I currently own a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport. It is an occasional driver for me (usually weekend errands and sometimes I use it for commuting during the week), but not my primary driver (that is a 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan for the gas mileage, and my Cherokee usually develops a new leak or a part that needs to be replaced if I drive it too often/too far). I now have an opportunity to purchase a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. It has 70,000 miles on it, both tops, new tires, no rust and other issues, it is one really clean Jeep, and the $20,000.00 price is right too. My question is for someone that commutes 300 to 450 miles a week to and from work (this can go up when I am in school because I have to drive to work then 35 miles past my home to school in the evenings or 50 miles to school on the weekends (different campus) is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited a good idea as a commuter vehicle? I would be trading in the Hyundai for the Jeep (wifeís orders, citing that I already have too many vehicles). I canít say that harsh winter weather and loads of snow are a reason to get the Jeep. We have had more snow here (Ohio) this winter than we have had in the past 4 or 5 years, so it really isnít necessary to have a 4X4 to get around. I am thinking about fuel and repair costs primarily. Also would any of you purchase a warranty if you purchased a used Jeep? I mean I love my Cherokee, and would drive it more often as a daily driver if it didnít guzzle gas, spring new leaks, and have parts that need replaced monthly (different parts usually). I think that it is comfortable on the highway, and around town, it also has been outstanding when I have had to drive through shin deep mud and water at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after it rained during a race or getting to and from remote fishing/hunting locations, it can just be expensive to operate as a daily driver. What are your thoughts about this, I like the Wrangler, but donít want to screw this up and have to listen to ďI told you soĒ, or ďItís all your fault the _______ didnít get paid/fixed, because your Jeep costs so much.Ē, and it needs to be a lot more reliable than my Cherokee. I look forward to hearing what you guys think.
As much driving as you do, I would keep the elantra, sell the cherokee and pick up a TJ or YJ if you want a Jeep. The price on the 08 is a pretty decent price but not a GREAT deal. Others will come around.