bet selling that was extremely difficult. I'm sad for you...
 
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Stormin’ Moorman

Stormin’ Moorman

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2009 JKU Rubicon - Billet
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2012 JKU Rubicon - Dozer (a.k.a. Nacho)
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2013 JK Rubicon - Commando (a.k.a. Guacamole)
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2014 JKU Sahara - Dune
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2015 JKU Sahara - Tank
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2018 JKU Rubicon Recon - Gobi (I rather forget about this one)
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2018 JLU Sahara - Firecracker
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There were two more before these - a 2008 JK Sahara 2-door and a 2009 JK Rubicon, both 2-door, 6-speed, in Jeep Green.
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Jeeps i owned in 2012...

(IDC what anyone says about the Commander, I really enjoyed it. Not exactly right then, but in general)
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Jeeps i own in 2022...

1989 Laredo YJ
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2004 TJ Unlimited Sport
1642083601756.png


2019 JLUR
1642083675899.png


2020 JLUR
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It's fair to say I've got a problem. Let's see your 10-year jeep journey
I took a Commander and a Patriot on a test drive back in 2012....

Bought a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 that was 2K cheaper than the Patriot was.

Jeeps I own in 2022

2018 Wrangler Sahara
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2018 JKU Sport that I rented in Florida
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And 4 in my office!
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Save some jeeps for the rest of us dude!
LOL! For a number of years I had two of them at the same time: a Rubicon for wheeling and a Sahara for winter road tripping.

It’s hard to pick an overall winner. If I could pick my top three, it’d be my current 2018 JL Sahara (Firecracker), the 2015 Sahara (Tank), and that 2013 JK Rubicon 2-door (Commando).

Picking the worst one is very easy: that 2018 JKUR Recon...
 

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LOL! For a number of years I had two of them at the same time: a Rubicon for wheeling and a Sahara for winter road tripping.

It’s hard to pick an overall winner. If I could pick my top three, it’d be my current 2018 JL Sahara (Firecracker), the 2015 Sahara (Tank), and that 2013 JK Rubicon 2-door (Commando).

Picking the worst one is very easy: that 2018 JKUR Recon...
What went wrong with the Recon?

I'd say of any JK to get that would top my list.
 

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What went wrong with the Recon?

I'd say of any JK to get that would top my list.
Yeah, it looked good on paper, but that’s it.

List of “issues”:
  • I don’t know if it was the standard reinforced axles, but the ride and handling were rather tractor-like. Even with KO2s.
  • Although it was among the last JKs to be produced, it had the worst assembly quality. The driver seat started squeaking at 3,000 miles; the passenger side A-pillar developed a loud “clunk” noise; the hood was grossly misaligned and those Rubicon stickers highlighted the shoddy assembly. To make it all worse, the dealer (the same I have nearby today) repeatedly refused to fix any of it —that’s a separate chapter onto itself
  • It was the most expensive Jeep I had purchased: MSRP was $52,000; paid $46,000. Yet it had the worst depreciation of all Wranglers I’ve owned. I wasn’t able to get more than $37,000 with only 8,000 miles. That was the going rate for those things back then
I was so disgusted with that Jeep and with the dealer, that I drove across the street and dumped it at a Toyota dealership. That Jeep has soured me a bit on Rubicons to this day.

By contrast, my JL Sahara has been a delight: it’s been totally trouble-free, the assembly quality is top-notch, the Firecracker paint looks deep, rich and lustrous, the interior is still as rattle free as the day I bought the Jeep 26 months ago; the engine and transmission are smooth, responsive and refined, the Selec-Trac works amazingly.

The dealer remains a sore point in the overall Jeep ownership experience, though...
 
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Is that an Alpaca Brown Golden Eagle? I bet selling that was extremely difficult. I'm sad for you...
Yes it was. Love/hate relationship. The final straw was blowing out the QT transfercase, too much $$ to axle swap new t case, transmission out put shaft etc.
 

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Yeah, it looked goon on paper, but that’s it.

List of “issues”:
  • I don’t know if it was the standard reinforced axles, but the ride and handling were rather tractor-like. Even with KO2s.
  • Although it was among the last JKs to be produced, it had the worst assembly quality. The driver seat started squeaking at 3,000 miles; the passenger side A-pillar developed a loud “clunk” noise; the hood was grossly misaligned and those Rubicon stickers highlighted the shoddy assembly. To make it all worse, the dealer (the same I have nearby today) repeatedly refused to fix any of it —that’s a separate chapter onto itself
  • It was the most expensive Jeep I had purchased: MSRP was $52,000; paid $46,000. Yet it had the worst depreciation of all Wranglers I’ve owned. I wasn’t able to get more than $37,000 with only 8,000 miles. That was the going rate for those things back then
I was so disgusted with that Jeep and with the dealer, that I drove across the street and dumped it at a Toyota dealership. That Jeep has soured me a bit on Rubicons to this day.

By contrast, my JL Sahara has been a delight: it’s been totally trouble-free, the assembly quality is top-notch, the Firecracker paint looks deep, rich and lustrous, the interior is still as rattle free as the day I bought the Jeep 26 months ago; the engine and transmission are smooth, responsive and refined, the Selec-Trac works amazingly.

The dealer remains a sore point in the overall Jeep ownership experience, though...
Ugh... Guess I dodged a bullet by sticking with the JL instead of falling for one of the JK special editions I really liked.
 
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