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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:25 AM   #1
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So the novelty is kind of wearing off...

Has anyone had second thoughts about buying their Jeep?

I have owned my '07 unlimited x for 3 years now and love the Jeep but is it worth it financially?

I am paying $300/mo for car payment, $150/mo for insurance(chicago sucks), $200/mo on gas. Seriously $650 a month just to drive this heep????
I also have 45,000 mi and will need tires, brakes and who knows what else soon and I still owe $14,000.

How do everyone else justify the ridiculous cost of owning a new Jeep?

I am seriously considering buying a fuel efficient light truck, like a 4 cyl ford ranger just to be more practical.

I know it's blasphemy saying something like this on Jeep forum but I could use the advice.

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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:29 AM   #2
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I have that feeling frequently. Luckily my jeep is old. I used to have a pick up truck from the time I could drive until I got the Jeep.

I didn't realize how much I used it until I didn't have a bed anymore.

My Jeep is going off the road hopefully this year for some serious surgery and I am getting another truck again. It's too hard to keep borrowing my dad's every time I need to move something.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:30 AM   #3
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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I think it is ridiculous. But then again, I think the cost of owning anything nowadays is out of control. Everything costs you a fortune. I don't think I'll even own a new car.......even if I had the money, it would go towards a vehicle.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:37 AM   #5
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This always reminds me of the commercial where there's that loud, echoing, boomie voice saying "BUYEEERS REMOOOORSE!!"

Like GreenLiftedTJ97 said,
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Been there, done that. I'm WAAAAAAY to fickle to commit to anything longer than 2-3 yrs worth of payments, and even then, I have a hard time signing THAT set of paperwork.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:39 AM   #6
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My second vehicle(or my wife's I should say) is a Honda Fit. We drive that the vast majority of the time. We usually will go through around a tank and a half of gas in the Jeep a month just to keep it running(total cost around $65-$70). If you had a more fuel efficient car that might help offset the jeep some.

I also bought an older model (2002, with 52k miles) which helps with the car payment(mine is $245) and the first thing I did was lift it and got some new tires. I'm hoping the tires will last me awhile and the rest of the other things that come up like breaks, changing the differential/trany fluids I do myself to help offset maintenance cost.

The other thing you could try to do is call around the other insurance companies and see if you can get any better rates. Mine is through Liberty Mutual right now because North Carolina state employees get a group discount. I'm paying around $90 to keep it covered. My total is a little over $400/mo which is expensive, but manageable.

Maybe you could try to get a slightly older jeep in the future. You might a have more maintenance cost in the beginning, but you would be saving money in car payment and ultimately paying less interest over the long run. If I had to do it over again I would have bought an even less expensive/older TJ, primarily becuase I hate wheeling a vehicle I still owe money on, and as a result, I don't wheel that often and don't do anything too extreme.

Good luck and don't give up the dream! Jeeps are awesome vehicles, you just gotta figure out how to make it work!
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:40 AM   #7
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3rd one for me. I will drive nothing else, ever. Although I did know what I was getting into before speind 30 k on a vehicle.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:41 AM   #8
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This always reminds me of the commercial where there's that loud, echoing, boomie voice saying "BUYEEERS REMOOOORSE!!"

Like GreenLiftedTJ97 said,

Been there, done that. I'm WAAAAAAY to fickle to commit to anything longer than 2-3 yrs worth of payments, and even then, I have a hard time signing THAT set of paperwork.

same here, LOL. I thought I was gonna die when I signed the papers for our house. Thought, " oh my god, this is 30 yrs, LOL." But by doubling payments and such, it's almost a done deal after 10 years so.........but on a car
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:41 AM   #9
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #10
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My second vehicle(or my wife's I should say) is a Honda Fit. We drive that the vast majority of the time. We usually will go through around a tank and a half of gas in the Jeep a month just to keep it running(total cost around $65-$70). If you had a more fuel efficient car that might help offset the jeep some.

I also bought an older model (2002, with 52k miles) which helps with the car payment(mine is $245) and the first thing I did was lift it and got some new tires. I'm hoping the tires will last me awhile and the rest of the other things that come up like breaks, changing the differential/trany fluids I do myself to help offset maintenance cost.

The other thing you could try to do is call around the other insurance companies and see if you can get any better rates. Mine is through Liberty Mutual right now because North Carolina state employees get a group discount. I'm paying around $90 to keep it covered. My total is a little over $400/mo which is expensive, but manageable.

Maybe you could try to get a slightly older jeep in the future. You might a have more maintenance cost in the beginning, but you would be saving money in car payment and ultimately paying less interest over the long run. If I had to do it over again I would have bought an even less expensive/older TJ, primarily becuase I hate wheeling a vehicle I still owe money on, and as a result, I don't wheel that often and don't do anything too extreme.

Good luck and don't give up the dream! Jeeps are awesome vehicles, you just gotta figure out how to make it work!
Good advice my friend. Maybe at this point in my life its just not right.

I keep going over in my head that I could buy a POS car for like 3,000 and if it lasts me a year its still cheaper than what I am paying yearly now.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:44 AM   #11
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How much do you want for it????
If its a serious question, I'd take $16,000
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #12
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What I'm wondering is why you would even get something and not have the money to pay it off IMMEDIATELY. Sure, I can see making payments on a house, but thats a house. On a car though?

Here is an idea. Next time you buy something make sure you actually have the money to buy it right then and there, not three years into the future.
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OP, dont you know what jeep is? Just Empty Every Pocket
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:47 AM   #14
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As we speak, I am preparing to sell my TJ. I don't want to, but I do a lot of commuting and I have a 3.5 month old son and it's just not practical. I'm hoping to find a cheap, decent XJ to replace it.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:48 AM   #15
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What I'm wondering is why you would even get something and not have the money to pay it off IMMEDIATELY. Sure, I can see making payments on a house, but thats a house. On a car though?

Here is an idea. Next time you buy something make sure you actually have the money to buy it right then and there, not three years into the future.
I'm pretty sure there are 200 million other people that make car payments, whether its smart or not, people do it.
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