I have been lurking here since Aug of last year and mostly spending time between this forum and WK2. I initially wanted the WK2, but I like the Unlimited Sahara edition better. I currently own a 98 ZJ w/ 159k miles...
I have not test driven any of the new Jeeps for the fear of buying it the same day.
Few questions I would like the fellow jeepers to chime in.
1. My commute to work is on I-25 and the speed limit is 75mph with steep climbs. My current ZJ struggles to keep up at 60mph going up hill. How will the JKU Sahara do? Must I have 3.73 gearing or will 3.21 be sufficient?
2. I live in Denver Colorado area, so what kind of mileage can I expect from this vehicle? My ZJ gives 16-17mpg.
3. Here is the list of options I must have.
Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
5-Speed Automatic W5A580 Transmission
Leather Trimmed Seats ++
Black 3-Piece Hard Top **
Trac-Lok® Limited Slip Rear Differential
Media Center 430N SAT/CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV
3.73 Rear Axle Ratio ****
++ I must have heated seats, so I thought the difference is only $650 to upgrade to leather. so why not!?
** Can I buy an aftermarket soft top if I need it later? What would that cost?
**** Is this a necessity for the place I live? I have steep grades on I-70 when going for skiing, etc. Does this effect mileage? If so, by how much?
And final question:
#4. Do I need the connectivity group or is it included in the Media center 430N? I think they are separate and I need to have them both.
I am very close to buying the Jeep... it can happen this week or the next week.
I look forward from all suggestions and advice from the folks who actually drive this than from the salesman at the dealerships.