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2 door versus 4 door 2009 Jeep Wranglers


Ok, today you get my biased opinion on why you should never buy a 2 door Jeep Wrangler JK today if you can afford a 4 door. They are just too darn small!

We just came back from a Florida beach vacation. (It was fantastic, thanks for asking.) When I called the car rental places down there, they all said that they did not have Jeeps (only in Hawaii). So I used to get a great deal on a mid-sized econobox. However, once we got down there and were at the Avis counter filling out the paperwork, the counter person happened to ask, "What kind of vehicle do you drive at home?" When we said a Jeep, she smiled and said they happened to have one available for  rent that day, for only $8 more per day. Well, how can you turn that down? We didn't. And ended up piling 2 grown-ups, 2 almost grown-up kids, 4 duffel bags and a computer case (still had to check email/the website) into the back seat/cargo area of a cute little 2 door JK with only 1800 miles on it.

I wouldn't have had it any other way, but man, was that thing small compared to the 4 door I am now used to driving. I forgot how fun but cramped the 2 door is. The kids love the open air, topless feeling. But at the end of every ride, the teenager crawled out of the back seat barely able to move her legs!

So, my take on the 2 door... if you are never going to have more than 2 humans in your Jeep at once, grab one. BUT, if you having growing humans in your family, give them a break, do your part to prevent permanent damage to their growing legs, and let them spread out in a 4 door. They will be grateful.

(And the second lesson for today is that Avis often has Jeep rentals available at their Florida coast counters. Just ask.)

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I am new to your site. So thanks. Your pst this morning is great. I am 35 year old male. I am still single, we can go over why another time. I have had 3 wranglers. 1993, 1998 , 2005 . All 2 door. I have always Had a big dog. Most were Doberman Pinschers. This had me removing the rear seat almost immediately. My dog goes every where with me. Maybe that is why I am not married. The seat would have been a large chew toy while the dogs waited for me to return. Not that my dogs were bad . Stuff just happens. This made it so I only ever had two people and my stuff in any of my jeeps. even 2 people and a 75 lb. dog with no rear seat is a tight fit. I moved many times over the years. The 2 door wranglers often provided my almost no extra space to move things. I now work in the tool industry. I am an executive but it is with my family , but often I have to pitch in and pick up some things in various places. anything from 20 lbs to several hundred. The 2 doors are very limited as far as weight is concerned. I would imagine with 2 grown adults in the back would greatly limit the reaction of the short wheel based wranglers. 
My next jeep will most definitely be a four door. Your posting confirmed my thoughts.
Posted @ Monday, April 27, 2009 6:10 AM by G.Wayne Anderson
So true, but... 
I has a 4 dr and loved it. Fit the family of 5 great. But I ditched and went back to the 2dr. I remembered that the Jeep was for me and I prefer a 2DR. When we travel, we take the Aspen. Otherwise, it's the 2DR and if they want to ride with me (and they usually do) I don't want to hear any complaints, because it's MY Jeep. Yes - I am spoiled and selfish. If they all liked to off-road, then it would be different, but it is usually never more than 2 of us for that. So - teh 2DR wins in this family.
Posted @ Monday, April 27, 2009 3:36 PM by Rick
OK Rick, I agree with you on that. But you also have an SUV, so you have both options. big and small. No doubt the 2 door is easier on the trails. But for a daily driver, with a family, I'll take the 4 door any day.
Posted @ Monday, April 27, 2009 3:42 PM by Jean Wnuk
They are ALL good. :)
Posted @ Monday, April 27, 2009 3:45 PM by Rick
IMO I would rather buy a used mini van. If you want a people mover why mix a minivan and a jeep? It's a pain to take the top down, it's not that fun to drive. Eh.. it almost feels like a typical SUV. I wouldn't buy it because it takes everything I love about a 2 door jeep.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:01 PM by CraigK
I love my two door Jeep and the challenge that comes with managing to fit in two toddlers, car seats, a pack-n-play, luggage and all their gear that's required for a weekend away. Its like playing Tetris!
Posted @ Friday, May 01, 2009 12:48 AM by Stacey
Well just do like us and get a 2dr and a 4dr... Then you have the best of both worlds! My 2dr is being built for play and my wife's 4dr is more of the family ride... But, if I just had to choose 1, I'd probably go with the 4dr. It just makes more sense..
Posted @ Friday, May 01, 2009 10:16 AM by Jack
Stacey "it's just like playing Tetris". That's the best analogy I've heard yet! LOL
Posted @ Friday, May 01, 2009 2:30 PM by Jean Wnuk
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