The Jeep debuted during World War II, powering over hills and rivers on battlefields across Europe. It was produced and sold to the public as the Willys Civilian Jeep or CJ model from the late 1950s through the early 1980s.
It has always been an iconic symbol of freedom, adventure and the American way of living. If you have never owned or driven one, now would be a great time to do so. Here are some reasons why.
First of all, the Wrangler models represent something more than just a sport utility vehicle. It has a public following in the automotive scene that is unparalleled by any other group or car club. I mean, what other car model requires that you wave to similar vehicles (no matter what the circumstances) as you cross paths on every road. Its like joining a fellowship or fraternity to own a Jeep Wrangler. If you have struggled to find a true automotive scene, the Wrangler following and forum is for you.
Secondly, the Wrangler looks cool and drives like a tank. It a bare-boned ride with few interior comforts or lavish exterior looks. In fact, every Wrangler generation has looked almost identical from the YJ series (1987-1995) to the present JK series. I mean, they change the mechanical technology and update the styling, but the shape and iconic stance remains identical. For a small cost, you get a solid and reliable off-road vehicle that fits in at the local shopping mall. For all the equipment and trail riding performance that a Wrangler gives you, there is one small feature that pleases most of the crowds. It is a convertible. The top comes off, the doors come off, and the windshield can be flipped down. These vehicles are like a Swiss Army Knife or Lego toy, with various combinations and ways to change each one.
Also, the aftermarket world for the Wrangler is huge. Owners can bolt basically anything they want to these things because the options are available. From wenches and push-bars to snorkels and fender flares, these products are plentiful from the internet and performance magazines.
Finally, you should buy a Wrangler because of the numerous options and prices available in the market today. You can spend a few grand on a 1995 YJ with a four cylinder and small steel wheels, and be just as happy as someone who spends 30 grand on a brand new JK with an inline-six motor and a locking six-speed transmission. When it comes to these Jeeps, there is a model for everyone but they all fit in. Because at the end of the day, you will both be cruising in the summer sun with the top folded down (or unbolted), or tearing through muddy trails with other off-roaders. The possibilities are endless when it comes to a Jeep Wrangler, nor are the experiences and stories you will have when you finally own one.