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Unread 08-05-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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2006 vs. 2007

I'm currently looking to buy my first Jeep. It'll be a secondary vehicle for me, so I'm not too picky, but since it's my first I'm not sure what to go for...

2006 Wrangler X:
http://www.morriesmazda.com/detail-2...d-8973636.html

2007 Wrangler X:
http://www.heintztoyota.com/used/Jee...c9f3389e51.htm

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?


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Unread 08-05-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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I'd suggest the 06' just because its a second vehicle, but you seem to really like the 07'. BTW, the 07' has a 3.8. The 2012 has the new 3.6.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advice! Yeah, that does make sense. And I keep getting those dang engine numbers mixed up... thanks for correcting me.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: the soft top -
you can go do a search for "MN soft top" to decide if a soft top would work where you are or go to this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/soft-top-ak-1115068/
(or go to this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f165/...rdtop-1402661/ )
It might not be as big deal as you think it will be.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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Lots of folks run a soft top in the winter. The hardtop is more convenient for the rear defrost and wiper, but that's all.

Have you driven the TJ yet? If not, you should just for sake of comparison.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 07:49 PM   #6
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go with the one you love.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
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Yeah you'd really just have to drive both and go the one you feel right in.

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Unread 08-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Thanks for your advice! Yeah, that does make sense. And I keep getting those dang engine numbers mixed up... thanks for correcting me.
I miss the 4.0 - Which did you go with? I have a 2007 with 3.8, it's a bit of a dog but a great truck all in all.

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Unread 08-15-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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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.
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