I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: CHRYSLER IS KILLING JEEP!!!
Man, you guys need to relax a bit [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] and take a good look around. Think about it....
We're still making TJs, and it's 2002. No end for the foreseeable future. We will have a supply of Jeeps for a long long time.
Now, can you still buy a '65 Mustang convertible? No. The new Mustang convertible has an injected v8, etc. etc.
Can you get a Willy's? No. The new TJ is injected, has air conditioning, etc. Some people would argue that "You killed the Willy's -- what is air conditioning in a Jeep -- it's our heritage!"
Do any of you remember the 1970's when the US stopped making 'car-style' convertibles? Had something to do with the Feds, and regulations, blah blah blah. Went on for a few years, if I recall. I forget the details. But, the convertible came back! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I imagine we will continue to have some version of the Jeep as we love it today. It may have IFS, it may have IRS, it may have a more car like ride.
But, we are a formidable crowd, and we buy a lot of jeeps. DC knows that, and likely would not totally tell us to screw, by dropping a model targeted at us entirely.
Now, look at the small british car business. You can now buy an entirely new MGB bodyshell from British Heritage, and build a 'new' 1975 MGB from the ground up with all new components.
You can also buy a fiberglass jeep body, and I think a new metal jeep body, even a willys, a new aftermarket frame, a motor, tranny, etc., and make a whole new jeep!!! And probably for less than the 20-whatever thousand that a new one costs.
Where exactly is the problem? Seems we are awfully well supported here, so long as we don't get lazy.
Even if we ARE lazy -- DC is making the Rubicon -- that's an amazing feat in itself!! You guys need to see that for what it is worth. I can't believe that the greenies in one shape or another have not mounted an effort to kill this vehicle. It is intended, with lockers and all, to be an off-road vehicle.
OK, I'll get off my soap box now. Jeep lives! Stronger than ever! The Rubicon may be the finest Jeep off the line ever made. Lockers, injected engine, soft top, .... come on! You guys are killing me! Am I missing something here?
Of course, this is all just my opinion.