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Pros and Cons of Owning a Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler: Fun to Drive... But A Smart Buy?

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The Jeep Wrangler is definitely not for everyone. It largely depends on your personality (and your sense of adventure) as to whether or not you should be the owner of one.

For example, a sports car enthusiast will not like the Wrangler. Those who prefer the luxury of a smooth ride or leather seats will be highly disappointed. Families with children will prefer the safety and security that other SUVs provide.

In sum, those who view driving simply as a means of getting from one place to the next should look elsewhere, because the Wrangler is for those who seek adventure, those who have an interest in taking their vehicle places they've never gone before, and those who enjoy driving for no reason other than to be out in the great outdoors.

Some think of a Wrangler basically as a crude form of SUV. But the Wrangler is more about attitude and less about practicality than most other SUVs on the market. In fact, Jeep put "utility" in the sport-utility vehicle and called it a Wrangler. With removable doors, a fold-down windshield, removable top, replacement half-doors, holes in the floorboards for hosing out the interior when it's dirty - now that's utility!

PROS:
On the plus side, here are 20 reasons you should own a Jeep Wrangler.

What you need to know is that a Jeep Wrangler is a lifestyle changer:

  • You will want to drive places you've never been before (off-road, for example!)
  • You will long for days when you can take the top and doors off and feel the wind through your hair .
  • You will crave the attention you receive from other drivers - those in Jeeps, and those just envying yours.
  • You will keep your eye out for yet another add-on that will make your Jeep uniquely yours.
  • You will have a new fraternity of friends - those you'll meet around town who own a Wrangler, and those you'll meet at Jeep events across the U.S., Jeep message boards, chat rooms, and listservs.
  • You will be inclined to become a do-it-yourself mechanic, as repairs are quite simple.
  • You will enjoy driving during all weather conditions and in all four seasons.

In sum, a Jeep Wrangler gives you the ability to express yourself, and allows you the freedom to drive anywhere you want to drive. It's the ultimate "go anywhere, do anything" vehicle! Buying a Jeep also admits you into an extremely active and public fraternity. Whether you're young in age or young at heart, it's the youthful sense of adventure that make a Wrangler a great vehicle to own. And to top it all off, Wranglers hold their value quite well, so you'll get excellent resell value when you're ready to sell.

CONS:
On the down side, here are 20 reasons you shouldn't own a Jeep Wrangler.

Before purchasing a Wrangler, here are some of the things you should consider:

  • If you don't like the outdoors, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you're overly concerned about luxury, safety or security, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you really need a passenger vehicle, a Wrangler probably won't work for you.
  • If you need space for hauling things (luggage, groceries, etc.), the Wrangler won't do it for you, nor does it have a trunk compartment that locks.
  • If you have a long commute, you won't enjoy the noisy ride, and the Wrangler guzzles gas.
  • If you have a large family, you won't be able to comfortably seat everyone in a Wrangler.
  • If you (or your passengers) are concerned about how you'll "look" when you get to your destination, then you might not appreciate the "sweat factor" or "windblown hair" you get from riding in a Jeep convertible.

In sum, a Wrangler is definitely a "no frills" vehicle. It comes with very few "extras", and some of the most basic things (carpet, steel doors, rear seat) are considered options. If comfort, security, and safety are tops on your list of vehicle requirements, you should probably think twice about buying a Jeep Wrangler.

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