1st - I think I'm a bit dyslexic or something because I keep reading this thread as "When you made love to the Jeep Wrangler"
2nd - When we made love to the first one... I mean test drove the first one I was hooked. It strikes a nice balance between functionality and ruggedness. It handles well enough on the road but you know there is an offroad monster lurking beneath. It reminds me a bit of my time in the military, granted we were driving humvee's at the time and not Jeeps but still.
The first Jeep I fell in love with was the YJ. I loved the simplicity, the feel, the look, its unrefined nature, top down driving, go-anywhere ability, and chair-like seating. I also felt like a truck, to me. Heck, I even loved the smell of it. It had a new car smell but it was different.
Btw, that YJ had the 2.5 4 cylinder and a manual. It had 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and very good steering. The handling, particularly in lateral g's, was shockingly good in that little Jeep. Only sports cars could keep up with it on a tight off ramp.
Since I'm fond of Northern Ireland, I feel compelled to answer your question Rachel.
My love for the Wrangler started way back in 1997 when I bought a Green TJ on a whim. I fell in love with this style classic. Loved the driving position, its handling, uniqueness and off-road ability. In 2008 I had the good fortune of purchasing a fully kitted out JKU from a well known and respected company in Montana, did the Rubicon trail and most trails in Moab in her. I had the time of my life. Now on my fourth Wrangler but she's staying stock as I'm now a lot older and know that my Rubi will take me pretty much anywhere I want to go, straight out of the box.
A winter trip to the Colorado mountains. Unsure of the weather, we decided to rent a Jeep to get to our rented cabin high in the Colorado Rockies. It was the first time I had ever driven one. On mountain roads covered in over 8 inches of snow after blizzard conditions, that completely stock Jeep Sport took my family to some of the most beautiful places we had ever seen. It unlocked decades of fascination and admiration for this iconic vehicle. 2 weeks after returning home, I had a Jeep in my garage. One of the best decisions I have ever made. I still look forward to driving it every single day.
I got into 4wd in the 70’s for the reason that (1) I loved to hunt; (2) I loved to fish, and (3) I love to just look and see what’s down the end of that trail. (Scout the America others pass by). I grew up in Illinois about 40 miles from Paducah, Ky. Every fall we’d be overran with “hunters” from up north. Very, very few of them ever went much over 1/2 mile or less from a paved road. I could drive into the toolies a couple miles and hunt in peace. Decades later I don’t do near as much as I did, but I still like the ability to go where I wish with a very capable off road vehicle.
By the by Ireland is a very special place-only place I’ve ever seen that is even prettier in person than in pictures. My great grandmother came from Dublin.
Fell in love with them back in the 80s where as a teenager, I’d watch my front door neighbour plow trough snow banks in his CJ7 in the winter and ride top down no doors in the summer. The rest is history, bought my first Wrangler new in automn1986 and have owned one almost ever since. Only took a break in 2007 where I owned a LR Discovery for 6 years and came back to my roots.
I grew up around my father and his Jeeper buddies, but also in NHRA pits and love performance too. Built my CJ5 to fulfill both. I have wanted a Wrangler a very long time but their engines were unacceptable. I even got my 05 4R because I could get a V8. Yea a puny one, but a V8. Drove it for 16 years until Jeep finally added a V8 and got one. Delighted with it!! Edit- Have always had Dad’s 3A to tow to destination, if not??