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Old 08-14-2010, 01:41 AM   #1
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An intro and a dilemma

Hi to all-

I have been lurking on the Jeep boards for a while, and I think I have distilled my question down. First, a little about me. I am looking for a Jeep as a second car to use mainly as a toy (a little wheeling, camping, hunting/fishing), and to satisfy the convertible bug I have. I have been looking at everything from Cj's to TJ's, and done a lot of research getting up to speed. My budget is about $6K or less, and I am preferring a 5 speed. I have narrowed it down to the YJ (with fuel injection) or a TJ's. I don't want to be wrenching all the time, and only have very novice skills in that area. I only need to run about 31's, so nothing crazy in the lift area.

So, the question that it seems to be coming down to for my price range is: Am I better off with a YJ with a 6 cylinder, or a TJ with the 4? I know the six is a great engine, and the 4 has a weak tranny (or so I read). But, I also hear how great the coil suspension is compared to the leafs. Obviously the ideal would be a TJ with a six, but that adds a pretty hefty premium onto the bill.
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, for that kind of budget, you will have no problem finding a good YJ and some early model TJ's with the I-6! Good luck on your search!

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Old 08-14-2010, 12:40 PM   #3
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Welcome! It really comes down to a personal choice. I had a TJ, so I would favor that. But I would suggest driving both of them and see how they feel, and then make your own decision about what you like
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:37 PM   #5
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I agree in driving both and seeing which you like better. Since you're on a budget I would say get the 6 cyl YJ that way you'd have money left over to do a few things to it you want. I know you say that you dont need much but when the jeep big bites it bites so the extra money lying around will be a good thing bc you're going to see things you want, even the smallest of upgrades (thats how it starts). Go with what you can afford that also gives you a few extra $$ in your pocket for whatever you'd like to do to it.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:16 PM   #6
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All good points. Drove TJ and a YJ today, and can see why people comment on the differences in ride characteristics. I don't mind the bumpy ride myself. I'm looking, but can be very big hurry.
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