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Old 11-18-2011, 11:24 PM
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Hello 2011/12 WK2 Grand Cherokee owners, does anyone from down under know of, or seen, or had made a nice sport looking nudge bar for their pride and joy other than the jeep mopar offered one ??

I have seen some great ones on the forum but they seem to be for the older model WK. So I guess my next question is, would a WK nudge bar fit a WK2?

If you take a look at JeepCoop's posts of his front bar you will see why I'm curious.

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I was really astounded to read that where you live you have a "Luxury car tax" this is really amazing. Is it in Australia's government that is punishing its sucessful citizen for being able to buy themselves a nice set of wheels? And that punishment is severe enough that you would consider not getting some vital equipment such as side bars? really? I would not want to get all political here, but I hope you guys have an alternative to this way of geverning.

Mind you in Canada we have a "Green levy" that applies if you order the WK2 with a 5.7 or the SRT. The 3.6 was "green" enough to make us feel good about contributing to all the nice green swing of things these days (such BS!). That's the Canadian way of making some green dineros with BS.

Anybody else had to be made to feel guilty by their local government for being successful enough to be able to own a "luxurious" jeep??
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The Laredo has got to be the best buy. It comes in under the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) with sufficient room for options. Once you go up in model specs, you are in LCT territory and you pay a third more for those nice to have but don't need bits. Heated steering wheel, you have got to be kidding! Even heated seats, I've driven cars in winter with no heating and my arse was the least cold part of my body. I wanted side steps. That would have pushed me into LCT and the fitted cost plus GST and LCT would have been $2,025. I can buy the side steps from the Aussie Mopar e-store (https://www.mopar.com.au/Pages/Store/Cart.aspx) for $849.06 and fit them myself, no LCT. That's what I'll do as soon as the beast arrives.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:49 AM
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Yes we get punished for working hard.
As far as I am concerned there is no excuse here for being unemployed.
Here in Kalgoorlie we import all our workers from over seas.
From McDonald's burger flippers to mine managers.
Lazy ones in the city don't want to work in the out back.
33,000 residents I know 450 (out of 700) Filipino's on 457 temporary working visas.
Then the Indians, Africans, Koreans and others. Don't mention the New Zealanders think they count for 50% of Kalg population.
The more you earn the higher the tax percentage.

And that stupid luxury tax.

Luxury car to me is a Merc or a rolls, BMW $100k+
Not a 60k 4WD I use for my work every day.
And want to be safe.
I would have a Laredo with ACC, and all the other safety extras.
So I get penalised for being safer on the road.

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:40 AM
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Well you certainly know a lot of people. Over here we do have to bring in workers to do "real" work on farms etc. and similarly some people don't work and are living a good lazy life on welfare. There's always job for those who don't mind to work and gain some self pride about in the process.

I wonder if the similar "poor excuse for a tax program" are in place in the states? I don't think that it would go very far if someone was to bring in a "luxury tax'' over there.

I know that Canada and Australia do copy off each other on some policies. Over here it would not be socialy acceptable to dare call it a luxury tax. No, in Canada you can't really call it that, it would be too close to the truth and people might clue in that it is in reality a poor excuse to free its citizen's of their hard earned cash. So they called it a "green levy" and the Conservative's put it in place (at a time where they did not control majority of the votes) so it was put in place in order to satisfy the "good thinkers" who like being taxed to death in order to gain a good conscience in the process that "they did something for our earth and their grandchildren while a catastrophy was manacing our future". These are poor excuses as cars have never been as clean as the machines we drive in our respective countries, thanks to years of EPA lobbying in the states. These folks just can't be satisfied until we all ride on bicycles.

Over with the rant for me too.....but lets not forget when it's time to do something about it.


I hope you enjoy your Jeep, I don't remember if you have the V8 or the Pentastar. Personally I choose the V6 after trying it, I found it to be very peppy, much less than my previous Avalanche with a 5.3 V8 but le$$ at the pump and the cost of yearly registration (here we also get dinged if we have a gaz guzzler by the provincial government) which is another "luxury" form of taxation.

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Old 11-19-2011, 09:49 AM
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Got the V8 love it.
Had a GC diesel before this one, we use to get a rebate on registration for a diesel but they removed that a few years ago.

Ironic tonight I just got back from our annual multicultural night.
The Filipino club here keeps track of all the Filipino's and we make a point to meet and greet new Filipino's here that's how I know how many are here.
PS I am aussie wife is Filipino.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:13 PM
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I was really astounded to read that where you live you have a "Luxury car tax" this is really amazing. Is it in Australia's government that is punishing its sucessful citizen for being able to buy themselves a nice set of wheels? And that punishment is severe enough that you would consider not getting some vital equipment such as side bars? really? I would not want to get all political here, but I hope you guys have an alternative to this way of geverning.
Who is being punished? I'm not into status so a Laredo diesel + quadra-lift + off-road pack, does me just fine. Those that are more into pose value than driving get the additional status of a higher priced car and I get to pay less tax, win-win.
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Who is being punished? I'm not into status so a Laredo diesel + quadra-lift + off-road pack, does me just fine. Those that are more into pose value than driving get the additional status of a higher priced car and I get to pay less tax, win-win.
Naw,

Lot of the safety features like ACC, BLIS and cross-path detection are only avail on the overland.

The Aussie government is quite stupid, taxing everything they can. But that's what we put up with for living in an awesome country.
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Lot of the safety features like ACC, BLIS and cross-path detection are only avail on the overland.
Interesting to see in another thread the collision warning picked up some deer on the road and saved a bingle.
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Interesting to see in another thread the collision warning picked up some deer on the road and saved a bingle.
Could be useful for roos.
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Hows $53500 drive away for a Jeep GC with towbar and metallic paint?
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Hows $53500 drive away for a Jeep GC with towbar and metallic paint?
That's a very bad price for a Laredo V6 and a terrific price for an Overlander. Would help if you tell us what you are looking at
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Oh sorry haha, CRD Laredo
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