Sunday, June 29, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

I bought my Jeep for many reasons. Just like all other Jeep owners - there are no words that can convey the feeling I get when I drive my Jeep except -- It's a Jeep Thing. It has been a lifestyle and attitude changer for me. 

My top 10 reasons you should get a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

#10 -- Heating Unit

I have never had a vehicle with such a powerul heating unit. This comes in handy in the winters we've had lately. Especially with me, a person who is willing to brave the elements and put the top down in the midst of an unseasonally cold, bitter below zero temperature winter.

With the below freezing wind chill and my top down my heater kept me warm enough to brave a trip out.

#9 - Customize your Trunk

A Jeep Wrangler Unlimited allows you to customize your trunk to fit your needs. We all have different needs when it comes to our vehicles. We all use them in different ways. The Jeep can limit your hauling needs if you need a lot of space. When your top is down you are also limited when it comes to keeping your personal items safe. However, the under-the- seat space gives you room to store many items such as blankets for those cold days when your top is down. Or your first aid kit, recovery kit or jumper cables. There are also many items on the market that allow for a trunk compartments that lock.  Or if you are handy at building  you could create your own unique trunk compartment to fit your own needs. 

#8 - No more Carpooling

One of the reasons I chose the Wrangler Unlimited is it only has five seatbelts. Which means there is only room for three kids in the back and that eliminated being part of carpooling to events and activities. Now, that means I don't need to deal with other people's whining, bragging, exaggerating kids.

#7 - Resale value

Kelly Blue Book ranks the Jeep Wrangler 3rd on it's 2014 Best Resale Value list. They say, "The Jeep Wrangler is not only the world's most famous off-roader, but it's a perennial resale value standout."  

And here's a review by the editors of Kelley Blue Book  
''After decades of development and history, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler SUV remains faithfully true to its hard-earned and thoroughly-deserved reputation as the universal standard for off-road vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler line offers something for everybody, from a basic 2-door Sport with a soft top, to the go-where-the-trails-aren't Rubicon. If you need more room the longer Wrangler Unlimited offers four doors and other features, but with the same level of off-road prowess. The engine is Chrysler's highly-commendable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which delivers plenty of power and noteworthy fuel economy, and the Wrangler is also one of the few remaining vehicles that's available with a manual transmission. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014."

Forbes has the Jeep Wrangler listed as the #1 car to trade in now for maximum return.

But who in their right mind would sell their Jeep? I guess, if I were buying another Jeep, I would.

"The original SUV traditionally commands among the highest resale values in the industry, particularly in relatively unadorned versions that off-road enthusiasts covet to customize with aftermarket add-ons. A model year 2008 two-door Wrangler having clocked 46,500 miles in top condition is estimated to return a whopping 90% of its original retail price in trade-in value. the four-door Wrangler Unlimited version fares slightly better, holding onto 91% of its MSRP according to NADA Guides. By comparison the off-road ready Rubicon versions - which can be too rough for casual owners - retain 77% & 84% of their original sticker price."  

Autotrader dot com says, "If you're looking for a car that will hold its value, consider a Jeep Wrangler.  

#6 - Made in America

Need I say more? Jeeps are rugged and durable. The motto for the Jeep is Go Anywhere, Do Anything! Just how I want to start living my life. Life is too short not to do the things you want to do. 

#5 - Unique Modifications

There is no other vehicle out there, like the Jeep, that you can customize to make it uniquely your own. The possibilities are endless. A Jeep can be customized to fit the needs of your Jeep lifestyle. The Jeep lifestyle possibilities are endless as well -- weekend off road warrior in the mud, on the beach, on the back wood trails, or rock crawling in the mountains. Maybe you just want to enjoy the fresh air by riding topless in the sun. The list goes on.

There is no right way or wrong way to modify your Jeep, you customize it to your liking to fit your personality and your own unique Jeep lifestyle. 

A New Bumper

Wheels and Tires

New Step Rails 

Lift Kit 

The Jeep aftermarket parts & products are boundless. If you don't find what you are looking for in the aftermarket there are a tremendous amount of fabrication shops out there for your own personalized one of a kind product for your Jeep. Just like this shop out of Northern California.

#4 -- Simple & Easy 

Some of my friends have bought new cars recently. They all are excited to show me the cool "extras" their cars have. Well, it all sounds good, but in my mind it's just more stuff I would have to get fixed if it breaks.

The Jeep is a simple, no "frills" vehicle. The Jeep doesn't need all those extras. If those cars were as cool as a Jeep they wouldn't need them either.

Frills = unnecessary extra feature or embellishment.

Everything I've read about the Jeep says the repairs are simple to make. You can turn yourself into a do-it-yourself mechanic. Plus, once you are in the Jeep family you will find there are Jeep repair and lift parties in every community -- you just need to bring a six pack.  So, all that money you are saving in repairs you can use to buy all those modifications you want to make. 

As for taking the top down -- I've heard folks complain because you can't just push a button to automatically take it down. Well, what if that button breaks. Just one more thing to fix. And truthfully getting my soft top down is simple and easy. I can do it myself in under five minutes.

#3 - Go Anywhere, Do Anything

These next three reasons were hard to decide which ranked higher. They are virtually a tie in my mind. Although, when I first went Jeep shopping and finally decided to buy my Jeep, off-roading was the furthest thing from my mind. Now experiencing the thrill and adrenaline of off-roading I regret not getting a Jeep earlier in my life.

Most people view driving as getting from one place to the next. Well, when you drive a Jeep it's more than a means to an end. It's a joy every time you take it out for many different reasons and for those adventure seekers a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is probably the best vehicle out there. The Jeep will take you to places you've never gone before. 

Like the Jeep Motto states "Go Anywhere, Do anything!" 

It's 4 X 4 capabilities are top notch! It's short wheelbase, powerful drivetrain, body size and tight turning ratio are all great for off-roading trips.

Rocky mountain trails

Through high water or muddy washouts.

It's great for all terrains. The pavement, mud, sand, snow, and water. And for those serious off-roaders there is always rock crawlin'.

I never would have thought off-roading -- wheelin' -- would have been a hobby I would want to try. But I've tried it and love it. I am now one of the addicted. Being behind the wheel of my Jeep on those rugged rocky, muddy trails has been pure joy. There have moments of being a little terrified, but when your Jeep pulls through you are nothing but high fives. It still amazes me what my Jeep can do without even having made any modifications to it. I look forward to my next trip off the beaten paved path!

#2 -- Jeep Family 

The Jeep Wrangler gives you the ability to express your own unique personality. It allows you the freedom to drive anywhere you want to go. But buying a Jeep also admits you into one of the most active public fraternities out there. Whether you are young or old, drive a CJ or JK,  you are part of the Jeep family.

You will make friends for a lifetime -- a new fraternity of like minded friends. There are so many places you can find these friends -- those you meet around town who also own Wranglers, at Jeep events across the US, Jeep message boards, chat rooms and forums.   

Being part of the Jeep community gives you a special sense of belonging and friendship no other vehicle will give you -- It's a Jeep Thing!

#1 -- Topless

The ability to take the top down on my Jeep is probably the number one reason why I bought my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Although I hadn't realized all the other benefits that came with being a Jeep owner. The fact that I would be able to take the top down and turn my vehicle into a convertible was the selling point for me. 

I never in a million years would have guessed it would become my getaway -- my zen moment -- my "Calgon Take Me Away" Moment. 

Nothing is more relaxing than driving my Jeep with the top down -- to hit the open road with the radio on full blast feeling the wind in your hair and sun on your face is the ultimate stress reliever. 

And just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't be topless. With the Jeeps powerful heating system and proper winter gear the temperatures can be tolerable for a get-away cruise away from the everyday stresses of life. 

So there you go. My Top Ten reasons you should buy a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It has definitely changed my life. I look forward to many years of great outdoor adventures for myself and my family.  


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