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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-25-2017, 10:01 AM
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At least it's still keeping the solid axles which is another key thing about the Wrangler. About the windshield though, I don't think a lot of people knew you could even do that.
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The folding windshield is a well known feature of the Wrangler along with the removable doors and whatnot. Would be disappointed to see it go, seems like a piece of the Wrangler's personality.
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At least it's still keeping the solid axles which is another key thing about the Wrangler. About the windshield though, I don't think a lot of people knew you could even do that.
They're just realizing that less and less people are hitting the trails, buttoning down their Jeep's, etc. so running with that they know people who really want this stuff will instead get an older generation Wrangler or go shopping elsewhere.

Too bad car makers don't show demographic stats since it probably proves me right. Over the years I have been seeing a lot of JK's. But it's just a natural reaction to the growth of SUV's and CUV's.
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Back in the day, cars were less complicated and easier to work on. That's probably where a lot of people who like to wrench started, thus a lot of customization at home and more fostering interest in off-roading to test their builds. That doesn't seem to be the case these days.
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It definitely is where people started to wrench. From the time the first vehicle was produced, people started wrenching. As vehicles are progressing in technology though, they are becoming less "handy man friendly" because there are a lot more systems to deal with. When everything was essentially purely mechanical, it was vastly simpler. The more time goes on, the less people wrenching on new vehicles will be. But that being said, there are still a lot of older cars out there to keep our hands busy
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post #26 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 10:34 AM
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Perhaps the new Wrangler pickup will inspire people to wrench on the older models. It's just too complicated these days, can't even change a battery without the need for a dealership to update the vehicle electronics.
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Something as simple as changing a bulb on some new vehicles requires the dealership to re-program the computer lol. It's ridiculous!
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post #28 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 10:23 AM
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That's why I like the Jeep brand and hope they stick with their wrenching heritage. We love it for its simplicity and ease of maintenance. Wouldn't want to make a trip to the dealership every time you so much as nudge the door the wrong way (I know this isn't the case).
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Any of their motors that aren't hybrid will still be wrenchable. They aren't going to get to the point of full electronics like MB and BMW yet. But you'll probably have to flash the ecu for any modifications you make to use the power out of it.
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