11000 miles in; no problems. Just got back from vacation with the Jeep; 3800 miles round trip from Texas up through South Dakota (Mount Rushmore), Wyoming (Yellowstone), and Colorado on the way back to Texas. On the highway averaged 23.6 mpg, very happy with that! Got to take off the top two panels to enjoy the sunshine. We did a fair amount of driving through the Black Hills and Rocky Mountains. The shiftable transmission really helped save the brakes during mountain driving! Also had the opportunity to runs some mild overland trails, which was a blast. Had plenty of room for all luggage and gear. I did most of the driving and was comfortable all the way. Since purchase I've added some minor modifications: installed rock sliders/steps, trailer hitch and receiver, wheel locks for all tires/spare, paracord grab handles (made myself), cargo net, mopar rubber mats, locking hood catches, Uniden 510XL CB with 4' Firestick antenna and other CB install components, auxiliary equipment: fire extinguisher and small trenching shovel strapped to rear roll bars, external cargo carrier for rear hitch, and a Quadratec Q9500i stealth winch Dyneema synthetic line mated with a rock hard winch mount plate on stock bumper. The Jeep has performed above expectations under a variety of driving conditions on and off road. Never had any issues or lacked capability. I'm a Jeep customer for life! Update: 19000 miles and going strong. Have been keeping up with regular maintenance intervals: oil, tire rotations, etc. No issues whatsoever. Hope it continues. In November 2016 installed a 2.5" Rough Country spring lift and quick disconnect front sway bar links, and Red Rock 1.5" wheel spacers. Did the work myself in about 6 hours; taking my time to make sure everything was right. All total the lift kit, quick disconnects, wheel spacers, and post install alignment, came in right at $500. Sure you can spend more, go bigger or more aggressive, but after intensive research, I feel the lift kit and other components fit in well with how I am using the vehicle. Installing everything myself saved a bunch! After the install, I realized that the custom shop I had priced for the work was ridiculous for what was actually involved. I guess that's the trend, to charge big money for things people are too lazy or uncertain about doing themselves. But that's crazy. There's so much info online about how to do just about anything you can think of on a Jeep, it's nuts to pay somebody even if your mechanic skills are modest. Research, learn, and do it! Sure a professional shop has a lift, which saves a lot of rolling around on the ground (I used a floor jack, stands, and good old fashioned elbow grease, which I think is a major characteristic of most Jeep owners). It was not rocket science by any means. Just take your time, follow the instructions along with good old common sense. Also, invest in a good torque wrench to make sure everything is tightened to spec. After spending a weekend running off road at an East Texas 4X4 park, I felt like a lift kit was necessary. In stock form over rough terrain and various obstacles the jeep performed outstandingly. I knew Jeeps were capable off road, but I had no idea... Bone stock I ran level 3/4 trails, learned a valuable lesson about airing down the tires, and because of that, got to use my winch for the first time... But that's all part of the adventure right? In the end, all turned out well. The camaraderie and sense of belonging that comes with being part of the Jeep community is something special. If I'd had the lift kit with me at the Jeep event, I had offers to help me install it right there on the spot. Hmmm, I wonder if Prius owners are so dedicated and helpful? Then again what can you do with a Prius? Sure there were lots of thumps, bumps, an enough scraping to set your teeth on edge, especially with a new vehicle. Post inspection revealed that nothing was severely damaged and everything performed as intended. Just keep telling yourself, "Jeeps are made for this... Jeeps are made for this..." Thank goodness for skid plates! I'm still running stock wheels and tires. Next stop are 33's when it's time to get a new set. I'll probably continue to use the stock wheel, they will accept a 33" tire and they look OK. No sense in dumping another grand into new wheels when the ones I have will work. Anyhow, my Jeep journey has entered it's second year and I'm looking forward to new adventures and making lasting memories with my friends, family, and my Jeep.
I would recommend that you rent a Wrangler for a few days if you never driven one before. Driving a Wrangler is a bit different than driving a modern CUV, which is why I love it! I owned a 95 Wrangler that I loved, but unfortunately it was totaled and I could not afford a new one. The 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara that I bought in May 2016 is worlds better. The ride is quite smooth, the power and acceleration is much improved, and the MPG is great considering the weight and its brick-like aerodynamics. When buying a new Jeep, I would recommend the Freedom Top, you get a quieter ride, improved security, and you can still take off the top in about 10 minutes. I bought an electric wench to lift off the rear portion of the top for the garage. Makes taking off the top a 1 man job and you have less of a chance of damaging the top.
Obviously, this is like no other vehicle in the world. Fuel economy, highway cruising, storage, practicality aren't the highpoints, nor does Jeep pretend them to be. The back seat is very uncomfortable - a hard flat back and small arm rest. This is my only complaint. I've already taken it into some serious mud and it only gets stuck if your bury it up to the frame. The recovery hook on the front, and someone to pull out resolves this. I've been pleasantly surprised at the highway handling, noise level and comfort. I wasn't expecting it to cruise around like a Cadillac. The cool factor is all there too. I plan on letting my teenage kids drive it and they are pretty stoked for spring & summer. I have the manual and it's got plenty of power.
When I went for this purchase I knew what would work for me from my previous purchases. I went for the Unlimited Sport with the S package and automatic. My previous Jeep was a 15 Sahara Unlimited, It had a stiff suspension, 18 inch wheels that the dealership had a tough time with one sided balancing. I thought it was Wranglers luxury model, Its ride was a disappointment. The 430 Nav Stereo was a disappointment. It might have been better with the speaker upgrade. On my new Jeep the ride is nice, It has the 17 inch wheels and softer suspension. The biggest surprise is the headliner in the 3 piece Hardtop, It really quiets the interior. The base stereo with sat radio sounds great. When I was dealing with a stereo shop with my Sahara To improve the sound, the tech said to always go with the standard stereo and put your own stereo in. But I do not think I will need one. I added the Sahara sidesteps, they really protect the side paint. I went for the automatic because I live in a big city, and rush hour can get real old . I went for the 3.21 rear end for better gas mileage. I added Trac-Loc so one day when somebody wanted to do some serious off roading, they could. If you are mainly a street driver, opt for the Unlimited Sport . It takes a few thousand miles for everything to smooth out and break-in. I purchased a black one,so everything blends in, including the painted pieces in the interior. I ordered the Sahara bumper appliques front and rear in Billet Silver which should add some nice contrast with the black paint for $174. including tax from the dealer. The engine and transmission are so smooth. I love that it is a convertible, 4x4,and utility, or tow vehicle, so flexible. I love the way it drives. The Unlimited is not as squirelly as the 2 door, and has better safety ratings. I think I should have ordered the optional side airbags, maybe on the next one. I do not know how they would work out if you were doing serious off roading.
I'm new to jeep. I commute over 120 miles per day and although I was aware of the mpg average of 19-20 hwy, I really needed the 4wd for winter and the top off for summer. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. 5,000 miles in and I haven't had a single mechanical failure. I will say that the base speaker are beyond horrible, and the speaker bar sucks also. The wind noise at high speeds are to be expected with a vehicle that basically strips down to nothing in a matter of moments. The plastic interior doors can become a problem for long distance drives depending on driving position. Other than that, It's a total blast and I can't wait till summer!