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effindan44 05-10-2016 02:20 PM

Looking for a newer Jeep
 
Hey there, new to the forum and pretty new to Jeeps. My previous one was a 1999 WJ, which rotted out from under me because I knew nothing about Jeeps upon buying it. Anyway, I am looking for a daily driver that I can put a few inches and bigger tires under for light trails and such, nothing crazy and probably no crawling. Also looking to spend around $8,000 or less.

I have been looking at the second gen. Liberty (KK) and Patriot (MK), but most "Jeep guys" don't seem to like them. Any particular reason? I knew the older 4.0 is amazing, and if I could get a newer Jeep with it, that would be sweet, but are the new engines no good? Are there other factors that make the newer Jeeps not as good? Would I be better off getting an XJ, ZJ, or WJ with the 4.0?

Any info on this, or suggestions on what I *should* be going for, would be very appreciated! Thank you!

arbakken 05-11-2016 12:02 PM

Whether they use it or not, Jeep people like off road capability, which the Liberty sorta doesn't have, and the Patriot definitely doesn't have. Also, the XJ (which Jeep people love) got replaced by the Liberty which wasn't as good in any way. The Patriot is crap, but they're cheap, so... it all balances out.

effindan44 05-12-2016 11:20 AM

I know the Patriot can come equipped with "Freedom Drive II" or something which seems like a capable off-road drive-train. Is that not the case? If I put 3-4 inches under it and some bigger tires it wouldn't do alright? I like off-road capabilities too haha, so I wouldn't get one that is totally incapable.

arbakken 05-12-2016 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by effindan44 (Post 35190705)
I know the Patriot can come equipped with "Freedom Drive II" or something which seems like a capable off-road drive-train. Is that not the case? If I put 3-4 inches under it and some bigger tires it wouldn't do alright? I like off-road capabilities too haha, so I wouldn't get one that is totally incapable.

3-4" is hard to do on a wrangler!


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