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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Kommando, Jan 31, 2019.
Finally one I can afford.
So on Thursday I had a few extra minutes at lunchtime and stopped in the Jeep dealer down the road for a look-see.
I was serious- I need to replace my Ranger this year- although still in preliminary stages of shopping.
I wanted to like the Gladiator- I've been wanting one since they first teased it 20-odd years ago...but I couldn't bring myself to want one over the Wrangler Unlimited beside it. It's a really awkward size for my lifestyle- appreciably bigger than my Ranger in overall dimensions, but still smaller everywhere it counts. The bed is short enough that pretty much all the "truck stuff" I do would still require hitching up a trailer, and being configured (sorta) for passengers means the "behind the front seat" space isn't all that well shaped for the kind of stuff you can't leave in an open truck-bed (groceries, tools, etc.).
The Wrangler, on the other hand, has some nice, useable interior space and in a smaller package...and I don't think would really change the frequency with which I'd need to hook on the trailer much for bigger stuff.
Now to decide if I can get past the price and FCA quality-control issues...
^Have you considered / test driven the new Ranger?
No manual; not interested.
I replaced my 93 Ranger 4.0 4x4 manual (which i really liked) with a new 2005 Colorado I5 4x4 manual and was disappointed (still am).
Our manual mid-size choices are few (this Gladious, Tacoma & Frontier), none of which excite me.
For the record, they do not float either:
The Frontier redesign looks to be headed auto only as well.
We've been threatened with that redesign for years now.
True, though. My BIL bought the last year of the Nissan Xterra, because it had a manual and they killed it.
Is there any point to mounting the spare like that? Eats up all the bed space, and blocks some rear visibility as a bonus...
There won’t be an answer, but sure as hell yet another boatload of oversized random pictures.
A spare larger than a 35 wont fit the spare tire mount under the Gladiator bed. Not many other options to carry and mount a large spare, it's going to be a lot of fun lifting that heavy thing up into the bed by yourself.
It sucks on the Wrangler as well. It's not so much getting it up there, but doing so while lining up the lugs. Definitely one downside to big tires and beadlocks...