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looking for Advice on Planned Purchase

I'm planning a WK2 with the EcoDiesel. My son bought one in Dec and is 'thumbs up' so far.

I previously had a 1994 6-cyl Grand Cherokee Laredo that I loved for well over 205K miles (I made my wife stay home and meet the guys that picked it up when I donated it to a local charity... too painful to hand over the keys myself).



I plan to use the car as:
  1. a tow vehicle for a variety of boats from a little 13' Boston Whaler up to an 18' Whaler Dauntless that probably aggregates 4,000 lbs loaded on trailer.
  2. a 'weekend handyman hauler' (I'll definitely get roof racks for lumber, etc.)
  3. my hunting truck (dirt roads, deer carried externally on a 'hitchhaul'... probably little-to-no real off-road)
  4. a snowy weather vehicle
  5. ultimately my daily driver after my 207+K mile Camry dies
  6. a shared family vehicle until #5
I'm thinking of a Limited + diesel + Luxury II pkg + tow package + advanced tech package (as I get older the collision avoidance & blind spot assistance sounds better and better) + Uconnect 8.4 w/ NAV (ditto the getting older part) + roof racks

I'll probably keep the Jeep as long as I can (15+ years per car has been my norm; At almost 60, it may be the last car I need to buy...

What advice would you 'folks that know' offer?



examples:
  • Comments on the above proposed configuration?
  • I'm near Annapolis, MD. Where/how should I buy? what would be a good price?
  • Should I buy an extended warranty? If so, which one?
  • Roof racks from Jeep or after market (which ones?)
  • what else should I have asked?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: looking for Advice on Planned Purchase

I think you are spot on - except adding more roof racks (I pretty much have the same options you list - great 10,000 miles so far).

If you have a place to keep it, get a 10-12' utility trailer. SO much better then trying to mess with stuff on the roof. My Jeep barely even knows my 10' is back there. I'm too old try be throwing junk up on the roof of my, nearly $50k, truck (I'm 32).


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Re: looking for Advice on Planned Purchase

Thanks... I hear you, but I already have 3 trailers (18' whaler, 13' whaler, kayak trailer with 5 kayaks & a canoe). No more room for another trailer.

I do rent a 6'x12' open utility trailer from U-haul to move big stuff.

But I find that I'm always picking up two or three 2x4x8's or 2x4x6's for one project or another. (interestingly enough, my Camry is pretty good at that... I can fit 8' lumber in the Camry thru the trunk with the seats folded down).

The hitch-haul is great. I have a stainless steel model that folds upright when not in use, so I can leave it on a vehicle witout it getting in the way. It can haul up to a couple hundred pounds of any kind 'yucky' stuff that you don't want to put into the cargo area.

But I need a tow vehicle for the boats now that spring boating ia here. (My last tow vehicle was recently totaled when someone pulled out into the side of it).
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Re: looking for Advice on Planned Purchase

If you can still get in on the Washington DC group buy at Coons you will get the best price possible on the JGC diesel.
No sense raving about my JGC diesel because we all really love this ride. Fuel mileage is awesome for the weight.
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