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post #1 of 30 Old 01-17-2020, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Wrangler or Pick up

I am thinking of getting a Wrangler Unlimited as my daily driver. I drive 50+ miles to and from work. Has anybody moved from a full size pick up to the wrangler. Worried it might be small.

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post #2 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 12:25 AM
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I drove a Tundra 5.7L before buying a Jeep JK 2door manual that we bought for towing behind our RV. It's certainly a size shock, it might not be too bad buying a JKU. Lift it with 35 tires. What I got to liking was the ease of getting around town, I really enjoy my Wrangler. At my age I won't be going back to a full size truck. Advise test drive, test drive, test drive several different styles before making your final decision.

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post #3 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 08:12 AM
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I have a TJ Wrangler (that's been top/window less for years) and a regular cab F150. They're not apples to apples vehicles.

There is no way the Wrangler can ever replace the utilityness of the pickup.

There is no way the pickup can ever replace the carefreeness of the wrangler.
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post #4 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 08:41 AM
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As already suggested, apples to oranges comparison. Maybe you should rent one for a weekend.

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I am thinking of getting a Wrangler Unlimited as my daily driver. I drive 50+ miles to and from work. Has anybody moved from a full size pick up to the wrangler. Worried it might be small.

If the vehicle is just going to be a daily driver I wouldn't choose either one of them unless I had rough roads to travel or a lot of stuff to carry. If you're going for just the look or something like that is cool and fun, I would say Wrangler hands down. I would only get a pick up if I need you to pick up.

Do you have other plans besides it being just a daily driver?

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For $500-1000 you can get a utility trailer for those times you need the bed of a pick up
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post #7 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 09:44 AM
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For $500-1000 you can get a utility trailer for those times you need the bed of a pick up
This isn't a bad approach, or even renting a uhaul a few times a year for $15-20 local use. Sure beats having to store a trailer in the backyard and mow around it.

I use my pickup pretty regularly. Just this week, I got 2 cubic yards of horse sshh from the horse stables down the road for my garden, and next week I'll need a couple sheets of plywood for a project. Let's see you do either of these in a wrangler.

OP, ask yourself how often you actually use your pick up, as a pickup. To haul things, lawn equip, furniture, bicycles, lumber, horse sshh, etc. then do you have a backup plan, a family members or neighbors pick up, a trailer, etc.
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post #8 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 11:19 AM
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Back when I needed both, I bought a nice TJ and an old Ford Ranger pickup for when I needed it. Eventually I ditched the truck.

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Back when I needed both, I bought a nice TJ and an old Ford Ranger pickup for when I needed it. Eventually I ditched the truck.
what did you do with the pickup after you ran it in the ditch ?
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I don't know how anybody could answer for you. You don't need a truck if you're considering getting rid of it. So for the savings and getting money back, I would get rid of it.

50 miles one way or round trip? Either is a long way, but 50 miles one way is extreme for either vehicle. There's a significant amount of money flushed down the toilet in depreciation, gas, and maintenance for either vehicle. Get a cheap daily driver, and get the Wrangler or keep the truck on the side. Having a second car will pay for itself if you're smart about it.

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A WK2 grand cherokee and a utility trailer might be a happy compromise... Still somewhat capable offroad, way better road manners for your long commute and likely a good bit easier on gas than either.

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post #12 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input, As for the use beside daily driver, I do a little hunting and fishing so getting up trails is but not rock crawling is a possibility. I like the trailer idea or renting a truck. i would really like a Gladiator but that's not in the budget.
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post #13 of 30 Old 01-18-2020, 02:16 PM
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We have had Grand Cherokees for many years (over 20) and while it would have been nice to have a pick up once in a while, I have rented numerous U haul trailers when I needed one. A Gladiator just MIGHT be my next Jeep though, test drove them twice and REALLY liked it.

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what did you do with the pickup after you ran it in the ditch ?
I collected the insurance money.

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50 miles one way or round trip? Either is a long way, but 50 miles one way is extreme for either vehicle.
I drive 85 miles a day for my job (US mail).

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