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Posted by mike on 2007/1/20 10:52:18 (3254) reads

The New York Times has a nice review of the 2007 Wrangler:

The Wrangler continues its classic body-on-frame truck construction, but Jeep says the structure is much stronger, helping to improve the ride and handling on pavement.

Nevertheless, on anything but a smooth surface the two-door’s ride is choppy and rough. The Unlimited rides more comfortably because of its much longer wheelbase, although its occupants still take some licks.

Unlike most modern passenger cars, the Wrangler does not have an independent suspension. Instead, Jeep kept solid axles in the front and rear, a robust design favored by off-roaders. But those solid axles mean that when one side hits a bump, the unpleasantness is shared all round.

The on-pavement handling is competent — in other words, a lot better than it used to be — and the Wranglers are reasonably friendly to drive with a few sacrifices. But it is clear that pounding the pavement is not their primary purpose.

Understanding that primary purpose is the key to happiness. Unlike many vehicles that handle a wide variety of tasks with overall competence, the Wrangler remains a specialist aimed at backwoods trails. Its on-pavement performance, while improved, could easily become aggravating without a consolation prize — like finding yourself in places where no cars have gone before.

Check out the entire review.

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Posted: 2007/1/24 0:40  Updated: 2007/1/24 0:40
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From: Southeast, Michigan
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
Totally inept as a writer and lacking adequate understanding of the subject has resulted in Mr. Jensen's review of the 2007 Wrangler being a waste of ink! If "ignorance is bliss" this idiot must be the happiest man on Earth. A better test of the Wranglers prowess would be to tie this guy's ankles to a tow strap attached to the rear tow hook, then measure the impact on the Wrangler's quarter mile times.

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Posted: 2007/1/23 7:20  Updated: 2007/1/23 7:20
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2005/12/15
From: NE Qe USA
Posts: 31
 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
The New York Times, "all the news that's fit to print," my a$$. Having this waste of ink and tree pulp review a Wrangler is like having a rural Post Master write about crime in NYC subways or housing projects.

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Posted: 2007/1/22 12:42  Updated: 2007/1/22 12:43
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review

If I hear that solid axle crutch of a comment one more time...

Does anyone believe if you blindfolded this guy and took him for a ride in a Grand Cherokee and and something else he would be able to tell the differnce?

These people are the reason American cars and trucks are tuned to ride like wet cardboard and then bitch that they don't handle as well as other brands.


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Posted: 2007/1/20 15:05  Updated: 2007/1/20 15:06
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
I would expect nothing less from a LIBERAL, PACAFIST, COMMUNIST, anti gun, anti border control, anti anti immmigration propoganda bullhorn.

P.S. Where's OOJ when you REALLY need him????

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Posted: 2007/1/22 12:45  Updated: 2007/1/22 12:45
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
Sure...maybe Fox or The Washing times would do better

It's a jeep forum dude not a political hack forum

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Posted: 2007/1/20 14:17  Updated: 2007/1/20 14:17
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
I think that the reviewer shows their complete and utter lack of understanding of the Wrangler with this statement: Unlike most modern passenger cars, the Wrangler does not have an independent suspension

When in the world was the Wrangler ever considered a PASSENGER CAR?!?!?!?!

It's just plain ignorance.

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Posted: 2007/1/21 8:43  Updated: 2007/1/21 8:43
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From: NW Indiana, USA
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
Who cares what the NY TIMES thinks of the Wrangler? That's like me reporting on one of their political stories . . . come to think of it, I could probably do a better job than their political reporters.

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Posted: 2007/1/20 13:01  Updated: 2007/1/22 14:20
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From: Pennsylvania
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 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
New York Times. The Big Apple. The City that never sleeps...
Not really the kind of challenges the Rubicon was designed to meet.
He makes good note of the reasoning to purchase a Rubicon but doesn't look forward to getting stuck, grabbing the tow-rope and working it out? No mention of the locking axles, probably doesn't know what they are or why they are there. 4:1 transfer case just slows him down more.
I think we have another car lover, evaluating an SUV. How about asking some Army grunts what they think, or better yet get R. Lee Ermy to evaluate it!
Seriously though, if you don't know where your closest mud-hole is, and can't remember the last time you saw a two-track trail, than why bother getting into a Rubicon. Even if it is to test drive it and write it up.

Update: Geez, I thought I was being harsh on the guy by calling him a "car-lover". You guys are like a bunch of pirahana.

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Posted: 2007/1/21 11:29  Updated: 2007/1/21 11:43
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2005/9/7
From: Maryland
Posts: 29
 Re: New York Times Wrangler Review
Um.. shouldn't he have said 'Off-road' instead of 'Backwoods' ???? What does he think, that everyone who owns a Wrangler is some yokel who don't know nuthin' ? Apparently he had an opinion BEFORE he got into the vehicle and preplanned what he was going to write. Typical bias in the media. I PREFER knowing what I'm riding on, and not being so isolated from it that I'd almost be better off watching some nature show to see what it's like to really be somewhere besides a mall parking lot. What an idiot. I am thankful there is still a vehicle like the Wrangler out there. Thank you DCX.
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