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Unread 04-06-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Tahoe Owner. Future Jeep owner? Advice Please!

Alright, I have an '03 Tahoe in perfect shape but I'm really dreading not having four wheel drive. I want to upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle. Without flaming or anything crazy, should I get another Tahoe (which I love, by the way), or get a Jeep Wrangler. I'm sure some of you have had both, so I just wanted to see what you thought about my predicament.

Please give me legit answers, like maybe with reasoning behind the choice...

Thanks!

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Unread 04-06-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f176/ok-so-heres-deal-jks-bit-long-read-748005/

check out my thread....its a short review of the new JK model of wrangler. I dont know how much you know about jeeps. but i would definitely recommend a wrangler.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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I've owned 3 Jeeps now...I don't think I will ever own anything but a Jeep for my 4x4. I have driven a lot of 4 wheel drive vehicles. Everything from Ford to Toyota. Frankly if I didn't own a Jeep it would be a Toyota but I really like Jeeps in general more. I don't think you can ever go wrong with a Jeep. Just about the only thing Jeep doesn't have is a pickup anymore but there is a mod to make one if you really need it and have the money to blow. A 2 door or 4 door Wrangler cannot be beat in my honest opinion. Just be ready...once you get a Wrangler or any Jeep for that matter it becomes a money sink. You find one thing...then another...then another...and before you know it your Jeep is a puzzle just waiting for you to buy the pieces and put it together.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 11:58 PM   #4
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i drove some tahoes on street for one of my jobs for a bit. rode real nice. this was probably in 05 or so, so the tahoes were probably 03 or something...i liked it. don't think i actually got to use it for 4 wheel drive stuff though, though it looked capable

i love my jeep. fresh air is a big thing for me, so convertible soft top is probably all i need to chalk up the win for jeep. and taking the doors off only adds to it. and i gotta love the tremendous amount of customization you can do with it

oh, and the jeep community...they get two thumbs up from me!
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Unread 04-07-2009, 05:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses! I don't know what I'll end up doing... Who knows...

Thanks again! This is a great community!
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Unread 04-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #6
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man can't believe no1 suggested this

test trive a jeep. go to a dealership and tell a salesperson to let you take a test drive around without the top off

then you will be sold
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Unread 04-07-2009, 06:19 PM   #7
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dunno I got both. 07 Z71 Tahoe and my TJ. Best of both worlds.

I'll never own a 2wd truck. Car, yes. Truck HAS to be 4wd for me.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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The last time Chevy made a decent Tahoe was in 99 when they still used the 5.7L small block (350) motor.

Get the Jeep.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
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The last time Chevy made a decent Tahoe was in 99 when they still used the 5.7L small block (350) motor.

Get the Jeep.
very informative. BTW had a '98 2dr. Previously. LOVE the new one. Great ride, power, and a locking rear end.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 07:30 PM   #10
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very informative. BTW had a '98 2dr. Previously. LOVE the new one. Great ride, power, and a locking rear end.
95. Two door. Here I am painting the rear tailgate. Very comfortable SUV, loads of torque from the 5.7L.


Its my Father's. I already told him if he ever decides to get another vehicle to ask what a dealership will give him on a trade in, and whatever they offer I'll give him $500 more.

People in my area who have Tahoe's with the 5.3L or the 4.8L engines seem to often have problems.

Only thing that's ever gone wrong with my Father's in 120,000 miles is a water pump.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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new and old....only digi pic of the old one.





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I'd get (and will get) a new 4dr Rubi. That may satisfy you. But know that the two couldn't be much more different. A wrangler will never be as comfortable, powerful, quiet, or spacious as a Tahoe. But I don't find myself excited to drive the Tahoe nearly as often. Dunno what else to say. They're just completely different vehicles.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 07:50 AM   #12
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Alright, I have an '03 Tahoe in perfect shape but I'm really dreading not having four wheel drive. I want to upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle. Without flaming or anything crazy, should I get another Tahoe (which I love, by the way), or get a Jeep Wrangler. I'm sure some of you have had both, so I just wanted to see what you thought about my predicament.

Please give me legit answers, like maybe with reasoning behind the choice...

Thanks!
An 03 Tahoe in perfect shape? You should hold onto that. It's one of a kind

On a more serious note, we're missing a bit of info. Why do you want 4WD? Why do you want to switch from a vehicle you love to another vehicle? Are you looking new for both the Wrangler and the Tahoe?

In my opinion, a Wrangler is a very different beast than what you're used to. I'd expect a Tahoe vs. Grand Cherokee thread more than a Tahoe vs. Wrangler one. Take a Wrangler on a test drive on a windy rainy day and see if that's still what you want over a Tahoe. I love Wranglers and you may too but you'd be giving up a LOT of creature comfort. Make sure you're ok with that before you pull the trigger.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 09:31 AM   #13
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No way would I trade my Yukon for a Wrangler, wouldn't even think about it.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 06:07 PM   #14
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An 03 Tahoe in perfect shape? You should hold onto that. It's one of a kind
I want just want something 4WD.

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On a more serious note, we're missing a bit of info. Why do you want 4WD? Why do you want to switch from a vehicle you love to another vehicle? Are you looking new for both the Wrangler and the Tahoe?
I want to be able to go muddin and off-roading. I want to be able to enjoy my vehicle as much as some of my friends do.

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In my opinion, a Wrangler is a very different beast than what you're used to. I'd expect a Tahoe vs. Grand Cherokee thread more than a Tahoe vs. Wrangler one. Take a Wrangler on a test drive on a windy rainy day and see if that's still what you want over a Tahoe. I love Wranglers and you may too but you'd be giving up a LOT of creature comfort. Make sure you're ok with that before you pull the trigger.
I understand that I would be giving a lot up, but I meant more of an overall comparison, like for offroading and what not. I think I may test drive it. Maybe even on a nasty day. That's actually a great idea.

Thanks! Great post.
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Unread 04-09-2009, 10:45 AM   #15
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Sold my 99 4x4 2 door tahoe, used it to pay for lift wheels and tires for the new to me 06 Rubicon Wrangler. I have not regretted it once.
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