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Unread 11-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
sdsneed
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First Car

Hey guys, I'm looking into a first car and my first choice is obviously a jeep wrangler, but I'm not to sure about whether or not I would want to drive a 5-speed. My other choice is an 07 grand cherokee. The worst part of this jeep is that it is not 4x4. I want to be able to use a car on road and off road. Any suggestions on what to do?

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Unread 11-17-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
mwmoon
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I live right down the road in Grifton, and I'm in the market for a new Jeep, too.

If you want to use it on road and off, absolutely stay away from anything that is 4x2. I've read the 5-speed automatic in the new Wranglers is really nice, and I test drove a couple of '14 JKUs with a six-speed manual and was very impressed.

I know the opinions vary greatly on this topic, but I'm one of those guys who feels like a Wrangler ought to be a manual transmission. To each his own in that regard.

You can't beat a Wrangler for the fun factor. I had an '05 for several years, traded it in for a Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up and am looking to get back into a Jeep again.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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If you want it buy it. But know that non 4WD Wranglers are not valued highly. You don't say what model or year or anything about the vehicle, so no advice can be given as to condition, price or what to look for.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 05:39 AM   #4
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I also have found a good 2006 Grand Cherokee that is 4x4, has a 2" lift, and 32" BFG KM1.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 06:59 AM   #5
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As I have stated many times here: If at all possible buy a stock unit. Jeeps that have been "lifted" are of unknown quality. Unless you are an expert on lifts or have one with you, you know neither the quality of the hardware or the expertise of the builder. You stand to inherit loads of headaches unless you have knowledge of the subject.

You probably need to do a lot of research on this forum before you begin your search. Knowledge is power.

Last edited by WDNewman; 11-18-2013 at 07:00 AM.. Reason: clarification
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