I agree with the mindset shift. I am sure you did some research before you bought it. Stay positive and plan on keeping it. You will lose your butt if you sell it. Buy a lockbox for your stuff and remember how you felt in JULY when you bought it.
My Jeep: 2010 Black JK Mountain Edition / Waiting patiently for the Zombie Apocalypse...
I for one find the "quality" of the Jeep (have a '12) to be better than expected. With the new engine, it's more than capable in all driving situations, the Unlimited rides very nice and you can't beat it for looks - and what vehicle is equally as fun in the winter and summer?
That said, I don't understand coming on a forum to blast the vehicle you bought, the vehicle which btw - is what 99.9% of this forum loves, what were you expecting us to say "Yeah man...you're right, the wrangler sucks, dump it". Just man up and enjoy it.
If you want to "complain" about a vehicle being a challenge to own I can tell you many worse stories about my Vipers.
You want a vehicle that is made with some Quality, And you bought a Domestic Vehicle lol that is the funniest thing I have read on here in months.
Trade in the JK for a 4runner thats more up your alley
The 4Runner still has a harsh ride compared to all it competition, BOF and solid rear axle and stiff off road suspension. I think the OP needs a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot or something of the like. A unibody AWD soft roader, even a Subaru Outback or Forester will fit his needs nicely.
He's an angel dressed in oilskins; he's a saint in the "Sou'wester,"
He's a pluck as they come, or ever can;
He's a hero born and bred, but it hasn't swelled his head,
For he's just the U.S. Government's hired man.
I don't understand the poor quality remarks. To down the road and point out how many other vehicles have enough quality to take the beating we give our jeeps. Does it have the creature comforts? No but that's not what I bought it for.
As far as keeping or selling. It's a personal choice. But I will say I got rid of my last jeep for similar reasons and have regretted it ever since.
Living Life! Because before you know it, it is over!!!!!!
The problems you listed with your Jeep are all minor and easy to deal with. Here's how:
Rough ride/handling - What is your tire pressure? Just 5 psi can make a HUGE difference in a Jeep and I know from first-hand experience. I don't run higher than 30 psi typically in my TJ and it rides/handles excellent at that tire pressure. Tires are a big factor too and it'll ride/handle much nicer with a good set of soft compound a/t tires and still be capable on/off-road.
Rust - Where? If it's under warranty, it might be covered by the dealer. If not, do what everyone else does on here and buy some paint and sandpaper and fix it, it's not rocket science. I cleaned/painted the frame and underside of my Jeep in my driveway on my back in a few hours one afternoon.
Security - Alarm with a motion sensor, tuffy security boxes, hard top, tint the soft top windows (it's been done before) or buy tinted soft top windows, the solutions are endless. Or you could do the easy thing and don't leave expensive things in your Jeep that you don't want stolen.
Investment with Mods/Repairs - You have it wrong, the majority of Jeep owners don't have thousands to invest in their Jeeps. They either leave them largely stock or build them up slowly over time. In fact, this forum does it's best to save people money on upgrades and maintenance, because it's easy to set $100 bills on fire when owning a Jeep. The people that have put serious dollars into their Jeeps on here? Awesome for the rest of us because they give us insight on what works, what doesn't and the cost for upgrades.
Hey boys, Real jeep people are a special breed we all know that, And I'm sure it's easy for someone to convince them selves to buy a new jeep when they see jeepers driving around on a beautiful day with no doors and no top with a georgous blond sitting next to us. I don't blame people for trying to brighten their days, but I don't think the jeep is going to be their dear savior.
I do like the fact that there will soon be a lot of jeeps for sale with only a few thousand miles on them with a big $ discount just like all those harleys that the want a bee bikers are trying to sell. Look bikers are bikers and jeepers are jeepers, I think were born this way.Remember these jeeps are not just a mode of transportation they are Life styles!
And to the gentleman who started this thread if your having second thoughts about keeping your jeep maybe you should sell it.
Hey, you tried the jeep experience and it wasn't for you,no big deal, Now sell the jeep and take your $5000 loss like a man and move on.No crying, their is no crying in jeeping.
I use my 2013 Jeep as a daily driver.
I hope to do some off-roading next year, but it isn't the main reason I bought it.
I think it's the best daily driver a person can own.
I get out of work, put the top down, and cut across the highway to a country road and drive home at about 45 miles per hour - it ads 15 minutes to my commute and is the best damn part of my day. I pull up to curbs in the parking lot and I've never once worried about scrapping the bottom of the front fender on the curb. I roll over road kill moose without that annoying bump under my seat. I can change my oil without jacking up the car. It goes on...
We have a '12 JK and a '12 JKU. Wife uses the JKU as her DD and I use the JK as mine. I don't see any issues with either of them being used as a DD. Bought mine in April '12 and have about 24K on it now with the only issue being not enough time to do trails as often as I would like. Hers is the hard top mine is the soft top versions. Her's will be kept at stock ride height, etc.. mine will be "slightly" different.
Anyway, both of us enjoy the heck out of our Jeeps. Only thing either of us wish is that they had a little more speed on pulling out on the highway, but I think we can fix that with gears to our liking in the future. Security - there are so many options for the space in a Jeep, you just have to be a little creative and build what you need or get with a company that can build to your specifications.