It really starts to get a little silly on here, listening to all the folks griping about the new JK "Why couldn't they just keep building TJ's", "Why can't they keep the 4.0L, we don't want the 3.8L", "This has too much Plastic" etc, etc.
Just so you know, the folks at Daimler Chrysler could have just pulled the plug on the Wrangler at the end of the 2006 Model Year, and saved themselves a lot of headaches. The TJ Wrangler, as it is currently built, does not meet the new Federal Safety Standards for 2007 Vehicles (no multi-stage airbags, no Occupant Classification System, no Electronic Stability Program, no Front/Rear Impact Absorbing Bumpers, No Rear Seat Head Restraints, does not meet side/frontal impact requirements...and the list goes on).
Rather than just letting the Wrangler fade off into the sunset, Daimler Chrysler designed a newer version of the Wrangler, and incorporated all of the safety features that now must be included on vehicles. One other aspect they took into consideration...people have been crying for a 4-Door Wrangler for years now. Well, now you have the Wrangler in both the 2-Door Configuration, and in the 4-Door Configuration. The best thing about the 4-Door...now you can fit 5 People in the Vehicle!
Folks, things change, nothing remains the same, and yes, our Jeeps must change and evolve as well. The JK is the latest in a proud heritage of Jeep Vehicles, and it too will wear it's Jeep namebadge with honor.
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Chili Pepper Red 1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic