Who else daily drives a beater??

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With “Work From Home” here to stay, and ever growing set of chores like shopping and schooling moving online, I think the way we use our vehicles is going to change significantly.

We are going to buy vehicles based more on “fun” than on reliable and efficient transportation.





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It's like you hit the beater lotto lol. I'm jealous.
I'm pretty sure the Ranger was a southern truck early in it's life. Clean title, frame barely has any surface rust, and runs perfect after changing out what I suspected to be the original plugs. The oil pan drips, just barely but nothing I'm worried about. The rear pinion weeps ever so slightly, but to be expected at 188k miles. It cracked a plastic coolant manifold for the hearer core but a quick trip to the junk yard I had a perfect replacement. Heat and AC work way better than expexted too. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country.
 
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That Yukon isn't the the most practical vehicle but at that age and mileage it definitely qualifies as a beater!
it's very practical, has a 4.1 tranny/5.3 before they put in cylinder deactivation and other crapola... use it to haul a ton of shit that I don't like to get wet. I put about 37k on it this year.

FWIW, 16 mpg with or without a 2 horse, does not leak. On it's second set of plugs.

Oh, and i've put whatever oil is on sale in it. Dad has a 2500 work truck that the frame broke at around 900K, same engine tranny.
 

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Maybe I should've started by defining what I consider a 'beater'. :)
Seriously! These folks are talking about cars that aren't even 20 years old yet. My daily is a 23 year old TJ but I don't even consider that a beater.
 

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My beater consist of 2 sticks with some meat on it, that goes back and forth, back and forth real fast. But it doesn’t go very fast. But hey, the mpg is really good..
 

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My Beater aka DD is a 2019 Jetta that I bought a year after I bought my 2018 JLU. I got both brand new. My Jetta has more miles than the Wrangler now and both are stick shift. lol

My Jetta averages 38mpg
My Wrangler averages 14.5 mpg
 

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Seriously! These folks are talking about cars that aren't even 20 years old yet. My daily is a 23 year old TJ but I don't even consider that a beater.
You obviously don’t live in the rust belt. Some vehicles don’t even make it 15 years around here.
 

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My beater is a 2020 Ford Explorer station wagon with a lawnmower engine. It is a company car and a total POS. Mine as well as several others in the company have had transmission problems. Interior panels don’t fit together. The steering wanders all over the road. POS. Jeep has nothing to worry about with the Bronco, with this kind of build quality on their flagship explorer.
 

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My daily driver is a beater with a heater. A 1998 SBXJ. 230,000+ miles. Everything works on it. It runs great, doesn't burn any oil. leaks a little bit of steering fluid. but fires up everytime. The only downside is it is next to impossible to keep clean on the outside. The tires throw dirt and grim all over it. I wave at every wrangler that I see while driving it. Sometimes........I even get a wave back. Other XJ drivers almost always wave back.

I laso loan it out to friends that want to try Jeeping with me. I have non Jeep friends that have taken it up north to run trails, others have taken it to the sand dunes.

I affectionally call it my beater with a heater. I try and use it to keep the miles off my JLUR. Not working that well as I am getting close to 50,000 miles in 2 1/2 years on the JLUR.

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When I had my TJ years back I went out and bought a 1988 Camry for $1500 (AWD, 5dpd, that car was a unicorn) to daily drive. Kept mileage, wear and tear off the TJ and my back was happier. The road manners in the JL are SO MUCH better I don’t mind driving it daily. I have another car, but my JL is my daily
 

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My daily is an 07 e350 service van, am/fm, crank windows, constant rattles, no cruise control, and it's far worse on gas than our jlur or my ram rebel (company gas card but still). About once every 2 weeks I drive my truck to work and it's like traveling through time and winning the lotto all at once. Plenty of power, seat/steering wheel heaters, cruise control, satellite radio, etc. The hardest part of my work day is walking past our 2 awesome, comfortable, fun to drive, 4 wheel drive vehicles and climbing into my shitbox for the 1.5hr drive to work.
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My daily is an 07 e350 service van, am/fm, crank windows, constant rattles, no cruise control, and it's far worse on gas than our jlur or my ram rebel (company gas card but still). About once every 2 weeks I drive my truck to work and it's like traveling through time and winning the lotto all at once. Plenty of power, seat/steering wheel heaters, cruise control, satellite radio, etc. The hardest part of my work day is walking past our 2 awesome, comfortable, fun to drive, 4 wheel drive vehicles and climbing into my shitbox for the 1.5hr drive to work.
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I just pulled up at work 5 minutes ago, in my Camry. My JKU is at home. I've gotten so use to driving the Camry to work that I don't even miss the JKU and leave it parked sometimes 2 weeks straight.

I don't know if I'll have that same courage once the JLUR arrives.
 

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You obviously don’t live in the rust belt. Some vehicles don’t even make it 15 years around here.
That poor TJ did 3 years hard time in the greater Detroit area. That was definitely the time it aged the most. Of course it's seeing a lot of coastal salt these days, but nothing as bad as the midwest.
 

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I am in the best of shoes. I take my company truck home daily. so its extremely nice that after just under two an a half years of owning my jeep. it just turned 16K miles. Most of which have been overland trips and wheeling. Being stress free not having to think about driving my Jeep to work everyday makes life that much sweeter
 

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