Sometime in the next six months, I plan on buying a brand new 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I am looking for a rugged vehicle that can both tow and off road, so this vehicle makes perfect sense. Currently, I am considering two different models of the Wrangler – the Mojave and the Rubicon. Both feature fairly similar specifications with a couple differences. I am not taking this decision lightly though because these vehicles cost nearly $30,000. With that in mind, here is what I will take care of before committing to a purchase.
The Jeep Wrangler is closer to an SUV than a car or truck and is designed for off-road activities. It looks great on the streets too though. Unfortunately, these vehicles only manage 15 and 19 miles per gallon in the city and on the freeway respectively. I am not in the market for a fuel efficient vehicle because I will be driving under conditions that will lower gas mileage anyway. Both vehicle feature a V-6 engine with around 200 horsepower.
To make a final decision, I will be checking out multiple reviews of each vehicle. I tend to like finding reviews on MSN Autos and Edmunds. I ask around JeepForum for user reviews too. From the reviews, I want to know how the vehicle drives, how powerful it is under different conditions, and how well built it is. I do not want to purchase a new vehicle that is going to break down right away. Also, I will be looking for just how satisfied individual owners are with their Wranglers. Also, I will be test driving both models of the Jeep Wrangler that I am considering. I intend to test drive vehicles from multiple dealerships to ensure that my experience is consistent on multiple occasions.
I actually bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee a few years ago and I love it. However, the GC is more of a luxury SUV nowadays, so that is why I am choosing the Wrangler for a more rugged experience. Back then, I did make the mistake of taking an auto loan with a high interest rate, which I had trouble handling at first. I should have done some more research on the Grand Cherokee because I bought a model that was somewhat cheap in comparison to the next one, which was only a couple thousand dollars more. It is not always worth it to sacrifice price for quality.
In any case, I want to buy the Jeep Wrangler before December 2011. I have the money and financing to take care of everything without any troubles. I am pretty excited to purchase this vehicle, but I know that I have to do the proper research to avoid making any mistakes. Obviously, I want the best model available above all else. Since I have already chosen a particular vehicle, I only need to sift through the reviews and whatnot to make a decision!
For more information, visit the Jeep Wrangler site and Buying a New Vehicle.