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post #16 of 31 Old 05-20-2013, 06:48 PM
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if you have kids, you really want the 4 door imo. since you have a jeep, you must be aware there is no really no protection from the doors if you get t-boned.

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post #17 of 31 Old 05-20-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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if you have kids, you really want the 4 door imo. since you have a jeep, you must be aware there is no really no protection from the doors if you get t-boned.
Ya the t-bone thing kinda sucks, but i don't remember there being seat belts or a cover in the truck bed i rode in as a kid. Only thing thats killing me bout a newer jeep is the price. Dang things hold their value.

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post #18 of 31 Old 05-20-2013, 08:45 PM
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Only thing thats killing me bout a newer jeep is the price. Dang things hold their value.
I sold a 1998 Wrangler, with 144K miles for $7,000 (and the buyer got a bargain). The Jeep retailed for $14K when it was new. If a dealer had picked it up and sold it, the buyer would be looking at $9,000. That's 64% "retained value".

To put it into context if you walk on a Honda dealership lot, they brag on the retained value of their vehicles. They wish that they could claim 64% on a 15 year old Accord.
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post #19 of 31 Old 05-20-2013, 09:06 PM
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If you have kids with carseats, take a close look at the rear bench in the JKU. We need carseats in all three positions in the rear, and noticed that as we tightened the carseat in the middle, the seat began to deform. It appeared that middle position was essentially a foam bridge between the two sides. We did have a narrow base station for the carseat, so perhaps that exacerbated the problem, but it was not ideal for us.
MetalCloak sells a bracket that will fix that sag. Others have made their own.

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post #20 of 31 Old 05-25-2013, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Got a 08 4dr sahara for 23 at 1.36%. Search is over thanks for the help. Moderators can delete this thread now to save space for more important work. Thanks everyone for your comments and opinions. Except the mini van suggestion, i wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if i did that....

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post #21 of 31 Old 05-25-2013, 12:30 PM
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Got a 08 4dr sahara for 23 at 1.36%. Search is over thanks for the help. Moderators can delete this thread now to save space for more important work. Thanks everyone for your comments and opinions. Except the mini van suggestion, i wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if i did that....
Congrats! That's awesome news! Every time I see a man driving a minivan aggressively to try to make up for it, I die a little inside
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post #22 of 31 Old 05-25-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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kinda sad cuz a mini van was not created for the agressive driver hence the lower insurance rate.

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post #23 of 31 Old 05-25-2013, 02:08 PM
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Congratz dodgethejeep!!! Keep us posted
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post #24 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 06:54 AM
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Wife drives the minivan, I drive the jku. Car seat fits great behind me. Kid loves it.
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post #25 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 07:18 AM
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Enjoy the new Jeep.

Went from my TJ to the JKUR when we had a kid....we love it for long trips, even more than the wife's Impala. Obviously not b/c of the gas mileage in comparison.
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post #26 of 31 Old 05-28-2013, 03:01 PM
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When the economy went to crap, I had to sell my YJ which was a third vehicle but decided to also sell my Ford F-150 and buy a JKU so I could still have a jeep. At first I hated the 4 door, but now, after 4 years and many mods later, i love it. I have two daughters, 8 and 12, and because we take the jeep on road trips, I yanked out the crappy rear bench seat and installed mastercraft baja seats with 3 point harnesses. they are pricy at $500 each, but it has been well worth the money. They are comfortable and recline all the way. I also installed a keyless entry system (I have an X which is very basic) which solved the lock/unlock issue. As far as towing, I tow one of the heaviest pop up campers you can buy, a Jayco Baja 12E which weighs 3400 lbs empty and has a front cargo area for an ATV. I am running 5:13 gears and trailer brakes which helps. I tow to the mountains so this year added a RIPP SC for extra power. JK's arent perfect, but you will never find a more versitile vehicle that can meet any need or want. 56,000 miles and only issue has been a $5.00 temp sensor.

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post #27 of 31 Old 06-06-2013, 01:57 PM
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My JK replaced my Dodge Magnum. I made our yearly trip to the Gulf in it (13 hours straight through for me, wife, and two kids), and it was just fine. Obviously much less passing power than my old hemi-powered station wagon, but plenty of space for the bags, cooler, etc.

The Magnum had more power outlets and more miscellaneous storage pockets, but that's about it.

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post #28 of 31 Old 06-13-2013, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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The jk doesn't have the power my TJ had but it drives like a jeep. Passed a porsche on the autobahn, guy was on the phone and looked over with that wtf look, kinda funny. for some weird reason we get better gas milage with an 08 jku then we had with the 2011 toyota tacoma. I also like driving it more, feels like a jeep. Extra room is nice with the family. Wife is already looking for metal bumpers and grill guard for "her"jeep.
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post #29 of 31 Old 06-13-2013, 08:27 AM
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The back seats do not recline at all. Major failure for Jeep. Iím going to put in spacers for the front bolts to lean the seats back just a bit to help! it is the only real complaint my kids have but after sitting back there myself for an hour, I agree long road trips are not confortable back there for bigger kids. If I had 500 bucks I'd by the baja seats.


I have never heard of any back seats that recline.

Aside from a Chrysler T&C with captains chairs, I don't think any car or truck/crossover/suv has back seats which recline. "Major failure for Jeep"??? Really?

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It's hard to give you good advice at this point. It's almost like you're saying, "I want to have sex, but don't want to get her pregnant. I can't afford condoms, so for now I just want to use Saran Wrap. What brand would you recommend?"
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post #30 of 31 Old 06-21-2013, 09:43 AM
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I have never heard of any back seats that recline.

Aside from a Chrysler T&C with captains chairs, I don't think any car or truck/crossover/suv has back seats which recline. "Major failure for Jeep"??? Really?
We had a Hyundai Santa Fe and it's split 60/40 back seats reclined slightly. At the time it was a big help with getting the kids car seats to fit just right.

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