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  • Thanks Tom!

    Not only is this my first ever Jeep, but also my first brand-spankin-new-ordered-from-factory purchase! Very, very, very excited... :-)

    I have to admit that the wait is going to be excruciating, but well worth every second that crawls by... All summer I was thinking about it, going for rides in my friends TJ... finally broke down and bit the bullet.

    Yeah, I really like the silver. I would have gone for the Inca Gold had they still been offering it (the Solar Yellow didn't do it for me) but the Silver looks pretty sharp too. Like you say, the fact it won't show scratches as much is a definite bonus. :-)

    Thanks again. Tomorrow morning will be time to go and hound DC... ;-) (Thanks for posting some great info. Twylie).
    Will let you folks know as I learn where it's all at!

    Andrew
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You also get a notation on the window sticker which states that..... "This vehicle was built especially for Andrew xxxxx ".

    Adds no real value, but rather nice nonetheless, especially as it's your first new vehicle.
  • nolid5nolid5 Posts: 148
    I hope everyone is enjoying the day.

    Rich
  • Gah, DC wasn't willing to let me know the status of the order - had to go through the dealer and apparently it's in "BX"... Too bad you can't track that online!

    Happy Thanksgiving folks.

    Andrew
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    Here's a list of status codes for factory orders.

    http://www.ewylie.com/jeep/ordering.htm

    Looks like you're at:

    BX - passed edit available for schedule
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Same to ya! And, Happy Turkey Day to all of my other Edmunds Buds too, including our moderators, who have been awfully quiet lately. Steve? Tidester? You guys still out there?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • hotx3hotx3 Posts: 71
    Looks like DC has made up its mind on the extended offering. Too bad about the Scrambler. Will the Unlimited hold a coupla bikes with the seat folded, iyo? Are there any photos of these to look at? Anything about engine choices? (I noticed the tow rating is up to 3500 lb.) Tops? Will it be a "real" Wrangler?
    I always enjoy your comments.
  • You know, the more I hear about the Unlimited, the more I think I may have to seriously look into purchasing one. Having the extra room will be a huge plus for me as I am an every weekend beach-goer in the summer time. Will these things really be ready for a spring roll-out? I'd also like to know more about pricing. Hopefully they will be close to what the wrangler is now but I bet they won't deal for around invoice until the novelty wears off.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    ...to all of the great wranglers from edmunds.com!

    tidester, host
  • All speculation on my part. I think I remember reading about 17" of extra room in the back? No way that would hold two bikes with the seat still in, even folded. Probably not even with it out unless you do some fancy packing. Those wheel wells that take up so much of the space will still be there. The tow rating probably went up because of the longer wheelbase, the current Wrangler is just too squirelly to tow much safely. It's gotta have a soft top, otherwise there will be revolution. I don't think the Rubicon necessarily started a buying frenzy, and that was the coolest thing I think they could have done for the Jeep. I doubt if the unlimited would be a hot item unless they just don't make many of them. All speculation as I said, always fun to talk about things I don't know about.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Gary
  • Latest that I read was that it would end up adding 2" of space between the front and rear seats, and an additional 10-12" in the back (I've seen both numbers on different articles). I think the wheelbase itself is extended by 10"... Of course, I am just trying to remember from the articles I read so those numbers may not be at all accurate.

    One of the articles mentioned a soft-top that was capable of either opening up part-ways (as in, you don't have to fold the whole thing away when putting it down), or all the way down... a little more speculation for you. Wonder how that would work, and wouldn't it cause more noise due to flapping? I think that even if it is ready by April, I'd probably wait until the following year just so they get all(?) the kinks out...

    lol. In a way I wish I had heard about it before I ordered my rubi... but not to worry, I've no regrets. :-) Will be bothering my dealer again on Monday!
    Andrew
  • I was thinking that the Scrambler would have needed a longer wheelbase anyway. Maybe DC is thinking of producing the Scrambler down the road using the Wrangler Unlimited platform. Similar to the way they're introducing the PT convertible and the 2 door coupe/hatchback later down the road.

    The Scrambler would have a smaller market than the Unlimited, with all the extended cab and crew cab trucks out there. Probably the decision came down to the bottom line as most things do.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Man,

    I bet that new hard top is gonna be a PITA to lift up. Gotta have the top winch for that one. :)

    I dunno though, the longer top just looks goofy to me for some reason. I like the idea of the increased storage and room for rear passengers, but it just doesn't look right for some reason. Maybe it needs some 33's and a lift!

    -Paul
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I went to that private property today, like I told you guys I was supposed to do. It would be a real nice place to wheel under dry conditions, but it definitely was NOT dry today!

    Still, a good day. Met some nice folks, and we had a good time. The winch got a workout today, that's for sure!

    I crunched the license plate thing again, even worse this time. I was trying a very steep, muddy climb and lost traction. When I hit the brakes after I was able to go no further up, Thelma slipped back down with her tires locked up, and she hit a tree with the left rear corner. I thought I had surely busted my hard top, but I guess the only contact was on the license plate holder. It got pushed into the sheet metal just a tiny bit, so there's a new dent now. Just a small one. :)

    Here's a pic of Clarence Brewer Sr.'s Jeep. Remember, he is the dad of the guy who owns Brewco Motor Sports and the Timberwolf race car. Clarence has his Jeep painted like the Timberwolf car.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

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  • I found out today from my Chrysler Zone Rep what the Wrangler Unlimited is all about. It is setting the stage for a 4-Door Wrangler, on steroids and meaner than the Rubicon, meant to take on the all new Hummer H3 head to head.

    Also found out that the all new Wrangler with an all new engineering platform will debut in 2006. Exciting times are coming!
  • For me, the Jeep was always about the fact that it could be fairly inexpensive and it is a simple, basic vechicle. I'm afraid I'd be leaving the Jeep Wrangler clan if it goes a different direction. But then I'm sure I'm really no longer the target they're shooting for either. We'll wait and see. . .
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I hope the Wrangler doesn't go the route of the XJ, being replaced by an entirely different vehicle that is not a true off road vehicle at all.

    I like all that has been done over the years to get the Jeeps to the point they are now with the TJ. Some old time Jeepers would argue, I'm sure, that the TJ has gone too far, but it is sure a trail-worthy vehicle, and I don't see how anyone could deny that.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • The brass at Jeep have told the dealer body that every Jeep that will be made or designed from this point forward will be Rubicon able. They apologized to us after the word got out that they were going soft. They meant to say that they were going to improve the road mannors while maintaining off-road superiority.

    Do any of you remember the Dakar concept of a few years ago? This is the foundation for the Wrangler Unlimited and the new 4 door TJ.

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  • Hi, prowling through old posts I saw a thread on old dogs. Briefly, when glucosamine and rimadyl aren't doing the trick, a relatively new drug called dermamax does wonders. Expensive but takes years off the dog.
  • More $$ than Rimadyl, yikes. My old dog Annabelle was barely getting around today, had to slip her an extra pill. I'll check it out. At 95 pounds, she's a weight. I built her a ramp that gets her into the pickup bed and the Jeep without crippling both of us.
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