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Old 02-09-2013, 05:36 PM
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I've decided......

Sorry for the long post. I tried too keep it as short as I could. But honesty takes some explaining sometimes....

I think, without really knowing it at the time, I've been in search for something. I wasn't really sure what that something was either. Talk about being lost and confused huh?
When I turned 30 years old, is when I think things started to change for me. And this doesn't just pertain to cars either, maybe life in general, but the car thing is our topic here. As I was growing up, my priorities were my only focus. I had a Camaro that looked like crap, but was the fastest around. Man what a POS that car was. I think it was so fast only because the car rusted 600 lbs off, only had 2 front seats, and we took the drive train out of an old GMC truck so the gearing was way low. With a 4 speed manual transmission, I remember putting in a brand new 750 holly and thinking, man, it just can't get any better than this! So, the love of speed and the feel of acceleration was all that mattered to me then. A great stereo was nice too of course.
As I got older, my passion for cars grew. I've had a great run. With friends and family, I've restored several cars, torn apart and transformed a few into some pretty fast hot rods and or race cars, helped my friends out with their projects, like a friends 4.6 liter V8 twin turbo Supra beast, my brothers 6 second Acura Integra with an 845 billet stock 5.2 bore "Intimidator" cranking out just over 1800 hp. I currently have a 2003 Lexus IS 300 with a 2JZ-GTE conversion, stage 2 turbo, making around 1100 hp. (Might be selling this though.)
So, because I've had all the toy cars, I thought I new cars pretty well. Maybe it was me I didn't know very well. Because at some point, I stopped thinking that taking a client to lunch in my no ac, pavement grinders maybe wasn't such a good idea. And that my girlfriends didn't really like my cars, they tolerated them. Ok, maybe at first they liked them, but after a few hours of driving around in them, it was over.
I also noticed I was liking some of the new technology in cars more. BMW, and Mercedes started looking like nice cars now. Lexus, Infinity and the others were also appealing to me. Was it successful ad campaigns that made my mind change? Was I becoming a mature adult as my views on life and what was important change? What ever it was, my perspective changed alot. And as a result, I had to relearn what really was important to me. So the search began.
Our very first brand new car was actually a truck. It was a 1994 Mazda B2200. Bright Red. That same year, we purchased our first new car as well, a 94' Honda Accord. Great car.....for the family. It was nice, but the wife drove it mostly, and it just seemed more like an appliance than a car. To me, these were family cars. Not "MY" car. you know what I mean?
It wasn't until 2000, when I would say I purchased "MY" first new car, which was an Audi A4 RS. That car was fast....and nice. But I would say about 4 months into owning it, I felt like I gave up things to get things. For example, the ride was not great. They kept telling me its the "European interpretation road feel" but I found it loud, somewhat harsh, and sloppy. The interior was falling apart in front of me. All the plastic in the car was painted! From the factory. After a short time, there were fingernail scratches all over the handles, and door trim, chipped and peeling paint around the dash. So I traded it in for a brand new 2001 BMW 330i. I regretted it the very next day. Everything about the car was great, except the interior, and the way the steering wheel felt in my hands. I loved the feedback from the road, but the position of the steering wheel, along with the materials and size, made it feel like I was jolly steamer in an old tugboat. I just couldn't get comfortable, and as result sold the car 6 months later.
So, I decided to buy a Lexus. The IS 300. That car was great too. Just not enough oomph though. The Japanese really know how to make an interior! I really liked the time I spent in that space. I loved the platform of the car and it eventually became my toy car for the next 10 years, but again, I felt the car was missing something. During this time we also purchased a brand new Volvo S40. Another family mobile as the Accord exited. In 2005 we purchased a VW Jetta, another family mobile to replace the Volvo. So, in 2008, I purchased a new Lexus IS 350. I lowered it, put rims on it, and a new suspension system in it. Because I owned the IS 300, I felt familiar with the car, even though it was all new. I actually liked the IS 350, and started to think, maybe I'm just asking to much from a car. That my expectations maybe need to be lowered some, or I needed to start purchasing even more expensive cars I guess to get everything I want. I looked at the new Jags coming out. Ford, GM and Chrysler through all this time weren't even on the list of possibles. I looked at everything. I test drove cars on weekends, attended automaker promo events and shows. Followed publications and watched Top Gear all the time. Every car seemed to fall short of what I wanted, even though I didn't seem to know what that was.
Then I remembered I had that 94' Mazda pick up truck. It was actually a Ford with better looking emblems on it. I don't even know if that old 2.2 liter 4 banger made much more than 100 hp. But that truck went everywhere, never grumbled, never broke down, and we owned and beat on that thing for 12 years when we sold it at 244,000 miles. So I thought, maybe I need to move back to a truck. I really need the extra space and that's whats killing me in the IS 350. So one day at a stop light, this SUV pulls up next to me. It's a Mercedes Benz ML 350. Hearts filled my eyes, and my pulse raced. WOW! look at that! By the end of that week, I was driving a new Mercedes ML 350.
I loved it! The suspension was a bit soft. the headlight switch was stupid, Brakes were horrible. No feel at all! You just sort of pressed the brake down, then waited to see how much the truck slowed down to determine if you needed to press harder or less as you approached. I learned how quickly, but always felt this shouldn't be like this in a MB! Everything else was nice. The problem was, it was just nice. It wasn't awesome. AWD, V6, smooth transmission, great sound system, confy seats and looked great......still missing something. Then, almost on a dare from a fellow forum friend, SW knows who he is, challenged me to look at the new Grand Cherokee. I had looked at the previous model year when I was looking a the ML 350 and had written it off. But the new WK2 had just come out and he gave me an overview. The ML was about to come out of warrantee, so I was thinking in a year or so I would be ready anyway, so I went down to check one out.
Everyone who knows me, already knows about how the dealership wrecked my ML 350, so we "worked things out" and I got a new Jeep a few weeks later. But despite that, I think I would have made the purchase anyway. I've now had it for two years. I have just over 32K miles on it. And I still don't really know what it is, but this truck has it. When I see it, I love it. When I get in, it fits me. When I look back into the interior, it seems right, and not too much. The leather dash really adds alot for me. And all the toys this comes with is exactly what the doctor ordered. I love the voice control, works great for me. The Bluetooth system works great, the brakes are fabulous! I can consistantly bring the truck to a stop and never feel the the break in momentum! My wife even noticed and commented how this truck can go from 0-60, and back to 0 and never feel a shift, or stop at the end. It moves through traffic easily, and is soo quiet inside! I like the chrome, I like the ride, I like the pano roof, I like the easy exit/entry system, and the keyless system. I've spent just under a grand on a Viper alarm system that also extends the remote start to about a half mile away. Works with an app on my phone. LOVE IT! So, I just decided to purchase the unlimited lifetime bumper to bumper warrantee with the $100.00 deductible. I finally want what I have. I would have never guessed that it would be a JEEP, made by Chrysler!!!!!! I never saw that one coming. But I must say, I have come to love my truck. I'm finally happy.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:45 PM
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Here's the shorter version for you:

I've now had my WK2 for two years. I have just over 32K miles on it. And I still don't really know what it is, but this truck has it. When I see it, I love it. When I get in, it fits me. When I look back into the interior, it seems right, and not too much. The leather dash really adds alot for me. And all the toys this comes with is exactly what the doctor ordered. I love the voice control, works great for me. The Bluetooth system works great, the brakes are fabulous! I can consistantly bring the truck to a stop and never feel the the break in momentum! My wife even noticed and commented how this truck can go from 0-60, and back to 0 and never feel a shift, or stop at the end. It moves through traffic easily, and is soo quiet inside! I like the chrome, I like the ride, I like the pano roof, I like the easy exit/entry system, and the keyless system. I've spent just under a grand on a Viper alarm system that also extends the remote start to about a half mile away. Works with an app on my phone. LOVE IT! So, I just decided to purchase the unlimited lifetime bumper to bumper warrantee with the $100.00 deductible. I finally want what I have. I would have never guessed that it would be a JEEP, made by Chrysler!!!!!! I never saw that one coming. But I must say, I have come to love my truck. I'm finally happy.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:59 PM
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Re: I've decided......

That was really long.

I know what you mean though. My Overland just feels... right. Sure it could use some minor changes here and there, and I've thought it'd be nice to have a sports car. I've even got another car that hasn't been driven except to keep it in running shape since I bought my Jeep.

It's just one of those vehicles that does everything. It fits in everywhere, you can take it to rural NC where I live and people love it. In ritzy Palm Beach, people admire it's style and features. In downtown Atlanta, valets commented that it was really nice. At the ski slopes, it moves through the weather with ease and in the summer you can open the pano roof up and put the cooled seats on and it's great. It tows heavy loads like there's nothing behind it, and it rides comfortably on the street without a load in it.

This vehicle truly does it all, and does it all amazingly well. I almost pity the guys that have to design the next one, because truly it will be near impossible to build a better vehicle than this.

I've given thought to just getting a lifetime warranty on mine and keeping it forever as an extra vehicle that can do anything. It really is that good, and I don't know that I'll ever own another vehicle that just works like this one does.
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I just love the V8 lol. I have never had one and this 5.8L puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
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I just love the V8 lol. I have never had one and this 5.8L puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
How did you get an additional .1 L. Not fair, i want a 5.8L instead of a 5.7L lol.
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I just love the V8 lol. I have never had one and this 5.8L puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.
I go back and forth on it.

This is my first V8 as well, and I LOVE the massive torque, and that it has power everywhere. It works great as a luxury engine, and never feels out of breath. It's got a nice growl, and performs well as well.

But, it's never as exciting as my old V6 was. That thing was a rev happy little 3.5L that was dead at low rpms, and then came alive with a symphony of noise and thrust after like 3500rpm. Planting your foot was actually pretty fun as it woke up the engine.

In the Jeep, you plant your foot and it feels like it just steadily turns the Earth underneath you. With my old V6, that kick from little power to some power was sort of fun.

I vastly prefer the V8 in every day driving, commuting to work and such. But it just isn't as much fun for messing around with.
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How did you get an additional .1 L. Not fair, i want a 5.8L instead of a 5.7L lol.
LOL, I noticed that too.

I was thinking about something the other day. GM and Ford both have 400+ hp V8s now, and the Ram manages with 390hp. Chrysler should bring out a new 5.9L Hemi Magnum, and could easily get 420-430hp out of it. Plus they could pull a little bit of history with the name.
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Hey Smooth,

I hope when I get mine I'm as happy with it as you are with yours.



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LOL, I noticed that too.

I was thinking about something the other day. GM and Ford both have 400+ hp V8s now, and the Ram manages with 390hp. Chrysler should bring out a new 5.9L Hemi Magnum, and could easily get 420-430hp out of it. Plus they could pull a little bit of history with the name.
I agree, lets petition to Chrysler about that.
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I've now had my WK2 for two years. I have just over 32K miles on it. And I still don't really know what it is, but this truck has it. When I see it, I love it. When I get in, it fits me. When I look back into the interior, it seems right, and not too much.
I fully agree with this. The WK2 just has that thing that makes me love it! I now have 56,000 miles on my '11 and I plan on hitting 200,000 maybe more. I love my Jeep.
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I guess I just decided to give myself an extra 100 milliliters that day
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