Without a doubt, the Jeep is one of the most popular car brands in the United States. In June 2022 alone, the automaker sold 186,663 units of its cars in the U.S. Surprisingly, even secondhand Jeep vehicles continue to grow in popularity and value on the American market.
For instance, popular used cars like the Jeep Wrangler are notorious for having a slow rate of depreciation. To that extent, an iSeeCras analysis highlights that the average five-year depreciation in 2022 was 33.3 percent. However, the Wrangler only recorded a 7.3 percent depreciation, losing $2,361 of its in value over five years. Jeep enthusiasts are aware of more facts; so, keep reading to learn the secrets Jeep owners will never divulge.
10 Rare Jeeps Are Very Pricey
In an article for HotCars, Greg Murphy lists 15 rare Jeeps that are very valuable today. For instance, the Jeep Wrangler Hurricane concept that came with a V8 engine reached a value of $2 million. Meanwhile, the Jeep Wrangler CJ-8 Scrambler can cost $40,000. Other two in-demand models are the Jeep J10 Short Bed and the Jeep Wrangler TJ Rubicon Tomb Raider, which was built for the 2003 blockbuster, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Both models can easily reach $30,000.
9 Jeeps Have High Maintenance And Repair Costs
Take for example, the highly popular Jeep Wrangler. If you love this vehicle and are considering buying it, you need to keep in mind that repair and maintenance costs won’t be too low. According to RepairPal, the average yearly cost for repairs and maintenance on a Jeep Wrangler will reach $694. Meanwhile, petrol heads will have to spend an average of $521 for compact sport utility vehicles and $652 for all vehicle models.
8 Jeeps Are Not The Most Reliable Vehicles On The Market
RepairPal gives the Jeep Wrangler a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5.0. Sadly, this rating places it 25th out of 26 among compact SUVs. Just for context, the average compact SUV score is 4.0 out of 5.0. Jeep receives the same 3.5 out of 5.0 overall reliability rating from RepairPal, placing it 15th out of 32 automobile brands. Jeep also has higher-than-average ownership costs, with an average annual maintenance cost of $634.
7 Your Jeep Might Have Hidden Easter Eggs
If you love Easter Eggs more than Taylor Swift, the Jeep brand is for you. Since 1997, Jeep has placed on various models secret motifs to entertain the brand’s fans.
“Jeep cars have had Easter eggs such as animal motifs or brief messages since 1996,” says Susannah Guthrie of CarAdvice. But before you get overly excited about the prospect of discovering charming patterns and cute emblems, bear in mind that not all Jeeps feature secret motifs.
6 Fans Can Find The Animal Motifs In Distinctive Locations
The Jeeps that come with Easter Eggs include secret animals concealed in the strangest places. “The spider will be inside of the gas cap saying Ciao baby, which means Hi or Hello in Italian. Unless you clean the gas cap or inspect it thoroughly, this one is easily missed.” says Dale Howards Auto Center.
JEDCo also points out that some Jeep models come with animal motifs placed in the most unexpected locations. “The Jeep Compass has a gecko on the plastic molding of the windshield as well as the Loch Ness Monster on the window. The Jeep Renegade has a spider next to the gas cap. And the Cherokee might have a T-Rex or a Bigfoot in the windows,” adds JEDCo.
5 American Consumers Go Gaga For The Jeep
DigitalTrends has written an entire article about “America’s obsession with the Jeep.” And to be fair, most of us know about America’s devotion to this brand. However, this is not a one-way relationship as this classic American company is likewise in love with the United States. Year after year, the Jeep was recognized as America’s most patriotic brand. In 2022 again, the Jeep brand continued to be the most patriotic brand in America for the second decade in a row, according to the annual Brand Keys poll.
4 Some Jeeps Are Not “Made In America”
Car enthusiasts believe that although Jeep manufactures some car parts abroad, it still assembles the branded vehicles in the United States. However, the reality is a bit more nuanced. Take for example, the Jeep Renegade, which is built at the Stellantis’ plant in Melfi, Italy, or the Jeep Compass that is assembled in the same Italian plant. Additionally, Stellantis builds the Compass in Brazil, India, and Mexico. And until the summer of 2022, the automaker even built the Compass in China. More recently, Stellantis announced plans to move Jeep Cherokee production to Mexico.
3 The Jeep Brand Won Endless Awards
You probably know that Newsweek named the contemporary Cherokee as the best two-row SUV in 2022. The Cherokee was also included in Wards’ Top 1o Best Interiors and Top 10 Best User Experiences in 2021. Meanwhile, IntelliChoice crowned the Cherokee as the winner of several categories, including Best Overall Value Winner. It goes without saying that this is only one Jeep model as other branded vehicles have garnered additional awards and recognition.
2 This Is What Makes The Jeep Standout
Without a doubt, the design of the Jeep is timeless and easily recognizable. But apart from good looks, Jeep cars also stand out thanks to their safety features, functionality, and driving capabilities. The automated designed these vehicles for off-road adventures, outdoors, and driving through rough-terrain. In a nutshell, contemporary Jeeps are still as versatile as the original models.
1 The Jeep Is A World War II Hero
During WWII, the U.S. Army debuted the Willys Jeep, which became overnight something like a war hero.“Soldiers raved about the vehicle and its versatility on the battlefield. Jeeps were believed to be able to go anywhere, delivering troops, supplies or serving as a weapons platform,” says Citizen Soldier Magazine.
A WWII Army correspondent named Ernie Pyle remarked, “Good Lord, I don’t think we could carry on the war without the Jeep. It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and as agile as a goat.”