Greetings, test drove today, first impressions.
I wanted to make my first post about why I am here.
My wife and I just had our first son together. (I have a 3 year old daughter, but she lives with her mom most of the time)
I now feel like my VW golf has "grown" too small (if you will excise my pun), and I need something bigger. I have always liked the cherokee (sport) and have always hated SUV's. My exception has always been Land Rovers, and Jeeps because they were always here, and not some trendy fad.
I was delighted to be watching Mythbusters and see a commercial for the 4 door jeep wranglers, and I decided to test drive one.
It had to be Stick.
I am impressed with almost everything about the vehicle. My mother (and my mother in law) have both owned the I-6 jeeps (grand cherokee's) and I didn't have anything bad to say about the engine, but man I am impressed with the V6. It seemed to have more low end torque. (Keep in mind I'm driving a light golf that has full torque at (what is a low RPM) 2K RPM.
The gearbox definently felt mechanical, but I liked it in the jeep.
My only dislikes are the door handles look weird, and the rearview mirror felt like it might be in my line of vision. (again, I'm used to driving a car with a windscreen 2X the size of the jeeps)
My wife loved the jeep. We were both impressed with the rear seat room, and the cargo area. (again, the only reason I even considered one is because it is now available in 4-door)
I didn't get to "test" the 4WD system, but it's one option I will not go without.
I will be looking to buy my jeep sometime in early 2007, hopefully once the prices have gone down, and maybe when an incentive is offered, but for now I will continue to prowl the VWvortex forum, and try to make some friends here along the way.
Jeeps (and the owner groups) seem to have the same friendly DIY appeal that first attracted me to VW's. I am looking forward to getting muddy. The best part is that I have my wifes support on this!
2008 VW Rabbit