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Re: Grand Cherokee Summit vs. Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

(Let me preface this by saying that I have had a few jeeps, a lifted TJ, stock Rubicon JKU, and now the WK2 Laredo Hemi. I loved my TJ and cried a little when I sold it (needed the money) and the two years I spent with my Rubicon were fun but I just never really connected with that vehicle. I have since turned away from offroading and am more interested in tracking my GTI at local autocrosses and club track days. This means that I needed a tow vehicle. The Rubicon wasn't going to cut it so I switched to the hemi WK2 and honestly after a few months of ownership I don't even think about the Rubicon at all. I still miss my TJ but that JK is just a distant memory at this point.)

If you want soul get a TJ or older wrangler. Those things are loaded with character. The JK (I had an '11 Rubicon Unlimited) just didn't give me those warm and fuzzy feelings I would get when driving my older TJ.

This might come completely out of left field but if you can do any FIAT product (I think I read in another post that it didn't HAVE to be a Jeep), why not a 300c? a Hemi 300 would be really slick and you could get some nice wheels and upgrade the stereo and have a nice time cruising. Or, you could do something really crazy and get a Fiat 500 Abarth. If I wasn't 6'4" I would love to have one of them and tear up some b-roads.

It seems to me that you would get tired of the wrangler because if the tires already bothered you on the test drive they will only get worse. And then if you don't maintain them properly and rotate religiously you will get cupping which causes that slapping sound each time the tire rotates on the road.

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Old 05-19-2015, 03:37 PM
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I love the styling on the 300s. I just wish they wouldn't have done away with the AWD when you opt for the Hemi. Damn I must be getting older.


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I love the styling on the 300s. I just wish they wouldn't have done away with the AWD when you opt for the Hemi. Damn I must be getting older.


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I feel your pain my friend. an AWD 300 with a Hemi was pretty sweet. If it was offered in the new generation I would have thought long and hard about owning one before driving the WK2. Tow-vehicle be damned!
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One last thing... If you decide to get the wrangler, you HAVE to get it in manual. Both of my wranglers were manuals and it made the entire driving experience that much more pleasurable.
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Re: Grand Cherokee Summit vs. Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

The ONLY other vehicles I would get are the 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger SRT 392 (I'm drawing a line at $60k, so the Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT are out of the question). Does anybody have opinions/experience with those?
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Re: Grand Cherokee Summit vs. Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

From what I have heard from various friends who travel and drive rental cars all the time, between the Charger and 300 the 300 wins hands down. It is such a nicer car than the charger and it handles better for whatever reason (doesn't make much sense to me because I thought they were the same underneath but apparently I am wrong).

If I was in the market for a new generation muscle car then the Challenger would be it. and it would have to be the SRT, the RT just doesn't seem to be enough and if you got one you would constantly feel like you left something on the table. I don't like the new camaros and the new mustangs look like honda accords. A new Challenger SRT in matte black with 6 speed and dark tinted windows and black wheels would be so sinister and amazing!

And for a big car, the challenger handles surprisingly well. It's not going to win any awards at the nurburgring but it can handle a B-road just fine.
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The ONLY other vehicles I would get are the 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger SRT 392 (I'm drawing a line at $60k, so the Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT are out of the question). Does anybody have opinions/experience with those?

So it's been over a month... Have you done anything???
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So it's been over a month... Have you done anything???
I'm in the (very slow and frustrating) process of doing a buyback. I am getting a Summit (Granite/Dark Sienna, 5.7L HEMI V8, Platinum Series Group, and possibly rear DVD). I should hopefully close within the week.
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Sounds like a good choice! I hope it works out.. And glad to see you'll still be around in the community
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Re: Grand Cherokee Summit vs. Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

Those who insist on comparing the noise level, luxuriousness, and acceleration of a Grand vs a Wrangler are likely incapable of appreciating the Wranglers unique attributes and it's special place in the world of automobiles.


I own both. The WK2 is a very fine SUV, like my WJ before it. I could comfortably drive 750 miles a day in it.


However, the Wrangler puts a smile on my face every time I'm about to get in it.


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