Get Lost in a 2007 Jeep Wrangler
So it’s the start of a new year and you’ve decided this year you’re going to dedicate more time to being outdoors, to getting outside regardless of the weather and really enjoying breathing in the fresh air and returning to nature. While this is all a bit more spiritual than you would normally choose, remember you can keep this return to nature a lot more fun by doing it in a used Jeep Wrangler.
Of course, your options are always open and you can easily choose a brand new Wrangler just as easily, but if cost presents any caveat to you, like it does most people these days, then economics matter.
The Best Years
Given Wranglers have been around since WWII, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed with all the choices you have before you. Relax. There are definitely some guidelines to follow when choosing which year and Wrangler will be best for you.
First, know that the older the models you look at, the more…basic they are. Newer models, even as current as 2007 come standard with more safety features. It’s smart to keep in mind, however, we’re talking about a vehicle that regularly doesn’t have doors or a top. Safety features aren’t necessarily a top priority for most Jeep owners, that is, until recently.
Heavier restrictions and more government regulations mean more rules for manufacturers to follow. While this has never inhibited the Wrangler from performing, it has actually helped to increase its trail-rated compatibility because more safety features mean better control when off-roading. These features have also helped in sales of the 4-door Unlimited, Cherokees and Grand Cherokees simply because they are more family friendly.
It’s for these reasons that the furthest back I would look to purchase a Wrangler is 2007. This was a completely redesigned Wrangler model year. This was also the first year that the 4-door Unlimited was presented. While many purists had issues with the idea of a 4-door Wrangler, its popularity has proven that people love and families love it and don’t let it’s larger body inhibit its Jeeping ways.
There were a lot of positive changes that the Wrangler went through the 2007 model year. Safety features like Stability control, ABS and traction control were specifically calibrated for off-road use and became standard features. After this year, safety features kept being added to other models.
2007 Wranglers are offered in X, Sahara and Rubicon versions. These versions were also made available in the 4-door Unlimited, as well. While neither the Rubicon or Sahara were new to this year, both have continued to have great success in the Jeep Wrangler. The Rubicon has been named Four Wheeler’s 4×4 of the Decade for its tenacity and strength. If off-roading is of particular passion and interest of yours, buying a Rubicon is for sure a smart idea.
There’s a truth that some people who buy Jeeps never have the intention of taking it off-road or on trails. This is fine. Though the Wrangler was not made specifically for highway driving, there’s no greater feeling of exhilaration during those first really warm days of summer when you can take the doors of your Jeep and ride down the open road with your hair blowing in the breeze.
Whatever the reason you have for wanting your used Jeep Wrangler, it’s a good one and that’s simply because there’s no wrong reason to want a Wrangler.