New Member AZ
I have been a Jeeper for a long time.
My first Jeep was my dad's 1948 Willy's CJ2A, which he got from his dad, and I drove in high school and to college in 1979 - 1982. Did a slow roll in that one once. It sat upside down all night, recovered the next day by a 4x4 wrecker. Pulled the plugs, turn it over a couple of times to clear the oil, put them back in, started right up. My brother now has it, and did a full restoration a couple of years ago. It is all stock, all original parts, and still runs like a top 67 years after it was built.
My next Jeep was a 1976 CJ7, Quadra-Trac automatic, hard top. It was my daily driver for 14 years. Put over 150k miles on it. Added a lift kit and bigger tires. No A/C, in AZ, 42 mile one way commute. Apparently I was crazy in my youth! When the 304ci got tired, a friend talked me into building a Chevy 383ci (350ci w/400ci crank) for it. Had the guts of the automatic trans put in a Chevy case, and a monster was born. Proceeded to break every part of the driveline at least once! Finally had to part it out after a rear driveshaft failure turned catastrophic and shattered both the transfer case and the transmission case. Sad day indeed!
Went without a Jeep for few years, then bought a brand new 2008 Grand Cherokee Overland with the 5.7l Hemi. I was reading good things about the Quadra Drive II system, and the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty and 0% interest were too good to pass up. Put on a lift kit, rock rails and air helper springs in the back. Loved it for the last 73k miles, right up until some idiot turned left right in front of my wife and she T-boned his Mercedes hard. Air bags deployed, she was not seriously injured, the Jeep did not look bad at all. But the costs added up, so it was totaled. Another sad day...
So we just pulled the trigger on a 2014 Grand Cherokee Summit with less than 12k miles. More electronic wizardry than an F16, but the days of one wire to the distributor are long gone, so might as well have all the cool stuff. The Hemi makes 30HP more than the 2008, and the 8 speed transmission seems like a very nice addition. I would have been hesitant to buy the first year it was available, but it is built by ZF, the same people that designed the bulletproof PDK in my 911, and has been in use by other manufacturers for a number of years.
If you have read this far, you definitely need to spend more time with your Jeep! But thank you for letting me share my Jeeping history. I have a million more stories of the fun I have had in Jeep vehicles, but you can go make your own!