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Unread 02-09-2012, 12:50 AM   #16
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i agree about the 4 door part, but if you have the help, (my wife sits in the back with our 5 month old) she helps me put her in.
thankfully her car is actually a 4 door.

from a safety standpoint, i recommend keeping one in stock condition. the wife will nag a little less.

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Unread 02-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #17
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Might seem a little odd please take no offense, but what does your wifes friends drive their kids around in? She may have already made up her mind as to what she wants from watching her friends..
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Unread 02-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #18
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Do what we did, get a JKU. 4 doors are a must.
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Unread 02-11-2012, 07:40 AM   #19
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Works well

My wife and I got a '98 Cherokee when we were expecting our first. It has worked great and my wife loves it.
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Unread 02-12-2012, 07:32 PM   #20
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Might seem a little odd please take no offense, but what does your wifes friends drive their kids around in? She may have already made up her mind as to what she wants from watching her friends..
Yeah Two of my wife's friends are new mothers, actually. One has a Honda Element, and the other has a Ford Escape. The Element actually seems very kid friendly... but it's got a tiny four banger engine and about three inches of ground clearance. Plus, I don't have much experience wrenching on Japanese vehicles. The Escape's basically a 4WD car.
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Unread 02-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #21
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Do what we did, get a JKU. 4 doors are a must.
That'd be awesome... little out of our price range right now though. Trying to get a decent 4dr 4.0L AW4 XJ for under $3000. I love the look of the new Wrangler's. I've heard they're underpowered (3.7L V6), but I have no experience with newer Jeeps and don't want to be a hater. What have you found with your JKU?
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Unread 02-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #22
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That'd be awesome... little out of our price range right now though. Trying to get a decent 4dr 4.0L AW4 XJ for under $3000. I love the look of the new Wrangler's. I've heard they're underpowered (3.7L V6), but I have no experience with newer Jeeps and don't want to be a hater. What have you found with your JKU?
The 3.8 was a very underpowered and outdated engine(202 HP / 237 lb ft). But I've heard nothing but good things about the 3.6 Pentastar (285 HP / 260 lb ft)
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Unread 02-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #23
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i don't know how much different the cabin space is versus the grand cherokee, but i had a 98 grand zj and it worked fine for me and that was with two kids. i would still have that zj until the stalling at random thing started to happen lol
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Unread 02-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #24
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My wife has driven an XJ 4x4 for about 19 years an loves them had a '93 now in a '98 XJ raised the kids in it .LOL Seriously, it has worked fine for us.

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