I've test drove the 2007 and absolutely fell it love. Handles perfectly. Not jerky when shifting. Interior is gorgeous, comfortable, and fits like a glove. BUT I worry about that pesky 3.6 engine. And the '07 doesn't have a soft top either -- might be a problem during Minnesota winters!!
I only plan on going on dirt roads with it, maybe ditches, nothing too difficult. I'm still new to manual so not very brave. Any suggestions which is the better Jeep here / best fit for me?
Last edited by cwendt; 08-05-2012 at 02:08 PM..
I test drove just about every combination of TJ (97-06) vs. JK (07+), manual vs. automatic, hard vs. soft top, 2dr vs. 4dr, etc. And I went with the 2dr manual JK. The manual can be a pain at times (sitting in traffic). But it felt more authentic to me. If I was going to get a Jeep, I was going to get a manual. You'll pick it up quickly. And I could tell a HUGE difference in the drive and ride of the JK. I felt much more in control with it. I would definitely recommend it, even for a secondary vehicle. I can't offer any advice on the soft vs. hard top in the winter, as I live in Texas. But I do wish I had gotten a hard top instead of softop. There's a lot more road noise with the softop, and it can leak if it rains (or snows I assume). And I've had a difficult time trying to find a hardtop now, other than from the dealership. They are few and far between.