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Don’t know about the article, but I have been thinking about a Wrangler. Through the late 70’s up to the end of the 90’s I always had a Jeep or a 4x4 pickup. The most fun I’ve had in my life has centered around the annual Jeep Jamboree in Moab and trips out west exploring desert and mountain trails.
 

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That doesn't seem too strange to me. If I was going to get another car the two door Jeep Wrangler would be high up on my list. I'd never trade my 718 in for one willingly though.
 

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Can't say that I've never considered it. Even with the likely high ongoing maintenance cost, it sure looks like fun. A local Jeep club meets regularly at a gas station I frequent and I go over to take a look after filling up the Porsche.
 

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I'm not sure a Jeep would be my choice for a 3rd car in my house to replace my Cayman, but I have given some thought about having a Gladiator, or now the new Defender, as a daily driver.
 

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Having a Jeep seems like fun but I like many here would not trade it for a Porsche, 718 or otherwise. Though, admittedly we are understandably biased.
 

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And I doubt any Jeep dealer would be willing to hand over $250K and a new Jeep, so I think you have reached a logical conclusion in your case :)
 

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In 2007 I bought a new Subaru Forester (in Europe). I loved that car! Got involved with an mild offroading group and had a ton of fun.

I could see it side by side with the 718, but only the 2007. Newer Foresters are more SUV than Crossovers (like the MY2007 Forester was).

Wranglers were unreliable when Chrysler owned them as an independent company. What makes you think that Fiat (!!!) can make them reliable? Fiat?...(n)
 

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That article is suspicious. It claims “exclusive”. Then it claims info from an executive, but doesn't give the time, place, context or quote. Legitimate authors quote carefully and credit the speaker accordingly, especially when they have an exclusive. They don’t merely name-drop like this guy did.

Where does the data come from? The reference is glaringly absent.

Also, it jumps from “usually” to “frequently” when going from trading to another Porsche to selecting a different make and model. It can’t be both, i.e., a small minority can’t be frequent buyers, only the larger majority can. It’s self-contradicting. At best, it’s sloppy. At worse, it reveals dishonesty.

But there’s an even bigger discrepancy: He begins the piece using “Boxsters and Caymans”, but shifts to “718 twins” later on.

There is a big difference between trading a run-out 986/987 and a new 982. “Boxsters and Caymans” using nothing else refers equally to either.

If there’s any validity to this piece at all - which I seriously doubt - it seems likely the Porsche owner trading for a Wrangler would be trading in a heavily depreciated, multi-owner unit, at a value not unlike many other Wrangler buyers are trading.

And that would be surprising to no one.
 

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In 2007 I bought a new Subaru Forester (in Europe). I loved that car! Got involved with an mild offroading group and had a ton of fun.

I could see it side by side with the 718, but only the 2007. Newer Foresters are more SUV than Crossovers (like the MY2007 Forester was).

Wranglers were unreliable when Chrysler owned them as an independent company. What makes you think that Fiat (!!!) can make them reliable? Fiat?...(n)
Actually Jeeps are quite rugged and reliable off road vehicles. I had a 1999 Wrangler with the 4.0 liter inline 6 and racked up 260,000 trouble free miles before selling it to a buddy that still owns it and uses it on his farm. He doesn’t license it anymore and doesn’t take it on the road, but 20 years and almost 300,000 miles and it still serves him well. The old 4.0 liter was bullet proof.

I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a new Wrangler if I were in the market for a 4 wheel drive utility vehicle. The current V6 they use is a very reliable engine and the ZF designed HP50 automatic trans that’s available is a real gem. They ride like [email protected] and don’t handle well, but they are quite good at what they are designed for.
My son has a 2013 Grand Cherokee with the V6 and the ZF 8 speed. He lives at 8600 feet in Colorado and has 150,000 miles on it. He loves it.

Trading a Porsche for one though? That’s a laugh. Maybe an old 924.
 

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I had a 1994 Wrangler I purchased from my niece when she bought a Miata. I added some off-road type tires and accessories, removed the doors and added off-road mirrors, stripped out the carpet and took out the drain plugs in the floor pan, took off the full top and replaced it with a "bikini" top, and thoroughly enjoyed driving the thing everywhere. After about ten years I sold it to a friend of a friend in another state who, the last time I heard, still drives it.
 

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My sister in law had a Wrangler, late eighties. In three years she paid as much in repairs, as the MSRP. She gave up on it after 3 years... POS
 

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I like Jeep Wranglers too. I want one, but it would be an addition to my fleet. If I somehow tired of my 718 GTS (possible but not likely), I'd select an Alfa 4C or a Lotus Evora.
 

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A couple of years ago I was thinking of getting my teen son a Wrangler, and using it myself for winter duty in Vermont. So I test drove one, an upscale wrangler with a manual transmission, on the road. It ranked up there with one of the worst driving experiences I've had, at least for a new car. Pitiful handling on mildly twisty backroads. No way I would want my son driving it on the highway, even on dry pavement. Just can't imagine trading a Porsche sports car for that.

Ok, if you are going to use it for some serious off roading, for what it is actually designed for, it might make sense.

Also, I liked the idea of driving without top and doors, but it sounded like a PITA to get it to that state and back, need extra set of mirrors, and you can't allow the interior instruments to get wet in the rain (they say you can hose down the interior to clean, but that just means the floor) as per dealer. Jeez!
 

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A couple of years ago I was thinking of getting my teen son a Wrangler, and using it myself for winter duty in Vermont. So I test drove one, an upscale wrangler with a manual transmission, on the road. It ranked up there with one of the worst driving experiences I've had, at least for a new car. Pitiful handling on mildly twisty backroads. No way I would want my son driving it on the highway, even on dry pavement. Just can't imagine trading a Porsche sports car for that.

Ok, if you are going to use it for some serious off roading, for what it is actually designed for, it might make sense.

Also, I liked the idea of driving without top and doors, but it sounded like a PITA to get it to that state and back, need extra set of mirrors, and you can't allow the interior instruments to get wet in the rain (they say you can hose down the interior to clean, but that just means the floor) as per dealer. Jeez!
Considering the genesis vehicle was meant only for off-road, it’s amazing these things are even legal to sell in this day and age for highway use.

A long time ago, my sister-in-law had one, a CJ-7. She sent me to the store for a few things in it once. I considered myself lucky to make it back alive. It seems not much has changed.
 

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In the absence of verifiable references I would have to agree with @roundtail . I am suspecting this is just another “influencer” possibly funded, directly or indirectly, by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in an attempt, possibly, to pump up Jeep sales. Going from a Porsche to Jeep would be a mighty big leap, a bridge too far, so to speak.
 

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How extensive was their "poll"? Just because someone published a "poll" means nothing to me. Also, how does a Porsche driver acclimate oneself to driving something that will roll over at 20 mph? The people trading Porsche's for Wranglers have more money than brains. ;)
 
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