Hi all! I've been eyeballing a Wrangler for some time now and was wondering if I could get some advice from you all before I make any kind of plunge.
I'm thinking about a late YJ (1994-95?) or early TJ (1997-98?). I really like the fact that the headlights are round again in the TJ. I'm really picky like that, but I also love how the YJs look.
Is there anything you guys can tell me about these models that I'm looking at that I should look for (or stay away from) when browsing for a Jeep? I've heard these are amazing engines for torque, I am also assuming they last a long time and are easy to maintain?
This will be probably end up being a daily driver for me, so even though I'd like to have it climb, I'd also like to have it semi-comfortable for every-day use and sharp-looking (I've seen some that look GREAT in a swamp, but probably wouldn't look so good strolling around town hehe).
I don't know enough about them yet to ask specific questions, but any advice you guys have would be wonderful!
And if anyone lives in Greenville and want to show me your ride, feel free to let me know I love these things and I don't even have one.
First off, Welcome to the madness.
If it is going to be a daily driver and creature comforts are important, I would probably go with a tj. ( you can always change out the lights later so you look cool like us yj-ers.) Go with a 6 cylinder, auto or manual is up to you. 97 was the first year for the tj, I usually steer away from a design change year, so I would recommend at least a 98 or 99.
The most important recommendation I would make is to be sure you have a mechanic you trust look it over real good before you buy. These engines will last practically forever if they are well maintained. Be careful not to buy someone else's problem.
Once again, just my preference, I would want to find one that is not lifted or highly modified. That way you can build it the way you want, and you can be fairly sure that it has not been abused or modified by someone who didn't know what they were doing.
Just be patient and decide exactly what you want. I looked for about a year for mine before I bought one. I wouldn't settle for something that was almost what I wanted. I waited until I found just what I was looking for.
Good luck with your quest for "your" jeep
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Hi, Allera. Welcome to WF.
Dare has some great advice, up ^ there!
I've got a '99 TJ and love it. It's my daily driver and is comfortable enough for long trips. But then, my first jeep was a YJ and I was really happy with that too...
Listen to Dare and the others who will be along to give their opinions. We've got a lot of knowledgeable people here and they'll give you a lot of tips and pointers to help you pick out the best jeep for you.
Good luck in your search and welcome to the happy addiction.
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Dare gave you some great advice. I have owned a 97 myself, and it was a good Jeep, just like all of them are, but it did have some .. Quirks .. that were worked out in the 98 model year and above. Nothing serious, but just something to think about. From what I hear, TJs are a lot more comfortable daily drivers than YJs.
Have you considered renting one for a couple days and seeing how ya like it?
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