Yes, my TJ Unlimited was a dual top model, but I didn't buy my TJ because it was a convertible, I bought it because it was a 4.0 TJ with the longer body, and EASILY modified. Only issue I ever had with it was a frozen caliper, and that was my fault because 99% of my offroading is on the beach. Damn sand gets EVERYWHERE. It had more miles on the beach than it did on the highway, and not one speck of rust to be found. Never had any other person with a Wrangler complain either. It's a big beach buggy vehicle around here. Only "complaint" I ever heard was about storage space, and the lack of power from the 4 banger models, that's it. As far as "saving" the brand, the Grand Cherokee's are holding their own and are everywhere on the road too. Everyone has had their experiences and issues. Unfortunately, yours and mine are complete opposites. I like Jeeps, but I like the FJ as well. They both have their pros and cons. No one vehicle can perfect for everyone.This is true for non-niche vehicles: Kia, Mitsubishi, every Dodge that isn't a diesel. Problem is that the Jeep is a niche vehicle. What other company makes a convertible that can offroad? Nobody.
Mine was a TJ, my brother had a later TJ. Both were pieces of junk.
Jeep's reliability problems didn't start with the JK:
JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey:
2011 - Jeep, 2nd worst
2012 - Jeep, 3rd worst
2013 - Jeep, 4th worst
2014 - Jeep, 4th worst
2015 - Jeep, 3rd worst
The only thing saving the brand's resale is the Wrangler, and only because it's a niche vehicle. That's the only vehicle Jeep has on the list. All four of Toyota's body-on-frame 4x4's were on the list last year, down to 3 this year because they discontinued the FJ.
Nice rig!! I agree, 2007 was the funeral for the Wrangler model. Hopefully the techs and designers wake up and redesign it the way it should be. Unfortunately the new JK's are everywhere and look to be selling rather well, so a complete redesign does not seem to be in the immediate future:frownJeep died in 2007 as far as I'm concerned. I have no issues with my 2005 Wrangler that is jeeps fault mostly just stuff I break doing what I love.