Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm from Tamarac (South) Florida and I have not bought a jeep yet but I'm looking. I have an automotive backround but never seemed to be in a position to buy a jeep. Now I am ! All I know is that it will be a used jeep, not too concerned about specific years, just having a hard time finding decent 4.0 instead of 2.5. Seems like there is alot more 4 cyls outh there. Anyone got a jeep to sell in FL? I'm buyin' LOL.
Guess that's enough babbling for now.
I wouldn't be scared of a 2.5, there's no hills in FL : ).... I would try to get a 97 or newer, I've owned a 79 and a 86 CJ-7, a 92 Wrangler and just got a 00 TJ. The TJ is the most comfortable, fun one yet (and I haven't even put tires on it yet)!
Welcome aboard! In addition to looking for a TJ with a 4.0 I suggest trying to find one with a Dana 44 rear axle. They aren't as common in a TJ but if you can find an Unlimited LJ it will have the D44 already.
2002 TJ, 3" RCD coil springs, 1" body lift, 32" BFG AT KO's, 15X10 Cragar Soft 8's, Rocky Mount Discos, Skyjacker Nitro 8000's, new Rugged Ridge soft top (VERY LOUD!!!!). PowerAid throttle body spacer, AIRAID CAI, DYNOMAX Super Turbo CATBACK.
Rocking the country music through a Sony Xplod head unit (iPod/iPhone compatible) 300W Dual amp, 10" Pioneer sub in the back.
This may belong somewhere else, but how do I test the 4WD on a used TJ or YJ (if that matters). I'm sure I will be looking at a jeep in someones driveway so off road testing is not going to be an option. How do I know if it is engaging and working properly?
Welcome to the forum. Be patient and you'll know when you find the right one. I bought my '04 5 years ago and have never regretted it. The one thing I'd do different is NOT buy the 4 cylinder again. But, to be fair, I drive it every day in hilly southeast Tennessee near the Cherokee National forest and it's not that bad. Just wish it had more power on the interstate and the occasional times I need to get moving quickly.
Welcome and as other have said - You will know it when you see it -It took me over three months to find mine and it was the complete opposite of what I was looking for originally -- haha she called my name
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one with more hills
Rubigirl AKA TJ in the other world