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Who has driven a Wrangler lately?

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I haven't driven one since before I bought my Patriot in 2011. It was a base model soft top. I was surprised at how civilised it was on the highway, even with the soft top, I was able to BS with the sales kid in a normal tone. And the new engine has copious amounts of grunt.

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I'm curious because of two things.

- It is the only 2-door SUV left.

- It offers a manual.

Just took a spin through the local lot: One manual Wrangler @ $33k

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Sounds like a Rubicon at that price, or at least a Sahara. The base model (I'd have to have the hardtop with easily removable sections over the front seats) can be had for about $25-$26k I think.

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It was a Rubicon.

The cheapest I saw was a soft top with an auto @ 30k

Not many base offerings around here on lots.

I wouldn't want an auto nor a soft top.

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Ah, I haven't done an inventory search for Wranglers lately online.

I have a cousin who has new car-itis like I do, only she buys a new Wrangler every 12-18 munts. She currently has an orange 4-door. She loves 'em.

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I totally despise the 4-door - it just looks so... wrong.

I'm clutching at straws a bit here, just trying to find something new that I can even be marginally interested in.

Interestingly, same dealer also had a Ram 1500 shortbed 4x4 and a Challenger R/T also in the low-mid 30s.

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You should find a low mileage 4-door, then use the JK-8 kit and convert it into a 2-dr SUV.

That would get very expensive very quickly.

At this point, I only have a mild interest in the Wrangler.

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I just know that in the near future my life is very likely to fundamentally change. Probably in just a very few years, everything will be different - and I'll be wanting different vehicle(s).

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Did a couple of quick builds on the Jeep site.

A Wrangler-S that came in at 28+k, and a Rubicon that was 35K.

Curiously, you get stuck with 4.10 gears with a manual, the 3.73s are automatic only.

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That's odd, i am able to click on 3.21 and 3.73 for the Wrangler S with 6 speed manual and anti-spin axle. I don't even see 4.10s listed for the S.

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That's odd, i am able to click on 3.21 and 3.73 for the Wrangler S with 6 speed manual and anti-spin axle. I don't even see 4.10s listed for the S.

Sorry, should have noted that it was the Rubicon that forced the option.

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Which happens to be the "average" price of a new vehicle in 2013.

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I wanted a Wrangler when I was in my teens, I especially liked the late 90's models when they went back to round headlights. I'm a fan of the Wrangler still but to me the 4 door model is just wrong, the Liberty and Grand Cherokee fill that niche. The Wrangler should have remained a 2 door. I remember sitting in a dark green Wrangler in '97 or '98 at the NYAS, dark green, with tan interior and tan soft top, I practically begged my father to buy me a Wrangler after that. Aside from the Wrangler I always liked the XJ Cherokee's, my father had a Laredo and my cousin a Sport. The 5.9 Grand Cherokee's looked great too.

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I've driven those Wranglers, and let's just say I don't have much appreciation for their quirks (though they looked good).

I also drove a newer one (circa 2005 or so) that was much better.

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I remember people telling me horror stories of how easily a Wrangler could flip over, trying to convince me to stop wanting one. It didn't, but once I got my Ninety Eight in senior year my mindset changed, and I was dead set on restoring it and the Wrangler kind of fell by the wayside in my mind. I've never driven a Wrangler now that I think about it, I know the older models weren't known for their ride and handling.

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In 2000, I drove a 1998 model (4-cylinder, auto) that the dealership I worked at took in on trade. I felt cramped in the driver seat, since the door panel left little "elbow" room, and the 4-cylinder at the time was peppy but left me wanting the 6-cylinder. Other than the buck board ride, I enjoyed taking it on dealership errands. It was a fun little runabout and left me wanting one even more (I had already wanted one before this experience). The only other ones I've been in the past 2-3 years were in the auto show Jeep Camp test drives, mainly as a passenger, so I can't really say much.

I will agree with you that these are just about the last two-door off-road SUVs (Land Rover Evoque comes in a 3-door model). I still want one, the only non-GM vehicle I desire and would seriously consider for a purchase. I don't share your disdain for the 4-door Wrangler Limited, as I find it a very good looking SUV too (I'd still want the 2-door though). I could probably lease a basic family hauler cheap and purchase a Wrangler for my 3rd "fun" vehicle, but the desire I have for a new 2014 Sierra outweighs the admiration I have for a new Wrangler. I just hope the current Chrylser leadership don't mess with the Wrangler redesign (2015?) as they have with the upcoming Cherokee :o

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