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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Wife daily driving a lifted TJ?

My wife is in the market for a new vehicle. She does home visits in rural areas for a part of her job, so she would like something 4wd/awd. She drives about 150 miles a week for work and is reimbursed .55 a mile.

I happened to see a low mileage '06 TJ 6cyl auto with 3.5" lift, 33"s, a soft top and half doors. I was just wondering if any of your wives/girlfriends/female friends daily drove a wrangler year round, and what their thoughts were?

I mentioned it to her and she was kind of excited about the idea. I mentioned that Jeeps aren't very luxurious and in most cases it is a compromise for comfort, space, etc. We walked over to the Jeep dealer and they had a TJ that I showed her. She's still interested.

Also wondering what some of you guys are getting MPG wise for a similar setup TJ w/33"s.

I could just see her getting a jeep and liking it at first, but then ending up hating it from a practicality standpoint.

Also, how do they do in the snow/ice as daily driver? I've always heard that Jeeps weren't the best in snow because of their short wheel base. They have a 94" wheelbase vs. the other vehicles (CRV/RAV4) she's been looking at have a little bit longer at 104".

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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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Definatly get a hard top.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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Got a hard top automatic TJ Unlimited for sale. Would be a lot better for her needs than a lifted TJ.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:00 PM   #5
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Wife daily driving a lifted TJ?

How about a Liberty. And before you laugh

They can be lifted, I have a 2 inch lift and you can add aftermarket bumpers etc. plus 4 doors.
I went from club cab V10 to mine. It has gone were needed and I still laugh at the turning radius. I can tow 5000lbs. It might also have more citified manners and civil looking.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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Mileage is not a TJ strong point - with any drivetrain. It's a 4000 pound subcompact with the aerodynamics of a mobile home. I've gotten a consistent 15-18 mpg with 33s over the past 11 years.

Gearing will matter. I have 4.56s, but an auto witj the 4-speed could do with 4.10s. 3.07s will suck, with 3.55s or 3.73s sucking a little less.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:28 PM   #7
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How about a Liberty. And before you laugh

They can be lifted, I have a 2 inch lift and you can add aftermarket bumpers etc. plus 4 doors.
I went from club cab V10 to mine. It has gone were needed and I still laugh at the turning radius. I can tow 5000lbs. It might also have more citified manners and civil looking.
I'm not going to laugh, I recommended a liberty. She doesn't like them, she says they are for sorority girls.

I'm not going to lie, I would enjoy having the TJ, I just figure, if we're spending the $$ (for a new vehicle that has to be 4wd/awd) might as well get something fun. :)
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:29 PM   #8
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Got a hard top automatic TJ Unlimited for sale. Would be a lot better for her needs than a lifted TJ.
Her new vehicle criteria states it must have <50k miles. Does yours fall into that category?
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:34 PM   #9
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:34 PM   #10
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Mileage is not a TJ strong point - with any drivetrain. It's a 4000 pound subcompact with the aerodynamics of a mobile home. I've gotten a consistent 15-18 mpg with 33s over the past 11 years.

Gearing will matter. I have 4.56s, but an auto witj the 4-speed could do with 4.10s. 3.07s will suck, with 3.55s or 3.73s sucking a little less.
I know about the areodynamics of the TJ, just curious about real world numbers. Thanks Pat.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:41 PM   #11
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150 miles a day is a lot to drive in a lifted TJ.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:42 PM   #12
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150 miles a day is a lot to drive in a lifted TJ.
It's per week
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:44 PM   #13
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150 miles a day is a lot to drive in a lifted TJ.
150 miles a week. ;)
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:44 PM   #14
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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My wifes LJ gets from 14.5 to 17 mpg depending on the driving.

I DD it right now. I love it.
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Well then, as far as the daily driving in the winter - it's definitely going to suck compared to a longer wheelbase. I daily drove mine for 3 or so years stock and 3 or so years on 33s - definite pucker factor. Going down the freeway in 2wd I would get loose under realistically half of the underpasses, and I was holding my breath on all of them. I've spun mine 360 once on the highway. Lower speeds it's no problem, but I probably wouldn't want my wife even doing county roads regularly over the winter time. So maybe if that 150 miles a week happened on slow roads I would think about it.

Numbers - I'd agree with Duffman on the 15-18 range and the gearing.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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I have a TJ with a 4" and 35s my wife wont drive it in the winter, a little to squirrelly for her. It gets around 13 mpg with 3.73s granted it needs a tune up. She drives a Compass and loves it. It gets around 27mpg and does great in the snow.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 07:11 PM   #18
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Definitely don't like the idea of it being squirrelly in the snow on the county roads/expressway.


I do have some experience, since I used to have a Samurai and drove it in all seasons. I just hoped that the TJ being wider and longer it would be a different scenario.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 07:11 PM   #19
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You wouldn't ride a bike with forward controls for safety reasons but yet you would consider putting your wife in a lifted tj for winter driving?

Tjs suck in the winter, I would never consider putting my significant other in one for the winter. An lj like ss suggested would be a better option or a 4 dr jk. The extra wheelbase would be welcome on slick days.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 07:16 PM   #20
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You wouldn't ride a bike with forward controls for safety reasons but yet you would consider putting your wife in a lifted tj for winter driving?

Tjs suck in the winter, I would never consider putting my significant other in one for the winter. An lj like ss suggested would be a better option or a 4 dr jk. The extra wheelbase would be welcome on slick days.
I never said I wouldn't ride a bike with forward controls for safety reasons. I said that mids offer better control.

There is a reason why I'm asking about it, I wanted to find out if it was a bad idea. It sounds like it probably is.
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