This post started as a reply to samuraisavr but quickly evolved into a jumbled mess of thoughts about "mall crawling" jokes, reality vs. games and other such things. Thus, while I quote samuraisavr, this is meant to be taken more generally and not as a direct reply to him.
Originally Posted by samuraisavr
as a owner of a lesser liked jeep (XJ) I will say, a MK owner who uses his/her jeep for its intended purpose will get more respect from me than a TJ/JK owner who crawls the mall parking lot.
Hmm. I don't know about that "intended purpose" thing. My Patriot is intended to get me, those with me and our gear to where we are going. As a consequence, it regrettably spends more time at the mall parking lot than on a trail.
This is called "real life", and for those that do not have their mommy do their grocery shopping for them, such mundane things are indeed necessities, as unpleasant as they can be. Going off-roading is both a training event so that I can use my vehicles capabilities in those unexpected situations I tend to end up in, and a way to have some fun, but it is not what I bought the Patriot for.
As for why I'm using a Jeep as a daily driver instead of a two wheel drive car, well...
Last Friday, getting me where I was going involved first packing up a 20kg (40 pound) color laser printer, a 19" display and various other bits of gear and then driving at the destination through a construction site. Okay, I suppose I could have parked at the front of the building and carried that printer from there, but the shortest route was through the torn up construction site to the back of the building - and why should I lug a big printer box around for hundreds of meters when I have a Jeep I can drive to next to where I am going?
Last April we were going to the firing range and the last two kilometers of the dirt road had become something more closely resembling a muddy potato field. Lots of mud, deep ruts... Definitely more like a trail than a public road.
Last winter going to the mall involved driving on a small countryside road in heavy snow fall with visibility being, when the snow storm was worst (...which would naturally have been right around the time we were the furthest out from, well, anything...) 0 to 5 meters. (Okay, said small countryside road might have been a slight detour.
But the asphalt roads in the city can become quite interesting when a big snow storm strikes, too.)
Yeah, my Jeep is a daily driver. Yes, I sometimes need to go to the mall, therefore my Jeep is driven to the mall. No, my Jeep isn't the tallest Jeep around, nor does it have the most massive tires, nor the best RTI ramp score in the world. These are not the point with this vehicle. The point is to get there and back again. Real world utility (Which includes affordability! A brand new JK Unlimited does me no good in the stealership lot where it'll remain because I can't afford it, nor is a capable vehicle that uses more fuel than I can afford to buy a good solution.) as opposed to bragging rights and lenghty repair periods. It feels to me like real world utility is sometimes underappreciated within the off-roading circles.