So many used Gladiators on the market.

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Super loose steering will definitely drive away potential customers.... I decided to test drive and not order for this same reason.



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Super loose steering will definitely drive away potential customers.... I decided to test drive and not order for this same reason.
According to some ppl on this forum, the Gladiator was designed to have super loose & unsafe steering! Sry, couldn’t help myself. Lol
 

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Pure speculation. There have been many positive reports on the Gladiator's towing ability based on it's listed capability as well.
Of course, entirely speculation, which is why I started with "I wonder." In retrospect I suppose that could have been interpreted as sarcasm. That wasn't my intention. This is just my perspective based on my experience towing 3,400 lb with the same motor. My point isn't to trash JT's tow/haul capabilities - in fact tow/haul capability was a deal/no-deal factor in my decision to buy a JT. I'll be towing toys up to 3,400 lb every summer with the JT and I know what to expect. I have no doubt there are positive towing reviews for the JT and I'm sure mine would be one of them. I just don't expect many of them to be for payloads of 5-7k lb.
 

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Just rented one a few weeks ago for a day to be able to get a long test drive out of it. The Truck had around 11,000 miles on it. The steering was super bad with a lot of lag in the wheel. Charged us $10 plus taxes
Where did you get it for $10 for the day? Well worth it for an extensive test drive.
 

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Where did you get it for $10 for the day? Well worth it for an extensive test drive.
My friend Rufus rented it from Rental Company here in Houston. I however did not ask him which one. He kept it for a few days though before turning it in. I was lucky enough to be able to take it out on some long spins and get it on the tollway and in some traffic areas. It was just a basic sport model with soft top. Aside from Loose steering and what I perceived as some lag in the gas/shifting it was a blast and that was with the top on.
 

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I hear a lot of forum members talking about selling their JTs with really loose steering. So be careful when buying used JTs...
 

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I just did the same search on cars.com. If you drill down and look at most of the "used" Gladiators, over half of them you can tell are dealer modded vehicles with big tires and crappy lifts that you know where sold new with probably a $15K-$20K+ premium. So you probably have quite a few buyers who were in over their head giving those up.

Also, quite a number have less than a 100 miles and are heavily modded. Many of those are being sold by independent luxury and exotic sale car companies. Those are off the lot conversions those companies bought off the dealer lot and being modded and flipped for sale so they will have a "used" designation since they have already been sold once.

I would say maybe 25% of those are really true normal used market listings and given that there was almost six extra months of 2020 Gladiator production before the 2020 Wrangler production started, extrapolating a basic numbers comparison without a drill down of what is actually being offered is misleading.
Flippers! ;{
 

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For me the only disappointment is the gas mileage. I did not expect to watch a gas needle actually drop when I go to the store. Not in the year 2020. Yes, this is my first Jeep. I love it and it will probably be the last vehicle I buy. I see it as the ultimate bug-out vehicle should I ever need to get my family across a border in the middle of the night. ;)
 

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Another thought too- The 2020 Gladiator came out long before the 2020 Wrangler. I know there was at least a couple months of 2019 Wranglers being produced after the Gladiator came out.
^^THIS.

To compare 2020 Gladiators vs. 2020 Wranglers is completely misleading, since the 2020 Gladiator was introduced WELL before the 2020 Wranglers (the Gladiator was all-new). And this would be the same versus other "2020" vehicles, as well. A more fair comparison would be to look at 2020s and about half of the 2019 models, as well.
 

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I just did the same search on cars.com. If you drill down and look at most of the "used" Gladiators, over half of them you can tell are dealer modded vehicles with big tires and crappy lifts that you know where sold new with probably a $15K-$20K+ premium. So you probably have quite a few buyers who were in over their head giving those up.

Also, quite a number have less than a 100 miles and are heavily modded. Many of those are being sold by independent luxury and exotic sale car companies. Those are off the lot conversions those companies bought off the dealer lot and being modded and flipped for sale so they will have a "used" designation since they have already been sold once.

I would say maybe 25% of those are really true normal used market listings and given that there was almost six extra months of 2020 Gladiator production before the 2020 Wrangler production started, extrapolating a basic numbers comparison without a drill down of what is actually being offered is misleading.
100% ppl in over their heads.
 

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“For me the only disappointment is the gas mileage. I did not expect to watch a gas needle actually drop when I go to the store“

What the Heck? I average 20+ to and from work on 2 and 4 lane highways.

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V6, 6 speed manual and 12 D boots. ‍♂
 

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“For me the only disappointment is the gas mileage. I did not expect to watch a gas needle actually drop when I go to the store“

What the Heck? I average 20+ to and from work on 2 and 4 lane highways.

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Rubicon vs Sport. I'd guess the biggest differences are 4.10:1 differential in Rubi vs. whatever is in the Sport, and the tires. I think my Rubi with M/T tires does about 18 mpg average and my driving style is rather subdued.
 

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I hear a lot of forum members talking about selling their JTs with really loose steering. So be careful when buying used JTs...
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