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Unread 10-02-2011, 05:31 PM   #46
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Being 16 years old + having a 4x4 = higher insurance rates. If the OP is trying to save for college and wants the top down experience of a Jeep, I'd say go for the 4x2 Jeep. Just keep in mind your limitations w/o 4WD or mother nature will kindly remind you. You can make it a mall crawler with larger tires and nobody will know better. There are many soccer moms out there who would buy a 2WD Jeep later when you want to sell it.

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Unread 11-13-2011, 07:00 AM   #47
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Yup. My wife wants one.

We have had many many jeeps, the two recent ones are my current 87 yj and her 93 yj that she sold last winter. I have never put mine in 4x4 and neither had she hers. We live in south Texas where it's all flat fields and beach. What I have learned ( in 20 years of driving) is that if you need 4x4 then you have gone farther then your driving ability can handle. I have been through mud, sand, and snow in 2wd vehicles and 4x4's were stuck because the driver didn't know what they were doing
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Unread 12-15-2011, 03:33 PM   #48
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2wd Jeeps are an abomination. I'm building a CJ based 2wd pick up. There is something wrong with me. I know. Why would anybody even read this thread? Prcaticality & common sence have no place on either side of this issue. 2wd Jeeps? Really? Where did I park my DJ?
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Unread 06-03-2013, 11:04 PM   #49
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The first mistake it was a 4 doors wrangler, now 2 wheel drive, is like have a fat chick with an ugly face, two strikes. i hope mopar stops this abomination, i dont wanna be mean and rude, but i just hope no one with that thing come to join us to hang out.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 11:15 PM   #50
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The first mistake it was a 4 doors wrangler, now 2 wheel drive, is like have a fat chick with an ugly face, two strikes. i hope mopar stops this abomination, i dont wanna be mean and rude, but i just hope no one with that thing come to join us to hang out.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:25 PM   #51
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At first, I didn't like the idea of a 2wd jeep, but I'm ok with the idea now. I understand the cost savings to get the look if you don't off road. If you want the tough look do a cheap lift and bigger tires. It will hurt your resale value some, but I guarantee you will have plenty of buyers when you want to sell it. By the way, have you ever seen a 2wd ranger pick up with a rear locker off road? You'd be surprised what they can do.
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Unread 09-21-2013, 12:16 AM   #52
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I have a 2wd and it looks exactly the same. Ours is a family vehicle that wont be off-road. It has better pick up than our 4wd that we sold and appears to get more mpg. I understand the way of life for MOST jeep owners and respect it but why spend 30,000+ on a vehicle and destroy it on the weekend.? Older jeeps are perfect for that, unless your rich and can afford really expensive toys..lol I love the look of my 2wd and unless you lay down in front of it, you cant tell. Again i respect the true/full time 4x4 nation but do what you want and whats right for you and your situation.!!!

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Unread 09-21-2013, 01:45 AM   #53
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I have a 2wd and it looks exactly the same. Ours is a family vehicle that wont be off-road. It has better pick up than our 4wd that we sold and appears to get more mpg. I understand the way of life for MOST jeep owners and respect it but why spend 30,000+ on a vehicle and destroy it on the weekend.? Older jeeps are perfect for that, unless your rich and can afford really expensive toys..lol I love the look of my 2wd and unless you lay down in front of it, you cant tell. Again i respect the true/full time 4x4 nation but do what you want and whats right for you and your situation.!!!

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Less weight and components of the front axle setup, plus no transfer case. You're getting better power and fuel economy.
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Unread 09-21-2013, 08:59 AM   #54
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did anyone (other than Capt Picard in post #50) notice this thread is from 2009 and the OP likely is not looking for advice on this topic any longer. but just for sake of argument, a 2wd JK is THE PERFECT candidate to build from. trash the stock axles, add in some rock jocks and an atlas and you still have the insurance rates of a 2wd.
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Unread 07-11-2015, 09:03 AM   #55
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update to an oooollllllddddd thread:

we ended up selling our 2wd four door jk. put a small lift and tires and it looked good. we hung out with the local jeep clubs, did the runs up and down the beach, drove off road and never had a problem.

we sold it after about two years though because the gas mileage was horrible and the engine power sucked. she got a mini cooper and now a little ford turbo charged suv.

i still have my yj, which is basically a 2wd. i don;t use 4x4 and currently don't have a driveshaft on the front because i have to get a custom one made to bolt to the ford t-case since i put the engine, trans, and t-case from a bronco into my 87 wrangler. lots more fun to drive and still don't go off road. i will probably never get a driveshaft made because i have never needed 4x4 in all the years i have owned jeeps (roughly 15 years)
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Unread 07-13-2015, 10:02 AM   #56
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This is an old post but I got an email alert so I'll put my 2 cents in over my morning coffee
I wanted the 2wd JK and it has been a great vehicle. I built it how I wanted and EVERYONE loves it. The positive comments everywhere we go are almost annoying but honestly appreciated. My boys call it a Monster Truck and my wife gets more attention than a gun in the airport when she drives.
I upgraded the Suspension, Wheels/Tires, Exhaust, Air Intake and Super Chips for better performance and gas mileage. The 1000lbs of unneeded drive train also help with power and gas mileage.
If I decide to drive in 2 feet of mud or bang into trees on a trail or climb huge boulders then I will buy a beat up jeep.. Of course with that I understand that it will cost thousands in upgrades and thousands more in repairs regularly.!
I take care of my things and my resale with show that (if I ever get rid of it).
To each his own but don't hate because the evolution of the JK is ongoing.
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Unread 07-26-2015, 07:40 PM   #57
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NICE looking rig. I did a google search on reasons not to buy a 2wd Jeep which lead me to this thread. I found an '07 I really like and the price is right. The loss on resale was paid by whoever bought it new. I have an Avalanche Z71 already so if I need 4wd I have it. Roll Tide On Road!
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Unread 07-27-2015, 09:31 AM   #58
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Saying Chrysler is stupid for making a 2wd Jeep is ignorant. The DJ series had more than just mail trucks, I've seen 2wd flat fenders. If you want to blame someone blame Willys, they started 2wd Jeeps.

I would never buy a 2wd JK but I'd also never own a JK either. But whoever says you need 4 wheel drive is most likely a bad driver. I've been in plenty of stupid situations with 2wd trucks and cars. It's all about how you drive it. Instead of nice and easy it's usually fast and on the edge of out of control. It doesn't always work out and you will get stuck of you push them too far. But a good driver in a 2wd will well out do a crappy one in a 4wd. Snow driving only gets tricky going up hills. In mud you're going to need more luck and skill. Bad ground clearance and going too slow will ruin your day. The best thing to do is have good recovery points and a good strap. A winch if you can afford it. Then get some good all terrains like General AT2 or Cooper AT3. If you still have cash left then buy a locker. I've never had a locker but when I've been stuck it would've saved me. If you plan on any real offroading you will need 4wd or a friend to pull you out and help pick up the pieces.
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