Pros and Cons of Owning a Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler: Fun to Drive... But A Smart Buy?

The Jeep Wrangler is definitely not for everyone. It largely depends on your personality (and your sense of adventure) as to whether or not you should be the owner of one.

For example, a sports car enthusiast will not like the Wrangler. Those who prefer the luxury of a smooth ride or leather seats will be highly disappointed. Families with children will prefer the safety and security that other SUVs provide.



In sum, those who view driving simply as a means of getting from one place to the next should look elsewhere, because the Wrangler is for those who seek adventure, those who have an interest in taking their vehicle places they've never gone before, and those who enjoy driving for no reason other than to be out in the great outdoors.

Some think of a Wrangler basically as a crude form of SUV. But the Wrangler is more about attitude and less about practicality than most other SUVs on the market. In fact, Jeep put "utility" in the sport-utility vehicle and called it a Wrangler. With removable doors, a fold-down windshield, removable top, replacement half-doors, holes in the floorboards for hosing out the interior when it's dirty - now that's utility!

PROS:
On the plus side, here are 20 reasons you should own a Jeep Wrangler.

What you need to know is that a Jeep Wrangler is a lifestyle changer:

  • You will want to drive places you've never been before (off-road, for example!)
  • You will long for days when you can take the top and doors off and feel the wind through your hair .
  • You will crave the attention you receive from other drivers - those in Jeeps, and those just envying yours.
  • You will keep your eye out for yet another add-on that will make your Jeep uniquely yours.
  • You will have a new fraternity of friends - those you'll meet around town who own a Wrangler, and those you'll meet at Jeep events across the U.S., Jeep message boards, chat rooms, and listservs.
  • You will be inclined to become a do-it-yourself mechanic, as repairs are quite simple.
  • You will enjoy driving during all weather conditions and in all four seasons.

In sum, a Jeep Wrangler gives you the ability to express yourself, and allows you the freedom to drive anywhere you want to drive. It's the ultimate "go anywhere, do anything" vehicle! Buying a Jeep also admits you into an extremely active and public fraternity. Whether you're young in age or young at heart, it's the youthful sense of adventure that make a Wrangler a great vehicle to own. And to top it all off, Wranglers hold their value quite well, so you'll get excellent resell value when you're ready to sell.

CONS:
On the down side, here are 20 reasons you shouldn't own a Jeep Wrangler.

Before purchasing a Wrangler, here are some of the things you should consider:

  • If you don't like the outdoors, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you're overly concerned about luxury, safety or security, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you really need a passenger vehicle, a Wrangler probably won't work for you.
  • If you need space for hauling things (luggage, groceries, etc.), the Wrangler won't do it for you, nor does it have a trunk compartment that locks.
  • If you have a long commute, you won't enjoy the noisy ride, and the Wrangler guzzles gas.
  • If you have a large family, you won't be able to comfortably seat everyone in a Wrangler.
  • If you (or your passengers) are concerned about how you'll "look" when you get to your destination, then you might not appreciate the "sweat factor" or "windblown hair" you get from riding in a Jeep convertible.

In sum, a Wrangler is definitely a "no frills" vehicle. It comes with very few "extras", and some of the most basic things (carpet, steel doors, rear seat) are considered options. If comfort, security, and safety are tops on your list of vehicle requirements, you should probably think twice about buying a Jeep Wrangler.

Jeep Wrangler: Fun to Drive... But A Smart Buy? The Jeep Wrangler is definitely not for everyone. It largely depends on your personality (and your sense of adventure) as to whether or not you should be the owner of one.

For example, a sports car enthusiast will not like the Wrangler. Those who prefer the luxury of a smooth ride or leather seats will be highly disappointed. Families with children will prefer the safety and security that other SUVs provide.

In sum, those who view driving simply as a means of getting from one place to the next should look elsewhere, because the Wrangler is for those who seek adventure, those who have an interest in taking their vehicle places they've never gone before, and those who enjoy driving for no reason other than to be out in the great outdoors.

Some think of a Wrangler basically as a crude form of SUV. But the Wrangler is more about attitude and less about practicality than most other SUVs on the market. In fact, Jeep put "utility" in the sport-utility vehicle and called it a Wrangler. With removable doors, a fold-down windshield, removable top, replacement half-doors, holes in the floorboards for hosing out the interior when it's dirty - now that's utility!

PROS:
On the plus side, here are 20 reasons you should own a Jeep Wrangler.

What you need to know is that a Jeep Wrangler is a lifestyle changer:

  • You will want to drive places you've never been before (off-road, for example!)
  • You will long for days when you can take the top and doors off and feel the wind through your hair .
  • You will crave the attention you receive from other drivers - those in Jeeps, and those just envying yours.
  • You will keep your eye out for yet another add-on that will make your Jeep uniquely yours.
  • You will have a new fraternity of friends - those you'll meet around town who own a Wrangler, and those you'll meet at Jeep events across the U.S., Jeep message boards, chat rooms, and listservs.
  • You will be inclined to become a do-it-yourself mechanic, as repairs are quite simple.
  • You will enjoy driving during all weather conditions and in all four seasons.

In sum, a Jeep Wrangler gives you the ability to express yourself, and allows you the freedom to drive anywhere you want to drive. It's the ultimate "go anywhere, do anything" vehicle! Buying a Jeep also admits you into an extremely active and public fraternity. Whether you're young in age or young at heart, it's the youthful sense of adventure that make a Wrangler a great vehicle to own. And to top it all off, Wranglers hold their value quite well, so you'll get excellent resell value when you're ready to sell.

CONS:
On the down side, here are 20 reasons you shouldn't own a Jeep Wrangler.

Before purchasing a Wrangler, here are some of the things you should consider:

  • If you don't like the outdoors, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you're overly concerned about luxury, safety or security, you won't like a Wrangler.
  • If you really need a passenger vehicle, a Wrangler probably won't work for you.
  • If you need space for hauling things (luggage, groceries, etc.), the Wrangler won't do it for you, nor does it have a trunk compartment that locks.
  • If you have a long commute, you won't enjoy the noisy ride, and the Wrangler guzzles gas.
  • If you have a large family, you won't be able to comfortably seat everyone in a Wrangler.
  • If you (or your passengers) are concerned about how you'll "look" when you get to your destination, then you might not appreciate the "sweat factor" or "windblown hair" you get from riding in a Jeep convertible.

In sum, a Wrangler is definitely a "no frills" vehicle. It comes with very few "extras", and some of the most basic things (carpet, steel doors, rear seat) are considered options. If comfort, security, and safety are tops on your list of vehicle requirements, you should probably think twice about buying a Jeep Wrangler.

  • Classic design / unique look
  • Can be fully customized to your liking - lots of options & aftermarket items
  • Unique styling serves as both an SUV and a convertible
  • 4x4 capabilities - can handle any road anywhere
  • Height advantage over most cars - great visibility
  • Good heating system
  • A simply constructed vehicle that's easy to repair
  • Short wheelbase, powerful drivetrain, body size & tight turning ratios all great for off-roading
  • Small size & light weight, make it a cinch to swing into tight spots
  • Great vehicle for all seasons
  • Jeep fraternity of friends for life
  • Rugged and durable - lasts for many years & many miles
  • Handles well on pavement, mud, sand, snow, water, etc.
  • Appeals to adults & teens alike
  • Durable interior made for weathering the elements
  • Fun to drive - turns every drive into an adventure
  • Relatively low price / good value
  • Excellent resale value
  • Parts are plentiful and cheap for repairs
  • American made
Best Things About Owning A Jeep
  • Classic design / unique look
  • Can be fully customized to your liking - lots of options & aftermarket items
  • Unique styling serves as both an SUV and a convertible
  • 4x4 capabilities - can handle any road anywhere
  • Height advantage over most cars - great visibility
  • Good heating system
  • A simply constructed vehicle that's easy to repair
  • Short wheelbase, powerful drivetrain, body size & tight turning ratios all great for off-roading
  • Small size & light weight, make it a cinch to swing into tight spots
  • Great vehicle for all seasons
  • Jeep fraternity of friends for life
  • Rugged and durable - lasts for many years & many miles
  • Handles well on pavement, mud, sand, snow, water, etc.
  • Appeals to adults & teens alike
  • Durable interior made for weathering the elements
  • Fun to drive - turns every drive into an adventure
  • Relatively low price / good value
  • Excellent resale value
  • Parts are plentiful and cheap for repairs
  • American made
  • Weak acceleration, especially on interstates
  • Awkward ingress - requires high step in
  • Lack of cargo space for luggage, groceries, etc.
  • Noisy - road, wind, engine, and tire noise
  • Firm suspension results in a stiff, bumpy ride
  • Rear visibility can be a challenge with the top on
  • Slow steering
  • Tall, boxy profile is not aerodynamic meaning greater wind resistance & wind noise
  • Uncomfortable front seat positions for taller drivers
  • Everything is an "option" - carpet, steel doors, rear seat, etc.
  • Outdated appearance of gages and switchgear
  • Difficult getting in and out of rear seat
  • Even in the summer, the air is cooler than you'd think - must always bring a jacket
  • Small, flimsy doors
  • Rear-view mirror is in the line of vision for taller drivers
  • Windshield wipers remain in the upright position when "off"
  • Base sound system is less than adequate
  • If you're riding without the top/sides, you must always be prepared for rain - plastic bags are a lifesaver for your gear
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Lack of side mirrors when you take off the doors
  • Short wheelbase makes highway driving rougher than in larger vehicles
  • Uninsulated roof
  • No lockable trunk/cargo area
  • Less practical in colder climates
  • It's only a 4-seater
  • Poor fuel economy (typical of SUVs)
Worst Things About Owning A Jeep
  • Weak acceleration, especially on interstates
  • Awkward ingress - requires high step in
  • Lack of cargo space for luggage, groceries, etc.
  • Noisy - road, wind, engine, and tire noise
  • Firm suspension results in a stiff, bumpy ride
  • Rear visibility can be a challenge with the top on
  • Slow steering
  • Tall, boxy profile is not aerodynamic meaning greater wind resistance & wind noise
  • Uncomfortable front seat positions for taller drivers
  • Everything is an "option" - carpet, steel doors, rear seat, etc.
  • Outdated appearance of gages and switchgear
  • Difficult getting in and out of rear seat
  • Even in the summer, the air is cooler than you'd think - must always bring a jacket
  • Small, flimsy doors
  • Rear-view mirror is in the line of vision for taller drivers
  • Windshield wipers remain in the upright position when "off"
  • Base sound system is less than adequate
  • If you're riding without the top/sides, you must always be prepared for rain - plastic bags are a lifesaver for your gear
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Lack of side mirrors when you take off the doors
  • Short wheelbase makes highway driving rougher than in larger vehicles
  • Uninsulated roof
  • No lockable trunk/cargo area
  • Less practical in colder climates
  • It's only a 4-seater
  • Poor fuel economy (typical of SUVs)

Chances are, you'll either love it or you'll hate it. That's what a Jeep Wrangler is all about. If you can't decide and need a compromise, then buy a "regular " SUV.

Don't be mistaken, a Wrangler not a comfortable "city car'" by any means. In fact, it's a better choice as a 2nd or 3rd vehicle than as a primary vehicle. And it's more practical for single people than for families with children.

While a Wrangler rides more like a truck than a car, it's the type of vehicle for those who want to feel in touch with the road beneath them.



Word of advice: Don't get a Wrangler on an impulse buy! Instead, do your homework thoroughly. Research it. Test drive it. Test drive other vehicles. Talk to other Wrangler owners and (especially) ex-owners. Make a list of every vehicular need you have and highlight any that the Wrangler cannot provide. Then test drive it again.

In fact, it may just be that even against your better judgmentÂ… even though your instincts are telling you that a Jeep Wrangler is not a practical purchase, you may be one of the lucky ones who manages to derive enough pleasure from owning one to make it worth it in the end.

Whatever you do, at least give the Jeep Wrangler test drive! Or, rent one before you buy one.

Is a Jeep Convertible Right For You? Chances are, you'll either love it or you'll hate it. That's what a Jeep Wrangler is all about. If you can't decide and need a compromise, then buy a "regular " SUV.

Don't be mistaken, a Wrangler not a comfortable "city car'" by any means. In fact, it's a better choice as a 2nd or 3rd vehicle than as a primary vehicle. And it's more practical for single people than for families with children.

While a Wrangler rides more like a truck than a car, it's the type of vehicle for those who want to feel in touch with the road beneath them.

Word of advice: Don't get a Wrangler on an impulse buy! Instead, do your homework thoroughly. Research it. Test drive it. Test drive other vehicles. Talk to other Wrangler owners and (especially) ex-owners. Make a list of every vehicular need you have and highlight any that the Wrangler cannot provide. Then test drive it again.

In fact, it may just be that even against your better judgmentÂ… even though your instincts are telling you that a Jeep Wrangler is not a practical purchase, you may be one of the lucky ones who manages to derive enough pleasure from owning one to make it worth it in the end.

Whatever you do, at least give the Jeep Wrangler test drive! Or, rent one before you buy one.