For my wife. I had a 2WD FJ Cruiser with rear locker, which we both loved. But I told her, “Honey, baby (not always in that order), insurance will be cheaper and MPG will be significantly better.”
She said we couldn’t afford for me to trade in the FJ for a Jeep. I asked her how she knew, if she had researched the cost of jeeps (thank God she had not). She made the mistake of telling me how much a month we could afford - an apparently IMPOSSIBLY LOW number.
She forgot who she was dealing with, and who the dealership had to deal with. I met her number by negotiating 21% off of MSRP.
The real reason: I’ve always wanted a 4WD FJ or a Jeep. I couldn’t afford the 4WD FJ, and they quit selling them here the year after I bought my 2WD. Also, I just retired from a brutal 30 years in the US Army. I figured I deserved it.
Another reason. Look at the photo of where my Jeep is sitting. That is our front yard, which is now mostly mud until December; our house is imbedded in a tropical jungle. Way out of town. In Florida. Out in the swamps and cow pastures. I had to use 4WD to get out of my neighbor’s front yard a few days ago. We’ve had to deal with countless tropical storms and hurricanes over the years. I kayak in remote places. I haul feed and hay for our animals. If we have a medical or veterinary emergency, especially as we are approaching the middle age of 60, I want a reliable off-road vehicle that can handle ANY contingency.
The number one reason is really simple. It makes me smile