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So, what do y'all think of the Gladiator?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by CorsoTundra, May 15, 2019.

  1. May 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM
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    I realize the Jeep Gladiator is not a full size, but I'm curious to see what everyone thinks about it and it's potential capabilities? May be thinking of selling my 19 Pro for one for Overlanding reasons. I know the Tundra is capable of Overlanding, but it's quite heavy as it sits already.
     
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    I am not a Jeep fan so I never even knew it was out.
    I owned two of them that left a bad taste in my mouth about them.

    They look nice though.
     
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    Looks cool, but that seating position of the back seat look brutal to me. I’ve had two JK’s and loved the way they looked, but both had issues, not sure if I’d buy another.
     
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    Great Movie! Great dude film for sure! Recommend if you haven't seen!
     
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    Yep. I was entertained :D
     
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    Definitely one of my top ten or so films!
     
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    Keep the Tundra.

    I bought my shell from this young couple when they moved to a FlipPak(?)

    https://www.ouroverlandlife.com/

    They "overland" full time with the Tundra,. Taco, and a Airstream.
     
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    Love it! Had a JKU before my Tundra and enjoyed it. If I was in the market for a new vehicle it would be a tough choice between the Tundra and the Gladiator.
     
  12. May 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    I have a gladiator on order for work, but I’d go with a Tacoma over the gladiator for overlanding needs. Bigger bed, more comfortable ride, better price tag.

    That being said, the tundra I’ve been rolling in has been great on the trails and way more space than the Tacoma or gladiator.

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  14. May 15, 2019 at 9:31 PM
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    I like the Gladiator, especially lifted with 37-40" tires on it. I think why it appeals to me so much is that with minimal lift, you can fit a large tire on it with ease. I particularly like the Rubicon with the front/rear lockers, sway bar disconnect, and the other offroad goodies. I never open the sunroof in either 4runner or even roll the windows down in my runners or the Tundra but I loved cruising around with the top and doors off in my old CJ-5 and I think I'd enjoy that again. I think it's going to sell pretty good with an amazing aftermarket following.

    The problems I see with it already is that the 3.6 v6 isn't enough engine once you lift it, stick 37-40's on it, load it down with all the latest and greatest Instagram overlanding gear, even when re-geared. The diesel version coming later looks great on paper but that engine has been a headache for a lot of current ecodiesel owners. I also don't think a current gen diesel is right for slow cruising in the hills with all the EPA crap on it. Jeep needs to stick the 5.7 in the Gladiator. I haven't seen one in person yet but in some photos, the cab and bed don't look proportioned right to my eyes. The 5 foot bed isn't big enough for me for actually pickup truck use so I'd still need another full size truck around. It's also a somewhat shallow bed so I'm not sure my cooler would fit below the bed cover. Then there's the big question, is it going to be reliable or just like some of the other FCA products? There's already been some reports of half-ass welds on these Gladiators just like when the JL wranglers were released. And finally, the price. I've built them online and to get what I like it's about $60k. That's a lot of coin for a mid-sized truck. My Pro Tundra was $45k and seems to offer more overall in my opinion.

    That being said, the Gladiator has my attention. I plan to take one for a test drive one of these days just for kicks.
     
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    Style though.... oh my.
     
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    They should actually make this one. I watched something on motortrend about, and it's just a concept, it will not go into production. I think this one is badass, that's saying alot coming from me, being I am not a jeep fan what so ever.

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  17. May 16, 2019 at 3:04 AM
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    Ah, yeah.......although I do live near Atlanta I would never do this....lol
     
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    Brian,
    Love the stuff you guys are making for the Taco and Tundra. Can't wait to see what you have planned for the Gladiator.
    I had 17 Trd Pro 4runner (wife has one still), traded in my 18 Pro Taco for the 19 Pro Tundra and just thinking about the Gladiator.
    My boss ordered a Rubicon from one of the local dealers for under invoice, so I'll see what it is like when it arrives and go from there.
     
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  19. May 16, 2019 at 3:13 AM
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    I agree, I like that one!
     
  20. May 16, 2019 at 3:16 AM
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    Thanks for your input. You make a lot of good points.
    If I was to get the Gladiator, it would be the Rubicon for the things you mentioned. I don't think they look right without a lift. However, you can put 35s on a stock Rubicon Gladiator. It does have a 1600 lb payload. My plan would be a Go Fast Camper, which I think weighs 250 lbs and possibly the Decked drawer system if it won't interfere the the outlet in the bed.
     
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    From my understanding, the Decked system will work with the bed outlet but you have to basically plug an extension cord with a right angle plug in first before the Decked system goes in. No room to plug it in after.
     
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    Agreed. The J6 needs to happen. Could care less about the Gladiator.
     
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    The Tacoma is not what it used to be sadly. I’ve owned 1st gen, 2nd gen, and just traded in my 3rd gen. The 3rd gen is a sorry excuse for a truck. The transmission ruins everything on it sadly. After trading it in for a 1st gen Tundra I forgot what it was like to have a vehicle that can actually drive and not rev into 4000 rpm for no reason. I would get a Gladiator over a Tacoma any day. It’s going to have way better after market support and for way cheaper. Want a aftermarket Tacoma bumper get ready to spend 1500. Want a Gladiator bumper with led light, sliders, and rear bumper with leds. Get ready to spend 1800 for everything. Want to throw on 35s?? No problem easy swap. Wanna do that on the Tacoma?? Where do we cut?? Only thing I don’t like about the Gladiator is the smaller bed size. Otherwise it’s going to kick every trucks ass in off-roading. But if you wanna mall crawl sure buy the Tacoma.
     
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    I don't own either of these vehicles, so maybe a little perspective from the outside, if you will.

    In factory form, not much out on the market today that will out perform a Jeep "whatever" Rubicon edition off road. However, let's compare the two a little closer.

    Tundra TRD Pro curb weight 5640 lbs.
    Jeep Gladiator Rubicon curb weight 5072 lbs, so not a huge weight difference, if that's what was assumed.

    Power and torque differences are pretty substantial for sure. 285 vs 381 (and the potential for 550 reliable HP)

    Payload is won by the Pro. What? Of course they advertise 1600 lbs payload, but in reality, on a Rubicon it's 1190 lbs and the Overland Edition is even lower at 1140 lbs. That blows ass when you start loading up equipment.

    Towing- the Overland Edition is 6000 lbs and the Rubicon is 7000 lbs. PRO is 9800 lbs.

    Rear seating in the JL, JK, Gladiator all sucks ass. Not sure if you ever attempted to get into one, but that can get rather sporty if you ever lift it and put bigger rubber on. Pro is CM only, easy win.

    Reliability. Now I live in Jeep country, and don't see Jeeps all over the side of the road. Mainly it's Subaru's that never get maintained. That being said, I have owned a Jeep or two and if you are not ok with CEL or the little quirks of the Jeep life, these are not for you. I have had a CEL light on my TJ since 80K miles. I'm at 104K miles now and still have it on.

    Size: Gladiator wins this, but not as much as one might think. I would rather have something comfortable and capable than just capable.

    https://www.jeep.com/compare/detailed-chart.gladiator.2020.html#pricing

    https://www.autoblog.com/buy/2019-T...4x4_CrewMax_5.6_ft._box_145.7_in._WB/pricing/

    Price, on paper the Gladiator is a little cheaper. I would like to see someone that has purchased a new Gladiator for 45K. Pretty sure @1UPPER said his wife's Jeep G cost over 60K. Knowing him, all options were ordered and he has a wild build planned already.

    If I had to chose one of the two, it would be the Pro, even living in tight Jeep trail's Colorado.
     
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    However, I became very interested in the Gladiator as I was getting deeper into the Wrangler scene. I also agree with the earlier post from Watt Maker that I'm impressed that with as small as a 2in lift, you can run massive 37s with no trimming or rubbing issues. However, considering how proud Jeep are of their 2018 Wranglers and such, they are going to be equally, if not more, proud/stubborn on pricing of the Gladiators. Especially with them just hitting the lots. That said, I plan to wait it out and let the initial hype runs it's course on them, then hopefully snag a somewhat decent deal on a 2020 in the next few years. No, the Gladiator isn't a full size like our Tundras and may not stack up in that area, but I'm really excited about that whole open-air truck feature, which is also another reason I dig the Wranglers so much.

    My 2 cents :cool:
     
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