Alright, after years of having my beloved Mustang, I think the winters and the crazy-ass weather events like Sandy are finally getting the best of me, so I’m looking into getting something new that’s got four-wheel or all-wheel drive and a little more ground clearance (I do a lot of hiking and backpacking and going back and forth to the gym, etc. so that’s what it would be used for besides my daily commute and the associated bullshit.)
I am partial to the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, but I know nothing about them. Was curious of people’s opinions on them as far as positives, negatives, etc.
I’ve been in them and never hated the ride (my first car was a pickup anyway), but how is the handling? Does the hard top reduce the wind noise that I despise? Are these cars worth it?
I am also partial to the way the Toyota FJ Cruiser looks, but besides knowing NOTHING about them, it would also kill me to buy a Japanese car. But I’m still intrigued.
Any advice, opinions, etc. are appreciated.
Wranglers are for cheerleaders who go to the beach. If you must have a Wrangler, buy an old one and modify it so it’s a decent trail rig. Brand new, these things are a complete rip off. They’re noisy inside, handle like a cardboard box, and aren’t practical at all. I can’t think of one thing this vehicle does well. Most people I know who bought one loved it at first but then realized what a pain in the ass this vehicle is.
If you don’t have more than 4 people to move around and are looking for something with 4x4, buy a truck. They are within the same price range as the Wrangler, capable enough to go off the road, and you have all that bed space for loading shit into on the weekends.
Like a pickup you mean? I used to have a Dakota but those don’t come stock with 4x4, and that tends to shoot the price REALLY high. Or at least it used to.
What kind are you thinking?
I would recommend a fullsize. I’m partial to the F-150, but Chevy makes a nice truck, too. Like others have mentioned, look at buying a used vehicle.