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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-02-2001, 04:21 PM
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Tracker vs Wrangler

In the past we have owned a 94 Sidekick, and leased a 95 Tracker. We are nearing the end of our lease on a 99 Wrangler. All have been to dealership on warranty, are similarly priced (without rebate), but Tracker/Sidekick get better gas mileage which is becoming more important from a daily driver. Any input before we begin test driving?

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Re: Tracker vs Wrangler

hey man, as a vetran member of the zukin family here its only natural for me to say go for the sidekick/tracker man. but also as a realistic guy, i also see a lot of nice things in a wrangler too. shoot, i was in the market for a YJ about 10 months ago to flat tow my zuk. havent owned a wrangler, but i have rode in them, really nice. depends on the uses you will have for it. the wrangler will make a better double duty rig, street/dirt, but then again, the tracker/kick will get batter milage. more acces available for the wrang too. but it all comes down to what uses you have in store for it.
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Re: Tracker vs Wrangler

We used to own a '94 Sidekick, 4 door, and it was a great little vehicle. We also now own a '97 Wrangler.

Let me ask a few questions. Oh yeah, can you please fill out your profile? Thanks.

1) How many people in your household?

2) How far do you drive to work?

3) What state do you live in?

4) Are you considering a 4 door Kick or a 2 door?

5) Do you take it off road at all, and if so, to what extent?

6) I am assuming you're going to lease this for 3 years?

7) How many miles are you going to put on it over the lease period?

8) Do you need storage space when traveling, like for hauling a lot of stuff?

9) Are the prices comparable?

10) What version Wrangler are you considering?

Each of these should have a specific answer to them, and then we should have a lot more info on what to base our answers.

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JEEPN is this a quiz out of a magazine??!! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]!!!

Dang man that is a lot of questions!

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Nope, just pertinent questions relating to personal experiences. More info is needed to make an accurate assessment and response.

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2 adults & 2 children in home. Mileage to work is about 18 miles/day. Live in S. Illinois. Looking at 2 door Tracker/Sidekick (only soft-tops considered). Off road adventures limited to public land along riverfront and trips to the woods to watch deer in snowy weather. Our last 2 leases were 3 year term, but may purchase if rebates are available. Last 2 leases ran over mileage 1000-2000 miles ($100-$200). When traveling, we pack carefully in duffles and soft bags. With no rebates, Tracker/Sidekick and Wrangler SE are very close in price (we ordered last time to eliminate unwanted options). Looking at Wrangler SE again (no problems with 4 cyl.)

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Is your lease assisted by work? Why do you not consider purchasing an older model? Do you do any mechanical work at all or like to at all?

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Re: Tracker vs Wrangler

Have you looked at the 6 cyl at all? The mileage is almost the same on the two, and the 6 cyl is a ton of fun. We love ours, and would buy another in a minute, so much fun.

Based on what you mentioned, I'd suggest the TJ. They are a little larger inside than the Tracker, and definitely built stronger, and they have a very high crash rating. Although if you're leasing, mods and aftermarket support don't matter as you probably don't want to modify it too much. The Tracker is going to help on the fuel mileage, to the tune of about $375 a year, so you'd have to factor that in as well.

Have you looked into buying an older TJ? They are really coming down in price. Just a suggestion.

How do you fit 2 adults, 2 kids, and gear in a Jeep or Tracker? You're either an efficiency expert or you take nothing camping.

Boy, that's a hard decision. I don't have anything that would really sway you either way, both are great vehicles. You may bring that up when bargaining with the salesman. Make him give you a reason (lower price) to choose one over the other.

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