Is the new Jeep Gladiator a truck that wants to be a Jeep, or a Jeep that wants to be a truck?

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  1. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Seems too long to be a good off road vehicle and too lightweight to be a good truck.
    I've owned CJ's and loved them.
    Same with 3/4 and 1 ton crew cabs.
    I just don't see there being a compromise.

    I did dig old AMC Scramblers and Gladiators.


    What y'all think about them?
     
  2. drf64

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    They need to skip the evolutionary link and go straight to making the Gladiator again. What person in the market for a truck wouldn't want this?

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    Change the front end to something original


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  4. Jared macneill

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    Ow that’s a truck . I like the old Jeep off twister


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    Shuster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If they cut the double cab down to a cab with a half cab, I might look better!
    The one they're advertising looks like a Jeep hauling a truck bed?
    Not for me in any version!!
     
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    Meh, it's a Chrysler anyway.
    Pretty awkward looking.
     
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    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

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    okay, haters. What's wrong with the J20?

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    I’m told they where unreliable and rusted out fast . But who cares I wanted one ever since the movie twister came out . Pull out the old engine and drop a new Hemi in her and be rolling


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    Watched a few test comparison videos when they first came out, a bit long and they scrap over steep angle rock climbing and such. The average person will just drive it on the highway so what ever floats your boat etc. Have noticed that the first few flew off the dealer lots but now not so much.....
     
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    Nothing! Love it!

    Not really fond of the new gladiator. Can't say exactly why, but I think the proportions aren't quite appealing to me.

    EDIT : my wife owns a new jeep 4 door (not a pickup) and while it's fairly nice, and it's a base model, it doesn't move me at all (no pun intended). But I've never been a jeep guy. I'm a pickup guy and love my 2008 Tacoma with 174k miles. It's got that special "it" thing for me.
     
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    I'm sure it'll make Fiat lots of cash.
     
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    its a jeep rubicon with a bed...not a truck...not a jeep in the classic sense
     
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    Tacomas ALWAYS have the special “it” thing!
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    sorry for the derail :cool:
     
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    Bring back the CJ-8 platform...
     
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    There may be a nitche for it. Not everyone needs a full on truck but needs to haul the trash sometimes.
     
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    Chrysler has betrayed the entire purpose behind the term "Jeep" every since about '93. I owned just about every Jeep variant there has ever been from my Willys '49, '79 J10, '82 Scrambler, '76 Wagoneer, and the '87 Grand Wagoneer and they were all awesome vehicles. I had high hopes that they would introduce another Scrambler design which this Gladiator was supposed to be sort of based on conceptually, but they screwed it up by making it quad cab. Like the OP points out, it is a big failure.

    Had it been kept with a standard cab and 4-5 foot bed, then it would be a winner just like the Scrambler became. A light duty pickup perfect for camping and daily usage, but they blew it. They clearly have no understanding of what a Jeep should be and I wish they would just stop bastardizing the history.

    Chrysler really needs to sell of the whole Jeep division. They will never build another true Jeep pickup since it would take sales away from their Dodge line-up, so if you want a bad-ass Jeep truck you have to go back to AMC and do get one with the visor roof-line....they are the best.
     
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    I gave up on jeeps when they became overpriced yuppie vehicles

    A strange world in which we live
     
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    I had a Grand Wagoneer for a while. Not the stupid rectangle one, but the big lumpy one. It was awful. 11 1/2 MPG is no way to through life.

    Everyone I've known with a modern Jeep has hated it. I'm not sure what this new thing is. Does anyone know what the Liberty is? No, you don't. And there's no reason to know, either.
     
  19. rangercaster

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    These are not the Jeeps of old ... Do some research ...
     
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    20190101_105755.jpg Wow, lotta Jeep bashing. I have a Jeep Wrangler with the V6VVT motor.....by Chrysler. I have taken that back country, mining roads, desert sand, through creeks, up mountain trails, down rock ravines, Death Valley. You know what? It's a Jeep. Never for once did I think it would leave me out there. Steel and sturdy and dependable. Matter of fact I'm getting ready to buy another one. The Gladiator isn't for me. It's a niche truck. Out here they are outfitting them for Nordstrom shopping. Adding 25-30 grand of furniture and selling up to 90 grand. I grew up with 4x4s it was a way of life. And Jeeps, they are still in the top 5 of resale vehicles. Another thing, that Gladiator is big. Not going to make it up many of the trails that the Wrangler does. I'll be happy with a Rubicon Wrangler.
     
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