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post #1 of 15 Old 10-26-2006, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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New Unlimited X Owner Here - Thoughts/Question

Took delivery of my Steel Blue X Unlimited last night... after a long winding debate between that and a 2-dr Sahara.

In the end, I decided I really missed the simplicity of my YJ and, now a dad of three I wanted all three to be able to enjoy the ride... so I went with the X.

Nothing fancy - no power package and a manual, but it fits the bill - I wanted simplicity with the added ablility to carry three kids in the back seat - and I got it.

An observation: kids who have never seen a window handle are overjoyed at their empowerment when they encounter them. Note to self: next time I might consider the automatic windows.

And the question... associated with child safety locks on the rear doors. I'm surprised (kind of), given the obvious application of the Wrangler to this segment, that they aren't there. Given my doors lock manually, I'm looking for a workaround beyond a long lecture about not playing with the buttons. I wonder if DC will address this in the next iteration. It seems like a general safety risk, even if the kids are in their seats with the seat belts on, they can still reach the handles. Thoughts?

That said, I'm 60 miles into my second Wrangler and I'm glad I came back to the fold.

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-26-2006, 06:53 AM
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I'm surprised they don't have the disconnects. I thought all 4 doors had them now. You can probably disconnect the door latches from the inside. I need to do that on one of my cars because my 3 year old son is always trying to play with the latch. In that car he's in the front thought so I can keep on eye on the door.

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I'm surprised that passed standard regulations without the locks.


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post #4 of 15 Old 10-26-2006, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Rocky529... as am I. I'll check the doors again, but there's absolutely nothing about in the the manual.

The alternative will be to undo the latch as keithert suggests. (Probably stupid question, but - if I undo the latch, can I do it so as only to make the inside latch inoperable? I think the answer is yes, but I figured I'd ask...)

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Thanks for the heads up on the no child lock. I guess I will have to spring for the power package when I go for mine.
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The thing about the power package is there's no lockout. Sure - you could keep locking the door if they unlock it, but it's likely still pretty much the same situation. Now as for the windows - you can lock them out with the power package....

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An observation: kids who have never seen a window handle are overjoyed at their empowerment when they encounter them. Note to self: next time I might consider the automatic windows.
haha lol!!
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I stand corrected. Child lock discovered.

After a bit more thorough an investigation, I discovered the child lock.

Not in the usual place (in my experience) but it's there... there's a hole with a white plastic screw on the lower interior side of each door. turn it using the tip of the key and - viola - the door won't open from the inside. Life is good and the rugrats are contained.

Apologies for raising unnceccessary alarm. (Although I'd argue in my defense that this is a point worth mentioning somewhere in the manual.)

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After a bit more thorough an investigation, I discovered the child lock.

Not in the usual place (in my experience) but it's there... there's a hole with a white plastic screw on the lower interior side of each door. turn it using the tip of the key and - viola - the door won't open from the inside. Life is good and the rugrats are contained.

Apologies for raising unnceccessary alarm. (Although I'd argue in my defense that this is a point worth mentioning somewhere in the manual.)
Is this the hole with the black rubber surround on it? If so, I think there is a hole on each of the front doors, too. Can you child-lock the front doors? That doesn't really make any sense, especially for the driver's door, so maybe I'm thinking of the wrong hole? (Wouldn't be the first time....... )
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I'll try to snag a picture or at least confirm...

Honestly, I was so glad to find it (boy, that sounds pathetic) that I didn't pay attention. I'll check when I wander back outside.

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An observation: kids who have never seen a window handle are overjoyed at their empowerment when they encounter them. Note to self: next time I might consider the automatic windows.
nothing like the window lock button on my wife's cherokee. my kids are of the firm belief that functioning window buttons are a rarity.

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Here's a closeup of it.
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Took delivery of my Steel Blue X Unlimited last night... after a long winding debate between that and a 2-dr Sahara.

In And the question... associated with child safety locks on the rear doors. I'm surprised (kind of), given the obvious application of the Wrangler to this segment, that they aren't there. Given my doors lock manually, I'm looking for a workaround beyond a long lecture about not playing with the buttons. I wonder if DC will address this in the next iteration. It seems like a general safety risk, even if the kids are in their seats with the seat belts on, they can still reach the handles. Thoughts?

That said, I'm 60 miles into my second Wrangler and I'm glad I came back to the fold.

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My 4dr Sahara has them and the back doors.look in the inside of the door about 1 inch below the latch it's a round white thingey that one turns.
If not try using bungee cords on the little ones.

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Wow, never noticed that thing before! And it is very different from the access hole with the rubber surround I asked about earlier.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-30-2006, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Didn't want to start a new thread, but must say...

... how cool is this new Jeep?

Beyond getting to drive a Wrangler again, this weekend we safely fit three kids under the age of 7 in the back seat and went cruising... two boosters and a regular car seat fit (snugly, of course)!

Three happy little campers in the back seat of a Wrangler. Who would have thought?

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