Originally Posted by TopThrillJoe
somewhere on tv i head they were Front wheel drive, is that true?
I've thought about one of these, but not as my '4x4'. I have a Nissan Sentra that I use as my DD, and I've thought about one of these as a DD replacement.
In that role, my requirements are:
1) Good Gas Milage, 25 MPG plus - CHECK
2) Decent cargo ability - 4 passengers plus luggage - CHECK
3) Good looks - CHECK
Additionally, something like a Patriot would allow me to use the DD in some other roles - it would make a nice camping vehicle, and I could drive it up north into inclement weather without difficulty. It isn't going to be a heavy tower, but I don't care, the Diesel KJ can handle that. It isn't going to be a hard-core off-roader, but that's OK, my TJ handles that, and the KJ isn't all that bad itself.
I think it's a great 2nd or 3rd Jeep in a 'Jeepin' family. It's pretty close to perfect for what I'm looking for, my only issue is that you can't get 'Freedom Drive II' with a Manual tranny. I think I've convinced myself that 'this Jeep' in my fleet doesn't need a Low Range (since I really don't expect to do 'heavy' wheeling in it), but it still bothers me a bit.
For the record, I've convinced myself that I don't need a low range because of the KJ. I don't think it's ever been in 4Low. The TJ is all the time, but I just don't take the KJ that far off road, and while I can see that changing (I want my Wife to wheel it), I can't see it changing TWICE, and both the KJ and the TJ are vehicles we intend to retain for a very long time.