They only really stopping me from buying a 4 door was I could only find them in automatic, and I didn't want to wait months for one ordered. I purchased my 2010 in June and was told if I wanted an auto I'd have to wait for a 2011.
Offered a do-over, I'd get a 4-door. My 10 & 8 year-olds have to climb over and between the seats to access the back seat thanks to Chrysler's wonderful passenger-seat mechanism. It's only a matter of time until they get too big to do that comfortably.
If I didn't have kids, I'd probably toss the back seat and keep the 2-door. As it stands though, I'll go 4-door next time!
__________________ 2007 Sahara - Rescue Green, 2-Door, 6-spd, 4.10 gears & dual tops. AEV 2.5" lift, hood, drop brackets, snorkel & rear slider. Cobra 75 WX XT CB, Mastercraft Grab Handles, Rugged Ridge light bar, hydraulic hood struts, T&T Customs Adventure Series sliders & IPF 968 lights. Waiting to be installed: River Raider breather extension, and not much else for this year...
I went with a 2dr Rubicon my second time around because I'm not married and I have no kids. And I don't have to sit back there :x
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Mango Tango 2010 JK Wrangler Rubicon
Silver 2000 TJ Wrangler Sport
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is not so much an SUV as it is an experience. It's slow and loud, handles poorly, has crummy interior materials and features doors that provide virtually no crash protection. But when it comes to off-road performance, the Wrangler is simply the best choice available.
It basically comes down to whether or not you plan on using the backseat. Storage is lacking with the two door, so I would rip out the backseat immediately and make it a permanent two seater. If you have kids or plan on hauling people around, get the four door.
If you have a large family to tote around or need to carry a lot of extra gear and don't care much for rack systems, a 4 door would be right up your ally
If your only looking tote a lady friend orjust your furry friend, a two door would be perfect. In addition the short wheelbase of the 2 door always has an advantage on the trails due to the steeper breakover angles and its maneuvering capabilities in to tight spots. Not to mention it weighs less so its got a lot more gitty up and go compared to the 4 door.
Personally I'm for 2 doors, but that's mainly because the CJ and Wrangler line's short wheelbase advantages have always out weighed the longer wheelbase vehicles in off-road situations. Which why the Jeep CJ/Wrangler of the past has always been considered one of the best off-roading vehicles out there.
If I really wanted a vehicle with a longer wheelbase I would of gotten a pickup or an SUV.
4 door is a more diverse vehicle, if your philosophy is " better to have and not need" you will be happier with 4 door. more room , better ride and handling on road, more adaptable to more situations in my opinion.