How many people have already bought and traded in their Gladiators?

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When they announced the Gladiator Concept back in 04/05 I swore I was going to get one. I had just replaced my TJ for a Ram Pickup. But when the production was green lighted over a decade later it had changed a lot. The side tire carrier, shorter bed and extra cab that opened up suicide door style were great touches that really had the right dimensions (for me). Don't get me wrong, I like the Gladiators. But to me they really needed to be lifted and have 37's to look right in my eye. When I bought my JLUR a couple months ago, I gave them another look. I'm happy with my decision, to each their own.

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I personally love the side spare tire mount. However, we all need to remember a couple of things.

* MPG and federal requirements. That thing is basically a big sail hanging off the side.

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Hmmm. I’m in North Louisiana and searching on Car Fax JTR’s with around 20K miles within a 500 mile radius seem to be about $15-20K off what I can build one for on Jeep’s website. Disclaimer: I have been wrong before. A lot. :)
I had this in a previous response - sorry for the repeat

In Sept 2020 - I was intent on finding a used Gladiator with less than 10K miles. The used ones I could find were just about the same price that I could get a NEW Gladiator from the dealer with incentives
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Are you a Renegade owner? You lost me.
 

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I'm not sure that really applies here.

People like 4 door pickups over 2 door pickups because the price increase makes sense from a capability standpoint.

4 door pickups offer more legroom than any cars, with the exception of stretched wheelbase sedans such as the long S Class. This means that they're great for driving a family or extra workers around.

4 door pickups also offer lockable storage space, in addition to the bed space.

In any case, the quotes in the article (from 2012) are bonkers and a classic case of fear mongering. Just check out this one:

But the reality is that Detroit’s car makers need trucks to be affordable to stay in business. CAFE compliance for full-size trucks is a major topic in the auto industry, with concerns about rising costs being a major bugaboo for the Big Three. Ford is said to be moving to an aluminum body for the next F-150, while various reports have claimed that compliance with CAFE 2025 standards could add as much as $15,000 to the cost of a full-size truck. This kind of financial burden would make pickup trucks unaffordable to a significant portion of its customer base, and erode a massive source of profits for American automakers. As Niedermeyer noted, full size trucks would “…become a purely professional purchase, bought only by those who use them for work or by the wealthy.” A European-style consumption tax based on emissions of fuel efficiency would be devastating for the full-sized truck market, and it’s hardly a coincidence that CAFE is structured in such a way that best protects these vehicles.
There isn't $15,000 in emissions equipment on a pickup.

Trucks didn't become a purchase only for the wealthy or tradesman.

Instead, we have the Big 3 building larger trucks and variants that have stupidly high horsepower and torque ratings. BTW, when I write "stupidly," I don't mean that the trucks are stupid, just that it is crazy how much output manufacturers can get out of engines these days - numbers that were only available on mid-6-figure supercars or race cars that had to be rebuilt after each race are now available in consumer pickups.
 

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I traded the 18 JL rubicon for my 20 JT rubicon, sold the 16 JK rubicon, bought the wife a used Renegade, 17 with 16k miles, we hated it, ordered a 21 JL rubicon, surprisingly only took 3 1/2 weeks , happy now, truck and 2dr rubicon , life is good, my retirement plan has come together.
 
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