I fell in love with the Unlimited when I first laid eyes on it. I would just buy a utility trailer to tow behind this or the standard YJ if I needed to haul something. It is unfortunate that the fuel economy is so poor. I used to get 21mpg with my old CJ5 with the carborated 258 6 cyl. One would think that a fuel injected engine would do better than 15mpg.
Yes, I totally agree on the fuel economy comment! It baffles me how a fuel-injected 6-cylinder in such a small vehicle can only get 14-18. There is some kind of scam afoot, because with today's technology I can't believe that vehicles are getting worse mileage than 20 years ago. I mean for comparison, that is really no better than my old full-sized 4x4 with an old, carbureted V-8 with mega-miles. It doesn't make sense. Sadly, since gas prices have hit $3, I have taken any 6-cylinder Jeep off the table for consideration unless they start boosting the mileage, and would only buy the 4-cylinder manual now. I like the Wranglers, but why pay $23,000 for something that doesn't get better mileage than my old truck?
Now that gas has hit $3.30 in my area the Unlimited was out of the question when we started hunting for a new car. I could hardly stomach that mileage, and my wife would have no part of it. So I got an 02 Honda CR-V. I plan to get an older Jeep for around $8-12,000 and just use it for a toy rather than a daily driver. Wish I could afford an Unlimited though. If the gas prices were not so high we would have purchased an impact orange auto trans Unlimited without a doubt.
For the past 6 months I have really have enjoyed my unlimited, and yes I wish it got better gas milaege, my ol CJ7 was better and even bolder. but it's fun to be able to take a right any where you want... love the convenience of the fold back sun roof...
2005 Jeep Wrangle Rubicon.
I have to mention a couple of points. The Wrangler is not the most comfortable vehicle if you have back pain. In fact, it would be low on the list. And storage space...what storage space?! (Unlimited is much improved) Oh yeah, you can remove the rear seat and passengers. OK one friend or fellow jeep enthusiast. I love the way they look, and I have a 2005 Rubicon with a mild skyjacker lift. It actually has a nice ride and is tight enough for street use with the added benefits of more clearance and travel for off road use.
OFF ROAD USE is what the vehicle is and always was designed for! Nothing can touch it as far as getting into tight, tough, or particular confined spaces. The jeep is not the best choice for highway touring or long distance travel, but it will get you there. It will get you anywhere quite reliably; however not with a great deal of comfort or luxurious appointments. I would like to have spent some time driving an Unlimited, and may have made that choice for my purchase. However I plan for the Jeep to see some of the great trails of Colorado. I plan for my beautiful Red Rubicon to get very dirty, and yes scratched and perhaps (unfortunately) dented! I know the air lockers and low gear ratio will never fail me, but I hope to get somewhere that I may even need to use a winch. I will miss my last car (a 2000 Saab 9.5) only when on a long distance road trip. It had comfortable leather heated seats and multi-position power seats with lumbar support. Oh do I miss the lumbar...(I have back pain). But the Jeep makes me smile every time I see it and get in and go ANYWHERE I want to. With Colorado having 300 average days of sunshine, it is nice to have the option to drop the top! In the winter months, although not needed, I do have the hard top if I want to install it.
I enjoy my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. It does what it was designed and engineered to do very well.
The Wrangler is not the most comfortable vehicle if you have back pain. In fact, it would be low on the list. I plan to experiment with a pad for better low back support. If you have a Jeep and don't take it out to do what a Jeep was designed to do, you are really missing out on a lot of fun and the satisfaction of owning a legendary off road vehicle. Possibly the best off road vehicle ever built! All years included!
:-) go Jeeping!
I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport. I owned a 2003 previously. I love my jeep, BUT with only 16000 miles on it the drive line has fallen off. I haven't even taken it off road yet. Gheez, I hope this isn't an indication of things to come.
If you want to regear and get bigger tires, that's fine. It will NOT void your warranty. If something breaks, then it's the dealer's responsibility to prove that your modifications caused that part to break. If they can't prove it, then they have to fix it. I got 4.88 gears and 33 by 12.5's about two years into my warranty, and I had warranty work completed after that (busted exhaust manifold).