Own and mostly love a 99TJ. Thinking about paring down from 2 to 1 vehicles, and after test driving a 09 X Unlimited yesterday I think it would be a suitable vehicle in most regards. I really quite liked it honestly. We love the 99 we have, but it's not suitable for us as a daily use car, just a summer cruiser and winter bad weather vehicle... the Unlimited addresses it all seemingly and we are definately wanting to economize and save a cary payment and insurance premium, put the money into savings or what not.
Soft top vs Hard. I'm leaning soft after driving it. It's much quiter than my TJ hard top is and woudl fit our lifestyle, but I worry about durrability (we would be the kind to be putting up and down a bit during summer) and security.
Mileage is a minor issue... we only drive 7K miles a year in mixed driving, give or take a grand or so in miles, but 19mpg is pretty low.
So far my experience at Buhler and World has been less than palatable. From crazy low ball trade offers to Buhler just yesterday not offering EPP or accepting current offers like the owner loyalty money, I dunno.
Chrysler might just go under too.
1) How durable is the new soft top?
I don't know will let other answer this one.
2) Does the MOPAR security system work well with the soft topped Wranglers?
You have to open a door to set off the alarm, If you unzip the soft top and climb in the stock alarm does not go off. I would upgrade the alarm to something that detect movement.
3) What kind of real world highway mileage are folks getting?
It all depends:
4) Is it worth it to maybe go with an intake, possibly an exhaust, and a ECU add from a power/mileage perspective? Some combination?
I'm willing to be that the only thing that the aftermarket add ons do is reduce your bank account. It's a brick be happy for the MPG they are getting
5) Any dealer recommendations for a Jeep dealer who wants business, will give a decent price on trades and the vehicle?
Just go to the different dealerships in your area, find one that works for you.
Have you gone to KBB.com to see what the trade in value for your jeep is??
It's a Jeep, sale it your self
6) Am I barking up the wrong tree considering the state of Chrysler? Think they won't be around much longer?
Chrysler who knows, Jeep on the other hand will get bought by some one. It's not like Chrysler invented the Jeep line.
Even if no buys Jeep and they are stopped being made. Name one other auto that has more aftermarket support then Jeep.