What an ikon to own, but unless you doing lots of off-road driving of very little use.
- Model: Jeep Wrangler 2dr
- Year: 2007
- Mileage: 114 000 Kilometers
- Motor: 3.8 V6 Petrol
- Transmission: 6 Speed manual
- How long have you owned it for: 1 Year
- Comfort: 5/10
- Fun to drive 4/10
- Reliability: 10/10
- Maintenance: Replaced the water pump housing, normal servicing
- Best fuel consumption: 12 L/100km
- Worst fuel consumption: 15 L/100km
- What do you like most about the car: True Ikon
- What do you like least about the car: Totally impractical and truck-like to drive
- Owner: Neil Peverett
After always owning hatches I decided it was time for a change. From a young age I always liked the idea of a SWB off roader, a used Wrangler popped up and I grabbed it; a year later I sold it and went back to a hatch.
There was nothing wrong with the Jeep in fact it was in very good condition and I certainly have no complains about reliability or any major technical aspects of the car; I just could not get use to the way it drove; it was terrible on the road every bump became a bounce and it swayed from side to side. Being high off the ground the road handling was also not good, there is very little connection between the driver and chassis which makes a big difference in driving pleasure and fun; the six speed manual gear box is also not great, too industrial and the ratios don’t seem right, you hardly ever use sixth gear. The 3.8 V6 motor was smooth and never skipped a beat, I did expect more torque but the power was sufficient. It’s a tough ride but so is the vehicle.
I also didn’t have the heart to take it off-road so there came a point where I had to decide if this was really for me, spurred on by the fact that it needed new tires which would set me back R18 000 I decided to sell, cut my losses and go with a 2009 BMW 116i which suited my needs better. I enjoyed the Jeep while I had it and it is the kind of car where you think “I should have hung onto to it” then I remember the fact that it only has 2 doors and a cubbyhole for a boot and with a 2 year old baby that doesn’t work so well. The fuel consumption bothered me even though I worked close to home and it wasn’t that bad for what it is, it still somehow bothered me, probably because I had a far smaller lighter cars before.
No regrets owning the Jeep it was my chance to have a car that it absolutely unique; with hard top, soft top and that unmistakable ‘Postman Pat’ type styling. Nothing wrong with a Jeep wrangler, it was just not right for me.
Written by: Neil Peverett
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