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2012 Tacoma vs 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by SLOJAM, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Sep 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    stocksport

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    I love Jeeps. My older brother had a 99 until we t-boned a lifted F-250 doing about 45. Jeep was totaled, but we were both fine. The 250 actually rolled onto its side.(driver was fine too) He never had any problems with the Jeep over a 5 year span.

    Before I got my truck I was between a gently used Tacoma or Jeep. For me it came down to what I would be doing with it. Daily driving mostly, but towing my boat was my next concern. 6,500 lbs. vs. 3,500 lbs. I also liked the idea of having a bed to throw God knows what in. I don't think there is a wrong choice. It's just what you will be doing with it. If all I did was go off roading I'd have a Jeep, but the Tacoma is more versatile for my everyday life. And it's not too shabby off road either.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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    I have a 2012 Tacoma DC AND a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I absolutely love them both. Jeep has come a long way with the Wranglers. I had an 08 Wrangler before and the 2012 is amazing. My 08 didn't have any power and I always hated the engine. My 2012 Wrangler, however, has an amazing engine. MUCH more power, smoother, and way quieter. My 2012 has all the options you can have (leather, navigation, heated seats, etc.) and I don't plan to MOD it. I love it the way it is.
     
  3. Nov 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    I've had both and love both. But, the two are completely different.

    The Tacoma is a seriously reliable vehicle. And, it will take neglect really well. Off-road, it will run circles around a full size truck all day. It's also really comfortable on the road.

    The jeep is allot more fun to drive in my opinion. The short wheel base makes it handle allot faster than the Tacoma. For a road trip it might be a little more squirly feeling than a tacoma.

    I have a 2012 Jeep and it's way more snappy feeling than my 03 3.4L tacoma. But, the 3.6L Jeep engine doesn't have a torque'y truck feeling engine. It feels more "car". But, it's by far way better off road. The Jeep rubicon with the short wheel base is by far the best off-road vehicle I've ever seen.

    It's not as practical as a Tacoma, but it's got allot of fun.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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    welp if we are considering the 4 door version of the jeep, hasn't anyone noticed how they are horrible in side impact crashes?
     
  5. Nov 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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  6. Nov 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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    I work for a rent a car company and boy we had to replace a lot of cylinder heads on the newer jeeps and mini vans.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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    What year were the Jeeps and Mini vans with the blown heads? Were the engines the 3.6L or something else?
     
  8. Feb 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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    I have a 2003 Rubicon that I purchased new $38 000 for two tops, air condition (I've never used). I've read this thread twice because I'm considering buying the 2013 Regular cab (wish it was a regular cab with the 6 cylinder). I prefer a short wheel base vehicle for my work. My bro-in-law has his 2009 for sale right now because the 3.8 motor was just too much of a dog...slow and poor on fuel. If I was ever going to buy another jeep it would be an old 4 cylinder with a stick, put some lockers in it and just have fun, you don't need tons of power for wheeling.

    Pro's of owning a Rubicon

    Fun weekend vehicle, good for snow plowing, towing small trailer, fairly easy to work on.

    Cons

    Poor fuel economy
    lots of u-joints
    engine leaks (don't know what the Pentastar will be after 10 years)
    not a comfortable ride
    Will not take my family in it on the highway
    Auto tranny is medium duty
     
  9. Apr 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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    Can you let me know if you're having any issues with the wrangler. I'm looking to get the new 2013 sahara, but am also considering the 2013 TRD OR. I don't have a commute, about 3 miles to work, we do the occasional camping/off-roading, live next to some canyons and enjoy driving around there. I hate mechanical issues though and am a little weary on buying the jeep because of the bad rap.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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    Sold my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon this past weekend (along with my 2005 Tacoma 4x4 DC TRD), and purchased a 2013 MGM AC TRD Off Road Tacoma today...after driving the Tacoma, I would never consider a Jeep Wrangler over it again. I thought I might, but there is no way a Jeep Wrangler, Rubicon or otherwise, would ever tempt me again...

    I had a 2007 Wrangler Rubicon bought new back in 2006; there is no comparison to the Tacoma I just picked up.
     
  11. Jul 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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    I've had a 2010 4 dr tacoma trd and a 2010 2 dr wrangler. With a light foot mpg is almost equal between the 2. Ride with bilsteins is not much smoother; I'd say better on the tacoma due to wheelbase. With newer stronger more efficient jeep motor I'd guess wrangler might might have .5-1mpg advantage. I don't have either any longer. However with newer interior, newer motor, and quieter engine and quieter premium soft top I, shopping for the 2013 wrangler unlimited.

    Also, I know experienced vary. But I never had problems with my jeep but had several,with my taco.

    Do yourselves a favor and drive both. I believe wrangler is more reliable than the rest of the crap Chrysler lineup...
     
  12. Jul 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    I've had a 89 Toyo Pickup, then a 2000 Wrangler Sahara, and now a 09 Taco.

    Off-road, the Wrangler wins hands down when both are stock. With a shorter wheelbase, it's much more nimble down trails.

    On road, the Taco is much more comfortable with moderate off-road capability.

    The upside to a Taco, is that it's a truck and you can haul "stuff" in the bed, which is why I sold my Wrangler. I like to hunt, and putting a deer in a Wrangler in tubs on the back seat was not much fun.

    Below are two vids of both wheeling in the same area climbing the same mounds for comparison.

    I admit, I miss my Wrangler.....a lot. It was just a "fun" vehicle. But practically speaking, a truck made more sense to me. Plus a Wrangler on snowy roads is heart rate raising circumstance. She will try to pull a 180 on you on a regular basis without studded tires, due to the short wheel base.

    Recommend you go to http://www.wranglerforum.com/ to see what issues come up with a 2012.

    Wrangler:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cipuITsa1TA

    Taco:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10DQnrat3nA


    Good luck on your purchase!
     
  13. Jul 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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    Have had 7 jeeps, currently rebuilding a CJ5. We recently traded a 2012 Sahara unltd for my wife's mustang GT/CS if the Jeep would safely tow more than 3500 lbs then I would have kept it, plain and simple. My OR Tacoma will do the job that the Wrangler should be able to do, if only the powers to be at Chrysler would design the wranglers with a higher towing capacity.
     
  14. Jul 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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    That's the way I went got a 2006 TJ Wrangler :)
     
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