One of the main reasons i bought the waggy over a CJ5 was the zombie apocalypse (and...well, camping trips and stuff, which are quite similar in load out).
I wanted a CJ5 but realized I'd be uncomfortable, my passenger would be uncomfortable, and we'd have MAYBE enough room for 2 peoples worth of gear, at best, and towing would be sketchy unless it was a tiny trailer, and not to mention road manners are horrible (slow, loud, brakes/steering issues)
Now i can carry 5 people in complete comfort, with all kinda of crap in the back, and have the ability to tow a relatively large trailer as well, all while cruising down the highway at 75mph.
Only issue is fuel economy and vehicle range. 10-12mpg aint ideal, nor is the 21 gallon tank. Eek, something like 240 miles at best?
Some good points on the usefullness of the winch, never thought about it for pulling down fire wood, clearing potential road ways, etc... Yeah, like I said, jeep seems to be my best bet for if it happens. But like I said also, if russians start parachuting in I'll meet you guys on the hill most likely in the truck. I think it'll be most useful for leading high speed surprise assaults on the commies!
I've only got a pistol right now. Shotgun will probably be my next purchase and then I'll look into AR options. Actually my very next purchase is going to be a advantage arms .22 conversion for my glock. 5000+ rounds for like under $200 sure sounds fun!
Greg, funny you mention the jetta TDI. I was on craigslist earlier eyeballing them! Thinking about eventually dumping the mazda for one. Would prefer the Golf to stay with the hatchback theme but in general... Any issues or complaints? What year is yours and what's the mileage if you don't mind? How long have you had it?
my current one is a 2011 tdi with the 2.0 tdi, good power and it seems pretty reliable so far (under 20k miles). I have owed a total of 6 vw's and this is my second one. My other TDI was an 03 Jetta, it was great except for it being an automatic. I was limited on my TDI search because I bought it in Texas durring one of times we had the real crazy gas prices. The key with the older ones is to get a manual on the newer ones the DSG trans is as efficient as the manuals.
One cool thing about diesels is that as you mod them, your MPG will improve as long as you take it easy on the go pedal. The best mpg that I ever got with the auto was 43 which was all highway. On the 2011 I have seen around 49 on road trips and 52 if I stay on the freeway in the valley. Please keep in mind I do use some hypermilage techniques, but I do generally cruise around 70-80ish.
The wife driving to base during rush hour times across 215 north averages 38-39mpg normally with the stop and go traffic. She is far from babying it, but she is getting better. On one tank I drove down to Disneyland, the beach, and I ended up putting a few bucks in at Primm on the way back because I did not want to risk getting stuck in traffic.
Yeah, I'll be looking at an older one. I want to stay under $10K on anything I'm daily driving basically in hopes of paying it off within a year or so. Definitely going manual also like you say. I'm over automatic cars in general.
I've heard VW's in general have gremlins? Specifically electrical ones which scares me a bit... Having owned 6 of them, any truth or experience in that?
On that '03 TDI any issues in general really other then not liking the transmission? Have you heard of any 100K+ mileage issues? I would assume the motor is like any other diesel and good for what seems to be forever but does the rest of the car generally hold up?
Honestly, in the zombie apocalypse I'd probably load the jeep and go. Now if it was a matter of Russian's attacking like Red Dawn, I'd probably go for the truck as speed might be necessary. I don't picture the zombies being that fast so the jeep should escape just fine and get me hidden deep enough to not have to worry about being found
Yep I'd take the Jeep too and head north to the mountains!