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Unread 12-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Looking at Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willy's Wheeler

Ok, I'm brand new so go easy on me. I am looking to buy a new jeep for my wife. She currently has a jeep Liberty, and has previously owned a Wrangler and loves them. I don't currently own a jeep, I have owned an M38 A1 (1953). I wanted to get a new Rubicon, but they don't offer if in any colors my wife likes. It will be her daily driver, so she has to like looking at it. She loves the Copperhead color, but as my luck would have it you can't get a Rubicon in that color. Then we found the new Willy's Wheeler Edition. She loves it, any thoughts on this model. Also on the jeep build site they now have this model and it is offered in two models, the Willy's Wheeler and the Willy's Wheeler W. What is the difference? Any help would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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Go to the Jeep website. They will have all the information on current models.

http://www.jeep.com/en/lineup/

After that, check Edmunds, Motor Trend, etc., etc., for all the information the reviewers have.

After that, do a Google search by jeep model for lots of opinions.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks. I've done some of that. There isn't a lot out there as none have been delivered yet. I get on the Jeep website and I can't quite figure out the difference between the Willy's Wheeler and the Willy's Wheeler W. I think it might be power locks and doors.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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As none of these have been delivered yet, then as you said; 'There isn't a lot out there". None of jeep blurb material mention a "W", but it is probably just one of the package options, such as half doors. I doubt anyone on the forum has had much experience with any of these as they are just now being built. Perhaps someone here works with/for Chrysler and could tell us something.
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Unread 12-27-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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For what it's worth, I personally would not spend any extra for the willys wheeler edition, it's basically a 'sticker' jeep appearance package (not a performance option).

Since its for your wife (and I mean this nicely) she's probably not going to wheel the snot out of it? If that's the case, get the sport (or Sahara, if you like the looks) in the color she likes, and save the extra money for a nice small lift/leveling kit, and wheels/tires.

Theres a lot to the Rubi that you probably won't/don't need, and the stock JK is very capable. Add a few personal touches, and you'll be all set.




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Unread 12-31-2013, 06:54 AM   #6
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Willys Wheeler "W"

A dealer here in Austin said the "W" adds the power convenience group, connectivity group, and air conditioning. They ordered two of them that should be on the lot mid January.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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ok, i'm brand new so go easy on me. I am looking to buy a new jeep for my wife. She currently has a jeep liberty, and has previously owned a wrangler and loves them. I don't currently own a jeep, i have owned an m38 a1 (1953). I wanted to get a new rubicon, but they don't offer if in any colors my wife likes. It will be her daily driver, so she has to like looking at it. She loves the copperhead color, but as my luck would have it you can't get a rubicon in that color. Then we found the new willy's wheeler edition. She loves it, any thoughts on this model. Also on the jeep build site they now have this model and it is offered in two models, the willy's wheeler and the willy's wheeler w. What is the difference? Any help would be appreciated.
dont listen to these other guys!
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Unread 02-08-2014, 06:41 PM   #8
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Ok, I'm brand new so go easy on me. I am looking to buy a new jeep for my wife. She currently has a jeep Liberty, and has previously owned a Wrangler and loves them. I don't currently own a jeep, I have owned an M38 A1 (1953). I wanted to get a new Rubicon, but they don't offer if in any colors my wife likes. It will be her daily driver, so she has to like looking at it. She loves the Copperhead color, but as my luck would have it you can't get a Rubicon in that color. Then we found the new Willy's Wheeler Edition. She loves it, any thoughts on this model. Also on the jeep build site they now have this model and it is offered in two models, the Willy's Wheeler and the Willy's Wheeler W. What is the difference? Any help would be appreciated.
DONT LISTEN TO THESE OTHER GUYS! The Willy's give you so much more than an "apperance" or "sticker" package.. You get heavy duty sport suspension much like the rubicon's, anti-spin differential, standard 3.73 gears, option for half doors, and the W model over the standard is that the W is pre-wired for all your power options that arent available in the standard Willy's.. Its not hard to open a book and dont be afraid to stop by or call your local dealer..
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Unread 02-08-2014, 07:13 PM   #9
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Sorry but perhaps you think to much of the Willy's addition. it is for the most part stickers. for the cost? i would get the Rubi and put Will'y decals on it if it matter that much.

Tell me what is heavy duty in the suspension? gas shock. All Jks have the same control arms some crapy track bar with bolts that are the wrong size on every suspension part. weak ball joints and tie rods(plastic cups inside that hate off road or larger tires........the list could go on but i will digress.

The RUbi is a package that at least gives you tangible results. Does everyone need it perhaps not. will many take one were the other will not go, maybe not. Fact is few people wheel these things let alone a 30-40K one.

If that W one is even close to the Rubi in cost its a no brain'er to me. Function over form.
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Unread 02-10-2014, 03:17 PM   #10
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I was just checking out the new Willys online today. I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if the cash was there. Two caveats,, I'd have a rough time giving it to my wife, and my TJ would remain as well.
Back to the point,,, it's a driver for your wife. If she likes it for how it looks, go for it. Just be ready for guys to come check it out.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 03:17 AM   #11
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Sorry but perhaps you think to much of the Willy's addition. it is for the most part stickers. for the cost? i would get the Rubi and put Will'y decals on it if it matter that much.
You are wrong. I am researching a new Wrangler, and priced the difference between a Sport with the options that come on a WW, and the WW is cheaper. Check out my spreadsheet:



^^ This is for a 2 door, but you get the idea. Also, I'd imagine that the resale value on a WW will be better than that of a Sport.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 05:51 AM   #12
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I like the wheeler as well. The wheeler W comes with air conditioning. The plain wheeler has it as an option
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Unread 05-18-2015, 03:40 AM   #13
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The Willys Wheeler comes with standard 17" rims (sport has 16" rims standard), rock rails (sport has none), mud tires (sport has road tires), heavy duty springs (sport has regular springs), gas shocks (sport has standard shocks), 3:73 gear ratio (sport has 3:21 ratio), Trac-Lok rear differential (sport has no trac-lok), black rims (sport has plain steel rims). The Willys Wheeler has a higher ground clearance and approach/departure angles than the sport. I think the Willys Wheeler front axle is an upgrade over the sport. The Willys Wheeler has mud mats (the sport does not).The Willys Wheeler also comes with an offroad recovery package that includes a tow strap, two shackles, winch gloves, and a storage bag with JEEP logo. The wheel/tire package and suspension package for the Willys Wheeler is based off the Rubicon. The main differences on the Rubicon is the swaybar disconnect and a front/rear Dana 44 differential with both differentials having 4:10 gear ratio. Otherwise, the Willys Wheeler is more prepared for offroad than the sport, but not as offroad ready as the Rubicon,...and you can't beat the price on a Willys Wheeler for it being a very capable sport upgrade. All that and black grille upgrades, black appliques on the front and rear bumpers, some cool decals, grab handles for the roll cage, and JEEP easter eggs on the rims, windshield, etc. I just bought a 2015 Willys Wheeler last week. The wife loves it too.
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Unread 05-28-2015, 06:15 AM   #14
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Waiting a month on red Willys that vanished

Sadly the Willys my dealer found & traded for disappeared from the system. When I put down the deposit it was 2 weeks away from another dealership. My dealer delivered the trade vehicles & then the trading dealership stopped communicating with them after the salesman told me it would be there for me in a week. Now, a month later, my options are to order and wait another 8 weeks or take a white or black one. Hard to wrap my head around it esp given I already have the retirement account loan check .. no option to change the amount or delay payments & still have to rent a vehicle.

The red Willys is a standout. Trying to sell myself on the all black.

Moral support welcome
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Unread 05-28-2015, 06:19 AM   #15
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Sadly the Willys my dealer found & traded for disappeared from the system. When I put down the deposit it was 2 weeks away from another dealership. My dealer delivered the trade vehicles & then the trading dealership stopped communicating with them after the salesman told me it would be there for me in a week. Now, a month later, my options are to order and wait another 8 weeks or take a white or black one. Hard to wrap my head around it esp given I already have the retirement account loan check .. no option to change the amount or delay payments & still have to rent a vehicle.

The red Willys is a standout. Trying to sell myself on the all black.

Moral support welcome
Is this a 2door or unlimited? Dealer we just bought from in Florida had a red 2 door. We just traded in Patriot FD II and got a 2015 Baja Yellow 2door sport.
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