Drove a Lexus for 16 years, was going to go Mercedes sedan but saw the new 2018 JL Sahara with all the bells and whistles drove the v6 then the 2.0L Turbo, chose the Turbo and love it!!
Don’t knock those little samurai those things were mean ass little micro Jeeps that could do anything a Jeep could. I had a CJ7 back in the day and I got schooled! They are basically just four wheelers with doors.I personally wanted the off road tough look but will never go off road, so I elected for the Rubicon...its top of the line right? Somebody else asked me if I was going to buy a Wrangler and I said no I want one of those Sahara Sport models.
Yes im kidding....I cant tell you how much nonsense I heard at the recent car show.
"Alex wanted a Wrangler right, but this says Rubicon so thats not it."
"They have not changed the Wrangler in two decades, its still the same crap."
"My Samurai can go more places than that"
"Why would anyone want one of these, they get horrible gas mileage"
"OMG Becky look the purple one is soooooo like totally awesome"
Wranglers are great vehicles, yea they are quirky, yea they are noisy (well they use to be anyways, time will tell here). Jeep has done a fantastic job of bringing in the entire non wrangler owning community on this revision. The JK with the introduction of the 4 door kind of did that, ya know lets get the family oriented daily vehicle thing going....but the JL has really caught the appeal of folks that would have just turned a blind eye for say an Explorer, BMW, Tahoe, etc etc.
Us decade+ owner fan boys and girls still love it, while it welcomes a whole new era of customer that previously would have passed it over.
I'm 40 now, and personal finances forced me to play vehicle undertaker up until my mid 30's. A slew of pickups and sedans that I'd squeeze the last drop of blood out of, before needing a ride home from the scrap yard with the proceeds to get the next.
Scored a low mileage 96 XL1200 Sportster on trade, which served as my sole vehicle for about 2 years. I turned it into a bit of a cafe racer. Great bike and fun, but ducked in the winter months.
My then gf, now wife, didn't want me going through another winter on 2 wheels, so she helped me get more rubber on the ground. I wanted something awd after seeing how great an Oldsmobile bravada handled one of the worst NY blizzards. That led me into an awd 2001 Chevy Astro van. I had most of the exterior converted to LED's and was on the verge of lifting it to fit some "big" 31's. Before getting the chance, it started suffering from check engine light money pit syndrome.
At that same point, my wife's 2000 civic was starting to shit the bed. She was working at a great hospital for great pay, so new made the most sense. My only recommendation was awd. Knowing how I am with research, she gave me a short list of vehicles to put under my microscope. As negotiations were wrapping up on a 2016 Nissan Juke SV awd, I inquired about a fully loaded SL for myself. Here's both the Astro and the Juke that replaced it.
I had the Juke for 2.5 years and about 48k miles. Great car. 1.6 turbo, cvt tranny, and both regular and torque vectoring awd. Pretty much a watered down 370Z with greater ground clearance. Problem was it was too small in the back seat and the cargo area was like a 2 door JL, but with a back hatch that robbed all air space. I was having passengers and cargo more often than I originally thought. On top of that, I'm not a car guy. I belong in something truck based. Too many pickups in the past proved that I end up hauling more shit for everyone else than myself. Don't care for another van.
Go go gadget, ocd research! And here you all are, stuck with me and my occasional long winded posts. At least I sprinkled some pics along the way.
Nice rides, both 2 and 4 wheel. Commuting in NY in the winter on bike? I tip my hat to you, Sir!
Thanks! Had no choice at the time got the bike on a trade for a 20k Lister Petter diesel generator that was being sold to fund a better than scrap worthy vehicle.Nice rides, both 2 and 4 wheel. Commuting in NY in the winter on bike? I tip my hat to you, Sir!
A few months ago I was sitting in the parking lot waiting on my wife to come out of Target. Dude in a Grand Cherokee starts driving off with his rear passenger side door wide open. Before I can honk the horn he slams his door right into my Jeep!almost impervious to door dings,