For years growing up I wanted to own a Jeep. More specifically, a Jeep Wrangler. The thought of taking the doors off and cruising around town or off road was a summer tradition I wanted to be mine. While I have been able to experience this with friends, It has never been with a Jeep I own. Jeeps in a way represent the freedom and individual control we get when leave home and come to college. You can go almost anywhere in it and do anything you want to it. Despite a developing off-road market, Jeeps will always be an iconic vehicle for enthusiasts and the automotive community.
Ethan Pretch is a Sophomore at Furman and he has a pretty sick Jeep (pictures above). I reached out to Ethan because as an enthusiast who has never owned a Jeep, his first hand knowledge may offer some insight that cannot easily be found on online forums. He has owned his Jeep for 3 years now and here are his responses to a few questions I had:
What is a unique trait that separates Jeeps from other off road vehicles?
” I put on the snorkel, got it some new ball bearings, a new aftermarket axel, added flood lights, put on a winch, and replaced the bumper”
After doing some research on some forums, here is a list off pros and con for owning a Wrangler:
One of the first and probably most know positives is the Jeep Wrangler’s ability to remove its doors, which really provides a unique experience. You can take this vehicle almost anywhere with its amazing off-road capabilities. Another unique factor is that the Jeep community has is its own culture. Individuals connect via their part in what could be described as a fraternity of owners. And lastly the almost limitless customizability that the owner has is something that is amazing for anyone who wants to create their own unique vehicle look.
1) reliability is notoriously poor
2) They can be easily broken into
3) Stability and cornering is a concern as the vehicle is prone to roll easily
4) It is not at all fuel efficient
5) Never enough time to drive it around
Is it worth it? I cannot answer that got you. But, I would conclude that the benefits outweigh the costs if you are looking for a 2nd vehicle for fun. As your everyday driver? Maybe not.
“It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.” – Dale Earnhardt