New to forums, possible to-be Wrangler owner!
Hi Everyone. I'm Greg...
I suppose I'll share a story of how I got here...
My 2003 Neon SRT-4 is, to me, on the way out. 155k miles and a couple of little things that need replacing. I'm tired of working on it and want something new. I went to the local Chrys/Dodge/Jeep dealer and had a list of cars I wanted to test drive (whether I wanted to buy them or not) including, and in order of how much I thought I wanted them:
1. Grand Cherokee
2. Ram 1500
3. Wrangler Unlimited
4. Minivan (I'm not married, have no kids, but dang they're practical!)
Only ended up testing the Jeeps, fell in love with the Wrangler and grew distant from wanting a Grand Cherokee. My GF and I felt like we should have kids about to graduate college when we were riding around in the lap of luxury of the Grand Cherokee. It was really top notch, and I thought I would love that, but it just didn't feel like a vehicle I was very excited about. And we are in our mid 20's - it felt too mature. The Wrangler on the other hand...
It was a 2014 Altitude nearly fully loaded in Hydro Blue.
I initially hated seeing so much body color in the cabin and the white of the hard top and exposed roll bars. Thought it wasn't for me, not for $40k MSRP. Then I got in it and drove it off the grass and curb it was parked on. Its so stupid, but I felt like I could go over anything since that curb was no match for me and my unstoppable beast. We even did a sleep test, and laying the rear seats down I actually can sleep in the back without bending my knees (I'm 6'2"ish). We also felt, in contrast to the GC, that instead of graduating kids, we should have a dog in the back! To top it off, it was quiet and refined in the interior. I surely thought it would rattle and have wind noise. I have a 2006 Viper as a toy, and that rides harsher (not surprised) and has more cabin squeaks (am surprised) than the Jeep!
So here I am, searching for a winning lottery ticket or a winning financial strategy to pick up a Hydro Blue Altitude Unlimited. I actually found this site through the 2015 thread in part of my research around the internet.
I'm glad to be here!