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3 Generations of Jeep in a Week (Daytime Share)

As my hunt for a Wrangler drags on, I had the privilege of driving a TJ-U (LJ), JK and a JL this past week. All 6 speed manual two door base models. My neighbour has a YJ, I feel like I should ask to drive it, just to round out the week.

Fun fact, only the LJ had AC! (Yes, I am buying another car without AC, but this time, the roof and doors come off!)

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I also drove them in descending order of “newness”, which gave a kinda neat “de-evolution” feel to my test drives. I shall give my thoughts on each.

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2005 TJ Unlimited (LJ)

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I saw this online at 10pm on Saturday night. I drove 45 minutes each way to check it out on Sunday morning, but sadly, by early Monday morning when the dealer re-opened the “Jeep People” had found it and many, many offers had been made (sight unseen, without test drives!)

64,000km/40,000 miles at a $15,000CAD or $10,700USD price, this was way undervalued.

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I didn’t have the immediate capital to move on it, as about half of my money is in the form of a white Kia Forte, so I couldn’t compete with the dudes waving around $18,000 certified cheques.

I did however, get to drive it with my wife on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore. For that half hour, I was, in my mind at least, a TJ owner and very proud and happy.

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It was pretty, but the clutch was heavy (compared to modern vehicles), as was the steering. It would be a hard DD and take a pretty TJ out of circulation.

Obviously, convenience wise, it was pretty sparse, but as mentioned above, it had AC.

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2018 JK Sport

First off, this example was a POS. Something tramatic had happened to this Jeep, you could tell. Secondly, the dealership was a dump and the salesman didn’t give a FUCK about the Jeep or me. VW dealer, so we took the Sportwagen to at least, I dunno, demonstrate I had a VW?

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Despite the relative shitty quality of both the dealership and Jeep, it was still priced at $25,000.00 CAD. I pointed out some damage and the ratty quality and said I wouldn’t pay more than $21,000.00. They wouldn’t budge from $24,000 and honestly, given the incentives right now, it would likely be cheaper to buy a new JL.

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Driving wise, you get the same sorta vauge shifting as in a TJ, slightly lighter clutch and everything else is kinda meh. This was a 2018 with 30,000km or 18,500 miles again for $24,000CAD or $17,000USD.

To be honest, it is stunning how little you get in a 2018. No Bluetooth, no AC, no power windows and the same key as I got in the TJ. The interior is straight outta 2006 without any updates.

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I’ve driven a few JK’s before and loved them, but with the improvements of a JL and the limited price difference, I don’t understand why people still pay good money for these.

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2019/2020 JL Sport

I didn’t take a photo of this one, but I am 95% sure I am getting a JL now. Maybe not for a few months, but it will come (pending plauge/financial ruin/war)

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I test drove this, black on black combo, two doors and a six speed. The transmission is MUCH improved. Feels like I’m driving a car, but the clutch is kinda weird. I’d get used to it. Driving again, feels like a car, with a great turning radius and a pretty stiff but comfy ride.

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Android auto, a backup cam and push to start are all on tap and the folding top seems pretty intuitive.

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Also, my dad has taken lots of rubicon bits off his JL and offered them to me for free, so that’s a bonus.

FCA Canada has some pretty delicous deals on right now, but I will likley lose a grand on the Kia, but...that’s pretty good for two years of ownership on a new car.

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I am going to write a post on the 3 vastly different dealer experiences sometime soon as well.

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